I have suffered from heavy bleeding since the day I started having my period. About 5 years ago, the periods became so painful that I had to plan around my cycle (ugh)! All of a sudden, I found myself calling in sick to work on the first two days of my cycle. I would be in bed both days in total pain. I describe the pains as being equivalent to that of “labor pains” (if not worse).
In January of 2009, I was diagnosed with Endometriosis. I had surgery, and there was absolutely no relief…as a matter of fact, it seems that my pains got worse. It was a couple of years later that I began to do research and found out about a procedure called UFE (Uterine Fibroid Embolization)…the best thing I could have ever stumbled upon. This is where they enter through an artery in the groin, and inject particles into the arteries that is supplying blood flow to the fibroids.
These particles are injected to block the blood flow to those arteries, and overtime will cause the fibroid tumors to shrink and possibly die all together. I was praying that I wouldn’t be going through that procedure in vein, AND I DIDN’T!! The surgery was a success, and I am so glad that I did it!
One thing…you should make sure that you do not want children prior to considering having this procedure since there is a 50/50 chance of you becoming pregnant aferwards. My surgeon told me that he has had patients that have become pregnant after the procedure, but there is certainly NO GUARANTEE! I have a 9 year old son, so I am fine with that. If God sees fit for me to have another child, he’ll make provisions, if not…well, that’s okay too. I’ll be 41 this year…
Again, this is one of the best decisions that I’ve made in life. Now my periods are sooooo light (and short), that I often forget that I’m having one. I have no pain at all now…it’s a wonderful life! And by the way, it was noticeable by my very first period after the procedure!
I did have to stay overnight in the hospital…believe me, you will want to do that! The cramping the first 3 days after the procedure is awful…they seem to never go away, but it was well worth it. I’d do it all over again if I had to! I was back to work after a week.
I would reccomend this procedure to anyone who is dealing with uterine fibroids that include heavy bleeding, and unbearable pain. There really is relief for us ladies! Don’t continue to suffer in pain…DO IT!!!!
I’ve also noticed that my stomach is not as large as it used to be. I’ve gone from a size 14 to a size 12.
Make sure that you do your own research and make your OWN decision about this procedure, because with any procedure there are risks. I had an hour long consultation with the surgeon about a month prior to having the procedure, and after my research and consulting with him, I knew this was the right thing for me to do as I did not want to have a hysterectomy (didn’t want to deal with the recovery time, nor the possibility of early onset of MENOPAUSE).
I hope this helped!…