In most women with fibroids, these tumors never cause any problems with fertility. In a few other women who are attempting to get pregnant with no success after more than a year of unprotected sex, they may have fertility issues and if they have fibroids, these tumors may be to blame. Even if you think your infertility is caused by fibroids, there may be other causes for infertility besides fibroids and your doctor will be tasked with trying to determine the source of this infertility and whether it is fibroids related or whether it is from another source.
As mentioned previously, many women with fibroids can still successfully be impregnated, carry a baby to term and have a healthy delivery despite the presence of these fibroid tumors.
On the other hand, fibroids can cause infertility. Or if you successfully fall pregnant, the tumors can cause problems during the pregnancy including severe pain, heavy bleeding and even miscarriage. Fibroids can also cause problems after delivery including hemorrhage after the delivery and the doctor being unable to stop the heavy blood flow without performing an emergency hysterectomy in order to stop the hemorrhage.
Despite all these problems that are associated with having uterine fibroids, do remember that most fibroid tumors cause no problems for most women before pregnancy, during pregnancy and after pregnancy.
Conception is the union of an egg and a sperm to produce new life. The conditions allowing this to occur must be perfect.
To simplify the entire process which is far more complicated and awe inspiring, when sperm is released deep into the vagina, the sperm is propelled forward in a swimming motion that is also helped by vaginal and uterine muscle contractions to help the sperm reach the cervix which is at the top of the vagina.
The sperm is then propelled into the uterus allowing one (of the two) fallopian tubes to reach for the sperm allowing it to travel up the fallopian tube to fertilize the egg produced by the ovaries. The ovaries release the egg into the fallopian tubes and as the egg is travelling down the tube to reach the uterus, the sperm will be travelling up the fallopian tube. Somewhere along the tube they should meet allowing for conception. The fertilized egg then continues on its way to the uterus to be implanted somewhere on the uterine lining which nourishes the embryo until birth.
If fibroids are to blame for infertility, it usually means that they interrupt some part of the above process of conception including but not limited to;
- In very rare circumstances, some fibroid tumors may block the entrance of the cervix when they grow out from the uterus into the vagina. It is very rare when this occurs.
- Some fibroids may block one or two of the fallopian tubes. If only one tube is blocked, the second tube may still allow conception to occur. If you have many fibroids that block BOTH tubes, fertility may be compromised.
- Certain types of fibroids such as submucosal fibroids may affect your ability to get pregnant because they grow in the lining of the uterus. They can affect uterine contractions, not allow a fertilized egg to properly attach to the lining, deplete the blood supply and nourishment needed by the growing embryo if it successfully attaches itself to the lining, increase the risk of a difficult pregnancy or the risk of miscarriage if the egg happens to attach itself to the lining just above the fibroid tumor and so on and so forth.
- Fibroids in the uterine lining (submucosal) or in the uterine walls (intramural) may affect the normal contractions of the uterus as well as the general environment in the uterus by making it toxic for a fertilized egg to dwell.
If fibroids are affecting fertility, surgical removal may be advised to increase the chance of getting pregnant. Before opting for surgery (usually abdominal myomectomy), it is important for the doctor to be positive that the infertility is caused by fibroids and not some other reason.
Surgery has its risks and complications aside from the expense. Even after having surgery, fibroid tumors may still grow back which is why if fibroids and fertility are a concern for you, there are many uterine fibroid natural treatment methods you can use that are an effective cure for fibroids and can help to improve your fertility and gynecological health such as with the use of this bestselling step-by-step holistic method.