FKA Twigs says she had 'fruit-size' uterine tumours

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FKA Twigs has spoken out about her struggle with uterine fibroids — a condition of clustering of tumours in the uterus that lead to pain and sometimes infertility amongst women in their childbearing years.

The “Two Weeks” singer took to Instagram to she’d undergone laparoscopic surgery in December, having six fibroid growths removed. The tumours had grown to the size of fruits, she said: two apples, three kiwis and a couple of strawberries. “A fruit bowl of pain every day,” she wrote in the post.

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“I started to doubt if my body would ever feel the same again, I was so scared, despite lots of love from friends and family. I felt really alone and my confidence as a woman was knocked.”

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Her story was accompanied by a sultry video that shows the star honing her passion for dance. “Today whilst dancing with Kelly at the choreography house I felt like my strong self again for the first time in a while and it was magical,” she wrote to her 1.2 million followers.

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Uterine fibroids aren’t uncommon — they show up in around 70 per cent of women, even more so amongst black women. “They’re benign growths in the uterine wall composed of smooth muscle and fibrous tissue,” explained Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to in a previous interview.

One in four women will experience clinical symptoms from uterine fibroids, which are usually benign but can cause other problems if they grow.

Through her recovery, the star shared a word of encouragement for women in a similar condition: “I know that a lot of women suffer from fibroid tumours and I just wanted to say after my experience that you are amazing warriors and that you are not alone. you can get through this.”

“With this, I let go of the pain,” she said.

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