Women’s Health

Uterine Fibroids Most Common Cause of Hysterectomy for African Women?

African-American women are three times more likely to develop uterine fibroids, research indicates. Sadly, according to a HuffingtonPost.com article, research into this condition is still wanting, because,

“One of the issues with fibroid research is that, because it’s built as a disease process that mostly affects black women, in the sphere of research there just aren’t that many people who will consider it an immediate problem they face every day like heart attack or stroke,” explained Dr. Janice M. Newsome, MD, Interventional Radiologist, Assistant Professor of Radiology at Emory University, and Director of Interventional Services at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta, Ga.

Most women with uterine fibroids have no symptoms. However, fibroids can cause a number of symptoms depending on their size, location within the uterus, and how close they are to adjacent pelvic organs. These are most commonly abnormal bleeding, pain and pressure. Source – MedicineNet.com

The HuffingtonPost article indicated that “when it comes to racial diversity, fibroid research has taken a backseat.” For a condition as serious as this should be very worrying to governments and researchers in Africa.

Women who do have symptoms of uterine fibroids often find fibroids hard to live with. Some have pain and heavy menstrual bleeding:

African American women are nearly three times more likely to develop uterine fibroids and suffer with severe symptoms like heavy menstrual bleeding, anemia, and pelvic pain. From interfering with daily activities to negatively affecting intimate relationships, fibroids have a much more dramatic impact on black women in comparison to women of other races.

Are uterine fibroids linked to hair relaxers?

“The truth is, we don’t know enough about why fibroids affect African American women,” Dr. Newsome clarified. “For example, is it scientifically sound to link the use of hair relaxers and fibroids in African American women or is it simply a correlation because African American women tend to use hair relaxers? Yes, the science shows that these women are affected disproportionately than all other women. But just because a black woman carries a certain amount of melanin in her skin doesn’t answer why it’s happening.”

There is this frightening claim that,

“Among African American women, having fibroids is almost considered the norm,” Dr. Newsome told Ask4UFE. “We develop fibroids at an earlier age and have more severe symptoms so it’s difficult to know what’s unacceptable when you’re a black girl who has a 10-day long period just like your mom, aunt, and cousins—then what’s really abnormal?”

Uterine fibroids are such a common problem among African-American women, but fibroids typically are not cancerous, although they are responsible for a large number of unnecessary hysterectomies (surgery to remove the uterus)

“It’s 2016 and as a black doctor myself who treats fibroids, I see a lot of women who come in and say their doctor told them they needed a hysterectomy and that it was their only choice,” Dr. Newsome said. “We, as the medical community, need to change this—especially since black women are more likely to experience complications after surgery.”

For African women, if you suspect that you may have uterine fibroids, here is some advice:

Educate yourself about fibroids, and do not accept surgery as the only option.

(Via HuffingtonPost.com)

Natural Skincare Africa: 7 African Skincare Brands for Natural, Organic Beauty Products

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Introducing all-natural, organic African skincare top brands. Brands such as Malée, Ilera Apothecary, Africology, Oriki, Ajali Handmade Naturals, SOiL, and Savane have come up with a line of beauty products designed specifically for Africa.

“Natural and organic skincare is all the rage now, and the African skincare industry isn’t getting left behind. We’re seeing a lot of brands incorporate organic products into their line, and new, all-natural brands are popping up every other day. From the STYLVO team, here are 7 African skincare brands that are worth knowing.” Source – HuffingtonPost.com: 7 African Skin Care Brands Worth Knowing.

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Many African women have and continue to contract dangerous skin diseases for using sub-standard beauty products or products containing dangerous chemicals such as the hydroquinone used in skin lightening creams.

With the introduction of all natural organic beauty products designed for Africans by Africans we can hope that this will become a thing of the past. The question now is price – are these brands affordable by the majority of African women looking for safe, effective, african skin whitening cream, lightening soap, foundation, and the whole range of beauty products?

Why not check them out yourself? Here are the links

Africology, a line of luxurious, natural and eco-friendly products,which are fragranced with only pure essential oils

Ajali, an all-natural, handmade skincare company in Nigeria. Their products are made using ingredients mostly indigenous to West Africa

Ilera Apothecary, a family business. I think this actually plays a key role in the production of their health and personal care products. All Ilera Apothecary products are made from naturally sourced ingredients, including shea butter and fragrances like Lavender and Jasmine Oil

Malée, a range of healthy, premium skincare products created in South Africa and made with 100% natural active ingredients

Oriki, a luxurious skin care brand that gives you value for your buck.Their beauty and grooming products are made with natural ingredients that have been scientifically proven to have amazing effects on the skin

Savane, an organic skincare company committed to ethical production practices, organic formulations and sustainability. All Savane products are made with African oils to care for your skin, and some of the active ingredients include Cape Snowbush oil, Kalahari Melon Seed Oil and Marula Seed Oil.

SOiL, a range of organic aromatherapy and skincare products born out of a family-managed, organic essential oil farming operation in South Africa.

Happy, healthy African skincare!