Can women with uterine fibroids become pregnant?

Mohammed Tabbaa, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Though it depends on the location and size of uterine fibroids, women can still get pregnant while dealing with this condition, says Mohammed Tabbaa, MD from Oak Hill Hospital, in this video.
Darcy N. Bryan, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
The placement of the uterine fibroid determines a women's infertility. In this video, Darcy Bryan, MD, of Riverside Community Hospital, explains the factors that could affect a woman's ability to get pregnant.
Rafael J. Perez, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Women with uterine fibroids can absolutely become pregnant. Remember, fibroids do not mean infertility. In fact, many women conceive and carry their pregnancies to term with uterine fibroids.
Yes. Many women with fibroids are able to conceive, carry, and deliver children normally. However, fibroids can interfere with every part of the fertility pathway from conception to delivery. Fibroids located in or near the lining of the uterus can prevent a woman from conceiving or cause recurrent miscarriage. Fibroids can block the opening of the fallopian tubes or birth canal. Fibroids can also grow (sometimes rapidly) during pregnancy and cause fetal demise. Location and size are important deteriminants with regards to fertility. Fibroids that are farther away from the lining are less likely to interfere and obviously smaller fibroids are less likely in general to affect fertility than larger ones.
Evelyn Minaya, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Watch as Obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Evelyn Minaya discusses if women with uterine fibroids can become pregnant.

Most women who have uterine fibroids are able to become pregnant without too many issues. In rare cases, uterine fibroids may make it more difficult to become pregnant if they block the fallopian tubes or cause the uterus to become misshapen, which may make it more difficult for an egg to attach to the uterus's lining. If a woman with uterine fibroids does become pregnant, she may experience complications during pregnancy. These complications may include a greater risk of miscarriage, early labor and delivery, abnormal fetal position, and excessive bleeding right after delivery. If you have uterine fibroids and have concerns about getting pregnant, talk to your doctor.

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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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