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National Infertility Awareness Week

April 17,2024

Trying to conceive can be a challenging journey for millions. This week, Fibroid Fighters joins the fight to raise awareness about infertility, especially the impact fibroids can have on conception.

Infertility affects millions in the US, with age impacting conception chances. One in eight couples faces challenges getting pregnant.

By not talking openly, people may not recognize how common infertility is and seek the resources available. Fibroid Fighters supports National Infertility Week and encourages people to talk openly about these challenges. We offer awareness and support to women by sharing stories of others who have experienced infertility due to fibroids.

Monique, a Fibroid Fighter, shares: ‘The dream of motherhood…’Read more here

Understanding Fibroids and Their Impact on Fertility

Women struggling with infertility typically experience problems with ovulation,  implantation and sustaining the pregnancy. The most common underlying conditions that interfere with fertility are:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

Are you at Risk?

Uterine fibroids are compact non-cancerous tumors that can range from being as small as a sea to as large as a melon in size. Some women experience painful symptoms, while some don’t experience any at all. This makes it difficult to determine the fibroids’ size and quantity. The only way to know you might suffer from fibroids is to schedule a screening with your doctor. 

Fibroids can develop due to various reasons, such as obesity, vitamin D deficiency, and the early start of menstruation. Women with a family history of fibroids or women having an African American are more prone to developing fibroids at some point in life.

Fibroid Treatment 

Many women are only informed about surgical solutions like hysterectomy or myomectomy. Yet, there are more efficient and minimally invasive options available such as UFE.  Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a nonsurgical minimally-invasive treatment option that can minimize or alleviate fibroid symptoms while leaving your uterus intact. Many women with fibroids consider having UFE to treat them before trying to conceive.  

If you have been struggling to get pregnant without success,  scheduling an ultrasound screening can help diagnose fibroids and their potential effect on conception and pregnancy.

For more information and resources, visit our resource center, where you can find info on the latest news, blogs, newsletters and fibroid symptom checkers.

We invite you to share your personal journey with fibroids to provide motivation and hope for others. Visit Share Your Story.

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