Because fibroids are often an underlying cause of infertility, many women consider removing them to increase their chances of pregnancy. Located in Ventura and Oxnard, California, Dr. Patrick Diesfeld at Women’s Health Partnership Medical Group offers innovative techniques to treat fibroids while preserving your uterus for pregnancy. If you think you might be suffering from fibroids, call today or schedule an appointment online.
Fibroids are benign growths in your uterus that can often appear during your childbearing years. They’re firm, compact tumors that are made out of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop in your uterus. These uterine masses often cause pain & heavy menstrual bleeding.
Fibroids are often the underlying cause of infertility in women. Since their incidence rate increases with age, so does the likelihood of a woman’s infertility being from fibroids.
Fibroids can contribute to miscarriage, premature labor, and birth. When considering in-vitro fertilization, it’s usually recommended to surgically clear your uterus of all fibroids before undertaking IVF.
The location of fibroids determines what type they are. Intramural fibroids grow in the uterine wall, submucosal fibroids grow under the uterine lining and project into the endometrial cavity, and subserosal are located on the outside of the uterus.
Symptoms of fibroids can range from nonexistent to severe and disruptive among women. Each woman experiences the symptoms differently, but the most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:
Symptoms also vary depending on where the fibroids are located.
If you are suffering from fibroid symptoms, call Women’s Health Partnership Medical Group or schedule an appointment online to come in and discuss your options.