What if I become pregnant and have fibroids?

Evelyn Minaya, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
If you become pregnant and you have fibroids, they may not impact the pregnancy at all; it depends on their location. In this video, OB/GYN specialist Evelyn Minaya, MD, dispels the myth that fibroids have a negative impact on pregnancy.
Rafael J. Perez, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
If you become pregnant and have uterine fibroids, there is no intervention, unless you present with certain symptoms, such as pain. Then this can be managed by your ob/gyn. In fact, most patients who have uterine fibroids do not have problems in pregnancy; some of the fibroids actually reduce in size due to the pregnancy. If you are pregnant with fibroids, your doctor will monitor you closely.
Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
I have numerous patients every year that are pregnant with fibroids, and most often times the patient never notices any problems. If the fibroids are very large then the patient may have problems with severe abdominal pain as the uterus becomes larger. Some women's fibroids will grow while they are pregnant, but it is not common for these fibroids to grow more than 30%.

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Uterine Fibroids

If you have uterine fibroids, you may never even notice that they are there. Ranging from the size of a small seed to grapefruit-sized, fibroids are tumors on the uterus that rarely cause harm. Some women have true discomfort with ...

fibroids, including pain in the abdomen or low back, or pain during sex. Sometimes, uterine fibroids can cause miscarriage, preterm labor, or even lead to infertility. Women in their 40s and 50s, women of African-American descent and women that are overweight are at higher risk of developing fibroids, although an estimated 20-80% of women will have them at some point before they turn 50. If your doctor notices fibroids during an ultrasound or pelvic exam, he or she may want to treat them with medication or surgery.

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