Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors of the uterus composed of smooth muscle found normally in the uterus. They are also called myomas or leiomyomas. Fibroids are located in different parts of the uterus. The most common symptoms from fibroids are heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency, constipation, and painful intercourse.


When symptoms are mild, trying to eat healthy, lose weight, and exercise are all very helpful. Fibroids are estrogen-sensitive, and estrogen is stored in fat. Therefore, reducing body fat will help retard fibroid growth. There are some naturopathic medicines that can help with mild fibroid symptoms. Your doctor may also try non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (like Motrin/ibuprofen and Naproxen) or birth-control pills to treat mild symptoms.

As the symptoms worsen, in the past surgery was often performed. If a woman was interested in future fertility she underwent myomectomy (removing a portion of the fibroids and sewing the uterus back together). If she had completed childbearing, she would undergo hysterectomy (complete removal of the uterus with or without the ovaries). Today, there are excellent non-surgical solutions that are safer than surgery, performed as an outpatient (i.e. no hospital stay), and have much less recovery time than surgery. These non-surgical options are not only highly successful at treating the symptoms from fibroids, they allow women (even those who have completed their childbearing) to keep their uterus. The most important of these is Uterine Fibroid Embolization.

  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization

    During the UFE procedure, this blood supply is purposely blocked. This causes the fibroids to die off. While some fibroids will disappear completely, it is not necessary for them to do so.



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