Can I get pregnant after doing uterine fibroid embolization?

Pregnancy UAE. Yes, you can get pregnant. Current recommendations are you should not have uae if you want to become pregnant. Several trials have show a slight increase in miscarriages and low birth weight infants.
Yes. . It is definitely possible to get pregnant after a uae (uterine artery embolization) although it is generally not recommended. A uae decreases blood flow to a fibroid which is how it gets it to shrink. But it will also decrease blood flow to the uterus as a whole. That could result in deceased blood flow to a pregnant and resulting growth problems for the baby.
Yes. yes you can still become pregnant after a UFE. The procedure will decrease you ability to become pregnant a small amount according to some literature.
Yes. All studies to date have shown no negative affects of ufe on pregnancy. There have been no reported incidents of reduced blood flow to a pregnancy. The embolization is preferentially to the fibroid as it is a more vascular part of the uterus than the normal tissue. In fact, pregnancy rate may increase post-ufe due to less distortion of the uterus from the fibroids. Check out www.Ask4ufe.Com info.
Yes. If interested in fertility patient must seek opinion from an experienced Interventional Radiologist in UFE. Births after UFE typically are full-term and vaginal and do not require C-section like after myomectomy. The older the patient and the more numerous fibroids the more UFE makes more sense than myomectomy. If patient has already had a myomectomy, UFE makes more sense than another myomectomy.
Perhaps. Patients can get pregnant after fibroid embolization and live healthy births have been reported. There is an increased incidence of abnormal positioning of the fetus and miscarriage. There is also risk of uterine rupture. There is also a small risk of ovarian embolization (and subsequent ovarian failure) if collaterals to ovary exist from uterine artery.

Related Questions

Hysterectomy side effects- is it possible to get uterine fibroid embolization?

It's possible. But why? When you ablate or embolize, there is pain and bleeding, and the reason to have a hysterectomy is to avoid both. It is efficient, and the "sound good" embolization means it's still there to bleed another day. Read more...
Yes. Uterine fibroid embolization (ufe) allows a woman to not only avoid all of surgical risks associated with hysterectomy but also risks of what happens to these women without their uterus. Having a hysterectomy particularly before age 50 and despite leaving in the ovaries increases their risk for osteoporosis and heart disease. It also affects many women psychologically & sexually. Ufe avoids this. Read more...

Does uterine fibroid embolization affect fertility?

Potentially. The the goal is to minimize blood flow to the fibroids (and uterus), the decrease in blood supply can negatively impact fertility. Or, more specifically, not conception, but implantation and fetal growth. Read more...
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...
Perhaps. Patients can get pregnant after fibroid embolization and live healthy births have been reported. There is an increased incidence of abnormal positioning of the fetus and miscarriage. There is also risk of uterine rupture. There is also a small risk of ovarian embolization (and subsequent ovarian failure) if collaterals to ovary exist from uterine artery. Read more...

Where is an uterine fibroid embolization usually done? At a hospital?

Interventional radio. An interventional radiologist in a free standing radiology office or in a hospital does the procedure as an outpatient. Read more...
Hospital. Uterine embolization is done by a radiologist in a hospital setting under light sedation. I am not a fan of uterine embolization due to the significant exposure to radiation, low chance of success and significant risk of complications. With that said, remember I am a gynecologist with a very biased opinion. I am sure there are well trained radiologist that have very good outcomes. Read more...
Hospital outpatient. Ufe is performed by an interventional radiologist typically in a hospital setting and often as an outpatient. It has a very high success rate (over 90% for relief of heavy bleeding), and is much safer and shorter recovery times than any of the surgical options. It also allows women to keep their uterus which is important even in women who are not interested in fertility. Read more...
Angio Suite. Uae/ufe is doen by an interventional radiologist. Most practice in a hospital setting. However, many irs also offer embolization in an office or surgi-center setting. Read more...
Most likely. The procedure is usually performed by an interventional radiologist in a procedure room with a special X-ray machine referred to as an "Angio Suite." Typically these are in hospitals but some are at freestanding centers and the procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis. Read more...

Hysterectomy side effects compared with uterine fibroid embolization?

Depends. Many of the side effects of hysterectomy are related to the type of hysterectomy. An abdominal hyst will generally cause more pain, 2-3 day hospital stay and a 6-8 week recovery. A robotic hyst can often be done as a day surgery & return to work in 1-2 weeks. An embolization usually requires hosp for 1-2 days for pain management. Future pregnancy is not possible w/ hyst & not recommended w/ uae. Read more...
UFE safer. Ufe is safer (i.E significantly fewer complications) , less invasive, and shorter recovery than surgery. Ufe can be performed as an outpatient and allows women to keep their uterus which is important even in women not interested in child bearing. Hysterectomy increases a woman's risk for osteoporosis and cardiovascualr disease and can have a significant impact on her psychologically and sexually. Read more...
Higher risk w surger. The risk of significant complications of any major abdominal surgery is generally considered to be between 5-10%. The risk of major complications of uae/ufe is below 3%. Embolization also has a faster recovery than surgery. Read more...

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...

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

No very effective! An effective non-surgical way of getting rid of fibroids! (actually considered surgery, but not traditionally!). Read more...
Ufe. No not rare. This is performed every day across the country. The procedure is effective with good data behind it and allows women to be treated without surgery / hysterectomy which can be associated with morbidity. Read more...
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...
Not a rare procedure. Fibroid embolization is an under utilized procedure. It is typically preformed by an interventional radiologist in consultation with a gynecologist. In the appropriate patient, there is the highest level of medical evidence to support the use for the treatment of symptomatic fibroids. Read more...

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

Depends. If you have no symptoms, i would recommend a pelvic ultrasound in 1 year; if your symptoms have not improved within 3 months, then i would recommend to discuss alternative options with your gynecologist. Read more...
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...

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...

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...
Films. They will need to see the location and size, the best way is to have the actual u/s on a dvd/cd for their review, the next best are pictures. They will review it and discuss the procedure and risks then schedule the procedure and an overnight stay for later. Read more...
Office consultation. Ufe is performed by interventional radiologists (ir). The patient should see the ir physician in the office. We obtain a pelvic MRI imaging study right before the office visit. A complete history is obtained to go over symptoms and correlate that with fibroid distribution on imaging. Patients can bring any previous blood work, pap results, or h&p from gyn if available to the consultation. Read more...
Start with a consult. The process starts with a consultation with the interventional radiologist who will be doing the embolization. I ask patients to have an MRI of the pelvis and bring the cd of the images with them to their appointment. Read more...
Call the office. Typically for any physicians visit it is helpful to bring your medication list, as well as results from any blood work, imaging studies or biopsies done. This information may have already been sent from the referring physician. Best just to call the physician's office and ask what information they would like you to bring. Read more...