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Why are fibroids not considered good?
Fibroids are the tumours which can negatively impact a woman's life. It can cause problems with menstruation, such as painful, longer and heavy periods. Other than this, it can cause anaemia, painful intercourse and bowel or bladder problems. Fibroids can also increase the risk of infertility. And some women also are at a higher risk of various complications during pregnancy.

Last Updated on January 9, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

Fibroids are tumours made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. In this article, we will discuss why they are bad, what complications they can cause in pregnancy and how they can lead to infertility

Why are fibroids considered bad?

In rare cases, fibroids can cause significant problems. In most cases, uterine fibroids do not cause any symptoms. However, in some cases, it can cause:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Longer or more frequent periods
  • Pain
  • Anaemia due to blood loss
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Painful intercourse
  • Bowel or bladder problems.

Other than these, the complications can range from infertility to complications during pregnancy

What complications can fibroids cause during pregnancy?

During early pregnancy, women with fibroids have a comparatively high risk of miscarriage than those without it. The other most common complication of fibroids is early pregnancy bleeding and premature rupture of membranes. 

In late pregnancy, it can cause preterm labour (also causing preterm delivery), placental abruption, placenta previa [a complication where the placenta completely or partially covers the opening of the uterus (cervix)], fetal growth restriction, and fetal anomalies.

During labour and delivery also, they can create certain problems such as malpresentation (a condition where the baby is not facing head-first down the birth canal during delivery), cesarean delivery, retained placenta, and post-partum hemorrhage. 

How can fibroids cause infertility?

Fibroids can impair fertility in various ways. Research states that the cause of infertility is fibroids in around 5-10% of patients. 

Various theories have been proposed to explain how they impair fertility, such as mechanisms that alter or change the anatomical location, functional changes of the myometrium (muscular outer layer of the uterus) and endometrium (lining of the uterus), and few endocrine mechanisms.

They may cause infertility by obstructing or blocking the fallopian tubes or by impairing the transfer of a reproductive cell (gamete), i.e., preventing the sperm from reaching the egg. 

They can also cause infertility by impacting the size of the lining of the uterine cavity. In some cases, fibroids can prevent a fertilized egg from attaching itself to the lining of the womb. 

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Last Updated on January 9, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

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Why are fibroids not considered good?
Fibroids are the tumours which can negatively impact a woman's life. It can cause problems with menstruation, such as painful, longer and heavy periods. Other than this, it can cause anaemia, painful intercourse and bowel or bladder problems. Fibroids can also increase the risk of infertility. And some women also are at a higher risk of various complications during pregnancy.

Last Updated on January 9, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Why are fibroids not considered good?
Fibroids are the tumours which can negatively impact a woman's life. It can cause problems with menstruation, such as painful, longer and heavy periods. Other than this, it can cause anaemia, painful intercourse and bowel or bladder problems. Fibroids can also increase the risk of infertility. And some women also are at a higher risk of various complications during pregnancy.

Last Updated on January 9, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Why are fibroids not considered good?
Fibroids are the tumours which can negatively impact a woman's life. It can cause problems with menstruation, such as painful, longer and heavy periods. Other than this, it can cause anaemia, painful intercourse and bowel or bladder problems. Fibroids can also increase the risk of infertility. And some women also are at a higher risk of various complications during pregnancy.

Last Updated on January 9, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Why are fibroids not considered good?
Fibroids are the tumours which can negatively impact a woman's life. It can cause problems with menstruation, such as painful, longer and heavy periods. Other than this, it can cause anaemia, painful intercourse and bowel or bladder problems. Fibroids can also increase the risk of infertility. And some women also are at a higher risk of various complications during pregnancy.

Last Updated on January 9, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

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Fibroids are the tumours which can negatively impact a woman's life. It can cause problems with menstruation, such as painful, longer and heavy periods. Other than this, it can cause anaemia, painful intercourse and bowel or bladder problems. Fibroids can also increase the risk of infertility. And some women also are at a higher risk of various complications during pregnancy.

Last Updated on January 9, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

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Why are fibroids not considered good?
Fibroids are the tumours which can negatively impact a woman's life. It can cause problems with menstruation, such as painful, longer and heavy periods. Other than this, it can cause anaemia, painful intercourse and bowel or bladder problems. Fibroids can also increase the risk of infertility. And some women also are at a higher risk of various complications during pregnancy.

Last Updated on January 9, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Why are fibroids not considered good?
Fibroids are the tumours which can negatively impact a woman's life. It can cause problems with menstruation, such as painful, longer and heavy periods. Other than this, it can cause anaemia, painful intercourse and bowel or bladder problems. Fibroids can also increase the risk of infertility. And some women also are at a higher risk of various complications during pregnancy.

Last Updated on January 9, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Why are fibroids not considered good?
Fibroids are the tumours which can negatively impact a woman's life. It can cause problems with menstruation, such as painful, longer and heavy periods. Other than this, it can cause anaemia, painful intercourse and bowel or bladder problems. Fibroids can also increase the risk of infertility. And some women also are at a higher risk of various complications during pregnancy.

Last Updated on January 9, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Why are fibroids not considered good?
Fibroids are the tumours which can negatively impact a woman's life. It can cause problems with menstruation, such as painful, longer and heavy periods. Other than this, it can cause anaemia, painful intercourse and bowel or bladder problems. Fibroids can also increase the risk of infertility. And some women also are at a higher risk of various complications during pregnancy.

Last Updated on January 9, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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