FKA Twigs

Singer FKA Twigs underwent surgery to remove six fibroid tumors from her uterus in December. The “Video Girl” star, real name Tahliah Barnett, made the revelation on Instagram on Wednesday.

“I have been recovering from laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery to remove six fibroid tumours from my uterus… the tumours were pretty huge, the size of two cooking apples, three kiwis and a couple of (strawberries),” she wrote.

The usually private British singer, who was previously engaged to actor Robert Pattinson, admitted she was very scared before the surgery.

She described her post-op discomfort as “A fruit bowl of pain everyday.”

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are a mass of cells that grow inside the muscular walls of the uterus.

Like most women who have fibroids, Barnett’s tumors were benign — meaning non-cancerous.

More than 200,000 women are diagnosed with uterine fibroids every year. Black women are more likely to develop fibroids. Other risks for fibroids include women over 30, menopause, obesity, a family history of fibroids, and pregnancy.

What Causes Uterine Fibroids?

The cause of uterine fibroids is unclear. Some researchers theorize that the female hormone Estrogen may influence the formation of fibroids. Uterine fibroids almost never develop into cancer.

Signs & Symptoms

The symptoms of uterine fibroids depend on their size and location within the uterus.

Some women have no symptoms at all. Other women experience:

  • Heavy bleeding, irregular bleeding, spotting
  • A feeling of fullness in the abdomen
  • Pain in abdomen, side and lower back
  • Pressure above the bladder
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Bladder leakage (as uterus presses on bladder)
  • Abdominal distention & bloating
  • Anemia (from blood loss)
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    How Are Uterine Fibroids Diagnosed?

    Uterine fibroids are diagnosed by pelvic exam and ultrasound.

    Treatment

    Treatment for uterine fibroids include medications (birth control pills, hormone replacement such as Progesterone to oppose Estrogen), anti-hormone (blocks Estrogen or Progestin), ferrous sulfate (iron pills to treat anemia), and pain medicine.

    Surgery includes hysterectomy and laparoscopic surgery. Medical procedures include ablation (to destroy the lining of the uterus), and uterine arterial embolization (to block artery feeding the tumors).

    Most women opt to forego surgery or procedures if they have no symptoms.

    This has been your Medical Minute.

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    • Roxie Moxie

      So, if the cause is unclear then how do they determine that relaxers can cause them? I’m curious because I hear so many people talk about relaxers being synonymous with getting uterine fibroids.

    • sherri2016

      After my 3 child i had a hysterectomy best decision i ever made my husband was worried i would be in early menopause no problems yet almost 10 years later

    • SaltineCrackers

      Remember when Cynthia Bailey had fibroids and Peter got mad at her because she was bleeding “all over the place” at an event they went to?

    • Coy little wink

      Twigs is ???…hope she is recovered

      My mom didn’t get pregnant with my brother until she had hers removed…they grew back she eventually had a hysterectomy her cramps and bleeding were so bad

    • free

      my husband had to clean up the car seat after me one day. it is a DISASTER. i got them sh!ts out finally. mine were HUGE!

    • Kemi

      She will be fine… it’s a benign tumor that’s very common with Black women. I had mine removed last year May.

    • free

      they blame relaxers for everything.

    • goat

      I’d imagine all those chemicals would have some kind of negative effect on the body over time. I would stop using them.

    • FukkFolks2018

      I dont understand to this DAY how is menopause a factor bc hormones feed them. Dont you have LESS estrogen during menopause? Reason I ask is bc my sister AND cousin both waited til they were OVER 50 to have a hystorectomy due to fibroids. Im like well hell at that point cant you just finish menopause and they will shrivel up and go away? No? Is this not possible?

    • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

      I wonder if this is what has been wrong with me for almost a year now? I never had long cycles (2-3 days tops) but in-between those days, I have a FIERCE 12-18 hour period where I have to stay home. Not due to pain, but due to extremely heavy bleeding. Even those extra super long & thick night time pads won’t hold me past 15 minutes. I can’t come to work during that time because I will most certainly have several accidents, just by moving around. Yeah… I need to get that checked out.

    • Anunnaki

      Yep, i had a huge one. Soak up a pad in 10 mins, i slept on my floor so i did not mess up my mattress or sheets during those days, i said enuff, get this out of me..lol

    • Roxie Moxie

      Yeah, I’ve been stopped using them. Been natural since 2013. I had my last chemical relaxer when I got a serious chemical burn on my neck (which was terribly gross) and I vowed never to go back and haven’t.
      I do agree that any chemical substance that sits on your head and can take off paint on a car will have some adverse effects after penetrating your scalp time and time again.

    • Alextra Ballard

      My sister had 8 removed……thank god they were non cancerous. They had her abdomen so extended you would have assumed she was pregnant. The Dr. also informed her that if she ever got pregnant she would never be able to carry a baby full term.

    • Ni Ni

      Wow! I thought i was bad having to change them every hour. I was bleeding through my clothes at work. i was like I am too old for this?, I’m supposed to be drying up. I called the dr. to start birth control pills. They’ve been helping so far.

    • Dollface

      Yes, this is probably what you have as well. My mom had these and this is exactly what would happen to her. Non-stop heavy bleeding. Please go get it checked TODAY!!!!

    • bhavana

      I had fibroids for years and finally got tired of wearing super plus tampons and a pad! Oh, and I don’t know how many sheets I ruined at night. I had a hysterectomy in 2010. I wish I had done it twenty years ago.

    • Pitty Patty

      My cousin’s wife had these so bad she almost died. She was loosing so much blood she had to have 2 blood transfusions. She ended up getting them removed but the doctors didnt have any high hopes of her ever getting pregnant. Well about a year after that, and a miscarriage, God blessed them with twin boys. God is good.

      I have several family members including my mom that has these. Why are they so rampant in the black community I wonder.

    • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

      Most def will be doing SOON! Thank you.

    • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

      Shoots, here I am about to be 41 next month and even though my cycles don’t last long, it’s that certain time frame that gives me hell. I can’t go anywhere or barely move because I will mess my clothes up. Forget needing to cough, sneeze or laugh too hard either. I’m running to the RR.

    • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

      “get this out of me..” HA!! Yeah, I’ve had nights like that where I lay on the floor with dark towels under me. Hopefully after I see my Dr (SOON) this will go away. My cycles don’t bother me because they don’t last long, it’s just those 12-18 hours of passing clots that have me “outta there”. This has been going on for about a year for me now. I’m still not used to it.

    • free

      YES! it took me a year because i struggled trying to find the right birth control because i have high blood pressure. i thought it was the different bc’s that were doing it to me.

      if you are bleeding nonstop (it may stop for a few days and start back up) and you stand up and it just comes out like niagara falls, it can also come out in clumps, or if your abdomen is getting larger (like a pregnant person grows), get it checked out. i had no pain but bled for a year.

    • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

      Not normal. Almost a year and you’re on Sandra Rose instead of being at the GYN?

    • free

      get it checked out. it’s probably fibroids. i finally went in after i had no strength left in my body.

    • free

      yes, i had a c-section and they took them sh!ts out at the same time. however, they grew back AGAIN with a vengeance. it’s a shame what we have to go through.

    • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

      Yes, I’m on SR having a healthy discussion with other women. Didn’t know it was a problem. For my sake, I will be making my appt though. Thanks for your concern!

    • Yen Pettaway

      I gave up meat and started exercising 5 days a week. I have been researching foods and their nutritional value and it has changed my life. I used to bleed like that. No more! I am 54 and my skin is beautiful! I would encourage women to research and weigh their options. I hope you get better. :-)

    • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

      I didn’t eat meat for the entire year of 2016 (wasn’t vegetarian though because I ate dairy) and was exercising 30-45 minutes everyday after work. I lost a ton of weight and looked & felt better. Then when new year’s came around, I started back eating meat and gained most of my weight back and then that’s when this heavy bleeding started. Thanks for the well wishes and I will most certainly slow down on the meat I eat (again) until I’m back at not eating meat period. Still going to the Dr though..

    • Ni Ni

      Forget needing to cough, sneeze or laugh too hard either. I’m running to the RR.
      _________________
      I feel you. I’ll be 41 later this year. This ish sucks.

    • chaisun

      That’s how I was, I got so used to feeling that way and to the pain. Next thing you know I looked like I was 6 mos pregnant lol. Had surgery and feel much better.

    • Miss Thang

      I had uterine fibroids and was in pain and bled for over a year because I didn’t have health insurance at the time and didn’t have $6,000 to pay for the procedure. When I got insurance, I immediately went to my OBGYN and within a few weeks she was able to do an in-office procedure to remove them. She did MyoSure. Thank God my fibroids were in an area where she could just go through my cervix so I didn’t have to get cut. I did the procedure almost 2 years ago and haven’t had any issues since. Periods are back to being regular.

    • Miss Thang

      If your period is very heavy or irregular or you’re spotting in between periods, please go to the doctor to check it out AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. It only gets worse the longer you wait!!! And you could be risking your future possibilities of having a child the longer you wait.

    • shelly

      I had 75 fibroids removed through surgery and they’re back again

    • Yen Pettaway

      YW! Every individual has to find a plan for themselves. I hope your Dr. can help you through all of this, to success. I personally do not do Dr.s. I have no health issues lately.

    • Shira Harding-James

      Judging much?

    • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

      I wasn’t judging anyone though. Was your comment possibly meant for the person who I responded to above?

    • Miss Thang

      I went to my cousin’s house and had an accident on their couch. I was so humiliated I just couldn’t believe it.

    • FukkFolks2018

      Bitch die.

    • FukkFolks2018

      God bless her.

    • Brittiny Nicole

      Fibroid surgery is NO joke. I had 13 removed in 2016. She was lucky to be able to have the keyhole procedure…I have a bikini cut. Before my Dr. sent me into chemical menopause for 3 mths to shrink them (IT WAS NO JOKE), my uterus was the size of a 32 week pregnant woman…after, it was the size of a 24 week…The surgery was supposed to take 2-4 hrs…it ended up taking almost 9. I was lucky, I have a “brand new” fully functioning uterus. Ladies, If you feel something is wrong with your monthly cycle, PLEASE go get checked out!

    • Toni Toni Toni

      Right. THey dont know what the heck they are talking about. I’ve never had a relaxer before.

      And they say mostly black women get them but My Mom, her sister and grandmother had Fibroids.. They are white. So its a hereditary for sure.

      FIBROIDS are the DEVIL.

      I stay eating ice chips because of this mess. Sigh

    • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

      I have symptoms. I just found out.
      I do not want sx. Well, a hysterectomy. Full or Partial.
      Birth control pills have not helped any. I was taking them for my menstrual management but they have done nothing.
      Any suggestions @sandrarose sandrarose.com

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      had all of the above symptoms and a few surgeries before finally having the UAE procedure – changed my quality of life (for the better)!

      Anyone suffering with fibroids has my prayers, and i encourage you to explore the treatments that are available.

    • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

      UAE procedure

      Which one is that?

    • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

      Are you not concerned about your bladder, later in life?

    • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

      Sandy, thank you for posting this.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      Uterine Artery Embolization.
      “Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat fibroid tumors of the uterus which can cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pain, and pressure on the bladder or bowel. It uses a form of real-time x-ray called fluoroscopy to guide the delivery of embolic agents to the uterus and fibroids. These agents block the arteries that provide blood to the fibroids and cause them to shrink. Studies have shown that nearly 90 percent of women who undergo UFE experience significant or complete resolution of their fibroid-related symptoms.”

      MORE….

      https://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=ufe

      (oh, it’s not (or at the time, wasn’t)) recommended for women of child-bearing years who want to have children)

    • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

      Thank you.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      just saw your other post! hope all goes well for you Zeta…. you too cute to be scrugglin’ with those evil fibroids! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e86501847072dcba783eea0bbb2c002d3ed3d888581b08556155899f7897582f.gif

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      You’re welcome, hun.

    • DaughterOfaQueen

      Join the club, damn near every AA woman I know has fibroids including myself. My procedure (Uterine fibroid embolization) is scheduled for early June…can’t take this crap no more. Two periods a month…my husband is like GD can a brotha get some lov’n?

    • bhavana

      I’m in my mid fifties and urinate quite frequently anyway. I don’t know if it’s because of all the coffee/tea I drink or because of a weak bladder. I don’t have any issue with leaking urine.

    • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

      Does it make them die immediately or over time?

    • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

      Good for you. Good luck.

    • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      God bless your heart! I had the procedure years ago, and I was home in a couple of days…. percocet for about a week….. iron supplements…. short walks, then longer walks…. and I never looked back! Hope you (and hubby, Lol) have a wonderful Summer!

    • FukkFolks2018

      I have them. They are good one minute and awful the next. I am just about at the point of going under the knife too. God bless them with their babies. Amazing story.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      it cuts off the blood supply and they eventually shrink because they’re not being ‘fed’ (this is not the medical explanation, LOL, but it’s what i think i remember being told – it’s been some years….)

    • Trace da Ace

      off subject…but I noticed your name…and it reminded me of this soft porn video that my parents had back in the day with this white lady who fucked everybody that came through…her name was Lady Chatterley…..damn that took me back to the 90’s……

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      So happy for your cousin’s blessed outcome!
      Personally, i believe that stress plays a MAJOR role in the development of fibroids, but that’s MY opinion.

    • free

      yep, they don’t stop. they just multiply and get bigger. and i had some removed with my c-section but more came!

    • free

      what does that have to do with the bladder?

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      Shug! are you not a candidate for UAE/UFE…. I had the procedure years ago, and i believe it was linked to a Duke U study (they sent me a questionnaire), so you’re in the right place to get the best treatment….

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      yes, please get that checked because that blood loss can lead to anemia and other problems. take care of yourself.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      I pray that you will find the right treatment! i had surgeries as well and they came back. my final procedure was a UAE (UFE) and i had no problems after that.

    • free

      this is my story: i had them and didn’t know until i got pregnant. when i went for the second time to listen to the heartbeat, the doctor could not find it. he sent me to get an ultrasound; we thought the baby may have been dead. they were able to find the baby on there and tell me a damn fibroid was basically kinda hiding the baby. then they grew with the damn baby! when i had my c-section, they took the fibroids out too. my husband said it was gory as hell. nevertheless, my child was fine. then the damn fibroids grew back!

    • FukkFolks2018

      At the time they first popped up I was 25. So they kept recommending it but I was like nope. Only had ONE baby then. Then I got pregnant with the baby they FIRST thought was a FIBROID. They were like ma’am this fibroid right here has a heartbeat. Well well well. It turned out to be a whole ass baby. I was 27. After she was born I had no issues again until about 2-3 years ago. Now that she is 13…It might be time to swing back around and re-examine it now. My baby factory is closed for biz. I am trying to fire all of the workers in there and sell off/demantle the factory equipment and be at peace lol.

    • free

      yes, i was super low on iron and potassium and had to take supplements before they would clear me for surgery. even the day of surgery, my potassium level was too low. the anesthesia people decided it was ok to move forward though.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      fibroid has a heartbeat…. i got snot!

      but yes, you should swang byke round now, since you refused to adhere to the 10-year baby production expectation (no pun). i was 38 when i had the procedure and definitely NOT thankin’ bout birthing no babies, so that’s why i WAS a good candidate.

    • free

      that’s similar to my story! the damn fibroid was hiding the baby and then grew with the baby.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      wow. been there, smh

    • free

      if you don’t want to have kids, throw the whole uterus away. i know that sounds harsh but they don’t stop coming back. i know this from personal experience.

    • Anunnaki

      Yep i made life changes like that, feels so much better, work out 4 days a week. So kudos to u sista

    • Anunnaki

      Yes those clots are the dam devil. I felt like i was in labor, til it passed, fck dat…. i told those chyts
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1762064459d56d5f86ae08162551c92fcd617ee9178fce6672327728101b9949.gif

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      thanks for sharing (and for reaching out)…. it may encourage someone else to do the same and/or seek treatment. we all need a little encouragement sometimes and hopefully we can find it where we gather.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
    • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

      Yes, I sure hope so! Thanks for the positivity.

    • Roxie Moxie

      LMAO!!!! Now, that made me chuckle. lol

      I’m laughing my ass off over here at the above commentary. It amazes me how black women can argue in a post about Uterine Fibroids that is supposed to educate. I get the sharing of stories because that’s what it is. I’m in shock by how many of them have had this; glad they all pulled through though. Just confused on how you get in a argument; we stay fighting each other and protecting these celebs though! Hahahahahaha….HILarious.

    • Roxie Moxie

      LOL….and we got men out here posing as women and playing dress up; putting lipstick on and a wig DOES NOT MAKE YOU A WOMAN. I betchu those freaks of nature don’t want E’ERYTHANG that comes with being a woman; they really just want to rammed in their a** and pretend it’s a p*ssy. That about it. LOL

    • FukkFolks2018

      I thought my fibroids were seriously giving me trouble. My period had stopped. I was feeling full all the time and my back was hurting so BADLY. they didnt even pregnancy test me bc they knew I had fibroids and since at the time my lone child was 10, thought I had trouble conceiving due to them. Hell I THOUGHT I had trouble too. Called and they were like stop by tomorrow on your way to work. We will ultrasound you. see if they are growing or shifting. That lady face lit up and she was like one moment. Let me go get the doc. By this time Im damn afraid like hell. What did THEY SEE? Doc comes in and was like issa BABY. I was like a BABY????

    • shelly

      Yep getting a hysterectomy next month.

    • SaltineCrackers

      Wow, thank you for sharing.

    • SaltineCrackers

      Thank you for sharing.

    • Shira Harding-James

      Yes Ma’am! I was asking you she’s judging much isn’t she?
      Sorry it came off wrong..

    • Shira Harding-James

      Yes very true!

    • Shira Harding-James

      Wait lol

    • Shira Harding-James

      Wait…how do you know about it though?!

    • Shira Harding-James

      Wow that’s great!

      Do you think it’s genetics or maybe diet?

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      Lol! it’s ‘classic literature’

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      ” we stay fighting each other”

      this part! smh…

    • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

      Ahhhh, I gotcha!
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/506d5792c777dc1e08ab70d940aaf4242870d1836b0d16e6ee18b9ea88b8efee.gif

      She kinda was but it’s cool. I don’t sweat the small stuff. But I am going to the Dr next month (when my OB-GYN can see me). I’m tryin to make it another 41 years, if God says the same!

    • Gamer?? Chick

      Dick Gregory once stated due to the relaxers that some women use, IDK but it made me wonder.

    • DaughterOfaQueen

      Well hell. They explained it to me in such a way where I thought I’d be up and about in a few days. Out patient procedure right? Pain scale 1-10?

    • MyaCompton

      Over 30??? Smh youll be surprised at how many younger women get fibroids!! I have a friend who had survery for hers at 23…another whom is a cousin of mines at 27….age may play a factor but thats not always the case at all!!!

    • BadAss Will

      i like her she underrated

    • Roxie Moxie

      lol….I was thinking that too. It was for “research purposes”. lol

    • justlooking

      Yeah I had one so large they had to take it via invasive surgery. Prayers.

    • Dollface

      I hate say this, but my sister also had non-stop heavy bleeding and it ended up being cervical cancer. She didn’t make but 9 months. So please go right away.

    • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

      A few years back, they found black spots on my cervix that turned out to be legions. I had to hurry up and have surgery (shave my cervix) because I was almost stage 1 cervical cancer. They caught it in time though. I quit smoking tobacco after that (I used to be a heavy Black-n-Mild-Mild smoker). My cervix recovered and I’ve been fine up til now. I already made my appt, soonest I can see my OB-GYN is 6/4, a month away. Whatever it is wrong with me, I’m gonna get it handled! I still have a lot of life & fight left in me.

    • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

      And I’m sorry to hear about your sister. Wish they could’ve caught it sooner so she could still be here.

    • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

      You’re strong and God bless u

    • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

      Thank you @missarewa:disqus !

    • Dollface

      I know that’s right!!!! My sis lost her fight.

    • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

      Be blessed.

    • Trace da Ace

      my thoughts 1000%…..

    • Trace da Ace

      cause my parents use to have mad VHS tapes and one day I was looking for “I’m gonna get you sucka” tape and picked up that one….none of the tapes had labels..soooo…..lol

    • Shira Harding-James

      Uh huh!