Women with uterine fibroids experience significantly worse Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) than women without fibroids3. Heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) is common in women with symptomatic fibroids, and is associated with a considerable QoL burden, including psychological and social factors, and disruption to a normal routine39. Uterine fibroids impair productivity, increase absenteeism, and are associated with increased disability claims for symptomatic women40. In the CHASM study4 which was carried out in five European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK) and used WPAI-SHP to measure absenteeism scores, employed women with uterine fibroids reported an absenteeism rate of 32.7%. Furthermore productivity was impaired by 36.1% and activity was impaired by 37.9%4.
Surgical treatment for uterine fibroids place a significant demand on health care resources. A further economic burden may be associated with the complications resulting from surgery, or the need for re-surgery, particularly in cases where the women have undergone UAE or myomectomy.