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How do I tell if I have uterine fibroids?

How do I tell if I have uterine fibroids?

Assess your symptoms: More common symptoms of uterine fibroids are: bleeding between periods; heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia); menstrual periods that may last longer than normal; need to urinate more often; pelvic cramping or pain with periods; sensation of fullness or pressure in lower abdomen; pain during intercourse. Pelvic exam may be revealing. Pelvic imaging may be done. ...Read more

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Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more


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I need to know what is uterine fibroid embolization?

Fibroids are: Obliterated by injecting micro particles thru blood vessels which cut the blood supply. Typically this is performed by vascular interventional radiologists. ...Read more

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What is uterine fibroid embolization? How do you treat it?

A procedure: Uterine fibroid embolization is a procedure that is used to treat fibroids of the uterus. It involves blocking off the blood vessels that supply the fibroids. IT is one option for people with symptomatic fibroids. The risks and benefits of this procedure should be discussed with a gynecologist. along with alternatives and the procedure itself discussed with an interventional radiologist ...Read more

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Is it rare for women to have a uterine fibroid embolization?

No: It is very common for patients to have a uterine fibroid embolization. In fact, it is now part of the treatment algorithm for a fibroid uterus according to the american society of ob/gyn. It is very effective for fibroid disease. ...Read more

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I recently got a uterine fibroid embolization. What do I do next?

I recently got a uterine fibroid embolization. What do I do next?

Depends: We see every patient at 3 months post procedure and check for significant improvement/resolution of symptoms and obtain MRI with contrast to insure all fibroids dead. This is the case 90% of the time and if so patient can resume yearly visits for routine screening with her physician. If symptoms remain at 3 months determine why and MRI tells you (ex. Fibroid not completely dead) so you can fix it. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of having a uterine fibroid embolization?

Keep your uterus !: UFE is safer, less expensive, less invasive, shorter recovery than hysterectomy and importantly you get to keep your uterus ! The uterus is not just for child bearing; it's important for women psychologically, sexually, bone health, and possibly even heart health. UFE is outpatient, go home with a bandaid. Recovery is ~5 days; out of work for 1 week. No reason to lose uterus over benign fibroids ...Read more

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Please help! what is the real low down on uterine fibroid embolization?

A great procedure: Ufe is a wonderful procedure for most women with symptomatic uterine fibroids. There has been some discussion about pregnancy and ufe. Ufe is not contraindicated in women who desire pregnancy. There have been multiple studies where women actually improve pregnancy rates but it is not meant simply to make it easier. There is some evidence of increased c-section rates with patients post ufe. ...Read more

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What information do I have to bring along to do the uterine fibroid embolization?

Probably a referral: To have an arterial embolization, it would be beneficial to the radiologist to have a referral, a history and physical exam by the referring physician, records including a previous MRI or ultrasound, and any information that might help the radiologis, like amount of bleeding, allergies. ...Read more

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Does uterine fibroid embolization affect fertility?

Does uterine fibroid embolization affect fertility?

Yes!: These procedures should only be performed for women who are done having kids or are sure they don't want kids in the future. Uterine fibroid embolization (ufe) and uterine artery embolization (uae) block off blood vessels that supply fibroids - fibroids shrink but don't go away 100%. Some of the vessel-blocking material reduces blood flow to your ovaries, lowering egg supply (ovarian reserve). ...Read more

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What are the long term side effects of having uterine fibroid embolization?

Minimal: Some women will experience menopausal symptoms after uae. This is very unusual in women under 40. Women 45 and older have at least a 15-25% chance of never having a period again after uae - which is almost always a welcome effect. Other long-term complications are very rare. The particles do not migrate or cause any long-term reactions. ...Read more

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Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. They occur in 1 of every 3 women regardless of race and up to 80 % of african-american women of child bearing age. They are often asymptomatic but they can cause significant symptoms (exe. Heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency). They ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Berry
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Fibroid (Definition)

A leiomyomata(fibroid) is a smooth muscle growth in the uterus that is rubbery, binds the female hormone estrogen and can grow to "epic" proportions causing distortion of the uterus. They cause bleeding, and burning pain( aka "fireball tumor") as ...Read more