“Real Housewives of New York City” star Bethenny Frankel is opening about her struggle with uterine fibroids that led to a health scare earlier this year, and which she believes caused her to have a miscarriage several years ago.
As Frankel tells People, during the past year she suffered severe cramping and “out of control” bleeding that sent her seeking help in the ER, with a sonogram eventually revealing that a uterine fibroid condition required “immediate attention.”
“I’d lost 10 per cent of my blood, my uterus had doubled in size and my fibroids had grown larger,” Frankel tells People of the condition that was initially diagnosed in 2013. “I was scared.”
Looking back, she now believes the miscarriage she had back in 2012 was caused by the then-undiagnosed fibroids.
“I think it caused my miscarriage,” Frankel says. “No one really talks about them. I didn’t realize how many people have them. It’s still something women don’t share.”
As Frankel tells People, she underwent surgery earlier this year to remove some of the fibroids, one of which she says was the size of a softball.
“It was extremely painful,” she says of the surgery. “I slept in bed for like a week. And I focused on getting healthy, drinking green juices and eating a lot of bright-coloured foods so I could help myself heal as fast as possible. You know, just trying not to have a BLT be the first thing I eat.”
Thankfully, the Skinnygirl Cocktails founder is on the mend: “I feel really good. I look forward to walking on the beach. I’m in a really happy place right now. It was, overall, a very enlightening experience.”
You can read more about Bethenny Frankel’s struggle wth fibroids in the latest issue of People.