Uterine Fibroids & Pregnancy
Uterine fibroids are tumors that develop in the uterus, affecting up to 50% of women in their childbearing years.
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are tumors that develop in the uterus, affecting up to 50% of women in their childbearing years. Typically composed of fibrous connective tissue and smooth muscle cells, these tumors feel firm and compact. Uterine fibroids are usually benign and not associated with cancer. They can range in size considerably and may grow as large as a grapefruit.
What are the symptoms of fibroids?
Some women with fibroids don’t notice any symptoms. However, other women may experience:
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Lower back pain
- Heavy periods
- Longer periods
- Bleeding between periods
- Frequent urination
- A firm mass in the middle of the pelvis.
Can uterine fibroids affect my chances of getting pregnant or having a healthy pregnancy?
Most fibroids will not affect fertility, but depending on their size and location, they can interfere with the sperm’s ability to get to the egg, fertilization, or the implantation of an embryo. Fibroids can also interfere with a pregnancy if they are positioned in the uterus where the baby needs to be.
In most instances, Dr. Heather Stanley-Christian will advise leaving your fibroids alone, and she will closely monitor your pregnancy. She will take your family goals, symptoms, and the location, number, and size of the fibroids into consideration. A myomectomy, which is a surgical procedure that will remove your fibroids while also preserving your fertility, may be recommended and referred out. After a myomectomy, your uterus is repaired and will function normally.
Every woman is unique. If uterine fibroids are interfering with your pregnancy, Dr. Stanley-Christian will recommend the safest, most practical option for you.
Request an appointment Winter Garden, Florida
If you are thinking of getting pregnant but uterine fibroids are suspected or making it difficult, schedule an appointment with Dr. Stanley-Christian. Dr. Stanley-Christian is a board certified OB/GYN with additional board certifications in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Clinical Genetics. She specializes in high-risk pregnancy and will ensure that you and your baby receive the appropriate care and attention. Call (352) 404-5544 or fill out the form below to request your consultation online.