Can Fibroids Affect Your Chances of Getting Pregnant?

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors present near or inside the uterus (womb) that are common in females of 25-55 years of age. Estrogen imbalance in the body forms fibroids. Also, these fibroids increase in size when estrogen is boosted up in the body. This is why many patients think that fibroids can affect their chances of pregn

Further, they create little to no symptoms, but, some may experience heavy menstrual bleeding or severe cramping during the periods. Based on their locations, fibroids can be the cause of your infertility or frequent miscarriages.

They occupy the space within the womb thereby making it difficult to conceive and to grow the baby. Fibroids cause problems in pregnancy and must be removed well in time to achieve an uneventful pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Symptoms of Fibroids

  • Heaviness in the lower abdomen
  • Spotting/bleeding in between the periods
  • Irregular and heavy menstruation
  • Constipation
  • Anemia
  • Pain during intercourse maybe there
  • Low back pain
  • Infertility
  • Frequent miscarriage
  • Complications in pregnancy
  • Problems in urination etc

Problems That Fibroids Can Cause During Pregnancy

  • Pain in the second and third trimester
  • Increased risk of miscarriage
  • Fibroids can disrupt fetal growth as they don’t give enough room for the fetus to grow fully
  • More chances of C-section delivery
  • Increased chances of placenta abruption or abnormal position of the baby
  • Fibroids initiates uterine contractions

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Can Fibroids affect your chances of getting pregnant?

Yes, fibroids can affect your chances of getting pregnant. Where some fibroids have little to no effect on your fertility while others might delay pregnancy. Fibroids can be classified based on their location and the effect on the fertility they create are:

Type 0 and 1 fibroids

Also known as Submucosal fibroids develops inside the uterine cavity. This type of fibroids hampers the development of fetus if the pregnancy sets in, hence they must be removed.

Type 2 and type 3 fibroids

They are half inside the uterine wall and half outside. This kind of fibroids can create problems such as infertility and embryo sustenance.

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Through Hysteroscopic Resection these fibroids are removed. It is a daycare procedure without any cuts or stitches. So the patient can go home on the same day.

Type 4 & Type 5 Fibroids

These types of fibroids are found expanding in the wall of the uterus. So they are removed only when they are abrupting the uterine lining, endometrium.

Laparoscopic myomectomy is the procedure performed to remove them. This keyhole surgery makes the surgery less invasive and provides early recovery. The patient will be discharged on the next day of the procedure.

Type 6, 7 and 8 fibroids

These fibroids create little to no problems in fertility or pregnancy as they are present outside the uterine walls.

However, if they are hampering the functioning of any other reproductive organ such as fallopian tubes etc, then they must be removed to achieve a healthy pregnancy.

If you are suffering from any type of fibroids or having difficulty in conceiving, then we highly suggest you consult a fertility doctor without any delay.

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