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Can I still get pregnant after UFE?

Pregnancy following UFE is a very sensitive matter. Our affiliated physicians are compassionate and understanding about your desire to grow your family following treatment. During your comprehensive consultation at American Fibroid Centers, our team will share important research and recent findings regarding pregnancy following UFE to help you make an informed decision about your healthcare.

Hysterectomy or UFE?

This is a personal decision. Both procedures are effective options at treating uterine fibroids, but they have different benefits and limitations. A hysterectomy is an invasive procedure that removes the uterus while fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive option that leaves the uterus intact. Several advantages of UFE is that it has fewer complications and faster recovery times than a hysterectomy. But, the best way to determine whether a hysterectomy or UFE is right for you is to meet with a healthcare professional.

can fibroids turn into cancer?

Uterine fibroids are almost always noncancerous (benign) and rarely turn into cancer. Having fibroids also does not increase one's risk of developing cancerous tumors or cancer in the uterus. Undergoing a thorough pelvic exam and other diagnostic testing are ideal ways to monitoring uterine fibroids and your overall health. 

What questions should I ask my doctor if I have fibroids?

These are great questions to ask your doctor:

  • How many fibroids do I have?
  • What kind of fibroids are they?
  • How big are my fibroids?
  • Will my fibroids grow?
  • What can I expect in the long-term with fibroids?
  • How can I monitor my fibroids and pelvic health?
  • Do I need treatment?
  • What are my treatment options?

Will insurance cover my procedure?

Not all fibroids require treatment, but if medical intervention is deemed necessary, most insurance plans offer some form of coverage. Our office will contact your provider to review your benefits and confirm if any coverage is available. We'll do all we can to maximize your insurance plan.

What Causes Uterine Fibroids?

While the exact causes of uterine fibroids are mostly unknown, there are a few factors that have been found to influence their growth. These include genetic changes, growth factors, hormones, and extracellular matrix (ECM). While these causes often can't be avoided, they can be treated by scheduling a consultation at American Fibroid Centers at the earliest sign of symptoms

When Should Uterine Fibroids be Removed?

Uterine fibroids can often be relatively harmless. In these cases, it is often unnecessary to remove the fibroids. However, our staff usually recommends opting for removal when patients are experiencing:

  • Anemia caused by heavy fibroid bleeding
  • Constant lower back pain
  • Difficulty getting pregnant
  • Miscarriages or pre-term labor
  • Issues within the urinary tract or bowels
  • Infection stemming from the death of the tissue a large fibroid

What Kind of Pain is Experienced with Uterine Fibroids?

Pain caused by uterine fibroids can be experienced in a number of ways. This includes pain in the pelvic area, discomfort after sexual intercourse, difficult urination, and pain in the back or legs. In some severe cases, women liken the feeling to having their appendix burst. Others have described it as an especially painful, unending period. Oftentimes, it leads to an inability to sleep at night, and the pain will only continue if left untreated.

Contact us | American Fibroid Centers | Greater New York

Have more questions about uterine fibroids? To meet with a board-certified physician, call American Fibroid Centers. We have offices in New York, NY, Fishkill, NY, Queens, NY, Harlem, NY, Brooklyn, NY, and West Orange, NJ. We look forward to assisting you. 

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