"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Cynthia Bailey is feeling better after undergoing surgery to remove her non-cancerous uterine fibroids.
"I’m feeling so much better!" Bailey told Bravo. "[The surgery was the] best thing I ever did! My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner."
Cynthia, a former model who now runs a modeling agency, experienced weight gain, chronic fatigue and a loss of sex drive due to her fibroids.
Bailey said she didn't understand why she felt so bad and was gaining weight until a doctor's visit last summer revealed she had fibroids, which are non-cancerous growths in the uterus.
Surprisingly, as many as three out of four women develop uterine fibroids at some point, but are unaware because they have no symptoms. Symptoms of uterine fibroids include heavy bleeding, back pain, exhaustion, and diminished sex drive. If left unchecked, it can result in infertility.
Cynthia's "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star, Kandi Burruss, revealed on a recent episode that she got fibroid-removal surgery several years ago.
Bailey chronicled her doctor's visits, surgery and its disastrous impact on her marriage on the current season of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta."
"It ended up being amazing," said Cynthia. "I thought, ‘No one wants to hear my talking about my period.’ That’s not sexy or glamorous. But I’ve had women and men — because they have to deal with their wives’ struggles — commend me for talking about it."
Bailey gradually shed the excess weight she had gained by having prepared meals delivered to her home and working out three days a week. She said the health scare was a wake-up call to take better care of herself.
"I’m in my 40s and I’m definitely taking my health more seriously because you have to," she said. "You can’t work and build empires and be on TV if you’re not well. You have to be healthy. I’m not in a point life where I can take it for granted."
Bailey's RHOA co-star, NeNe Leakes, recently revealed on the Dr. Oz Show that she was hospitalized for blood clots in her lungs. NeNe has since recovered and is doing well.
On a separate note, Cynthia has apologized on behalf of her their "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast for the huge fight that erupted on the Jan. 26 episode. During the brawl, Apollo Nida (Phaedra Parks' husband) attacked Kenya Moore’s friend, Brandon DeShazer, who reportedly suffered a broken rib.
“I want to apologize on behalf of the whole cast," said Bailey. "It was really hard to watch this fight. I’ve been on the show for four years. Never in the history of the whole show has anyone on the show laid hands on each othe