Re: Pregant with Fibroids?
I know they are pretty common so I am sure there are many women who have them on this board and might not even know it. I have one fibroid that is in the wall of the uterus, it's about three cm big. I am 28 weeks pregnant. It's not causing any problems at all yet and hopefully won't at all. I had another fibroid removed in Jan 04 because it was inside the uterine cavity making implantation of an embryo impossible. We tried to conceive for about two and a half years before having it removed. After removal we tried for a few months but got impatient so we ended up doing intrauterine insemination aided with ovulation stimulating drugs. Worked on the fourth try.
The type of fibroid that was causing my problems conceiving was called submucosal meaning in the cavity. Only 5% of fibroids are this type and this type is the one that causes problems. The other types usually cause no problems and I am finding that the one I have left is not causing any problems at all.
Some issues that fibroids can cause are premature labor, or sometimes the fibroid can grow very large during pregnancy causing pain. Sometimes the fibroid grows so big it outgrows it's blood supply and degenerates and causes pain. Also, depending on whether or not it's near the cervix, you may need a c-section because it might be blocking the birth canal. Mine has pretty much stayed the same size and is located at the back of my uterus, high up so it's not causing any issues so far.
Do you have a lot of them? I would say as long as none are very large or protruding into the uterine cavity that you shouldn't have any problems. If you are unsure or if they are causing you symptoms that are bothersome, you could get an ultrasound and other tests to determine if they may interfere with a pregnancy.
But don't forget that fibroids are very common and usually cause no problems. I just happened to be that one unlucky person!
I have done a ton of research on this so let me know if you have any questions!
Take care and good luck for a fast and easy conception!