Fibroids During Pregnancy – How Fibroid Tumors in Pregnancy Can Cause Problems

Both pregnancy itself and the time spent trying to conceive can be an exciting time for many women. However, for women who have fibroids it can be quite a worrying time as it is a known fact that fibroids during pregnancy can cause some complications. However, the good news is that with careful monitoring, most women conceive naturally and go onto achieve a perfectly normal pregnancy.

For some women though, fibroids can cause problems both when trying to conceive and during the pregnancy itself.

Possible Problems Caused By Fibroids During Pregnancy

* Infertility-Although fibroids do not account for a large percentage of infertility cases, for women who have unexplained fertility, those who shrink their fibroids or have them removed, have between a 40% to 80% chance of achieving a pregnancy.

* If fibroids develop just below the surface of the womb, they can interfere with the normal implantation of a fertilized egg and therefore cause a miscarriage even before the woman would know she was pregnant.

* In late pregnancy, fibroids can prevent the womb expanding normally and can lead to a premature birth.

* If a fibroid develops near to the entrance of the womb or at the entrance to the fallopian tubes, it can prevent the normal passage of sperm. In late pregnancy, a caesarian may be performed to prevent delivery complications.

* Occidentally, a condition called "red degeneration" can occur. This can seem very worrying and typically occurs in the middle three months of the pregnancy. In this case, the center of a larger fibroid begins to bleed, and this is brought about by the increase in hormones causing rapid growth. Fortunately, although this condition can be painful, it is quite dangerous and fibroids typically shrink back to their pre-pregnancy size after delivery.

If you are wanting to conceive and are worried about your fibroids and the possible impact they might have, you can take proactive steps to minimize their effects. Although some women consider surgery, this is not always the first choice for women who wish to conceive due to the recovery time and the fact that they will naturally feel uncomfortable about having surgery in the uterus which could potentially weakened it. Fortunately, there are a number of methods which can be used very safely to shrink fibroids naturally.