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Affect of Diet on Fibroid Development

Find out what role your diet plays in fibroid growth. Eating healthy may pay off in more ways than one!

Can diet help shrink fibroids or keep them from forming or growing larger?

As a part of any good health regimen, a healthy diet combined with moderate exercise may decrease the risk of fibroid development.  Research has yet to determine the exact impact that diet has on development; however, consuming foods that have added levels of hormone may increase the size of fibroids.  In specific, the hormones estrogen and progesterone are believed to foster fibroid growth; therefore, taking in increased levels of these hormones may lead to a fibroid size increase.   At any rate, although diet regulation may contribute to fibroid size management, other measures are often necessary to eliminate symptoms and issues related to fibroid growth.

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Family History and Uterine Fibroids

Are you at risk for uterine fibroids if it runs in your family? The Fibroid Treatment Collective answers patient questions.

Should I be concerned about fibroids if I have a family history?

Research suggests that having a family history of fibroids may increase your risk of inheriting this growth.  According to a number of clinical trials, defects in a particular gene may be the cause for fibroid growth.  However, additional trials must be carried out to confirm the causal relationship between heredity and fibroids.

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Radiologist vs. Gynocologist and UFE

Radiologist vs. Gynocologist: Which is more qualified to perform UFE? Find out now!

Is it common for a radiologist to perform a UAE/UFE as opposed to an OB/GYN?

Because the procedure requires specific training in radiology, the procedure is often carried out by an interventional radiologist, while a gynecologist handles the pre /post procedural examinations and follow-up.

However, as long as a physician has the combined expertise in both disciplines, they are capable of performing Uterine Fibroid Embolization. In fact, a recent article in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology emphasized the importance of collaborative and comprehensive care (from diagnosis to follow-up) in the success of UFE. When an OB/GYN performs a UFE patients are able to receive better continuity of care.

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UFE Treatment of Various Fibroid Sizes

Embolization has helped many women recover from painful and uncomfortable symptoms. Find out how embolization can shrink or eradicate fibroids of all sizes.

My fibroid is the size of a six month pregnancy. Is embolization a good procedure for huge fibroids?

The embolization procedure is an optimal alternative for fibroids of all sizes. UFE (Uterine Fibroid Embolization) has the ability to shrink fibroids by 50-65%; therefore, relieving symptoms common to fibroids such as pain, heavy bleeding, anemia, and fatigue.  Embolization reduces large fibroids just as effectively as small fibroids; however, the final size is directly comparable to the starting fibroid size. Because results may vary, you should consult your provider or schedule a free phone consultation with Dr. McLucas to find out more information about how UFE can benefit you.

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Menopause and the Eradication of Fibroids

Can menopause cause your fibroids to disappear? Find out if and how the changes in your body during menopause can be of benefit to you.

I’m 53 years old. I’ve been told that with menopause, the fibroids go away. Is this true?

The hormones estrogen and progesterone appear to be leading factors in the growth of fibroids; therefore, fibroids may stop growing or decrease in size after a woman has reached menopause due to the decline of estrogen levels.  At any rate, this is not always the case, as individual results may vary, and other factors may be contributing to your specific condition.

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Traveling for Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Have to travel to receive Dr. McLucas’ services? No problem! Find out what little time you’ll need to dedicate to the the UFE process and procedures.

I live outside of the US. How much time would I need in order to get all the tests, the procedure and follow-up?

Generally speaking, you should plan a one week stay to carry out both the tests and procedures; however, tests can often be performed at your usual provider and faxed to our office.

Follow-up care after embolization includes a checkup 1 to 3 weeks after the procedure and an additional check up 3 or 6 months thereafter.

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