Normally, women suffering from uterine fibroids, who are interested in having children, have two options: a surgical option (myomectomy) and a nonsurgical option (UFE).
Although myomectomy is designed to preserve a woman’s uterus, there is a chance that a patient may lose her uterus during the procedure due to excessive bleeding or other factors. Every woman should be prepared to face the possibility of losing her uterus when opting in for a myomectomy.
In contrast, UFE (uterine fibroid embolization) is a nonsurgical, fully outpatient procedure that allows women to keep their uterus, get rid of all fibroids, and potentially conceive after the procedure.
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Fibroid removal is recommended for women with submucosal fibroids who are struggling to get pregnant, either naturally or through IVF. Many women have reported a pregnancy after UFE.
If fibroids are still present while a woman is pregnant, they are likely to increase in size due to increased levels of estrogen. This usually does not cause any complications with pregnancy, but some women can miscarry or give birth prematurely. UFE allows women to have a vaginal, full term birth.