Fibroids & Female Fertility- What do fertility experts say?

Fibroids & Female Fertility- What do fertility experts say?

Studies show that approximately a half of the women population in the world has fibroids. This could be true regardless of the location of the woman, nationality, or her age.

The size, symptoms, and risks of fibroids differ in women and so are the complications and chances for infertility. They may not require treatment in the initial stage, but a woman undergoing fertility treatment in India may require a surgery to have her fibroids removed to increase the success rate of any infertility treatment.

Know more about Fibroids

In my early teens, I remember my mother talking about fibroids, but she referred to them using a local name that may be complicated for anyone to pronounce and that’s why am not going to write it. Her friend was told that she had fibroids, but nevertheless, she still had children. This was after a consultation and a checkup where she was told that she had small-sized fibroids.

  • What are Fibroids

Fibroids are abnormal growths (benign) and noncancerous in nature that can develop in or on a woman’s uterus. They vary in size and may show no symptoms when small, but as they enlarge, they may cause severe pain and heavy bleeding.

The exact cause of these growths is unknown, but female fertility experts believe that hormonal imbalances or fluctuations of estrogen and progesterone are the main reasons behind these growths.

They are created from the fibrous connective tissue, which is a smooth muscle. Childbearing women normally have these tumors, but once she reaches menopause, they will shrink away.

  • Symptoms of Fibroids

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding

  • Severe pain in the pelvic region

  • Painful sexual intercourse

  • Pain in the lower back

  • Uncontrollable urination

  • Inability to conceive

  • Fibroids & Infertility

As earlier indicated, you can have fibroids and still conceive, but this is not applicable to every woman as these fibroids differ in sizes. A woman with bigger fibroids has higher chances of suffering a miscarriage due to the hindrance preventing the fertilized egg from proper implantation.

Fibroids may also cause complications during labor leading to a cesarean section. Other women may experience early deliveries or postpartum hemorrhage.

Fibroids can automatically prevent some women from getting pregnant.

  • Diagnosis and Possible Treatment

A pelvic examination is one of the initial procedure for diagnosing fibroids. The gynecologist at the leading IVF Centre in India “Sofat Infertility Centre” may then recommend you for an ultrasound or a pelvic MRI to ascertain the extent of your fibroids .

Medications include

  • Hormonal regulators

  • Infertility drugs like Gonadotropin to shrink the fibroids

  • Borth control pills

  • Anti-Inflammatory pain relievers

  • An Intrauterine device (IUD) to release Progestin

Laparoscopic surgery

A laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure performed by an expert. With a help of a camera, the surgeon will make an incision on either side of the pelvic region to reach the fibroids and remove them from their location.