At least one woman in four in reproductive age suffers from uterine fibroids, especially the ones aged between 30 and 45. The problem is often diagnosed late, something that may jeopardise fertility. Symptoms may vary and cause heavy menstrual bleeding, abdomen pain, anaemia, anxiety and depression. Even FKA Twigs, pseudonym of British singer, musician and dancer Tahliah Debrett Barnett, suffered from them.
FKA Twigs (meaning “formally known as twigs”, owing to her slender limbs) decided to reveal her health problems after undergoing, some time ago, laparoscopic surgery to remove six fibroid tumours. She opened up, with a lengthy Instagram post, stating it was out of solidarity with all women with uterine fibroids: “I know that a lot of women suffer from fibroid tumours […] you are amazing warriors and you are not alone”.
Tahliah also revealed that her “fibroid tumours were pretty huge, the size of 2 cooking apples, 3 kiwis and a couple of raspberries. A fruit bowl of pain everyday. The nurse said that the weight and size was like being six months pregnant. I tried to be brave but it was excruciating at times and to be honest I started to doubt if my body would ever feel the same again”.
Before the surgery, she added, “I was so scared, despite lots of love from friends and family I felt really alone and my confidence as a woman was knocked”. Today, FKA Twigs is returning to her normal life: “I felt like my strong self again for the first time in a while and it was magical”, she wrote, sharing a video where she is dancing again. “Thank you, precious body, for healing, thank you for reminding me to be kind to myself”.
The singer decided to open up because she knows that this pathology affects many women. And she knows uterine fibroids are painful. She concluded by saying: “You can get through this! And with this, I let go of the pain”.