Women with uterine fibroids have options, and this project is spreading the word

An international non-profit campaign is raising awareness and advocating for more research for uterine fibroids.

Fibroids are muscular, non-cancerous tumours that develop in the walls of the uterus and affect millions of women worldwide.

The White Dress Project founder and global fibroid educator Tanika Gray Valbrun says more women need to share their stories and experiences with uterine fibroids.

We are staring to get women to share their stories. This is an epidemic were women really suffer in silence.

Tanika Gray Valbrun, activist and founder of The White Dress Project

Once they start to share their stories then others can understand how important this is.

Tanika Gray Valbrun, activist and founder of The White Dress Project

Read: Woman aims to bring a global Fibroids support campaign to SA

Once we start to share, then we'll get others interested; government officials and the private sector so that we can raise funding for increased research and advocacy.

Tanika Gray Valbrun, activist and founder of The White Dress Project

Dr Gary Sudwarts is a Cape Town-based Radiologist with a special interest in interventional radiology.

Fibroids are benign growths within the uterus. They are balls of muscular tissue that grow with hormones.

Dr Gary Sudwarts, radiologist

Dr Sudwarts says fibroids start causing problems in the late 20s and early 30s and, if untreated, can lead to infertility.

Symptoms include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • Back and leg pains
  • Pain during sex
  • Feelings of exhaustion
  • Anemia/ iron deficiency
  • Strange cravings for ice or clay because of low hemoglobin
  • Pressure on the bladder and bowel

Also read: Fibroid embolisation to save lives of millions of South Africa women

Internationally, 20% of women have fibroids although interventional radiologist Dr Sudwarts believes that this number is higher in South Africa.

Dr Sudwarts explains that the fibroid embolisation is an available less invasive treatment alternative to having a hysterectomy (whereby the uterus/womb is removed).

Dr Sudwarts teaches fibroid embolisation at Groote Schuur Hospital, offers a day of pro bono treatment every week and hopes to spread the message that women don't have to lose their uterus if they have fibroids.

Take a listen to the inspiring and insightful **discussion:**

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Local prof uplifts rural women through financial literacy

Local prof uplifts rural women through financial literacy

Professor Linda De Vries spends her free time teaching disadvantaged women how to be business savvy.

Ocean View protests Day 3: Police use water cannon to disperse crowd

Ocean View protests Day 3: Police use water cannon to disperse crowd

The community is demanding that the police act accordingly and remove gangsters from their community.

Dance academy for disadvantaged youth grows in leaps and bounds

Dance academy for disadvantaged youth grows in leaps and bounds

Dancer, choreographer and artistic director Sbonakaliso Ndaba is making a difference in the lives of young Cape dance enthusiasts.

Why consumers need to wake up to plastic waste (and start recycling)

Why consumers need to wake up to plastic waste (and start recycling)

Consumer journo Wendy Knowler says consumers need to put an end to the current 'make-use-dispose' culture in terms of plastic use.

Woman aims to bring a global Fibroids support campaign to SA

Woman aims to bring a global Fibroids support campaign to SA

Phemelo Motene spoke to Keabetwse Nguza, ambassador of the White Dress Project in South Africa and Dr. Lawson from Netcare .

Fibroid embolisation to save lives of millions of South Africa women!

Fibroid embolisation to save lives of millions of South Africa women!

Hear about a truly groundbreaking - and life changing - treatment that kills fibroids, with minimal invasion.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] Makhosi Khoza spills the beans on why she quit the ANC

[LISTEN] Makhosi Khoza spills the beans on why she quit the ANC

She says President Zuma was uncomfortable with her and her decisions which saw changes to the ANC and Motsoeneng ousted.

[Watch] Payday dance: Never a dull moment in Cape Town

[Watch] Payday dance: Never a dull moment in Cape Town

Even slow-moving traffic cannot dampen the mood in Cape Town because payday came early. Watch Capetonians celebrating payday.

KPMG International's meeting with Pravin Gordhan

KPMG International's meeting with Pravin Gordhan

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Pauli van Wyk, a journalist with Scorpio at Daily Maverick.

Free entrance to SanParks for all South Africans

Free entrance to SanParks for all South Africans

SanParks is running a week-long campaign that affords South African residents free access to almost all 21 national parks.

Ocean View activist speaks: We have had 20 murders in 2017 alone

Ocean View activist speaks: We have had 20 murders in 2017 alone

Sharone Daniels, a community activist in Cape Town's Ocean View says they need police intervention to end gang violence.

[WATCH] Day-Zero for water running out fast approaching?

[WATCH] Day-Zero for water running out fast approaching?

A government employee emailed John Maytham about what he or she believes is the real state of play with the Cape water crisis.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.