Uterine Fibroids & Fertility
Fibroids are very common in women of reproductive age with up to 80% of women experiencing fibroids during their lifetime.
Certain types of fibroids are known to affect fertility and your chance of conceiving.
- What is a Fibroid?
Fibroids are benign uterine growths, which may affect fertility:
- In the uterine wall (intramural)
- On the outer surface of the uterus (subserosal)
- Protruding into the cavity of the uterus (submucosal)
- What are the symptoms of Fibroids?
The most common symptoms related to fibroids are:
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Pressure, because of the size and position
- Pain, depending on the location and size
Many women are asymptomatic (have no symptoms) from their fibroids.
- How do you treat Fibroids?
Fibroids may interfere with implantation of a developing embryo. Your fertility specialist would usually discuss the treatment option following a diagnosis and ultrasound.
If the fibroid is within the cavity of the uterus then a hysteroscopy may be required. If the fibroid is within the muscle of the uterus or outside the uterus, the treatment may be by surgical removal, by laparoscopy (keyhole surgery).