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Uterine Fibroids

What are Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that occur in the uterus.  They can cause unwanted symptoms, such as pelvic pain or pressure, heavy or abnormal menstrual bleeding, abdominal enlargement, painful intercourse, frequent urination or constipation. By age 35, between 40% and 60% of women will experience uterine fibroids. A family history of uterine fibroids can also make it more likely.


What are the symptoms of Uterine Fibroids?

  • Pelvic pressure or pain
  • Heavy or abnormal menstrual bleeding
  • Abdominal enlargement
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Frequent urination

What is UFE?

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment for uterine fibroids, or small tumors that occur in the muscular wall of the uterus that can result in heavy or irregular periods, pelvic pain and cramping, painful sex or other symptoms.    

UFE has a high success rate, does not require anesthesia and can be performed safely in an outpatient setting.  Patient recovery for UFE is shorter and less risky than surgery.  Using x-ray guidance, a small catheter is used to inject small particles into the arteries to cut off blood flow and cause the fibroids to shrink. 

Who are candidates for UFE?

  • Women over 35
  • Experiencing the symptoms of Uterine Fibroids
  • Not currently pregnant
  • Want a minimally invasive option in lieu of surgery or hormone therapy

Benefits of UFE

  • Highly effective at treating the symptoms of fibroids
  • Recovery is shorter and less risky than surgery
  • Does not require anesthesia, only a small access site is required
  • Minimized complication risk
  • Unlikely to cause menopause
  • Covered by most insurance companies