UFE for Uterine Fibroids: Are You a Candidate for Care?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, uterine fibroid embolization or UFE may be the best treatment option for you.
At Houston Fibroids, we recognize the importance of taking a whole-body approach to reproductive care. We also understand that uterine fibroids can grow and become worse over time if left untreated, leaving you with more life-altering symptoms and future health problems caused by these non-cancerous tumors.
If you are experiencing symptoms or simply hoping to find the right treatment options for your uterine fibroids, we encourage you to consider whether UFE treatment may be the best option for you.
Is UFE right for me?
There are various options available for uterine fibroid treatment. UFE is a minimally invasive treatment option to nix the pain and worry that can come with a uterine fibroid diagnosis. Interventional treatment, such as UFE, is necessary to effectively treat health-related issues before they begin to interfere with everyday activities and your overall quality of life.
You are most likely considered an ideal candidate for UFE treatment if you fall into one of the following categories:
- Women who are experiencing symptoms from uterine fibroids
- Women who want to retain their uterus and are looking for alternatives to hysterectomy
- Women who do not desire extensive surgery
- Women who may be poor surgical candidates, such as those with obesity, bleeding disorders, or anemia
- Women who are not pregnant
We know that each patient’s diagnosis is unique. Therefore, we encourage you to talk with our team of interventional radiologists in Houston to learn about the benefits of uterine fibroid embolization as part of your treatment plan today.
What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?
You may require UFE treatment if you experience moderate to severe symptoms of uterine fibroids, including:
- Prolonged periods
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Spotting between periods
- Pain or pressure in the abdomen, lower back, pelvis or legs
- Frequent urination or trouble emptying your bladder
UFE and Fertility
When deciding on the best treatment option for uterine fibroids it is essential to understand how different procedures can impact you and your lifestyle, including the ability to grow your family and have a healthy labor and delivery.
While UFE is an effective treatment to remove uterine fibroids, the effects that it can have on your ability to become pregnant, on the development of the fetus, and the ability to carry the fetus to term have not been determined.
Although many women have successful, full-term pregnancies after UFE treatment, there is no conclusive data that establishes the safety of UFE on fertility and pregnancy to date.
Before choosing a fibroid treatment or deciding on whether UFE is right for you, we encourage you to speak with your provider to determine the best course of action to successfully manage your fibroids while also meeting the needs of your everyday life.