To those of you that don’t know, a fibroid is a non-cancerous growth that some women get inside or on their uteruses. If you already know about fibroids, then chances are, you can relate to what I’m about to say. I first found out that I had fibroids with the pregnancy of my first child ten years ago, but they didn’t bother me then. That changed after I gave birth to my second child. My first menstrual cycle post-partum was extremely heavy, but I attributed it to having just given birth. As the years went on, my cycles got heavier and heavier and stayed on incrementally longer and longer. They went from lasting about four days, to lasting five days, and then eventually lasting about seven days. After the birth of my second child, I mentioned the issue to my ob/gyn, and he suggested a hysterectomy, a procedure that removes your whole uterus. I was not a fan of that idea at all! What 30-something do you know that wants to experience menopause?! Not me! About this time one of my aunties had gotten fed up with her fibroids (I call that”‘roid rage”) and decided to try a relatively new procedure at the time referred to as a UFE (uterine fibroid embolization) or a UAE (uterine artery embolization). This procedure is minimally invasive, unlike a hysterectomy or a myomectomy, which requires lots of cutting and a recovery time of about 6 weeks or greater. Candidates for UFE are done having babies, although some women have gotten pregnant after undergoing the procedure. Did I forget to mention that the recovery time for a UFE is only about 2 weeks?! Well, my aunty went through with the procedure, which is done by a radiologist, not an ob/gyn. She experienced a major reduction in her bleeding. Despite the fact that she went on to have a partial hysterectomy 5-6 years later, I was convinced that UFE was the way to go for me; even if it could only buy me more time from having some type of hysterectomy. The last straw for me was having to leave my job with my jacket wrapped around my waist while walking down the hall past my co-workers. Talk about embarrassing. I had had enough of my ‘roid rage! I found me a radiologists and went in for a consultation. I had my procedure done on June 30, 2016. In this blog, I am going to document my recovery experience, at least for a couple of menstrual cycles. If you care to know the results, stay posted.

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