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In 2008, during a routine trip to the OB/GYN, Erica Taylor. Davis, a then 30-something black woman, was fitted for a popular birth control device to regulate her unpredictable monthly periods. As the doctor inserted the device, she screamed out in excruciating pain. Her physician dismissed her pain and simply told her that some women just aren’t able to use IUDs. Believing that there was more to her story, she sought a second opinion. After having her first abdominal ultrasound,  she was diagnosed with multiple fibroid tumors. This moment would mark the beginning of a  dozen years of treatments, surgeries, pain, endometriosis, cysts, infertility, miscarriage and ultimately the intensive care unit.  

After being told a hysterectomy was her only option, Erica, like many other women, had begun to give up on the idea of marriage and family, believing that her symptoms were too extreme. She felt alone as if this was some sort of spiritual punishment or fate that she would have to accept. After all, if other women she knew had gone through something so extreme, she’d know, right?  

Ultimately choosing faith over her diagnosis, she did some research and found that millions of women share the same diagnosis. After opening up the discussion with girlfriends and relatives with uterine fibroids, she realized that there is little conversation among women and the medical industry about this epidemic, and many women just ‘deal’ with their symptoms and any consequences of treatments thereafter.  

After over a decade of fighting, Erica, a filmmaker, knew that suffering in silence was no longer an option. Enter Red Alert: The Fight Against Fibroids documentary, a 90-minute feature film that will get women talking about their experiences of pushing through the pain every month and sometimes every day. Every woman is different. But one thing they all have in common:  they are sick and tired of fibroid pain, hospital bills, painful intercourse, missed social engagements, the fear of infertility, and most of all, lack of treatment options and pre-menopause hysterectomies.  

Red Alert: The Fight Against Fibroids is a fiscally sponsored documentary that will give identity to the vast numbers of women suffering from uterine fibroids. By presenting and pursuing the stories of real suffering women and seeking answers about past and current research from accredited physicians and scientists, we will uncover truths and dispel myths about fibroid tumors, bridging the communication gap between physicians and patients.

Beyond the documentary, the Red Alert project and brand is dedicated to an ongoing medical and social movement that will bring consciousness to reproductive health issues affecting millions of women, especially women of color, throughout the world.

Read more about the fight against fibroids and watch the documentary trailer at the Red Alert website.