A common cause of infertility is uterine fibroids. Unfortunately, many women with fibroids have no symptoms. So it’s important for all women to know their risks and to recognize the signs that might indicate they have the condition.
Uterine fibroids are the most common benign tumors in women of childbearing age, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Fibroids are made of muscle cells and other tissues that grow in and around the wall of the uterus. The cause of fibroids is unknown. Risk factors include being African American or being overweight.
If you do have symptoms, they may include:
• Heavy or painful periods or bleeding between periods
• Feeling “full” in the lower abdomen
• Urinating often
• Pain during sex
• Lower back pain
• Reproductive problems, such as infertility, multiple miscarriages or early labor
Your health care provider may find fibroids during a gynecological exam or by using imaging tests. Treatment includes drugs that can slow or stop their growth, or surgery. If you have no symptoms, you may not even need treatment. Many women with fibroids can get pregnant naturally. For those who cannot, infertility treatments may help.
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