Fibroids can cause women difficulties in becoming pregnant or maintaining a successful pregnancy. Our expert fertility and gynaecology specialists have a wealth of experience in treating women with fibroids who want to become pregnant now, or in the future.
Fibroids are abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman’s uterus. Sometimes these typically benign, or noncancerous tumours become quite large and cause severe abdominal pain and heavy periods. In other cases, they cause no signs or symptoms at all.
Up to 80 per cent of women will have fibroids by the age of 50. However, most women don’t have any symptoms and may never know they have fibroids.
Most women with fibroids will experience no symptoms at all. However, large or numerous fibroids can cause the following symptoms:
Heavy or prolonged periods
Bleeding between periods
Pelvic pain and pressure
Low back pain
Pain when having sex
Difficulty getting pregnant
You may already have a diagnosis of fibroids, or you may be concerned that you have symptoms, or your difficulties in conceiving may be related to undiagnosed fibroids.
We’ll undertake a full review of your history and symptoms, as well as your hopes and plans to become pregnant.
Tests for fibroids include:
A pelvic examination and ultrasound – this can be done via the abdomen or using a transvaginal ultrasound inserted into your vagina
MRI – this in-depth imaging test produces pictures of your uterus, ovaries, and other pelvic organs
After your initial examination, we will discuss the effect of the fibroids on your fertility, and work together on a plan for treatments or procedures that will improve your chances of pregnancy. This may include;
A laparoscopy (keyhole surgery)
Myomectomy (removal of fibroids)
Hysteroscopy (an examination of the womb)
Fibroids and fertility
Fibroids are a common cause of infertility and can affect fertility in different ways:
By changing the shape of your uterus which affects the amount of sperm that is able to enter the uterus
By blocking the fallopian tubes which can prevent a fertilised egg from being able to implant
By preventing a fertilised egg from attaching itself to the lining of the uterus.
Early diagnosis and treatment can help to prevent this damage. But if untreated, fibroids can lead to long-term infertility and recurrent miscarriages.
Those with more severe fibroids, natural conception may be possible with the help of surgery such as laparoscopy.
Here at The Evewell, not only are our fertility consultants also gynaecologists, with specialised interests in providing holistic female healthcare, but we also have one of the few surgeons and gynaecology consultants in the UK leading the way in new endoscopic techniques for the treatment of fibroids.
Mr Colin Davis, an endometriosis and fibroid specialist in London, has pioneered laparoscopic tubal microsurgery and laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis and uterine fibroids.
If you have any concerns or are experiencing any fibroid symptoms and would like to arrange a consultation to discuss fibroid treatment in London, please get in touch with us to see how we can help.