It’s no secret that uterine fibroids produce a number of unpleasant symptoms. Women commonly report bloating, abdominal pain and irregular or heavy bleeding; no of which are conducive to sexual function. The effects of life with uterine fibroids can be debilitating for some women.
Unfortunately, half of women diagnosed with uterine fibroids are not given an option other than hysterectomy. Current studies show that uterine fibroid embolization is safe and effective and produce few complications than the commonly recommended surgical hysterectomy.
Improved Sexual Function after UFE
Results from the EFUZEN study were shared at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. The EFUZEN study looked at how the procedure known as uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) affected sexual function in women.
Study participants underwent imaging with MRI before treatment, and again at three and six months after the procedure.
Researchers want to know if the fibroid embolization improved sexual function, and if so, by how much. They also sought to evaluate the participants quality of life before treatment and one year after UFE. They hoped to gain a better understanding of how fibroid size impacted sexual function and quality of life.
In case you are curious, the two scoring systems used in this study were:
- Female Sexual Function Index [FSFI] score
- Uterine Fibroid Symptom Quality-of-Life (UFS-QOL)
Both of these are commonly used scoring tools by physicians and researchers exploring women’s health conditions.
Results of the study
, a significant improvement was noted for both scores. FSFI improvement was shown in 78.8% of women one year after treatment. 90.2% of women reported improvement in USF-QOL scores.
If you suffer from uterine fibroids, talk to your doctor about the options and if a uterine fibroid embolization procedure is right for you.