Women’s Stories

Sydney Fibroid Clinic has aided a number of women in achieving uterine fibroids relief, enjoying regular activities, and leading an ordinary lifestyle.

Read their stories below.

Making Life Easier

Making Life Easier

- H.G.

I found the embolisation technique to be quick, with some sensation during the procedure. Afterwards it just felt like period pain. I was able to go home after a two-night stay and move around without too much effort. I was off work from 27th of April to the 6th of May, but only as a precaution. I had some mild spotting and not too much pain – only taking Panadol for the first few days. I didn’t take the pain relief tablets prescribed to me at the hospital, as I didn’t need them.

My first period was five weeks after the surgery and I already noticed it wasn’t as heavy as before. My cycle returned to the 28 days immediately. I had a few days of light spotting at the end of each period lasting three to four days, but this was only for the first few periods. By my second and third periods the change was dramatic and I didn’t have the very heavy days.

Before UFE, I had to go to the toilet every hour to change. So I didn’t have the stress of worrying about long trips, I’d have to double-up on protection. I didn’t feel as though I couldn’t go anywhere because of the inconvenience.

I used to avoid going out, so I turned down invitations. I also had to make excuses to my manager to work in a location closer to home, because the travel time made things difficult – not easy when your manager is male! I was also really worried about soiling clothing, so I wore a lot of black.

I had a further blood test in June and I was cleared of any anaemia as my blood counts had returned to normal. My iron had dropped a bit, but my GP wasn’t worried as he said my body was using the iron to create red blood cells, rather than me losing it every month.

Things have returned to normal. I’m going out without problems and not carrying around or wearing extra protection. My husband has also noticed the difference, as he was impacted with what he could and couldn’t do and would have to make excuses for me for not going out.

UFE hasn’t left me with any side effects, scarring or pain and it’s so simple and easy. To think that I may have been referred for a hysterectomy if I had another GP is pretty frightening.

Thanks again for making life a whole lot easier!

Loving Life

Loving Life

- C.G.

My wife had your procedure to reduce her fibroids, which were sapping her of a lot of red blood cells. She was very ill for a long while until she was referred to you by way of Dr Jeremy Tham to Dr Bevan Brown. My first impression was how easy it all unfolded – from her first consultation to post-surgery.

My wife is a very active person who will see everything there is to see and be involved in a host of different activities. She was hamstrung by her fibroid problem that needed constant attention to work her everyday life.

Her embolisation has maintained her newfound high red blood count to a very healthy and safe level, which has made her much happier and healthier. The main difference is that she can go about her normal life without the worry of fibroids sapping her of energy and avoiding places and events because she was feeling flat or exhausted. She is back to full strength and loving life.

I highly recommend your work and feel that more or all women suffering from fibroids must take this action before going down the road to removal of their uterus.

The procedure was easy on her body and the results are astronomical, so thank you for your work and care. I hope you will help a lot more women with their health.

A Second Chance

A Second Chance

- L.C.

I am so happy to help raise awareness in order to help someone else out there! You are the reason for my sweet, little boy and I can never thank you enough!!!

About ten years ago I started seeing several doctors, as I knew there was something wrong with my body. My symptoms were severe iron deficiency, unexplainable weight gain, mood swings and general lethargy.

As the years passed all would tell me I simply needed to change my diet and one even gave me a course of six iron injections to fix the problem. It wasn’t until I was so tired of having the same problems that I went to see a few specialists. Years later one finally diagnosed me with having an unusually large fibroid in my uterus.

I was referred to one of the best gynaecologists to see what my options were and after a long journey to this point, I was told my only option was a hysterectomy and that I would never have any children. My husband and I were devastated and very emotional that day. The doctor was quick to get me to sign the hospital paperwork to have the procedure done as soon as possible.

I decided to check one last doctor who my sister and friend had deliver their children and was told I did have another option: uterine fibroid embolisation. After more consultations I elected to have UFE done and keep my uterus intact.

Now, four years later, I have better health and a very healthy and happy ten-month-old little boy who is the best thing that has ever happened to my husband and I. I am so grateful for a second chance and the option to be a mother.

Fibroids Case Studies

  • Case Study 1

    A 44-year-old lady with severe, heavy menstrual period required a super-pad change every two hours. She had tried medications, such as tranexamic acid, but they did not help. She chose to have UFE to keep her uterus intact. At six months post-UFE her fibroid had shrunk from 138ml to 51ml, her heavy period resolved and she was ‘ecstatic’ with results.

  • Case Study 2

    A 38-year-old busy mother of two with severe, heavy menstrual bleeding required pad and tampon changes every hour for the heavy three days of her period. She also suffered from bladder symptoms and severe period pain. She felt she was too young to have a hysterectomy and chose to have UFE instead. Her fibroid shrank from 87ml to only 2ml. Her periods are now ‘amazingly light’ and she is extremely happy with the UFE outcome.

  • Case Study 3

    A 43-year-old teacher with a bulging tummy complained of bloating and pressure, urinary frequency and night-time urination. She was well and healthy otherwise, and uninterested in major surgery. The marked reduction of fibroid volume went from 533ml to 211ml at six-month progress. The fibroid is no longer viable, seen as the dark signal without contrast enhancement; note the normal looking viable enhancing myometrium M. All her symptoms have resolved and she is glad that she can now fit her jeans again.

  • Case Study 4

    A 48-year-old doctor’s wife suffered from severe, heavy menstrual bleeding, anaemia and low iron. She failed tranexamic acid but was not interested in long-term hormone pills. She had hysteroscopic removal of two intracavitary fibroids and insertion of a Mirena IUD. She continued to suffer from HMB but declined a hysterectomy. Her pre-UFE MRI showed numerous fibroids denoted as F. The fibroids became non-viable and shrunken, seen as non-enhancing dark nodules, while the uterine volume reduced from 781ml to 349ml. Her periods become very light and she is very happy: ‘UFE changed my life’.