Are the chances of a successful procedure minimized by approaching menopause (because the arteries narrow)?
The existence of severe narrowing of the arteries could theoretically be a problem but in practical terms does not occur. if your arteries were that small the fibroids would likely have already died from the lack of blood. UFE can induce menopause. While not yet proven, it is likely that the closer you are to entering menopause, the higher the chance that UFE will initiate menopause. In fact, one study found that 15% of women between the ages 45-50 enter menopause following UFE.