#Whyiwearwhite During My Cycle

#WhyIWearWhite During My Cycle

Oh July! Who doesn’t love July?! Seriously, July has to be one of the best months of the year. The 4th of July, summer vacation, family fun and… Fibroid Awareness Month.

Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s talk about Fibroid Awareness Month. While many of you have probably heard of fibroids, what you may NOT know is that you could have them…right now…and not know it. Also, a wild statistic is that up to 80% of women suffer from fibroids!1

That’s why it is so important to talk and bring attention to something that is so common but many women are so uneducated about.

So, what exactly are fibroids?

Fibroids are abnormal growths (tumors) that develop in or on a woman’s uterus.1
While most of the time these growths are noncancerous, they actually can pose some serious symptoms for women, including severe abdominal pain and heavy periods.1,2 Other symptoms include: frequent urination, pelvic pressure or pain, difficulty emptying bladder, constipation, and backaches or leg pains.1,2

I had a good friend who suffered horribly from her periods only to discover that fibroids were the cause. She got sick and tired of the pain and underwent a hysterectomy because she felt that was her only resort. But the truth is, there are other treatment options available, despite the fact so many women go straight to the hysterectomy to be done with it all. For women who aren’t ready to jump to hysterectomy, there are minimally invasive options that do not require removal of the uterus.

One of the most important things a woman can do is to be proactive. If you have abnormalities with your monthly cycle, don’t wait. You have the power to be an advocate for your health.

That’s why I want to introduce to you to Change the Cycle, an educational and awareness platform that helps women with heavy periods make connections and find solutions. This month, Change the Cycle is partnering with the White Dress Project, a non-profit organization that supports fibroid research, to get women talking about fibroid awareness month and elevate the #WhyIWearWhite movement. This part is very important! Heavy periods can sometimes cause embarrassment and prevent women from even attempting to wear white. But, while white can cause fear and embarrassment, it is Change the Cycle’s goal to help transform the color white into a symbol of strength!

So friends, I encourage you to join the movement by visiting www.changethecycle.com and sharing your story on social using #WhyIWearWhite. If you know someone, whether it be a friend, co-worker or maybe even yourself who suffers from heavy periods or severe abdominal cramping, I strongly encourage a doctor visit to determine if fibroids may be the cause. Knowledge is power! Nobody should suffer in silence.

And, I as a mother, want to make sure my two daughters are educated and feel comfortable talking about their menstrual cycles. Let’s do this! Let’s bring awareness to fibroids and feel comfortable wearing white even during our cycles!

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Hologic via Momtrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hologic or Momtrends.

REFERENCES
1. Uterine Fibroid Fact Sheet. Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/uterine-fibroids. Accessed April 27, 2017.
2. Uterine fibroids: Overview. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/uterine-fibroids/home/ovc-20212509. Accessed April 25, 2017.

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Mamasita A, also known as writer Danity Donnaly, is a mother of three, a wife, daughter, sister, friend, employee, Midwesterner, baker, boo boo kisser, writer, shopper and more! Mamasita A loves looking for deals and making treats with her kiddos, drinking diet coke and reading celebrity gossip.
ANelson
Mamasita A, also known as writer Danity Donnaly, is a mother of three, a wife, daughter, sister, friend, employee, Midwesterner, baker, boo boo kisser, writer, shopper and more! Mamasita A loves looking for deals and making treats with her kiddos, drinking diet coke and reading celebrity gossip.

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