What are the risks of uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)?

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The risks for UFE are very low and significantly lower than any of the surgical options for fibroids. There are some women who no longer menstruate after UFE. This has been reported in very rare cases in women under 40 years of age. The risk is about 1-2% for women 40-50yrs and higher for those women over 50 years of age. About 5% of women will temporarily pass some fibroid material vaginally and on a rare occasion will need to have a hysteroscopic removal (like a D & C) of a fibroid that will not pass vaginally. Finally, there is a rare infection risk.

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