Sex lives of fibroid patients are improved with uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), a minimally-invasive treatment, according to a French study.
Sex lives and UFE – findings
In the French study, 250 women from 25 French centers underwent UFE treatment for their fibroids. They filled out assessments before the procedure and one year later. The results were presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s annual scientific meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
Significantly, a year after the procedure nearly 80 percent of the women were enjoying improved sexual experiences. The areas studied included pain, desire, arousal, and satisfaction. In addition, 90 percent of the patients had overall quality of life that was better than before they underwent UFE.
UFE benefits overall quality of life
The look at sexual satisfaction was a new focus on a procedure that has been around for women for a while. The study also covered other aspects of UFE and quality of life.
While 189 women experienced heavy bleeding before the procedure, only 39 had the same symptom a year later. Similarly, while about 170 had fibroid pain, only 42 experienced pain a year afterward. Patients were able to more fully embrace many aspects of normal and active lives as well as their sex lives after UFE.
Why don’t more women in the U.S. opt for UFE for their fibroids?
Many women don’t know about the UFE treatment option for their fibroids.
The right treatment for uterine fibroids depends on a number of factors, from the size and number of fibroids to the patient’s personal history and pregnancy plans. Further research is being undertaken regarding treatments for fibroids, allowing women to continue getting the information they need to make the best treatment decisions for their situations.
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