Getting Pregnant With Fibroids

Fibroids are tumors that grow in the womb or on the outer part of the womb. Trying to conceive with fibroids is quite normal as up to 70% of women will at one point have fibroids.

 

There are however some women whose fibroids are a source of serious problems. For some women, it hinders fertility. Because of fibroids, some women have had miscarriages. This page is meant to give information that can change the negative experiences you may have had with fibroids.

 

ON THIS PAGE:

What causes fibroids?

Can fibroids cause infertility?

How fibroids hinder pregnancy.

Symptoms of fibroids.

How do you stop fibroids from growing?

Does removing fibroids increase fertility?

 

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It is also a known fact that most women trying to conceive with fibroids are fertile. The majority have normal pregnancies and give birth to healthy babies even without any treatment.

 

If therefore you are trying to conceive with fibroids, you have good company. In fact, it is believed that most women that get pregnant and give birth do so without knowing that they ever had fibroids.

 

Yet there are some women trying to conceive with fibroids who have a tough time conceiving. Some already have worrisome symptoms of fibroids even before trying to get pregnant.

Intramural fibroids
Intramural fibroids

Whether fibroids cause worrisome symptoms or require treatment depends on their location, size, and number. Trying to conceive with fibroids may become problematic mainly when the fibroids are quite large.

 

Fibroids located inside the womb (intramural fibroids) are more likely to be problematic to fertility than those located on the outer part of the womb (subserosal fibroids).

Subserosal fibroids
Subserosal fibroids

What causes fibroids?

The exact cause of fibroids is not yet clear. There is however evidence that it may be caused by a combination of genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors.

For instance, regarding genetic factors, its been observed that having a close relative with fibroids increases the chances of having Fibroids. Also, African American women tend to have a higher chance of having fibroids.

 

Can fibroids cause infertility?

Like I mentioned earlier, most women with fibroids are fertile. Fibroids may be more problematic if they are too large. A specialist can help check whether fibroids might be hindering pregnancy. Of course, some women having fibroids have as a result been struggling with getting and staying pregnant.

 

How fibroids hinder pregnancy

  • If the presence of fibroids in the womb changes the shape of the womb, movement of sperms may be hindered. If the sperm fertilizes the egg, fibroids may hinder the movement of the fertilized egg (embryo).
  • Fibroids may also block the fallopian tube.
  • The ability of an embryo to stick (implant) to the womb and develop can also be hindered by fibroids.

 

Symptoms of fibroids

You may not have any symptoms of fibroids. If you do have symptoms, the most common symptoms are:

Heavy or painful periods

Bleeding between periods

Prolonged periods

Feeling full or feeling pressure in your lower abdomen

Painful sex

back pain

Constipation

Miscarriage

Frequent urination

Difficulty in emptying your bladder

Bleeding and pain during your first three months of pregnancy.

 

How do you stop fibroids from growing?

There are a number of changes you can make that might help reduce your risk for fibroids.

  • Eat plenty of fresh and cooked green vegetables, fresh fruit, legumes, and fish.
  • Consume less of alcohol
  • Get enough vitamin D
  • It’s been discovered that eating plenty of fruits like apples and tomatoes, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage, may lower the risk of developing fibroids. Similarly, organic fruits and vegetables and whole-grain foods could help reduce the negative effects of fibroids.

 

Exercising can also help in limiting the growth of the fibroids. Research showed that there is a relationship between BMI – body mass index – and the development of uterine fibroids. Exercising and reducing your BMI can help hinder the growth of fibroids.

 

Does removing fibroids increase fertility?

There is not enough evidence to show that removing it increases fertility. Just one research was found that studied the effect of removing fibroids on fertility. The research found that removing fibroids had no significant benefit to fertility.

 

Though when fibroids causes significant discomfort, many opt to remove it for their health sake even if not for the sake of fertility.

Testimony of a healthy birth after the removal of large fibroids

Further reading on trying to conceive with fibroids

 

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