Fibroids & Fertility


A recent study comparing the fertility of women who had undergone uterine fibroid embolisation with those who had a myomectomy, showed similar numbers of successful pregnancies for both groups. Both myomectomy and fibroid embolisation have their own value in restoring the uterus to normal function. When to choose myomectomy and when fibroid embolisation? And what happens in the longer term.
Also, what if fibroids are present during pregnancy?


Preserving Fertility

Women who seek to restore or improve fertility through treatment of their fibroid disease, will have to make a choice between fibroid embolisation or surgical removal of the fibroids through myomectomy. There are not many quality studies on fertility after either treatment – even though there should be a broader experience with myomectomy. Large comparison studies for infertility are currently not available – and stated by physicians as very difficult to implement.
Though by observing what is known, we can come a long way in making a comparison between these two treatment options.

Concluding it can be said that both myomectomy and fibroid embolisation have their own value in restoring the uterus to normal function – depending on the number, size, and position of fibroids to be treated, as well as your over all health and personal preference.Read more...

Your Body - Your Choice

The overall risks with fibroid embolisation and myomectomy regarding future fertility may well be equal, and the two procedures a trade-off.
Each situation will call for a different approach in deciding on appropriate treatment, and this will be adequately clarified to help you in your choice.
One thing is for sure: fibroid embolisation carries less overall risks, and fibroids cannot regrow, as each and every fibroid is treated – this in contrast to myomectomy.

It might be of support to other women if you could share your experiences regarding your treatment. . . and outcome.
Please keep us posted via the Forum on this website. Read more...

In the News

According to a Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions study being presented at the American 27th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology (SCVIR):
" After UFE, hormone levels remained the same, no patients had procedure-induced menopause and uterine wall was thicker – all good indicators for maintaining fertility."
In another study of women who wanted to maintain fertility, there have been 6 pregnancies in 10 women trying to conceive. Read more...

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