Pregnancy Problems and Your Fibroids

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Pregnancy Problems and Your Fibroids

Although fibroids are not the leading cause of infertility, they are still capable of coming in between you and your ability to have children. Click inside to find out more about fibroids and your fertility.

I heard there were several “types” of fibroids. Which type is responsible for causing infertility? Why? And what can I do if I have this type of fibroid? I’ve been having trouble getting pregnant and I’m afraid this may be why.

There are 3 main types of fibroids: Subserosal, Intramural ,and Submucosal fibroids. Subserosal fibroids develop in the outer portion of the uterus and continue to grow outward. These fibroids typically do not affect a woman’s menstrual flow but can cause pain due to their size and the added pressure on other organs. Intramural fibroids are the most common type of fibroid and develop in the uterine wall. These fibroids can cause the uterus to appear larger in size which can be mistaken for weight gain or pregnancy. Typically the symptoms of this type include heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic and back pain, frequent urination and pressure.

The other type of fibroid tumor is the submucosal fibroid and it is the least common of the three. These fibroids develop within the uterine cavity and can cause excessive menstrual bleeding along with prolonged menstrual cycles. Large submucosal fibroid tumors may increase the size of the uterus cavity, and can block the fallopian tubes which can cause fertility complications or miscarriage.

Fibroids that bulge into the uterine cavity may sometimes lead to miscarriages or fertility issues. This is because it can prevent an egg from implanting in the uterus or cause it to develop improperly. In the normal implantation process, the fertilized egg comes down the fallopian tube and takes hold in the lining of the uterus. If a submucosal fibroid is nearby, it can thin out the lining and decrease the blood supply to the developing embryo. The fibroid may also cause some inflammation in the lining directly above it. The fetus cannot develop properly, and miscarriage may result. However, if you do have a miscarriage and a fibroid is found bulging into the uterine cavity, it is advisable to speak to your physician about your treatment options for having it removed.

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