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Uterine Fibroid Embolization & Your Fertility

Having questions about whether or not UFE is the procedure for you? Read on to find out how UFE has helped many and may also be the right option for you.

I am a 30 year old, African American female in her child bearing years. I am scheduled to have the UFE procedure soon, but I am having second thoughts. I am happily married and plan to have children in the near future. I have been suffering for a very long time with heavy periods and severe cramping. I do not want to have this procedure if I am unable to become pregnant. I need some advice. 

At this time, there is insufficient data which  can predict the percentage of women who will be able to become pregnant after UFE, the effect on the development of the fetus, and the ability to carry the fetus to term.  Continued research efforts have yielded various results, and have yet to demonstrate whether UFE affects a woman’s ability to conceive. Some clinical studies have stated that patients with very extensive fibroids are probably less likely to become pregnant whether they have UAE, myomectomy or even if they have no therapy at all.

However, there are several reports of women becoming pregnant after the uterine artery embolization process and having successful pregnancies. In our office alone, one third of the women who came to the Fibroid Treatment Collective went on to conceive and deliver a child which has also been duplicated in other studies. Therefore, embolization may prove to be a favorable choice for fibroid removal and should be considered as a possible option.

At any rate, before choosing any kind of treatment, you should research and discuss all aspects of the procedure with your health care provider or OB/Gyn. To access current medical articles about this topic on our site, you can click on the “Medical Information” link and read about UFE and its possible effects on fertility.   You may also call the Fibroid Treatment Collective at 866-362-6463 so that they can answer any questions or concerns that you might have.  Understanding the various aspects and results of the treatment options that are available to you will allow you to make a more informed decision.

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