Fibroid Awareness Month is an annual observance held in July to inform the public about uterine fibroids disease. Fibroids are benign tumors that develop in the uterus. An estimated 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids by age 50. However, they are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, as their symptoms can mimic other conditions such as endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease.
White is the official color for this month of advocacy. July 1st is National Wear White Day. This show of support defies the restrictions caused by this condition. Sufferers are often unable to don white clothing. The symptoms include unpredictable cycles, prolonged heavy menstrual bleeding, and debilitating pain.
Fibroid Fighters’ mission is to educate about fibroids, their symptoms, and treatment options. It is also an opportunity to advocate for more fibroid research and to improve access to care for women with this condition.
Fibroid Fighters, in conjunction with USA Fibroid Centers, is offering Fibroid Awareness Events throughout July, which include:
- Self-Care Saturdays remind us to slow down and take care of ourselves. We will also provide helpful tips about symptoms and fibroid awareness.
- Free online yoga classes. Therapeutic yoga can help decrease menstrual cramp discomfort and ease muscle tension brought on by stress, particularly in the shoulders and back.
- Join the “100 Woman Strong Challenge,” led by Fibroid Ambassador Kym Lee-King encourages women to get screened for fibroids, learn more about their risks, and take preventive steps before becoming symptomatic. Also, if you are already diagnosed with fibroids, explore treatment options.
- The month culminates in our 50 Shades of Purple fibroid awareness gala, hosted by the Fibroid Fighters Foundation, on Saturday, July 27, at 6:00 p.m. at the Empire Steak House, 151 East 50th Street, New York, NY.
For more information check our events calendar or visit www.fibroidfighters.org.