Fibroids are common. You may hear the word “tumor” used to describe your fibroids. The word tumor to most of us sounds really scary – but don’t be scared. The chance that your fibroid is a cancerous growth is less than 1%.
But when it comes to pregnancy and your fertility, this is what you should know:
1. If your fibroid is greater than 5cm in size – consider removing it.
2. If your fibroid is pushing on the inside of your uterus (the cavity) and causing you to have bad periods – consider removing it.
3. There are several ways of removing your fibroid. You have the following choices: hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, robot assisted, laparotomy, high intensity focused ultrasound, and uterine artery embolization. Find out what your doctor recommends and consider getting a second opinion. You want to go to a doc who does the procedure often and you want to go to a doc who will preserve your fertility.
4. Your doc may recommend a cesarean section after she removes your fibroids. This is because removing a fibroid can weaken the wall of the uterus. A cesarean section will decrease your risk of having a separation of the uterine wall during labor.
As always, ask questions. Seek consultation from your gynecologist and consider seeing a fertility expert. You can even consider seeing a high risk ObGyn. The risks of having a fibroid in pregnancy include: pain, preterm labor, breech presentation and post-partum hemorrhage. All of these things can sound really scary but if you go into a pregnancy with all the right information – you will be prepared.
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