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Some studies show that Black women receive hysterectomies at three times the rate of whites. The... more »
posted 02/01/22

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Black women have higher hysterectomy rates than white patients, especially in the South. I wanted to find out why.
For decades, doctors defaulted to hysterectomy to treat fibroid symptoms. That’s changing as patients push for more awareness and a wider range of treatment options.
Black women have high rates of fibroids – which are one of the leading causes of hysterectomies. Women in rural areas may have a harder time gaining access to alternative treatments such as uterine fibroid embolization that are available at large hospitals or specialty centers.