About Uterine Fibroids, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Uterine fibroids, also known as leiomyomas, are abnormal growths located inside or outside the uterus as well as within the uterus wall. Made of smooth muscle cells, the tumors are not cancerous. However, they might cause mild to severe symptoms. The most common signs of uterine fibroids are heavy menstrual bleedings, prolonged periods, intermenstrual bleedings, bleedings after intercourse, pain and pressure in the abdomen, enlarged abdomen, frequent urination, and constipation. Besides, fibroids (myomas) can potentially impair fertility and pregnancy.

Uterine fibroids are an extremely common condition in women of reproductive age. It has been estimated that 70% to 80% of women develop these tumors during their lifetime. But they don’t necessarily require treatment. Fortunately, half of the women with fibroids are asymptomatic. Symptomatic fibroids can be addressed with either medical management, surgical treatment or interventional radiology techniques (nonsurgical), such as UFE (uterine fibroid embolization).

While medications manage fibroid symptoms temporarily, surgery and UFE cure the fibroids. However, alternatively to fibroid surgeries, the embolization procedure eliminates the risks associated with surgery as well as shortens the recovery time. UFE is fully outpatient and does not require staying in a hospital overnight. It allows women to have pregnancies and full term births after the procedure.

If you want to learn more about uterine fibroids, fibroid symptoms, and uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), read in-depth articles from our blog below.

#DontLoseYourU: Save Your Uterus and Yourself with UFE

UFE is a nonsurgical procedure that treats all fibroids in a single session. Instead of surgically removing the uterus to treat symptoms like fibroid-related heavy periods and pelvic pain, UFE accesses fibroids through a small nick in the wrist or groin area. UFE blocks blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink and bothersome symptoms to subside. An outpatient procedure, UFE… [Continue Reading]

UFE vs Myomectomy: What You Need to Know

If you have uterine fibroids and need treatment, you’re not alone. Around three out of four women will have fibroids by age 50 and as many as half will seek treatment for symptoms like heavy periods, pelvic pain and pressure, and incontinence. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) and myomectomy are both effective uterine-sparing options… [Continue Reading]

Is Hysterectomy Obsolete for Uterine Fibroids?

Ladies, keep your uterus. It’s important for more than just having babies. The uterus gets a lot of obvious attention because it’s where babies grow and develop. But its purpose extends far beyond reproduction. In fact, the uterus is important for a woman’s physical, emotional, and sexual well-being. And yet, 600,000 hysterectomies are done each year in the US alone… [Continue Reading]

Woman Finds Relief from Fibroid Pain – Fox 5 News

Dr. Lipman was recently featured in a special medical segment on Atlanta’s Fox 5 News. Over 26 years of practice as an Interventional Radiologist, John C. Lipman, MD, FSIR has developed a long-standing expertise in treating uterine fibroids with the UFE procedure. UFE permits Dr. Lipman to treat patients without the complications of surgery, significantly reducing the recovery time traditionally required by out-of-date surgical methods…. [Continue Reading]