Fibroids are very common in women of reproductive age with up to 80% of women experiencing fibroids sometime during their life. Certain types of fibroids are known to affect fertility and the chance of conceiving.
What are Fibroids?
Fibriods are generally benign uterine growths, which may affect fertility in three main places:
– In the uterine wall
– On the outer surface of the uterus
– Protruding into the cavity of the uterus
The most common symptoms related to fibroids include:
– Abnormal uterine bleeding
– Pressure, because of the size and position
– Pain, depending on the location and size
Many women with fibroids have no symptoms but they may interfere with implantation of a developing embryo. If the fibroid is within the cavity of the uterus then a hysteroscopy may be required. If the fibroid is within the muscle of the uterus or outside the uterus, then the best type of treatment could be key hole surgery called a laparoscopic myomectomy or an open procedure called a laparotomy.