Fibroids and Their Impact on Fertility

Fibroids are often a hidden obstacle in a couple's journey towards parenthood. Dr. Ilan Tur Kaspa, from IHR sat down recently to talk about fibroids with our partner, Progyny. Watch the video and read our blog to gain valuable insights into how these benign muscular tumors can influence fertility. 

What Are Fibroids?

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in or on the uterus. Although generally harmless, their location and size can significantly affect a woman's reproductive capabilities. Understanding the nature of fibroids is the first step in assessing their potential impact on fertility.

Can Fibroids cause Infertility?

Submucosal fibroids, which bulge into the uterine cavity, are particularly concerning when it comes to fertility. These growths can hinder the implantation of an embryo or obstruct the path of sperm, making conception difficult. However, not all fibroids present a problem, smaller fibroids, especially those not intruding into the uterine cavity, usually don't affect the ability to conceive.

Fibroids and Pregnancy - Navigating Treatment Options

For fibroids that do impact fertility, there are various treatment methods. A non-invasive assessment through ultrasound, known as saline infusion sonography, can help determine the best course of action. Treatments range from minimally invasive procedures like operative hysteroscopy for removing fibroids from the uterine cavity to myomectomy for larger growths, highlighting the advancements in reproductive medicine.

Recovery and Conception Post-Treatment

After undergoing treatment for submucosal fibroids, it is crucial to ensure that the uterus is healing correctly. Re-evaluation of the uterine cavity is essential to avoid future complications. Once healing is confirmed, most couples can resume trying to conceive within eight to ten weeks following surgery.

A Path Forward for Couples

Every fertility journey is unique, especially when fibroids are involved. While they can be a significant barrier to conception, the treatments available today offer hope. It's vital for couples to seek personalized advice from fertility specialists to understand their specific situation better and to explore their treatment options.

We encourage those dealing with fibroid-related fertility issues to consult with a fertility specialist at IHR Fertility to learn more.

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