Uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths that can be found in or around the uterus and are very common. 50-80% of women have them – and they can range in size from very small to very large. Some fibroids can even be big enough to change the shape and size of the uterus.
Many women with fibroids fall pregnant easily and have uncomplicated full-term pregnancies – often not even knowing they have a fibroid until it is detected on a routine pregnancy ultrasound. But for a small percentage of women, fibroids can be a lot more troublesome as they can interfere with conception, pregnancy and birth.
What causes fibroids?
The exact cause of fibroids is unknown, but it is believed that they are related to the levels of oestrogen and progesterone – the hormones produced in a woman’s ovaries. This explains why sometimes fibroids get bigger during pregnancy – when these hormones are at their peak – and then shrink again once a woman has given birth.
There are three types of fibroids:
What are the symptoms of fibroids?
Many women don’t even know they have a fibroid and are symptom – free. Other women, usually women with larger fibroids, can suffer from any of the following symptoms:
How can fibroids affect fertility and pregnancy?
Depending on where it is growing, it is possible for a fibroid to prevent or interfere with conception. In some cases a fibroid may stop a fertilised egg from implanting properly in the uterus. This is can result in an early miscarriage.
Women who successfully fall pregnant, despite having a fibroid, are more at risk of developing complications later in their pregnancy or during birth. Some of these complications include:
How are fibroids treated?
Problematic fibroids are not usually treated during pregnancy, unless a serious health concern emerges eg excessive bleeding or chronic pain. Fibroids that are not causing uncomfortable or painful symptoms are usually left alone and monitored.
Your doctor will discuss treatment options available. These may include:
Tags: Uterine Fibroids & Fertility, Uterine Fibroids & Pregnancy
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hmmmm,God help us women ooo. it is not easy being a woman
Hmmm. Thanks for this info.
#Idonlearnsomething# tanxs MIM for sharing
God help we women.
This issue is really causing a lot of delays in conception lately.
Now I know.
Wow noted n thanks for sharing.
Na wa o.The things women go through
thanks mine is small and i had a miscarrage pls which hospital can i go here in Nigeria, cos my doctors are not saying anything after i they saw it,
Hmmm may God be our strength women with lots of health problems. Tnks MIM for sharing
Informative! !!! Thanks a lot.
Tnx a lot for sharing dis God will preserve all d women folks
Tanks for the information pls which hospital can u recommend here in lag.
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