Fibroids and Infertility
Do fibroids effect fertility? How do fibroids and infertility relate?
If you are like me, you are no stranger to fibroids and the uncertainty they cause.
Uterine fibroids is a medical term for benign cysts, tumors or growths on the uterus. The growths are not cancerous. It is unusual for benign uterine fibroids to develop into cancerous tumors, so, although painful, they do not tend to be life-threatening to the sufferer. Sufferer is a good term however, as they definitely make us suffer.
It is not known exactly why uterine fibroids develop. However, they are thought to be related to a hormonal imbalance. And this is how fibroids and infertility can relate to each other. What happens is, sometimes, for some reason, one or more of the muscle fibers that make up the uterus start growing larger, eventually producing a few small, pea-sized tumors deep in the walls of the muscle of the womb.
Generally, at this early stage, they are not detected by either sufferer or doctor, because they are often asymptomatic. In other words, they don’t cause measurable symptoms. However, as time passes, they can develop and slowly grow to the size of an orange, a grapefruit, and, it has been known, even to the size of a football! Of course, by this stage, the patient is aware of the growth in her reproductive organs, either by feeling a lump in the lower abdomen or by experiencing other symptoms, such as:
- heavy, painful or irregular periods, or all three;
- blood spotting between periods;
- bloating and gastrointestinal symptoms, such as constipation, diarrhea and pain when defecating;
- stomach and lower back pain;
- painful sexual intercourse;
- difficulty urinating;
- and infertility.
Fibroids and infertility do, unfortunately, have some correlation. Uterine Fibroids are not a major cause of infertility, only causing approximately 3% of sterility. When uterine fibroids are to blame for infertility, the infertility is usually caused by a fibroid being located in an area that affects the mucus of the lining of the womb. This, as a result, creates a hostile environment for the embryo and prevents proper implantation and development. Fibroids may also become enlarged and block or distort the optimum shape of the fallopian tubes, thus leaving the sperm and the egg unable to meet and fertilize.
Uterine fibroids can even be responsible for complications during pregnancy. It is thought that, by altering the shape of the uterus, uterine fibroids can threaten the life of a developing baby. They can also interfere with the position of the fetus in the womb, as well as cause premature or painful labor, and bleeding.
Uterine fibroids can be, and often are, surgically removed. With surgery, however, they can come back worse than before. There are other options to help with fibroids and infertility. Read my advice on how to shrink fibroids with diet here. A natural course of treatment that is not harmful to you or your fertility will, often times, cure fibroids forever.
While you can carry a baby with fibroids – it is so much more beneficial to get rid of your fibroids before you get pregnant. Trust me! You will have a much safer pregnancy and delivery, not to mention, being pain free!
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This is how I got rid of my fibroids – fibroids and infertility.