Uterine Fibroids


If you have really rough menstrual cycles with a lot of bleeding and pain, you may have uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow and develop on the uterine wall lining. They can often be very painful and even cause problems for women who are trying to become pregnant.
 
Many women opt to have the fibroids removed surgically, but unfortunately it doesn’t guarantee that they won’t grow back. If that happens, the next option is usually a hysterectomy.
 
Fortunately there is a new procedure that is giving women with uterine fibroids hope for becoming pregnant in their future. The procedure is called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE).  During this treatment, interventional radiologists carefully use a catheter to send small, round particles to block selected parts of the arteries that are responsible for getting blood to the uterus. 
 
When this happens, the lack of blood flow causes the tumors to shrink and die. At that point they are no longer an issue for 90% of women who have struggled with them in the past. 
 
No monthly pain, excessive bleeding or problems with fertility. Definitely something to look into if you are currently TTC (trying to conceive) and also suffer from the pain and bleeding associated with uterine fibroids!

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Just want to say- I have uterine fibroids (as my mother, and grandmother did), which I discovered during a vaginal ultrasound 5 years ago. I do not actually experience heavy bleeding, I have a fairly light and short cycle. My doctors say they are common in 40% of women, and shouldn't cause a problem for me. I just wanted to let people know you can have these fibroids and not have any particular heavy bleeding.

bhpjd — Apr 21, 2010
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