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Marijke Vroomen Durning, R.N.

Marijke Vroomen Durning, R.N., is a freelance writer in Montreal, Canada. Her work has been published in many outlets over the years, both online and in print. Marijke often describes her writing as the bedside teaching nurses want to do but rarely have the time for. Her experience working in healthcare has taught her what types of information people need and how to share it. One such need is medication and drug safety, so Marijke wrote the book," Just the Right Dose: Your Smart Guide to Prescription Drugs and How to Take Them Safely."  

Marijke is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the Authors Guild. She is also a member of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and is registered with the Ordre des infirmiers et infirmières du Québec (Order of Nurses of Quebec).

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How Fibroids Impact the Whole Person

How Fibroids Impact the Whole Person

Uterine fibroids are common and they can affect your quality of life

Conditions & Treatments

Medically reviewed by Tomeka Roberts, M.D.

Infographic How Living with Fibroids Impacts the Whole Person. Click the image to open the PDF

Uterine fibroids are common. Most women will have at least one fibroid at some point, but Black women have the highest rate.

7 out of 10 white women and 8 out of 10 Black women have fibroids by age 50.

There can be just one fibroid or many, and they vary in size:

Small: Up to the size of a cherry
Medium: Up to size of an orange
Large: Up to size of a grapefruit (or larger)

About 1 in 5 women with fibroids have symptoms.

Some fibroids cause no symptoms but others can severely affect a woman’s quality of life.

Ways fibroid symptoms can affect you

Fibroids affect more than just your blood flow. They can make periods heavier, longer and more frequent, which can cramp your lifestyle.


Fibroids can be expensive when you have to pay for

  • Pads
  • Tampons
  • Underwear
  • Cleaning supplies for leaks
  • Visits with healthcare providers
  • Treatments

Relationships/Social Life

If you’re in pain or bleeding heavily, it may affect your relationships

  • You may not feel fun to be around
  • Choosing what to wear may cause stress
  • Physical intimacy may feel challenging


Having fibroids at work poses challenges

  • It can be stressful if you can’t get to the bathroom when you need it
  • Uniforms may not hide leaks
  • Severe cramping may make it hard to concentrate
  • Fear of losing your job because of absences can cause anxiety

Mental health

Studies show that women with fibroids are more likely to have depression or anxiety .

  • Feeling out of control can affect mental health
  • Fear of going out while menstruating may result in social isolation
  • Fibroids can cause stress about infertility or pressure to have children sooner

Fibroid-related health problems

Although fibroids don’t always cause symptoms, they can cause physical problems. These include:

  • Blood clots
  • Blockage of the ureters
  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Severe anemia

If you’re having symptoms, you don’t have to try to simply power through. For more information on how to manage bleeding and treatment options, visit the White Dress Project .

This resource was created with financial support from Myovant Sciences GmbH and Pfizer.

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