Symptomatic fibroids present many painful symptoms such as heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, bleeding between periods, fibroid pain, frequent urination, pelvic pain or pressure and sometimes pain during sex. There are multiple reasons for heavy bleeding caused by fibroids.
At the time of menstrual period, the uterine lining sheds and the uterus has two basic mechanisms to stop itself from bleeding. The first is the normal blood-clotting mechanism that works throughout the body by forming plugs in the blood vessels. Because the uterus is a muscle it has the unique ability to contract the bleeding vessels of the uterus. These contractions are what you may feel as menstrual cramps. One theory suggests that the fibroids don’t allow the uterus to contract properly which cause the blood vessels in the uterus to stay open longer, and you may lose more blood. Another cause of heavy menstrual bleeding is that fibroids produce proteins that make blood vessels grow nearby so that more blood is lost after menstrual bleeding starts.
If heavy menstrual bleeding persists the body may not be able to make new blood cells fast enough to replace the ones that have been lost before. Some women develop a condition called Anemia (iron deficiency) which causes fatigue and tiredness and can lead to even more serious complications if left untreated.
At USA Fibroid Centers we offer a minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment for uterine fibroids called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). During this procedure a tiny catheter is inserted into the uterine artery that supplies blood to the fibroid. Small particles will flow through the catheter, and block the arteries and blood flow, this causes the fibroid tumor to shrink and eventually die and the symptoms of pain and heavy bleeding disappear. After a UFE procedure most women experience a lighter and shorter menstrual cycle. UFE is performed as an outpatient procedure and takes approximately 60 -70 minutes. A majority of women completely recover in 1 to 2 weeks.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of uterine fibroids call (855) 667 4247 to schedule a consultation with one of our leading interventional radiologists. Treatments at USA Fibroid Centers are covered by most insurance plans. To schedule a consultation online click here.