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Can fibroids affect a woman getting pregnant?

15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Swati Avashia
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
10 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Fibroids may affect conception/pregnancy if they are a size or location that block your fallopian tubes or interfere with sperm travel from your cervix to your fallopian tubes.
Submucosal fibroids may prevent implantation and growth of an embryo, so doctors may recommend removing them if you are having trouble getting pregnant. More info: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/uterine-fibroids/ds00078.

In brief: Sometimes

Fibroids may affect conception/pregnancy if they are a size or location that block your fallopian tubes or interfere with sperm travel from your cervix to your fallopian tubes.
Submucosal fibroids may prevent implantation and growth of an embryo, so doctors may recommend removing them if you are having trouble getting pregnant. More info: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/uterine-fibroids/ds00078.
Dr. Swati Avashia
Dr. Swati Avashia
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Dr. John Lipman
Fibroids can interfere with every part of fertility pathway from fertilization to delivery. For patients with submucosal fibroids or large intramural fibroids and either recurrent miscarriages or inability to conceive, surgical removal may be necessary.However, there is a newer non-surgical treatment MRI-guided focused ultrasound which spares women from surgery and has shown success in this area.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
I agree. Many women with even large fibroids do have successful, uncomplicated pregnancies.
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes but not usually

Most women with fibroids are able to get pregnant despite the fibroids sharing the womb.
It depends on where the fibroids are located in the uterus as to how much of an impact thery may have. In most cases pregnancy can occur. Depending on the quantity and size of the fibroids, it may increase the risk of losing a pregnancy that is early but runs out of blood supply sharing with the fibroids.

In brief: Yes but not usually

Most women with fibroids are able to get pregnant despite the fibroids sharing the womb.
It depends on where the fibroids are located in the uterus as to how much of an impact thery may have. In most cases pregnancy can occur. Depending on the quantity and size of the fibroids, it may increase the risk of losing a pregnancy that is early but runs out of blood supply sharing with the fibroids.
Dr. John Kirk
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Dr. John Lipman
Radiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Fibroids can interfere with every part of the fertility pathway from fertilization to delivery.
Central fibroids can prevent a woman from getting pregnant or causing her to miscarry. Fibroids can block openings to the fallopian tubes. Once pregnant, fibroids often grow and can"crowd out" an early fetus and cause fetal death. Late in pregnancy a fibroid could block birth canal leading to c-section.

In brief: Yes

Fibroids can interfere with every part of the fertility pathway from fertilization to delivery.
Central fibroids can prevent a woman from getting pregnant or causing her to miscarry. Fibroids can block openings to the fallopian tubes. Once pregnant, fibroids often grow and can"crowd out" an early fetus and cause fetal death. Late in pregnancy a fibroid could block birth canal leading to c-section.
Dr. John Lipman
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Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: At times

Most women with fibroids are able to get pregnant despite the fibroids sharing the womb.
It depends on where the fibroids are located in the uterus as to how much of an impact they may have. In most cases pregnancy can occur. Depending on the quantity and size of the fibroids, it may increase the risk of losing a pregnancy that is early but runs out of blood supply sharing with the fibroids.

In brief: At times

Most women with fibroids are able to get pregnant despite the fibroids sharing the womb.
It depends on where the fibroids are located in the uterus as to how much of an impact they may have. In most cases pregnancy can occur. Depending on the quantity and size of the fibroids, it may increase the risk of losing a pregnancy that is early but runs out of blood supply sharing with the fibroids.
Dr. John Kirk
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