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Doctor insights on: Fibroids And Pregnancy Symptoms

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Hi, can a fibroid mimic pregnancy symptoms like nausea, bloating, slight cramping, headaches, food aversions, and backache and darkening areola?

Hi, can a fibroid mimic pregnancy symptoms like nausea, bloating, slight cramping, headaches, food aversions, and backache and darkening areola?

Some symptoms: They can cause pain, urinary frequency and urgency if large enough as well as back pain. However, they don't exhibit the hormonal changes that cause darkening of the areola. Fibroid torsion or degeneration may cause nausea and vomitting, but is usually associated with severe pain too. Food aversion also not really related to fibroids. Headaches from anemia also common.

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Dr. Corey Clay
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I have a fibroid, a lot of pregnancy symptoms, yet bleeding quite heavily. Hormonal imbalance/pregnant or something else?

I have a fibroid, a lot of pregnancy symptoms, yet bleeding quite heavily. Hormonal imbalance/pregnant or something else?

Fibroids & bleeding: Fibroids have a awful reputation for causing hemorrhages and not just "bleeding". A GYN MD can help you assess your blood levels for anemia and determine if you there are other "hormone" issues. A pregnancy test will rule in or out your other concern.

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Pregnant. Blood test is negative, found fibroids on ultrasound. Having pregnant symptoms since september, and baby kicks. What other test prove pregnancy?

Pregnant. Blood test is negative, found fibroids on ultrasound. Having pregnant symptoms since september, and baby kicks. What other test prove pregnancy?

Probably not.: If your blood test is negative, and there is no baby in your uterus, then you are probably not pregnant. If you are, it would be a dangerous ectopic pregnancy but a repeat blood test should be enough to prove that you are not. Could the baby "kicks" be stool in the bowel or bowel gas moving around instead? Fibroids can make you feel full or pregnant. You should talk to your provider.

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Neg blood test. Pregnancy symptoms since sep. Had transvag & abdominal ultrasound, found fibroids. Baby kicking and moving to sound. What to do next?

Neg blood test. Pregnancy symptoms since sep. Had transvag & abdominal ultrasound, found fibroids. Baby kicking and moving to sound. What to do next?

You are not pregnant: The serum (blood) HCG is very sensitive test. If it is negative and the ultrasound is negative, y9ou are not pregnant. You have fibroids and they can be treated several ways. Talk with your gynecologist about your options.

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Hard pregnant like belly&leaking breasts along w/other pregnancy like symptoms. Not pregnant. No ovarian cysts or fibroids&thyroids fine. What's wrong?

Hard pregnant like belly&leaking breasts along w/other pregnancy like symptoms. Not pregnant. No ovarian cysts or fibroids&thyroids fine. What's wrong?

Check prolactin: Hi. Clearly we can't make a diagnosis without an evaluation and labs. But ANYTIME a non-pregnant woman has galactorrhea ("leaking breasts"), we docs wanna see a prolactin. Have your periods stopped? I'm voting for elevated prolactin.

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Ultrasound showed I have enlarged uterus with 12 mm lining. I have no fibroids. Period is due soon. Could enlarged uterus mean early pregnancy symptom?

Ultrasound showed I have enlarged uterus with 12 mm lining. I have no fibroids. Period is due soon. Could enlarged uterus mean early pregnancy symptom?

Probably not: An "enlarged uterus with a 12 mm lining" is not likely to "mean early pregnancy". A blood betaHCG / pregnancy test is much more reliable and accurate.

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How could a fibroid affect the pregnancy?

How could a fibroid affect the pregnancy?

Location and size: If the placenta implants over a fibroid it can impact fetal growth and increase the chances of placental separation later in pregnancy. Also if the fibroids are large they can degenerate during pregnancy causing pain, cramping and even preterm labor. Finally, if a fibroid is large and located in the lower uterine segment, it can obstruct fetal descent.

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Is it possible for a fibroid to be mistaken for pregnancy?

Is it possible for a fibroid to be mistaken for pregnancy?

Perhaps -: If a dr. Did a pelvic exam and thought the uterus was enlarged, they may have suspected or suggested a possible pregnancy - when a fibroid was making the uterus larger than normal. With any kind of imaging (ultrasound, ct scan, mri) - it would not be possible to mistake a pregnancy for a fibroid.

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How do fibroids affect pregnancy?

How do fibroids affect pregnancy?

Several ways: Fibroids or myomas are balls of muscle within the wall of the uterus. They can sometimes make it difficult for the fetus to turn to head first before labor.

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Do fibroids have an impact pregnancy?

Do fibroids have an impact pregnancy?

Yes: Most women with fibroids do not have problems conceiving and can have a safe and healthy pregnancy. However, sometimes fibroids can cause significant fertility and pregnancy issues. Many women wonder if they should have surgery before conceiving. This is a very individualized decision. Please talk with your gyn or a reproductive endocrinologist. Consider a second opinion before major surgery.

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What effects will fibroids have on my pregnancy?

What effects will fibroids have on my pregnancy?

Alter position/deliv: The location of fibroids can have several effects during pregnancy.The fetus can assume an altered position where a feature like the face or body parts will show transient distortions. (smushed appearance,) it can also prevent the baby from settling in a head or bottom down position & lead to a surgical delivery.

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Can anterior subserous fibroid affect pregnancy?

Yes: This depends on fibroid size and location and especially if the fibroid extends or protrudes into the uterine cavity. Fibroids respond to estrogen (high in pregnancy) by increasing in size. They may revert to normal size after pregnancy. They can also interfere with normal labor. Most obstetricians measure them with ultrasound monthly or so during pregnancy.

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I have multiple intramural fibroid with pregnancy?

Fibroid pregnancy: Fibroids in pregnancy usually do not post much of a problem. The two main things they can cause are pain if they are degenerative, or obstruction of delivery if they are toward or in the cervix. Most intramural fibroids do not cause problems and the care for the pregnancy is no different. This assumes you have not have prior surgery to remove fibroids.

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I had a fibroid in my last pregnancy and bled a lot; is it safe to have another baby?

I had a fibroid in my last pregnancy and bled a lot; is it safe to have another baby?

It depends: The location and type of fibroid may have an effect. You might need to consider having the fibroid removed if it is a sub- mucosal fibroid.

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What are fibroids and their effects on pregnancy? Do fibroids grow at the rate a baby grows if the woman is pregnant?

Benign muscle tumors: Fibroids can grow in pregnancy and usually don't cause problems unless they block the birth canal (requiring c-section for delivery), prevent good placental attachment and fetal perfusion (growth restriction), and rarely grow big enough to cause compression effects. They can be followed by ultrasound during your pregnancy & your OB will keep you and your baby safe. Good luck with your baby!

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When I lie down and my face is up on the bed, the fibroid in me shows like pregnancy but when am up it normal. My question is why that?

Effect of gravity: When you lie down, gravity pulls at the sides of your abdomen, flattening your stomach. You also relax your abdominal muscles. When you stand up, gravity pulls all of your organs towards your feet, and you tighten up your abdominal muscles, "hiding" your fibroid. Also, it is possible that what you think is your fibroid is really something else (abdominal wall hernia). Show it to your doctor.

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Are there any chances of ecotopic pregnancy if cornu has 1cm fibroid or polyp?

Yes: There's a 1-2% chance of ectopic in the general population; having a small fibroid likely increases that chance but probably not much.

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Is it possible for early pregnancy to be mistaken for a fibroid?

Yes, on exam: If a doctor were doing an exam, and felt the uterus to be enlarged, it could be mistaken for a fibroid instead of a pregnancy (or vice versa).

Dr. Harinder Gill
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Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Fibroid (Definition)

A leiomyomata (fibroid) is a smooth muscle growth in the uterus that is rubbery, binds the female hormone estrogen and can grow to "epic" proportions causing distortion of the uterus. They cause bleeding, and burning pain (aka "fireball tumor") as ...Read more