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Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Is UFE Right for Me?

If you suffer from heavy or painful periods that impact your lifestyle, you could be suffering from symptomatic uterine fibroids.

In addition to heavy periods, symptoms of fibroids can include:

  • Pelvic pain and discomfort
  • Bladder problems
  • Rectal pressure
  • Very uncomfortable periods
  • Infertility
  • Back pain
  • Anemia
  • Pain in the back of your legs
  • Pain during intercourse
  • An enlarged abdomen
  • Constipation
  • Bleeding between menstrual cycles

Who is at Risk?

The majority of women with symptomatic fibroids are in the age range of 35 to 54, but fibroids can and do effect women outside this age range. Evidence also suggests that fibroids are more common in African American women and those who are overweight.

How is it Diagnosed?

Your doctor can perform a vaginal exam and check the size of your uterus. If it feels enlarged, your doctor may prescribe an ultrasound, which can confirm the presence, location and size of fibroid tumors. Other methods can be used to confirm uterine fibroids and rule out other, more serious medical concerns, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed, it is important to speak about these with your OB-GYN or primary care physician.

Is UFE Right for You?

UFE may be the right choice for you if the following are applicable to you:

  • You are experiencing any of the symptoms listed, including heavy, painful periods
  • You have been diagnosed with symptomatic uterine fibroids
  • You want to avoid a hysterectomy
  • You are not a good surgical candidate or do not desire surgery
  • You are not pregnant
  • You want to preserve your uterus


Chesapeake Regional Medical Center

736 Battlefield Blvd North

Chesapeake , VA 23320

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center

736 Battlefield Blvd North

Chesapeake, VA 23320