Oct 24

Can Fibroids Cause Infertility?

Fertility and Fibroids - San Antonio, TX

Posted on October 24, 2016 — by Joseph E. Martin, M.D., FACOG

A woman looking forlorn due to her fertility problems caused by fibroidsAt Fertility Center of San Antonio, our experienced fertility specialists offer a full range of infertility treatments designed to help couples realize their dreams of expanding their families through successful pregnancies. Essential to the success of these treatments is the accurate diagnosis of the factors contributing to a couple’s infertility whenever possible. This is why the Fertility Center of San Antonio uses only the most advanced technologies and techniques to test for fertility and identify possible issues that could be interfering with a couple’s ability to conceive.

In performing fertility tests, we do a comprehensive work-up of both male and female partners. One of the most common contributors to female infertility is fibroids. It is true that fibroids are fairly common, even among women who have no difficulties with the conception or bearing of children. Indeed, many women are unaware that they even have fibroids. However, they can contribute heavily to a woman’s infertility, and are more likely to do so when other infertility factors are present.

Fortunately, our fertility specialists our accustomed to dealing with fertility and fibroids at our San Antonio, TX clinic. Once diagnosed, fibroids can often be treated, which in itself may improve a woman’s fertility. If not, our doctors can discuss the possibility of using fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization, or IVF, to facilitate pregnancy.

If you would like to learn more about the treatment of fibroids or the range of infertility treatments available at our fertility clinic, please contact the Fertility Center of San Antonio today.

What Are Fibroids?

Fibroids are benign, or non-cancerous, tumors that originate in the uterus. They are made up of uterine muscle tissue that grows out of the wall of the uterus. If a fibroid is large enough, it can cause changes in the shape of the uterus and even the cervix. In some cases, a woman may have just one fibroid, but most women experience multiple fibroids. While most fibroids remain rooted to the uterine wall, some may enter into the uterine cavity.

The Connection between Fibroids and Infertility

Most women who have fibroids are not infertile, while most women who struggle with infertility do not have fibroids. Among women with diagnosed fertility problems, only 5 to 10 percent have fibroids. Even in these women, fibroids are not necessarily an infertility factor.

In general, fibroids interfere with fertility only when they enter into the uterine cavity or are extremely large. It is then that fibroids might:

  • Block the fallopian tubes
  • Interfere with the passage of sperm to the uterus by creating a misshapen cervix
  • Interfere with the movement of sperm or the embryo by creating a misshapen uterus
  • Affect the size of the lining of the uterine cavity
  • Prevent proper blood flow to the uterine cavity

The treatment of fibroids becomes necessary only if it is determined that they are interfering with fertility.

Learn More about Fertility and Fibroids

To learn more about fertility and fibroids, please contact Fertility Center of San Antonio today.

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