Uterine fibroids are a very common gynecological condition affecting as many as 1 in 5 women of childbearing years. Although these tumors are benign, they can have serious complications, like heavy painful periods, and may even make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant.
Many women live with infertility and try to conceive with no success. Those who have tried to do so for more than a year are considered “infertile." The causes of infertility vary, and your fibroid specialist in Queens may be able to help you find a reason. Through effective fibroid treatment for infertility, you may be able to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Causes of Infertility May Vary
Among the most common reasons for infertility are issues with ovulation, problems with your cervix or damage that has occurred to your uterus or fallopian tubes. You may also experience menstruation periods that go on for too long or end too early, which may be an indicator that you aren’t ovulating. Other reasons could be:
- Age. Before the age of 35, many doctors advise you to try to get pregnant for an entire year before thinking you’re infertile. Between the ages of 35 and 40, the window is reduced to six months. Statistically, women over 35 have a more difficult time conceiving and have more pregnancy complications. Of course there are thousands of women in their late 30s and even early 40s who go on to have easy and healthy pregnancies.
- Heavy or abnormally painful periods. Cramping is a common occurrence during periods. But severe cramps are a common signal that you may have developed fibroid tumors.
- No periods at all. If you’re under a lot of stress or doing heavy workouts regularly, you may miss your period occasionally. But if you’ve gone several consecutive months without a period, it’s time to talk to a uterine fibroid specialist in NYC.
- Hormone irregularity. Unbalanced hormones can cause fibroid pain and may be the reason you’re infertile. Signs you may have developed infertility due to hormone irregularity include:
Getting Right to the Cause
When you visit VIVA EVE, a fibroid specialist in NYC will listen to your concerns about infertility. The best fibroid doctors that are part of the VIVA EVE team will take you through a comprehensive physical examination. At our fibroid treatment center, some of the tests you undergo may include:
- Blood or urine testing to find infections, hormone issues or problems with your thyroid
- Breast and pelvic exam
- Taking a sample of your cervical mucus and tissue to ensure you’re ovulating
- A laparoscopy, which places an instrument within your abdomen to find any blockages from fibroid masses, inflammation, scar tissue or other abnormal conditions
- An ultrasound used for medical imaging of your uterus
If fibroids are to blame for your inability to get pregnant, a proper diagnosis of fibroids and assessment of the number, size, and location is the first step. This can help to ensure the best approach for treatment, thereby offering the greatest chances of conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy.
Treatment Options at VIVA EVE in Forest Hills
Just because you you have not yet been able to conceive, doesn’t mean you that you won't be able to get pregnant in the future. A variety of treatments are available from your uterine fibroid specialist. The best fibroid surgeons in NYC (and gynecologists specializing in fibroids) go over all viable treatment options with you and make sure you are comfortable with the plan of action. Treatments may include:
- Performing uterine fibroid embolization, which is a minimally invasive procedure that blocks the blood supply to the fibroids, shrinking them over time and leaving the rest of the uterus untouched
- Prescribing medication to help you ovulate
- Performing fibroid removal procedures
- Beginning hormone therapy to correct imbalances, adjust the length of your menstrual cycle or even treat endometriosis
- Undertaking minor fibroid surgery in NYC to remove any blockages or scar tissues
Helpful Tips From the Infertility and Fibroid Specialists at VIVA EVE
Because your health and well-being are very important to your fertility team at VIVA EVE, you'll receive instruction about the steps you can take to reduce your risk of infertility, such as:
- Stop drinking alcohol. If you consume alcohol — heavily or in some cases even at all — it can cause your fertility levels to lower.
- Lower your caffeine intake. According to the Mayo Clinic, less than one 12-ounce cup of coffee shouldn’t keep you from getting pregnant. Any higher, though, and it could have a negative impact on your ability to conceive.
- Limit the stress in your life.
- Stop smoking. Smoking is not only bad for fertility, it’s bad in general. And it’s better to quit before you get pregnant, as stopping once you’re fertile again could add to your daily stress.
- Keep a normal, healthy weight. The harder your body must work to sustain an overweight or underweight body, the more other functions such as ovulation are naturally hindered.