Uterine fibroids are common benign tumors of the uterus. The presence of a fibroid often causes no symptoms and may not require any specific medical treatment. However, some women do suffer great discomfort related to the presence of large or multiple small fibroids. Symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and pressure, pain during intercourse, constipation, and urinary frequency and obstruction can be due to fibroids. A spectrum of options exists for treating uterine fibroids. Traditional treatments have included hormonal therapy and surgery. A newer, noninvasive option includes uterine artery embolization (UAE). UAE procedures are performed in Lahey's Interventional Radiology Department.
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