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Uterine Fibroids

Hi,

I was just informed yesterday by my doctor that according to my transvaginal ultrasound i have two Fibroids.  I am now waiting to see a fertility doctor which could take a very long time.  I've been reading alot about the signs and symptoms of Fibroids and i don't have any of them.  My periods are normal and regular and no heavy cramping.  I am a Caucasian 33 year old women, 5'2 weighing at 125lbs, therefore I'm not overweight.  I quit smoking 1 1/2 years ago and i haven't been on the birth control pill since i was 20 years old.  Could this mean that the Fibroids are very small and not very worrisome?  Also, can i still continue trying to get pregnant or should this be put on hold until i see the fertility doctor?  We've been trying for 9 months without any luck and the doctor told me that the Fibroids maybe the reason for this because the fertilized egg might not be able to attach to the uterine wall.  I'm very confused on what i should do now.  Please help.  Thank you.


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Hi northernsunshine,
It sounds like we have the same problem, i am 23 and recently found out i have two fibriods. i have never had any symptoms at all which is really odd to me, the only reason i even found out about them was because i also found out that i was pregnant, and the dr who examined me kept trying to tell me i had to be at least two or three months preg because there was a mass in my stomach much larger than a 3-4 week size fetus...but of course i knew there was no way that i could possibly be more than 3 or 4 weeks along. I ended up terminating because i was told with a fibroid about 10cm the baby could be born extremely premature. To make a long story short, i met with a really great fertility specialist and i am actually scheduled for laparotomy myomectomy a week from today (i am SOOO nervous i could cry), ive never had any pain or symptoms its just recommended that it be removed because it is rather large (i have one about 10cm the other is way smaller). If you havent had any problems or sign that you even had fibroids then you should be ok after having them removed (as far as concieving), and if they arent large it may not even be completely necessary to have them taken out (they disappear during menopause) it would just be up to you. Good luck and just remember you are not alone :)
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I have the exact same experience.  I was found a 7cm fibroid one month ago through ultrasound.  The only reason I had an ultrasound is because I am thinking of ttc and would like to make sure everything is fine.  I didn't have any symptoms either.  The ultrasound says it is "exophytic".  Does anyone know what it means?  My doctor drew a picture and it looks like outside of the wall.
Now I am seeking advices from couple doctors.  Most of them said as long as it didn't bother me, I should ignore it and go ahead trying to get pregnant.  But I am very worried that this will cause some complications after I get pregnant. And it does seem not rare that pregnant women with fibroid have different problems, although whether it is because of fibroid is not entirely sure.
I don't know if it is wise to ignore it right now, or remove it for the sake of possible complications in the future.  I am so confused now...Sometime I wish I didn't go to the ultrasound so I wouldn't find anything..but I also tell myself having option is better.  For the women who found out the fibroid after pregnant, they didn't have any chance but to carry/worry it...
Please share your experience and your thoughts if you can.  It is extremely helpful to me.  I was really worried when I found that out, but I am feeling much better now after reading other people's stories.
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Hi you all, as for my experience I wasn't sure if i should have my fibroid taken out or not because doctors kept telling me different things and only after seeing a fertility doctor, I have decided to have it taken out via a Myomectomy next month. At first I was told to take it out, then I saw another OB and she said to leave it alone, that it rarely causes problems in pregnancy, then I went to a perinatologist and he told me that it was my choice, I finally went to a fertility doctor and after looking at it and the location of it he said he recommended taking it out after different exams.  I had a miscarriage in April @ 14 weeks, At 10 weeks they told me there was a fibroid in there and that is why I measured more than 10 weeks pregnant at the time. I had never heard of fibroids before that but they told me not to worry that it wouldn't cause any problems but maybe more bleeding during delivery, so I did not worry or researched it or anything. Then at 14 weeks all of the sudden I stared having horrible cramps so the next day I went in to the OB and she said it was just the uterus expanding and that it was normal pain, we listened to the heartbeat, but the pain did not go away, I went back the next day, they said it may be a bladder infection,heard heartbeat again, they gave me some antibiotics and sent me home, the next day I was still hurting bad, I didnt realize that my bag broke during the night, I went to the ER and and they did the ultrasound and they told me there was no heartbeat. That was the most devastating day of my life :( They still  don’t know the cause, they found nothing, since all blood test came back negative for infection and what not, they just said the baby stopped growing. They said the fibroid may or may not have been the cause. They really didnt know.
My fibroid is not that big now, but it's not that small either, it's about the size of a tennis ball, it was much bigger while I was pregnant it has shrunk since then. it was not  until the fertility doctor did a saline exam a couple of weeks ago and told me it would be best to take it out because of it's location in the wall of the uterus that I finally decided to have it removed. From what I have read these things require their own blood supply and as they grow(which they do more so during pregnancy) they can take the baby's blood supply and the baby has no chance of competing with a growing fibroid. I am scared about the surgery but I think it's the best decision, because I think this is what caused my miscarriage, I rather be safe then sorry. When it happened the fibroid was way bigger than the baby, I dont know why they cant confirm it was the fibroid, but I'm sure that it was the reason.  I am a very healthy active person , I'm not overweight, never smoked or used drugs and no one in my family has had a miscarriage. Anyhow, I just wanted to share my experience. I hope this helps someone.
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I have fibroids and read that it affects 20% -50% of all women for no apparent reason.  It is more apparent for women during their child bearing ages. Quite a few of my girlfriends (all races)  have fibroid and we are all active, live healthy lifestyles and non are considered overweight, smoke or take drugs.

I have had fibroid since I was in my 20's and was told to not worry about them because they caused no problem. I had a son at the age of 31 with no problem. However, at 35, I recently had a miscarriage because my fibroids grew, one is the size of a tennis ball. My girlfriends that are over the age of 34 seem to have the biggest problems, I guess it is because we are are all finally focused on having  children in our 30's.

Fibroids seem to be the mystery that you do not hear much about but can cause a lot of damage. One of girlfriend's cousins was in the middle of teaching a class, got bad cramps, went to the hospital and later needed a blood transfusion because she lost so much blood. That is, of course, not typical but it is alarming.
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I agree with you quietriver. Fibroids are a mystery as far as their symptoms, I was never told they were a problem, it seems like everything that is known about them is so vague and inconclusive. I wish they were more closely monitored so all the bad symptoms they come with would be lessened for the many women that have bad symptoms from having them. Thanks for sharing
Hopeful K
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hi there, I've read all your comments and was  a little bit relieved now. I am a 23 year old and still single. I went to a OB/Gyn because of severe abdominal pain and twice menstruation for 1 month and was shock when the doctor told i have a 9cm fibroid. we ask for several opinions but they told me it has to be remove. I am scared because after surgery I might not conceive.The doctor said that if the bleeding wont stop during the surgery they might perform a hysterectomy. Please give me some more relieving advice. Do I need to get another opinion? And is it true that fibroids block the sperm going to the egg?  Thank you and hope all is well. God Bless us.
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A new minimally invasive treatments for Uterine Fibroids is in Phase 3 clinical trial across 6 sites. The treatment is a potential option for women who have fibroids, have completed child-bearing and want to avoid a hysterectomy. http://trialx.com/clinicaltrial/85936/fibroids-laparoscopic-radiofrequency-ablation-symptomatic/?&qd=796122

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