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Successful pregnancy with fibroid s

By the time they are 50 years old, 80% of women will have experienced fibroid. They commonly form in the uterus and are usually painless growths. However, occasionally fibroids can affect fertility and make it harder to become pregnant.

A. Michael Coppa, MD and our staff are available to support you through infertility and have a safe pregnancy at our full-service OB/GYN offices in Cranston, Providence, and Smithfield, Rhode Island. Consult Dr. Coppa about how fibroids might affect your ability to conceive.

Knowing about uterine fibroids

Women who are of childbearing age frequently develop fibroids. They are abnormal growths that form in the uterus, but most of the time they are not harmful and very rarely lead to uterine cancer.

Size and location of fibroids vary. The uterus can be distorted by certain, some of which can be quite substantial. Intramural fibroids are found inside the uterine wall, submucosal fibroids are found inside the uterus, or womb, and subserosal fibroids develop outside the uterus.

Given that they don't usually cause symptoms, it is possible to have fibroids and be unaware of it. If you do have fibroid symptoms, you may observe:

  1. Heavy or protracted menstrual cycles
  2. Between-period bleeding that is irregular
  3. A lower back ache
  4. Lower-back discomfort
  5. Sexual discomfort

Although the exact source of fibroids is unknown, they are related to family history. Compared to women of other races, African-American women are more likely to have fibroids. Being overweight, being older than 30, and having had children are further risk factors.

Dr. Coppa can assist you in determining whether anything—from fibroids to endometriosis and other conditions—could be affecting your fertility whether you're trying to conceive or are considering becoming a parent.

Effects of fibroids on pregnancy

Fibroids are frequent. They often have no impact on your ability to become pregnant. However, they may impact fertility if you have several fibroids or if they are submucosal.

Although submucosal fibroids can make it more difficult for your uterus to facilitate conception and maintain pregnancy, having fibroids does not prevent ovulation. This kind of fibroid can occasionally result in infertility or miscarriage.

Dr. Coppa uses a pelvic exam, which may include involve an ultrasound or MRI, to identify fibroids. He suggests the best course of therapy for you based on the size and location of your fibroids. It's crucial to keep a careful eye on the fibroids if you're expecting or trying to get pregnant.

The likelihood that you'll need a cesarean section during labor and delivery increases if you have fibroids when you're pregnant. If you have fibroids, your risk of placental abruption or preterm delivery may also be elevated.


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