Is uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) right for me?
You may be a candidate for UFE if:
- You are experiencing symptoms associated with uterine fibroids
- You want to retain your uterus and are looking for alternatives to hysterectomy
- You do not want surgery
- You are a non-surgical candidate due to preexisting conditions, such as obesity, bleeding disorders, or anemia
- You are not pregnant and are not planning on having any more children
UFE AND FERTILITY
It is extremely important to tell your doctor if you intend or are considering becoming pregnant after fibroid treatment.
When researching and reviewing alternatives to hysterectomy procedures and the other fibroid treatment options available, it is important to understand how different treatments can affect you and your lifestyle. If you decide to pursue UFE treatment, becoming pregnant in the future can be difficult.
While UFE is an effective treatment for uterine fibroids, there is no conclusive data or scientific results that establish the impact of UFE on fertility and pregnancy. The effects that UFE has on the ability to become pregnant, the development of the fetus, and the ability to carry the fetus to term have not been determined.
If you are not planning on becoming pregnant after UFE treatment, be sure you continue to use a reliable form of birth control to prevent pregnancy. If you have additional concerns about UFE and fertility, find a UFE specialist near you to discuss your specific situation, and determine which treatment option is best for you.