After undergoing a myomectomy to remove 27 uterine leiomyomata—commonly called uterine fibroids—Tanika Gray Valbrun, founder of the White Dress Project nonprofit organization in Atlanta, spurred legislation designating July as Fibroid Awareness Month.
"Most American women will develop fibroids at some point in their lives, yet most have never heard about fibroids," said James A. Gohar, M.D., an OB-GYN in New York City and CEO of Viva Eve, a healthcare platform for women.
Fibroids are the most common gynecologic condition and the most common gynecologic diagnosis for inpatient hospitalizations.
An alarming 20 percent to 25 percent of people who can get pregnant have fibroids—about 26 million people between the ages of 15 and 50. The majority are Black people: More than 80 percent develop fibroids by age 50, and rates of