A stack of period pads on a calendar representing irregular menstrual cycles.

Do you have an irregular period? Some are blessed with a light and barely noticeable flow, but others are not so lucky. Irregular, abnormal, painful, inconvenient, stressful, messy—these are all words that many women, just like you, have used to describe their monthly period.

While abnormal bleeding and irregular periods may seem common, they can be a sign of a deeper issue and should not be overlooked. In some cases, irregular periods can be caused by uterine fibroids. Fibroids, also called myomas or leiomyomas, are benign tumors that form in the female reproductive tract. Fibroids can cause heavy, prolonged periods, lower back pain, pelvic pressure, and pain during sex. The prolonged, heavy flows can also bring on anemia and fatigue. What’s scarier is many women have no idea that they have fibroids because they don’t have symptoms. If you are unsure that your symptoms are caused by fibroids, take the Uterine Fibroid Symptoms Quiz on the USA Fibroid Centers website. If the result suggests that you have uterine fibroids, call USA Fibroid Centers to start treatment right away.

Women with fibroids may experience bleeding for longer than eight days with more than two to three days of heavy bleeding at the outset. In addition to blood clots in your flow, they can cause spotting in between periods. Sometimes uterine fibroids may lead to even more serious problems, such as blockage of the urinary tract or infertility.

If you are experiencing fibroid symptoms, rest assured you don’t have to live with them or have a hysterectomy to get relief. USA Fibroid Centers offers a treatment option called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). UFE is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure, so you won’t need to stay in the hospital. Here’s why this treatment is considered the gold standard:

During the procedure, you are given a sedative to relax, and ultrasound technology is used to map the locations of the fibroids. Then, after numbing the upper thigh, a tiny catheter is inserted through a very small incision. Again, using ultrasound as a guide, the catheter is threaded through the artery that supplies blood to the fibroid. Small particles flow through the catheter to block the blood flow, causing the fibroid to shrink. The procedure takes 30-45 minutes. You won’t need stitches, and you’ll be able to go home after the procedure. Recovery time is usually 1-2 weeks.

While many women suffer from irregular periods, don’t assume that your irregular period is normal because your friends have the same problem. Take the Uterine Fibroid Symptoms Quiz, and call USA Fibroid Centers at (855) 667-4247 to schedule a consultation with our leading interventional radiologists. Treatments at USA Fibroid Centers are covered by Medicare, most insurance plans, and Medicaid.