Can Fibroids Cause Infertility?
At DFW Center for Fertility & IVF, Dr. Beshay and his experienced fertility specialists in Allen TX offer a full range of infertility treatments to help families realize their hopes for increasing their family through pregnancy.
Using the most innovative medical diagnosis equipment and advanced treatment techniques, our goal is to achieve successful pregnancies. Often times, our diagnosis discovers the contributor to infertility. One of those contributors are fibroids.
What Are Fibroids?
Fibroids are benign, 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.
Fibroids and Infertility
Having fibroids does not immediately constitute infertility. Many women with fibroids can still get pregnant. 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, contact the fertility specialists in Allen TX. At DFW Center for Fertility and IVF, our experienced fertility specialists perform fertility tests, providing a comprehensive work-up of both male and female partners. Once diagnosed, fibroids can often be treated, which 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.