Treat Adenomyosis with UFE

A common condition in women that often goes untreated is adenomyosis. Women who have been diagnosed with adenomyosis are often presented with limited treatment options involving either surgery or hormone therapy, causing many women to suffer through this condition without treatment. However, there is now a non-surgical option to treat adenomyosis that will decrease your symptoms and get you back to your daily routine.

What is Adenomyosis?

Adenomyosishappens when the inner lining of your uterus, also known as endometrial tissue, grows into the muscular wall of your uterus. Even though the tissue has been displaced it continues to thicken, break down, and bleed during your menstrual cycle, which causes painful symptoms. Some of the symptoms associated with adenomyosis are painful periods, heavy bleeding during or in between your periods, or pressure and bloating in your stomach.

What a healthy uterus looks like and what adenomyosis looks like

How is this different from Endometriosis?

You may be thinking that this sounds an awful lot like endometriosis, but adenomyosis and endometriosis are different conditions. The main difference between adenomyosis and endometriosis is where the endometrial tissue is displaced. Endometriosis is a condition where tissue that should only be in the uterus grows outside of it and is found in other areas of the body. The most common locations for endometriosis are on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, or even organs not located in the pelvic area. Adenomyosis, as explained above, is caused by the tissue growing into the muscles in your uterus.

Commonly offered treatment options

The most common treatment options suggested by doctors for treatment of adenomyosis are hormone therapy or a hysterectomy. Hormone therapy involves taking birth control pills containing estrogen or using intrauterine devices that release progestin to help control any heavy bleeding associated with your menstrual cycle. But hormone therapy is not a permanent solution because your symptoms will return once you stop using the hormones.

Another solution to treat adenomyosis is a hysterectomy. This procedure removes your entire uterus which will prevent any more pain related to your uterus or the tissue growing inside of it. A hysterectomy is a major surgical procedure and will require a stay in the hospital and a lot of recovery time. This procedure will also prevent any future pregnancies.

Effective Treatment for Adenomyosis: Uterine Fibroid Embolizatuion (UFE)

Uterine fibroid embolization or UFE is a non-surgical procedure that will help reduce painful symptoms of adenomyosis with a much shorter recovery time. UFE has been associated with treating uterine fibroids, but it is now available to treat adenomyosis as well. The UFE procedure uses an ultrasound to guide a catheter into the blood vessels that supply blood to the adenomyosis tissue. The tiny particles will be inserted into the adenomyosis tissue to block the blood flow and cause it to shrink and eventually
die.

The procedure can be completed in about 30 to 45 minutes in an outpatient center. You will then be able to return home where you can finish your recovery. Many women are able to return to their normal routines within one to two weeks.

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