Can Fibroids Ruin Our Chances of Getting Pregnant?

Can Fibroids Ruin Our Chances of Getting Pregnant?

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are benign tumors that are found in the uterus. They are very common in women. In fact, most doctors estimate that up to as many as one half of women will experience fibroids at some point in her lifetime. Most of the time, fibroids have no symptoms at all, and most women who have them never even know. However, today we are going to tackle the question of whether or not fibroids can affect fertility. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What causes fibroids?

No one is for sure what the exact cause of uterine fibroids is. They are very uncommon in teenage girls, and they are most common in women who are between the ages of thirty and fifty. After menopause, most fibroids begin to shrink on their own. For this reason, it is obvious that fibroids are affected by hormones, and that they are likely to grow faster when a woman’s estrogen levels are at their highest.

Intramural fibroids

Intramural fibroids are the most common type of fibroids that there are. These fibroids can sometimes affect your chances of getting pregnant, but they don’t usually. Depending on the size of these fibroids, they can sometimes be removed via surgery.

Subserosal fibroids

These fibroids are typically the largest type. They are less likely to affect your chances of getting pregnant than the other types of fibroids. They are the types that grow outside of the uterus, and they don’t usually affect fertility at all.

Submucosal fibroids

This is the rarest type of fibroid. They grow on the inside of the uterus, and they are the most difficult to treat. They are also the ones that are the most likely to cause problems getting pregnant and you will need help getting pregnant.

If you do get pregnant

If you have fibroids and you do happen to get pregnant, don’t be alarmed. Fibroids don’t usually affect pregnancy at all. They will probably get bigger in size however. In some rare cases, fibroids can put you at an increased risk for miscarriage or preterm labor. In very rare cases, the fibroids can grow so large that they block the birth canal, and these can cause problems with delivery. Unless there are very severe risks to both mother and baby, fibroids are not usually treated during pregnancy.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.