Frequently asked questions about UFE

There are some post UFE after-effects, which include not having a period for 6 months or more, a short-term rash, increased vaginal discharge or early menopause. Having a UFE does not affect your ability to become pregnant.
A UFE procedure is performed as an outpatient treatment. There is very little blood loss, and your procedure may last up to an hour. You are encouraged to rest for a day after your procedure and may resume work and regular activities a week thereafter, or sooner depending on your personal recovery time.
After a UFE procedure, bloody supply to the fibroid is cut-off, which results in the fibroid shrinking and dying. Once the fibroid is treated it does not return, and previous symptoms such as heavy bleeding, abdominal bloating and pressure on the bladder are remedied.
Yes, 90% of women do notice a difference with their menstrual flow during their first cycle following a UFE procedure. Heavy bleeding is resolved, and you should have a regular menstrual cycle. If you fall within the 10% category, you are likely to see a return to your regular period within two or three menstruation cycles.
Most insurances cover UFE procedures. Please check with your insurance provider to determine if they do so or call our office for guidance.

A few studies have been conducted to show the exact percentage or direct correlation of UFE procedures and their effect on fertility. The results vary and depend on your age, the extent of your fibroids, and whether you are closer to menopause.
One study of 398 female patients under the age of 43 years who were treated by uterine fibroid embolization between 2003 and 2017 for symptomatic fibroids revealed there were 148 pregnancies and 109 live births; 74 children were born at term; 23 were born preterm, on average at 35.12±2.78 weeks1.

Clinical investigation of fertility after uterine artery embolization Olivier Serres-Cousine, Fiene Marie Kuijper, Emmanuel Curis, Diana Atashroo

Adenomyosis is a condition where the endometrium (inner lining of your uterus) breaks through the muscle wall of your uterus (myometrium) causing severe menstrual cramps, bloating and heavy periods. Through UFE, the artery that provides blood to the adenomyosis is blocked, which cuts off its bloody supply causing it to shrink and die.

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