If you have fibroids and you’re trying to get pregnant, you may be wondering if it’s possible, what certain symptoms, or what side effects you could experience. The great news is that it’s still possible to conceive with fibroids, and there are non-surgical options for treating your fibroids and diminishing your symptoms.
What Are Fibroids?
Fibroids, which can form in the uterine wall, outside the wall, or in the uterine cavity, are noncancerous tumors ranging in size, location, number, and type. While no one is sure why certain women are more susceptible to fibroids than others, they’re most common in African-American women, obese women, women who started their periods at an early age, and women with a family history of fibroids. Fibroid growth is thought to be caused by the influx of progesterone and estrogen; however, genetic and lifestyle factors also increase your chance of developing them.
Symptoms of Fibroids and Getting Pregnant
If you’re questioning, “Can I get pregnant with fibroids?” know that the answer is yes.
Many pregnant women don’t even know they have fibroids until they go for their first ultrasound. Some women won’t experience any symptoms, while others will start to show signs of fibroids during and after their pregnancy. The most common fibroid symptoms in pregnant women include:
- Increased level of white blood cells
- Fatigue due to anemia
Risks That Fibroids Pose to an Unborn Baby
Although it’s rare, fibroids can cause certain pregnancy complications. Large fibroids can grow bigger as your progesterone and estrogen levels increase throughout your pregnancy. Fibroids can also lead to some pain during pregnancy, especially in your abdomen.
A more serious complication is when a large fibroid blocks the opening of the uterus. This situation increases your chances of needing a C-section as opposed to a vaginal delivery. Fibroids can also cause preterm delivery, different positioning of the baby in the womb, and light bleeding.
Effects of Pregnancy on Fibroids
Pregnancy can also change your fibroids. As mentioned above, some fibroids can grow when estrogen and progesterone rise. However, other women’s fibroids may shrink during pregnancy. It’s best to have a fibroid specialist monitor your fibroids’ size throughout your pregnancy to note any changes of size or symptoms. Consistent monitoring of fibroids by an interventional radiologist during pregnancy can help eliminate issue during delivery.
Conceiving With Fibroids Treatment
Uterine conceiving with fibroids can make it difficult to remove the tumors. Most doctors will choose to wait until after you deliver to remove the fibroids since the uterus is more prone to bleeding during pregnancy. Afterward, you can choose a surgical procedure such as a hysterectomy or a myomectomy, or you can come to USA Fibroid Centers. We offer Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), an outpatient procedure that alleviates fibroid symptoms.
Contact USA Fibroid Centers
If you have fibroids and getting pregnant is in your future, it’s a good idea to look at your treatment options. You can treat your fibroids before or after pregnancy and live life to the fullest. Contact USA Fibroid Centers today for more information, or take our symptom quiz to learn more about what you’re experiencing.