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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth King

Fibroid Awareness Month: A Tool to Empowering Women’s Health

July is Fibroid Awareness Month, which means it’s the perfect time to spotlight this common yet largely misunderstood health condition. Up to 77% of women will develop fibroids during their childbearing years, and for many, this can be a barrier to fertility, especially when they are undetected. Fibroids were a factor on my own fertility journey, so raising awareness is particularly important to me. I was told by trusted medical professionals that my fibroids were not an issue; however, my fertility doctor took one look and recommended surgery. Ultimately, removing the fibroids allowed my body to get pregnant without further intervention, and I couldn’t have been more grateful!

A seedling sprouts up in the dirt under a glass lightbulb with two hands tending to it. The text reads, "How fibroids affect fertility"

What are fibroids? Fibroids are growths in the uterus area that range in size from a grain of rice to as large as a melon. The vast majority of these growths are non-cancerous and do not put you at a greater risk for developing uterine cancer. Who is at risk for developing fibroids? Though many women develop fibroids during their lifetime, there are certain factors that put you more at risk, including a family history, obesity, and those with high blood pressure. How do I know if I have fibroids? These growths can be detected during a routine pelvic exam with your gynecologist; however, many are missed if they are small in size. If you’re experiencing symptoms like heavy or prolonged periods, pelvic pains, and bladder issues, it’s important to speak with your medical provider to see if you may be at risk. Even if your doctor does not detect fibroids during a pelvic exam, you can push to have an ultrasound or MRI done for a more thorough diagnosis. How do fibroids affect fertility? In some cases, women with fibroids may experience no issues getting or staying pregnant. However, fibroids can cause fertility issues if their size or location blocks the uterus or fallopian tubes. They can also increase the likelihood of miscarriage or a postpartum hemorrhage. In these cases, treatment may be recommended, which can include a myomectomy, which is the surgical removal of the tumors without damaging the uterus. Knowing the signs and symptoms of fibroids is an important part of women’s health. Regular check-ups with your gynecologist are always recommended, and staying mindful of any red flag symptoms is critical. If you think you may have fibroids and need support and guidance, please reach out to me for a 1:1 coaching call and let me come alongside you!

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