Hands typing on a laptop keyboard with a stethoscope on the desk in the foreground

1. I may have never heard the word fibroid.

  • What is it?
  • What do they look like?
  • Where are they exactly?
  • What is anemia, and how does it affect me?

2. Listen to me.  I know the most about my body.

  • Patients may normalize symptoms. Ask more questions.

3. Learn. Be open to learning something new while treating me.

  • (patient symptoms may be unique)

4. I am probably not a medical professional. I don’t understand most of the terms that are very familiar to you.

5. A picture speaks volumesA middle aged woman of African decent, sits up on an exam table as she talks with her doctor about her health concerns. She is dressed casually and her female doctor is seated across from her in a white lab coat as the two carry on a discussion.

6. Collaborate with me – Shared Decision Making

7. Review all treatment options with me, or refer me to a provider who can.

8. I need to feel well before making a decision.

9. I don’t want you to default to hysterectomy, not even if I’m in or near perimenopause. I don’t want to lose an organ unnecessarily.

10. Is there an advocacy organization that can provide me with a surgery buddy for support?

You are not alone.

By age 50, nearly two-thirds of women experience uterine fibroids¹