Uterine Fibroids

A Step in the Right Direction

Uterine Fibroid Illustration

A law passed in the state of Rhode Island last year is a significant milestone in the drive to reduce the number of unnecessary hysterectomies performed each year. The law went into effect January 1 and requires health insurers operating in that state to cover the laparoscopic removal of uterine fibroids—including the uterine artery embolization procedure. Whether you call it…

How Uterine Fibroid Embolization Works

Uterine Fibroid Illustration

What is a uterine fibroid? A uterine fibroid is a noncancerous growth in the uterus. It typically appears during childbearing years. Many women have uterine fibroids, but often, uterine fibroids do not cause any symptoms. Some women might experience various symptoms including heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic and back pain, extended menstrual periods, constipation, or frequent urination. Women with fibroids have…

UFE Viable Option for Patients with Fibroids

Uterine fibroids afflict 20 to 40 percent of women age 35 and older. Uterine fibroids are common benign growths that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus. Sizes range from a quarter of an inch to larger than a cantaloupe, and typically there is more than one fibroid present. African American women are at a higher risk of fibroids…

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