After a procedure to stop the bleeding and an ultrasound, she learned she had uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths in the uterus. “I always had heavy periods, so I was bleeding heavily, and that was normal for me,” recalls Francis. That was one of my fears.”Despite this family history, Francis didn’t know much about the condition. Doctors frequently prescribe hormonal IUDs that release progestin to relieve the heavy bleeding and pain fibroids cause. Instead, she opted for birth control injections as a way to control the heavy bleeding during her periods.