When Fibroids Run in the Family

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When Fibroids Run in the Family

Fibroids often run in families and some individuals may find themselves afflicted with fibroids at an earlier age. Find out how fibroids can affect a woman’s fertility and what you can do to mitigate this issue.

Fibroids run in my family. Should I plan to have children sooner rather than later?

Most doctors today will say it’s always wise to have children sooner rather than later because a woman’s age plays such a significant role in the quality of her eggs and potential complications during pregnancy.

Fibroids can affect conception and cause miscarriage. This happens when the fertilized egg comes down the fallopian tube and takes hold in the lining of the uterus. If a submucosal fibroid happens to be nearby, it can thin out the lining and decreases 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, with the next pregnancy, it is possible that the egg will settle in another location, and pregnancy may proceed without problems. However, if you do have a miscarriage and a fibroid is found bulging into the uterine cavity, it is advisable to have it removed.

Although many women will have fibroids during their lifetime, the fibroids often occur in women in their late thirties and forties, a time in life many women may have already completed their families. Only 2% of pregnant women are found to have fibroids when examined with ultrasound according to one study. Also, the vast majority of women who are pregnant and do have fibroids encounter no problems. They go on to have full-term, healthy babies without difficulty. At any rate, results differ among one patient to the next; therefore, it is important to speak to your physician about your individual health situation.

If you have been diagnosed with fibroids or suspect that you may have fibroids, feel free to give us a call at 866-362-6463 so that we may schedule you for a FREE consultation with Dr. Bruce McLucas. By taking advantage of this consultation, you will allow yourself the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the doctor himself, discussing treatment options and deciding whether UAE is a viable option for you.

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