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. 

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)
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.
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).

Learn more about fertility surgery

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