UFE - One Year Anniversary

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Hello Group,

I have reached my one year anniversary of having the UFE done to battle a decade long battle with fibroids. I am happy to report that I am doing very well. All of my symptoms have resolved. My stomach continues to shrink as the fibroids soften and recede.

So far I have not had a period since July and I am kinda happy. I mean after bleeding heavily for the most part of a ten year period, I am happy not to see blood down there. Lol. Which means I am in my pre-menopausal stage. I get hot flashes and the beginning was rough because my whole body felt like I was on fire. I have found nautral rememdies to help with that and I barely get them now, when I do, they are no where as bad as before.

But I did experience weight gain that came out of nowhere. So, I did my research and found it is very common. I have now embarked on a rigorous exercise regimen to combat the weight gain. I also cut my calories and watch my sugar intake. I drink even more water. I am seeing a change and the weight is coming off slowly.

But overall, I am back to feeling like my old self before fibroids took over. I am so happy that I decided on taking the UFE route. I am so looking forward to next summer, which will really be my beginning summer of change where I truly get to enjoy being me totally again.

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    I also have reached my one year anniversary from my UFE. I will be 52 this December. My Last period normal/ light/5 days , was April, this year.

    This has been the best thing I have done for myself ever (well besides my boob job) ;-D. Pre menopause kicking in, hot flashes but very quick and mild, I hope that will stay the same.

    This may not be for everyone, but after my results I highly recommend everyone thinking about getting this done I say "YES, DO IT". I was diagnosed 2 yrs ago with fibroids , they just showed up suddenly, bleed almost to death, blood clots , embarrassing moments , unable to have sexual relations (outside the shower) my whole entire life evolved around my bleeding, anemic, tired, frustrated and not to mention the cramps I felt like I was in labor, if I didnt take my norcos, with in minutes from the first sign of pain, then I was to suffer for the next hour until they kicked in. I was not going to live like this, My Gyno suggested having my uterus taken out, I did some research and I didnt want to go that route, she then suggested UFE and well here we are one year later, ALL my symptoms gone. And my life is mine again.

    Do it, Just do it

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      Hi Maria,

      I, too, am not regretting this procedure. I am close in age to you, and all that you described was so similar to what I experienced prior to the procedure. This was such a game changer for me. Now I'm hoping that no fibroids grow between now and the time menopausal symptoms die down. I'm not having periods some months, so guessing this is just the start. How do most women go through this stage and make it to their 60s and beyond??? LOL I will find out!!! πŸ˜ƒ

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      Hi Maria1212,

      Glad to hear all is well with you too. My sexual relations are back as well and so much better than they have been in the past 10 years, when I had to worry about bleeding and so on. I agree that the UFE was the best decision and I am so very happy.

      I am back to running and playing tennis again and being very active. All of which I have not really done in the past many years.

      My Ob/Gyn was also trying to get me to have a hysterectomy, so happy I listened to my inner voice and trusted my gut and did the UFE too.

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    Hi Bella,

    Congrats on having such a positive outcome after UFE. I, actually remember some of your posts, and I, too, had the same procedure a year ago. My results have been similar, but my periods are still coming off and on. They are so light. Having my life back after at least 10 years of not knowing I had so many fibroids and a couple of large ones at that, feels good. Less anemia, too. Best of luck going through menopause! By the way, what are you using to control the hot flashes and other symptoms?

    Thank you for sharing and your response in advance.

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      Hello Cindy6712,

      Yes, I do remember you too. Wow, what a difference a year makes. I am so happy that I listened to my gut and went he UFE route. It is very much like change - rough in the beginning, somewhat okay in the middle, but very beautiful in the end.

      Glad all has worked out for you as well. I take an over the counter supplement for combating menopause. I did my research and the HRT that doctors give, is known to cause cancer, so I am not going that route. Hoping this isn't TMI, but I am back enjoying relations with my significant other better than before. He is really glad that I am back πŸ˜ƒ

      So now, I am back running my 5ks and 6ks like I use to. Playing tennis again. My energy levels are back and I am staying full of energy.

      I think we need positive stories and happy ones too here. They help a great deal.

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      Hi Bella,

      Yes, quite a Wow from a year ago! πŸ˜ƒ I know what you mean about relations with your significant other, as that has improved for me, as well. I am not a runner, but I do walk 7 days a week and my HIIT exercises in the morning are "easier" to do without pain in my stomach. I thought a gremlin was growing in my stomach and wanted to get out every time I was doing my routine (prior to the UFE). LOL I am still taking Iron pills, but need less than ever before. I had great results when I had blood work done back in May. I refuse to take HRT for similar reasons.

      I agree regarding positive stories. I appreciate some of the chat sites that I am a part of since support and knowledge from others can be helpful. I realize that not everything works for everyone, but at least the information and results are out there and the person seeking the information can take out of it whatever they see fit.

      Keep doing what you do and enjoy the new improved you! πŸ˜ƒ

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      Awesome that you walk. Walking is very good and gets the same results over time. Yes, everyone's journey is different, but like you said we should share our stories because you never know who it may help.

      I love that I found this site and can write about my experiences. For a very long time I didn't have an outlet and suffered alone besides talking with my God πŸ˜ƒ. This has been very helpful and therapeutic.

      But, I would like to do more. Like help to bring more awareness about the other options like UFE and what they should truly expect. Many health care providers are clueless themselves. All they seem to know is to recommend hysterectomy.

      Are you on instagram? Let me know and I'll send you a private message to check something out.

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      Yes, I originally went to my gynecologist who said same. I brought a printout of options to remove the fibroids, yet she only knew how to do a hysterectomy while an associate could have done another procedure (don't remember which one). Most, in that field, are not trained to do other procedures.

      I agree with you this site has been a good outlet, therapeutic in a sense, and learning site.

      I do not have an instagram account, but am on messenger.

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      Oh okay, I was going to have you go on one woman's page and see her battle of fibroids. She had about 29 removed of which about 4 were extremely big in size. They showed them as they were removed during her surgery. It is crazy. I asked my Ob how fibroids come about...is it diet?

      Not one of them had an answer for something that plagues women and makes life really tough for them. Its a shame.

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      Hi Bella,

      Wow! 29 fibroids is a LOT. Which surgery did this particular woman have? It would be great if scientists or the research community could figure out why women get these in the first place. I also asked my gyne how to avoid them in the future, but no knowledge. Fibroids really make love life and daily activities very difficult to accomplish.

      Hope you have a good week!

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      Oh I know.....fobroids are spoilers for everyday living. Not only do they gives some of the worst symptoms, but they disfigure women and make us feel so insecure about our bodies. That was the worse part for me. I was always one size for many years, then all of a sudden I could wear all of my pretty clothes. I am still work in progress, but at least I can see progress.

      I believe the lady had a myomectomy because they showed the doctors taking them out of her during surgery.

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    Congrats, I wish i would of did that instead of open myomectomy 😀😭😭. I hate the scar it's so ugly πŸ‘Ή πŸ˜’β˜Ή. And i thought my stomach would have gone back to being flat πŸ€” but nope. It's been 8 months since the surgery. BUT WHEN DOES THE SWELLING GO DOWN 😀😀😀🀧😑😠. So to ratan. Congrats 😎 πŸ™πŸΎ πŸ™ŒπŸΎ.

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      Hi Pam87650,

      Sorry to hear about your scar. Trying using cocoa butter on the scar. As for the stomach, it will eventually go down. Mine too some time and it is still going down each day. We have to be patient. It took many years for my stomach to get that big, so I said I needed to give it time to go down. I also work out more now and that is helping.

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      Thanks, idk i was using a aloe vera plant for weeks. I got tired of not seeing any resultsπŸ˜’. i heard of derma somthing i fir got what it was calledπŸ€”

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      Hi Pam,

      Oh yes, I know what you are talking about as I have seen it on the show "The Doctor's" a year or two ago, Derma E for scars. I have stretch marks from over 24 years ago on my hips from pregnancy, and wish I knew what to use then (maybe that did not exist then). Thankfully, the stretch marks are light in color and not bad.

      I totally understand regarding not seeing results any quicker. You will get there. πŸ˜ƒ

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