For years, Lendilla* endured period problems caused by uterine fibroids. In addition to anemia, her fibroid symptoms included:
- back pain
- frequent urination
- pressure, pelvic pain, cramping
- heavy bleeding
- passing clots
Her pelvic pain and cramping were so severe that she required emergency room visits for three consecutive months!
Lendilla says she was spending a small fortune on sanitary products, needing 20 pads for each day of her 12+ days periods. Fibroid symptoms of heavy bleeding and passing clots led to increased blood loss during her menstrual cycles. This caused Lendilla to develop anemia. Despite iron supplements, she had low energy and eventually required a blood transfusion. It was a turning point that made her realize, it’s time to stop suffering through periods and get fibroid treatment.
Anemia Is Among Common Fibroid Symptoms
Having a low number of red blood cells is classified as anemia. Women with uterine fibroids may experience anemia due to heavier and longer periods leading to extra blood loss. The blood loss reduces the amount of iron and hemoglobin, which help produce red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body, so a patient with a low red blood cell count will have reduced oxygen flow.
Signs of Anemia
- Excessive fatigue and loss of energy
- Unusually rapid heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Cold hands and feet
- Pale or yellow skin
- Chest pain
To address her fibroid symptoms and escalating anemia, Lendilla’s gynecologist recommended a hysterectomy to remove her fibroids and uterus. However, Lendilla did not want surgery and asked about other options to treat her fibroids. He suggested that she might be a candidate for uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) and referred her to Fibroid Institute Dallas.
Finding UFE to Treat Fibroid Symptoms
At Lendilla’s consultation she learned about UFE, a minimally invasive procedure that restricts blood flow to the fibroids, causing the fibroids to shrink and die. At Fibroid Institute Dallas, UFE is performed by board-certified interventional radiologists who are specially trained in treating fibroids.
Benefits of UFE at Fibroid Institute Dallas
- There is no hospital stay. UFE is an in-office procedure that is completed in about an hour.
- Recovery time is 7-10 days, which is a lot less than traditional surgery.
- No need for vaginal access is required. Access is through a tiny puncture in the patient’s wrist.
- All fibroids may be treated at the same time.
- No incisions, which means no surgical scarring.
- Over 90% of patients see dramatic improvement in fibroid symptoms with minimal discomfort.
Lendilla also discovered there is nothing normal about fibroids or the life-interrupting symptoms they cause. There was no need to suffer through her periods from fibroid symptoms any longer. She didn’t have to accept that pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, anemia, and blood transfusions were something ongoing to endure. With UFE, she could not only become fibroid free, but also get back her energy and stop buying so many sanitary pads—all without surgery!
“UFE Was a Miracle for Me!”
After UFE, Lendilla’s fibroid symptoms improved very quickly and improved even more as the fibroids continued to shrink. Lendilla was thrilled with the results. Her urinary frequency, constipation and pressure were gone. Her cramping was gone. Plus, without heavy bleeding her anemia improved, and she got her energy back. “It’s a whole different way of life! The procedure changed my life and saved my life. I’m just so grateful.”
Treat Fibroid Symptoms with UFE
Are you suffering from anemia and other fibroid symptoms like Lendilla? Contact Fibroid Institute Dallas to find out if uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), the gold standard in non-surgical fibroid treatment, is right for you. Our board-certified interventional radiologists, Dr. Suzanne Slonim and Dr. Uma Reddy, have collectively performed more than 36,000 procedures with a combined 33+ years of experience. Drs. Slonim and Reddy are the leading North Texas fibroids doctors with a 5-star fibroid practice as rated by patients.
Request a free 10-15 minute phone screening to determine if you are eligible for UFE. After the screening, if you qualify for UFE, you can schedule your onsite or telehealth consultation.
At Fibroid Institute Dallas, we are dedicated to helping you become #FibroidFree. Get started now by calling 214-838-6440 or completing the form below.
*All patient stories are true. Names and/or photos may be changed to protect patient confidentiality.
Every patient’s fibroid journey is different. Scheduling a medical consultation to discuss your symptoms will provide you with information specific to your treatment options. This article is not a substitute for professional medical advice.
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