Fibroids are tumors that grow on the uterus. They attach themselves to the uterus and mooch off the blood supply. If the blood supply to the uterus is blocked, the fibroids will shrink away because they are not being “fed.” This procedure called “uterine artery embolization” is a treatment option for some types of fibroids. You would need imaging studies to determine the exact position of the fibroids. The procedure itself is pretty awesome because it is quick and less invasive than surgery. The downside is that there is a significant amount of pain for weeks, and if you’re thinking of having babies afterwards, it may be more difficult.
If you’ve had a successful embolization procedure, please share your story. It may be the right choice for one of our readers!