a taylor productions film
This is not just a medical documentary.
These are the stories of real women whose lives were interrupted
because of fibroids and endometriosis.
There is no known cause for these reproductive illnesses.
Over 300,000 hysterectomies are performed each year for uterine fibroids.
Annual health care costs for uterine fibroids are between $5-$34 billion.
a true story of fear, faith and discovery
In 2008, during a routine trip to the OBGYN, Erica decided to be fitted for a popular birth control device to regulate her unpredictable periods. As the doctor attempted to fit her for the apparatus, she screamed out in excruciating pain. Her physician dismissed her pain and simply told her that some women aren't able to wear IUDs. Despite the prognosis, Erica decided to seek a second opinion. After her first sonogram with a new gynecologist, she was diagnosed with multiple fibroid tumors. This would mark the beginning to over a decade of treatments, surgeries, pain, endometriosis and ultimately the intensive care unit.
After fighting both fibroids and endometriosis and seeing multiple doctors in three different states, (one of whom suggested a hysterectomy in her early 30s), Erica, like many other women, had begun to give up the idea of a marriage and family, believing that her symptoms were too extreme. Choosing faith over her diagnosis, she did some research and found that over 70% of all women have fibroid tumors and 80% of African-American women will be diagnosed with fibroids by age 50 and will suffer from the symptoms the most. After speaking with girlfriends and relatives with uterine fibroids over the years, Erica realized that there is little conversation among women and the medical industry about the tumors and that many women just accept their diagnosis and 'deal' with the symptoms.
Enter Red Alert: The Fight Against Fibroids documentary. A full-length feature film that will get women talking about their experiences and pushing through the pain every month and sometimes everyday. Every women is different. But one thing we all have in common, we are sick and tired of fibroid pain, hospital bills, the added expense of excessive sanitary products and most of all, pre-menopause hysterectomies.
Fibroids and endometriosis are so common. Why has no one found the cause and the cure for such serious and widespread diseases?
a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and causing pelvic pain
- Oxford dictionary
a benign tumor of muscular and fibrous tissues, typically developing in the wall of the uterus
- Oxford dictionary