Episode 8: Interview with Adrianna Hopkins: Uterine Fibroids, Advocacy, and Uncovering the Missing Lessons in Sexual Education

Sep 2, 2023 | Podcast

Adrianna Hopkins is an award-winning storyteller, professor, moderator, and host. She is also committed to breaking the wall of silence about fibroids.

Fibroids are muscular growths that develop within the uterine wall. Although they are often non-cancerous, they can exist as solitary tumors or manifest in multiple masses within the uterus. These growths vary in size, ranging from as small as an apple seed to as large as a grapefruit.

Research says that 90% of Black and 70% of White women will be diagnosed with fibroids by the age of 50. However, it’s important to note that not all individuals will encounter symptoms or necessitate treatment.

In this fascinating chat, Adrianna is open and honest about her experiences, and how little she knew about her own body growing up. A lack of information meant that she had no idea about what was considered a ‘normal’ or ‘heavy’ period, or the symptoms that should have made her speak to her medical team.

Adrianna also shares her thoughts on digital health solutions and talks about the work she does with The White Dress Project, a non-profit organization that supports people managing life with fibroids.

Topics include:

Adrianna’s symptoms and the lack of education about her periods
Why your relationship with your doctor should be the same as the one you have with your hairstylist
How Adriana only became aware of fibroids when undergoing fertility treatment
Information about The White Dress Project and Adrianna’s involvement
The digital health apps that Adrianna has used

Time stamps
[00:02:10] Adriana’s fertility journey.
[00:06:08] Learning about her body.
[00:09:46] Normalizing conversations about periods.
[00:12:11] Importance of doctor-patient relationship.
[00:18:10] Myomectomy surgery and approach.
[00:19:19] Pain management options after surgery.
[00:25:03] Underfunding of women’s health.
[00:28:24] Lack of research on fibroids.
[00:31:08] Fibroid treatment options.
[00:34:17] Tracking menstrual cycles and fertility.
[00:38:02] Recovering from labor is difficult.
[00:42:20] Finding light in the darkness.
[00:46:57] Uterine fibroids and advocacy.
[00:48:51] Women’s digital health.

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  • Brandi Sinkfield

    Dr. Brandi, is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist, who was inspired by her mother, a registered nurse who graduated with a degree in information technology. Through tough love and support from her father, extended family, and friends she attended Case Western Medical School and received her M.D. She completed residency training at Cleveland Clinic and dual fellowship training at Stanford Anesthesiology in Perioperative Management and Digital Health. Growing up she experienced the lack of transparency, shame and secrecy surrounding women’s health and body confidence driving her to imagine a pathway for her own daughter and other women to access information that empowers them and inspires confidence.