All of her adult life, Kate knew the heavy pain and bleeding she experienced during her periods wasn’t right. She just never had the courage to say anything about it. She suffered alone for years. Finally, after missing work for two days in a row, a friend called to check on her. Kate told her what was going on, and her friend empathized because she used to have the same issue. In fact, studies show that between 80-90% of African American women and 70% of white women suffer from uterine fibroids by the age of 50.

Kate felt a little better knowing she wasn’t alone. Thanks to her friend, she learned about USA Fibroid Centers and their treatment options. Kate’s friend had seen an interventional radiologist in Chicago and received Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment for uterine fibroids. During this procedure, a tiny catheter is inserted into the uterine artery that supplies blood to the fibroid. Small particles in a salt solution flow through the catheter and block the arteries and blood flow. Over time, the fibroid tumor will shrink and die, and the symptoms of pain and heavy bleeding will disappear.

After the UFE procedure, Kate’s friend said she experienced a lighter and shorter menstrual cycle with no pain. Moreover, since UFE is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure, she was able to resume normal activities after only a week!

Kate is now meeting with her radiologist at USA Fibroid Centers to discuss the plans for her procedure. If, like Kate, you are suffering from the symptoms of uterine fibroids, call (855) 667-4247 to schedule a consultation with our interventional radiologists. All treatments at USA Fibroid Centers are covered by Medicare, most insurance plans, and Medicaid.