#ad Amber Ruffin Shares Her Personal Experience with Uterine Fibroids on ‘The Real’

#ad We need to get Black women the health care they deserve! On today’s episode of “The Real,” host and comedian Amber Ruffin shared her personal story with uterine fibroids, which are noncancerous growths in the uterus. Though Ruffin was “lucky” to receive a quick diagnosis and treatment plan, other Black women might not have the same kind of experience. For example, they may wait years before seeking treatment, and once they do, they might receive inadequate care from physicians who lack cultural competence. They may also only be offered invasive procedures, such as a hysterectomy. In order to bridge the gap, medical professionals need to designate periods as a vital health sign, health care providers need to connect Black women with culturally competent care, and we need to support legislation — such as the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act of 2021 — to amplify uterine fibroid research and awareness. For more information, go to unmutingfibroids.com.

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