Lots of women have fibroids, and in some situations, they contribute to infertility.
So, a woman needs very good advice as to whether a fibroid should be removed to improve fertility.
Fibroids are very common tumours, or growths found in the uterus of up to 40% of woman. They can be tiny (1cm across) or massive. The largest removed by Ballarat IVF, and SouthWest Fertility specialists was 3.5kg! They are almost always non cancerous and tend to grow slowly.
The larger a fibroid is, and the closer it is to the endometrium, (uterine lining) the more likely it is to be playing a role in infertility. Fibroids are also thought to cause fertility problems by changing the way the uterus contracts, possibly expelling a healthy embryo, and they can also release locally active hormones which adversely affect the uterine lining, even if they are not near it.
There are a number of ways to treat fibroids. Sometimes the best treatment is no treatment. Hormones can be prescribed to reduce the size of fibroids, or surgery performed to remove fibroids altogether.
If you are trying to conceive, and have fibroids, you need careful, considered advice about what to do about them. Removal of fibroids can be unnecessary, but on the other hand, can markedly improve your chances of conceiving.
Ballarat IVF and Southwest fertility specialists are experts in assessing and treating fibroids. Often there is no need for treatment, but if surgery is to be performed, it has to be done properly.