How to Prepare for a Uterine Fibriod Embolization

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound of the uterus is performed prior to the procedure to determine if fibroid tumors are the cause of your symptoms and to fully assess the size, number and location of the fibroids.

Occasionally, your gynecologist may want to take a direct look at the uterus by performing a laparoscopy. If you are bleeding heavily in between periods, a biopsy of the endometrium (the inner lining of the uterus) may be performed to rule out cancer.

Tell your doctor all medications that you are taking, including herbal supplements, and if you have any allergies, especially to local anesthetic medications, general anesthesia or to contrast materials (also known as "dye" or "X-ray dye"). Your doctor may tell you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or a blood thinner for a specified period of time before your procedure.

Also tell your doctor about recent illnesses or other medical conditions.

Women should always inform their doctor or X-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Radiation is not good for the fetus. If an X-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.

You may not eat for eight hours before your exam. You can have clear liquids up until four hours before your procedure.

You should plan to stay overnight at the hospital following your procedure.

You will be given a gown to wear during the procedure.