Learn about Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

A highly-effective, non-surgical treatment for fibroids.

Non-surgical, no incisions
As effective as surgery
Outpatient, no hospital stay
how it works

What happens during Uterine Fibroid Embolization

A needle poke is made in your thigh or wrist

A small tube called a catheter is threaded from the wrist or thigh to the blood vessels that supply nutrients to fibroids.

Tiny beads are injected into the fibroids

The beads block the arteries supplying blood to the fibroids, stopping their blood flow. The catheter is then removed.

Fibroids shrink, eliminating symptoms

Symptoms go away as the fibroids shrink. 90% of women report a significant decrease in their symptoms after 3 months. [source]

Did you know?

Uterine fibroid embolization has a quick recovery time, with most women returning to work 5-10 days after the procedure.

Who is it for?

Uterine Fibroid Embolization works best for

Heavy menstrual bleeding

Symptoms include long periods, frequent tampon or pad use, having to use tampons and pads at the same time, blood clots, and anxiety related to bleeding during social or work situations.

Notably difficult or painful periods

Symptoms such as pain and severe cramping during periods.

Pelvic pain

Symptoms include pain in the pelvic region including excessive cramping, pelvic bloating, pressure, heaviness, or pain during sexual intercourse.

Bowel & bladder issues

Symptoms like frequent urination or inability to control urination, as well as constipation.

Benefits & considerations

Make educated decisions about the right treatment

At Helped, we strive to provide thorough but uncomplicated information about treatment options to help you make a confident, informed decision.

Benefits 👍
90% success rate
Covered by all insurers
No general anesthesia
No hospital stay
No scars
Preserves fertility
Preserves the uterus
Minimal complication risk
Considerations 🤔
3-7 days of pelvic cramps
Possible pregnancy risks
Small chance for fibroid recurrence
Minor bleeding and infection risk
Very small risk of premature menopause

Hear what real patients are saying

88% of women would recommend uterine fibroid embolization to a friend (2)

I had the procedure done omg I don't feel like I have to urinate all the time. Mine [fibroid] was as big as a grapefruit. My stomach doesn't protrude anymore. I actually cried because I feel sooo much better. I would recommend this procedure to any women.

Jene G.
Atlanta, GA

Had 1 [UFE] a few years ago. It was the best thing I could have ever done. I will say I experienced alot of pain the day of and been happy I had this procedure every since.

Lucy F.
Louisville, KY

Had mine done 1/4/2022, and I haven't felt this good in 17 yrs...every other dr wanted to do a complete hysterectomy no one suggested this [UFE] procedure. I didn't have to suffer this long.

Molly R.

I had one [UFE] in September no pain at all. I had seven Fibroids.

Patricia H.
Philadelphia, PA

I had my ufe procedure 4 days ago. So far so good.

Allison D.
Covington, GA

Vetted specialists who care

Our physicians go through a rigorous 5-step vetting process which includes a review of credentials, high patient satisfaction ratings, commitment to expedited scheduling, and adherence to best-practice treatment protocols.


You have questions, we have answers

Here are some commonly asked questions.

Is uterine fibroid embolization safe?
Is uterine fibroid embolization safe?
Will UFE work on larger fibroids?
Will UFE work on larger fibroids?
How long does it take to recover from UFE?
How long does it take to recover from UFE?
How big is the incision?
How big is the incision?
How long will it take for my symptoms to disappear?
How long will it take for my symptoms to disappear?
What can I expect during recovery?
What can I expect during recovery?
Can I still get pregnant?
Can I still get pregnant?
Is it covered by insurance?
Is it covered by insurance?
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