Can fibroids affect fertility?
Generally, fibroids do not affect fertility. A fibroid that is close to the lining of the uterus (submucosal) or is big enough to alter the shape of the inside of the uterus may interfere with the ability of the fertilized egg to implant and grow. A woman with fibroids who is having problems getting pregnant should not immediately assume that the fibroids are the cause. Other reasons for infertility should be pursued. While fibroids can increase the risk of certain problems during pregnancy, the majority of women with fibroids have no problems. If your fibroids do require treatment, be clear with your doctor about your thoughts regarding future pregnancy, so that any treatment will attempt to preserve your fertility. Back to top Can I take birth control or hormone therapy (HT) if I have fibroids? The growth of fibroids is somewhat dependent on estrogen levels. Fibroids tend to shrink after menopause unless a woman takes estrogen. The effect of birth control pills on fibroids varies. Yo