Fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the uterus and the most common pelvic tumor in women. In some cases fibroids can increase the heaviness of the menstrual flow.
While taking birth control pills can reduce the heavy flow, they will not reduce the size of the fibroids. In fact, birth control pills may cause the fibroids to grow larger. Fibroids are very responsive to hormones such as estrogen and progesterone.
Since estrogen causes fibroids to grow, women with fibroids will need to stay away from hormonal birth control that uses large doses of estrogen.
Low-dose estrogen birth control pills and also progestin-only mini pills are safe for women with fibroids to take.
Black women are hit hardest by fibroids, diagnosed roughly three times as frequently as white women and with more severe symptoms.
Nearly a quarter of Black women between 18 and 30 have fibroids compared to about 6% white women, according to some national estimates.
By age 35, that number increases to 60%. Black women are also two to three times more likely to have recurring fibroids or suffer from complications. If you are diagnosed with fibroids, do your own research so you can understand the terms and make the best decision for yourself.