Fibroids And Pregnancy
Fibroids and pregnancy constitute a twin that usually causes some stir amongst women.
I have had numerous questions about this issue from women such as-
Can fibroids cause me not to be able to conceive a baby? How will fibroids affect my pregnancy? Do fibroids change during pregnancy and produce symptoms? Etc
I will review these questions clearly, and as usual, in a simple manner just for you to fully understand with no hard to grasp medical jargon!
Three Main Problems
For the purposes of easy comprehension, I have grouped the issues surrounding fibroids and pregnancy into three categories
- Fibroids and fertility. Do fibroids affect a woman’s ability to conceive a pregnancy?
- Pregnancy outcome with fibroids. Do fibroids affect pregnancy? In what way?
- Fibroids during pregnancy. What happens to the size and symptoms of fibroids during pregnancy?
Amongst the three categories above, the first two, that is fertility issues and pregnancy outcomes, are questions of debate amongst the experts. That means experts do not unanimously agree on whether or not fibroids affect fertility and or cause some pregnancy problems.
Fibroids And Fertility
As stated above, this issue is controversial. As one woman rightly said to me, “leave the experts to debate over that. All I want is to get pregnant!”, this page is not an academic discourse on what experts are arguing about but an answer to the questions ordinary women face in their day to day living.
Some experts believe fibroids can actually block the tubes and prevent fertilization and hence pregnancy from occurring and in so doing contribute in some way to the infertility some women are facing. This therefore depends on the size of the fibroid and its location in the uterus.
Simply having fibroids does not mean you are going to be infertile. Many many women conceive with fibroids.
Whatever the case, see your doctor for proper management of your situation if you think fibroids are responsible for an infertility problem.
Pregnancy Outcome With Fibroid
Are there any adverse pregnancy effects when a woman with fibroids conceives? Again, whether or not fibroids actually interfere with pregnancy and in what way they do remain controversial as stated above.
Similarly, some experts believe fibroids that occur in the uterine cavity might interfere especially with early pregnancy. More experts tend to agree on the pregnancy and labor effects, though not all, than on fertility issues.
Complications of fibroids may include
- The need for a cesarean section delivery. This is the most common effect of fibroids on pregnancy
- Premature labor and delivery
- Pain during the second and third trimesters An abnormal fetal position, such as breech position, at birth
- Placenta problems
Fibroids During Pregnancy
Most women with fibroids during pregnancy will not have symptoms.
Fibroids, however, usually increase in size during pregnancy due to high estrogen levels and blood flow and regress after delivery.
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