Fibroids and Fertility

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Dr. Marsha Bievre Baker, a fertility specialist, serves as a clinical instructor in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. Dr. Marsha Bievre Baker also evaluates women at the Medical Center for a number of issues that could interfere with their ability to conceive and carry a baby, such as fibroids.

A great many women have uterine fibroids, which are noncancerous growths in the muscles of the uterus. In fact, most women will develop them at some point in their lives. Genetic factors and hormone levels may contribute to the growth of fibroids. These growths are not necessarily a major cause for concern. However, in some cases, fibroids affect the shape of the cavity of the uterus to such a degree that they interfere with fertility.

A doctor might identify fibroids in a number of ways. He or she might feel particularly large ones while performing a pelvic exam. At other times, a doctor will use an ultrasound to view the fibroids. Tests such as a hydrosonogram might also be performed to reveal more information about the fibroids, particularly in determining whether or not they might be associated with difficulty getting pregnant or causing miscarriages. If necessary, a doctor might remove the fibroids surgically, particularly if the growths are large in size. If a woman has concerns about fibroids or other factors that could affect her reproductive health or fertility, she should make an appointment with a qualified medical professional.

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