Pregnant and Diagnosed with Uterine Fibroids?
- Created: March 22, 2016
- by: Leah Johnson
Congratulations, You’re Pregnant, but…You Have Been Diagnosed With Fibroids
Though having a normal pregnancy is possible despite your uterine fibroids there are certain things you should know to be properly informed about your medical condition. Advocating for yourself is critical in being responsible for your medical health. Having sound and accurate information is an important building block to effective self-advocacy as regards your medical health.
What are Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that grow in or closely around the uterus. It is believed that these growths are comprised of abnormally generated muscular tissue. The cause of uterine fibroids is not completely known but is mainly attributed to varying hormone levels and in particular the hormone estrogen.
Uterine fibroids can range in size from the minute and microscopic to large and weighing several pounds. They are usually detected by a pelvic examination performed by a physician and by the use of ultrasound technology. Detection and diagnosis may also include a biopsy of the tissue. Many women are unaware they have uterine fibroids because the condition has not exhibited any symptoms. Women who do experience symptoms commonly suffer from one or more of the following:
- Increased or prolonged periods
- Severe abdominal pain
- Feeling of bloating
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Unexplained constipation
How Can Uterine Fibroids Affect Your Pregnancy?
The treatment of fibroids varies widely and is contingent upon a lot of different factors. For pregnant women it is even more complex since the health of the growing fetus is an all-important variable in determining treatment.
Factors such as the position, size, and amount of the uterine fibroid(s) come into play since the fibroid is now sharing space in the uterus with the growing fetus. As a result many physicians would rather not treat the condition during the pregnancy if all is progressing well and there are no potential risks to the mother or baby.
Unfortunately, some pregnant women do experience complications due to the presence of uterine fibroids. Some women have fibroids that are located in the birth canal and may obstruct normal vaginal delivery. Due to increased levels of estrogen during pregnancy, the fibroids may grow during this time proving risky to the growing fetus. Some pregnant women may experience bleeding during the first trimester due to fibroids. The occurrence of miscarriage and premature delivery may increase and pose significant risk to an otherwise healthy pregnancy.
We are fortunate to have new technologies today when utilized by skillful hands can be an effective treatment of uterine fibroids during pregnancy with successful outcomes for both mother and baby. It is imperative to have an obstetrician who is knowledgeable and skilled in the monitoring of pregnancy with the inherent risk factors involved due to the presence of fibroids.
Those residents who reside in the Beverly Hills, CA area and would like to speak with a physician who is skilled in treating the uterine fibroids of expectant mothers can feel free to contact our office for consultations or questions. Call (800) 645-6095 today to learn more about fibroid treatments.