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The Society of Interventional Radiology recently published an article discussing the prevalence of uterine fibroids among women and highlights the lack of awareness and understanding surrounding the condition and its treatment options. According to a survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the Society of Interventional Radiology, more than half of U.S. women do not believe they are at risk of developing uterine fibroids.

While some women may not experience symptoms, others may face debilitating physical effects and bleeding, resulting in pelvic pain, diminished sex life, and declining energy levels. However, many women with fibroids feel a sense of hopelessness and perceive that the condition is controlling their lives.

The survey also reveals that there is a significant silence surrounding uterine fibroids, with one-third of women not personally diagnosed or knowing anyone who has been diagnosed. This lack of discussion contributes to limited awareness of treatment options, with many women believing that hysterectomy is the only solution.

However, a minimally invasive treatment called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) exists. UFE is performed by interventional radiologists and involves blocking the blood vessels leading to the fibroids, causing them to shrink and die. This procedure produces less pain and has a shorter recovery period compared to surgical treatments. Unfortunately, the majority of women (62 percent) have never heard of UFE, even though it has been in clinical use for over 20 years.

The article emphasizes the need for women and healthcare professionals to have access to comprehensive information about uterine fibroids and their treatment options. It also highlights the importance of raising awareness about UFE and ensuring that women are fully informed to make decisions about their treatment.

For more information about uterine fibroids, including patient stories and resources, readers are encouraged to visit the website of the Society of Interventional Radiology. The article also references additional materials that provide insights into ongoing efforts to increase awareness and patient access to UFE.