What are fibroids and what’s their effect on pregnancy?
Can fibroids affect your pregnancy? It’s natural to want to know this, as it happens with some women. First, you should know that there are several types of fibroids, and that they vary in size, area of growth and treatment methods.
Get to know the types and treatment methods of fibroids
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are benign tumors that grow in different parts of the uterus. However, the causes for their growth are still not completely clear.
Keep in mind that there are 3 types of fibroids: 1- Fibroids growing in the uterine muscle (myometrium) (Intramural). 2- Fibroids growing outside the uterine wall (Subserosal). 3- Fibroids appearing in the uterine cavity lining (endometrium) (Submucosal).
1 Intramural fibroids
The most common problem between women. In this case, the fibroid grows within the uterine muscle. However, it usually doesn’t prevent pregnancy from happening.
These fibroids are treatable with medication, although your doctor may require a surgical operation if the fibroid is big in size. However, this only happens rarely.
These fibroids don’t affect the course of your pregnancy either, but their size may increase due to high levels of estrogen in this case, which could cause pain. They may also cause you constipation.
For this, the doctor may prescribe you suitable medication that eases the symptoms and does not affect pregnancy.
2 Subserosal fibroids
These fibroids hang off the outside wall of the uterus (perimetrium). They cause no symptoms.
They usually don’t require treatment, as they don’t prevent or hinder pregnancy.
– An operation is used for its removal in exceptional cases determined by the doctor.
– In very exceptional cases, the growth of these fibroids could increase the risk of premature birth. Which is why you should be undergo regular medical check-ups.
3 Submucosal fibroids
These fibroids grow into the uterine cavety.
They’re rare, but more alarming. They could prevent pregnancy and cause bleeding between periods and heavier than them.
It could also cause anemia, which, of course, you need to treat if you want to get pregnant.
It’s also important to have a surgery to remove the fibroid.