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Systematic Review of Research Investigates Fibroids and Natural Fertility

April 17,2024

In a study published in the scientific journal Diagnostics, researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to explore the relationship between fibroids and natural fertility.

Let’s delve into the findings:

The Effects of Fibroids on Natural Fertility: Still a Question Mark

Fibroids are common benign tumors that grow in the uterus. While they often cause no problems, some women worry about their impact on getting pregnant. This blog post dives into a recent study that explored the link between fibroids and natural fertility.

IVF Studies Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Previous research using in vitro fertilization (IVF) suggested that certain types of fibroids might hinder a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. However, IVF involves different conditions than natural conception. So, the researchers in this new study aimed to get a clearer picture of how fibroids affect women trying to conceive naturally.

Fertile vs. Infertile: Unveiling the Connection

The researchers looked at existing studies that compared women with and without fertility issues. They also examined research on whether having fibroids increased the risk of infertility. Additionally, they analyzed studies that directly compared pregnancy rates in women with and without fibroids.

Mixed Results: Need for More Research

Interestingly, a significant portion of the reviewed studies didn’t directly address the impact of fibroids on fertility. Instead, they focused on whether infertility might be a risk factor for developing fibroids.

The analysis of studies investigating both fibroids and infertility together did show a potential link. Women with fibroids had a higher chance of experiencing subfertility (taking longer to get pregnant than expected). However, when the researchers looked specifically at studies comparing pregnancy rates, the results were less conclusive.

The Bottom Line: More Knowledge Needed

This study highlights the need for further research on the connection between fibroids and natural fertility. While there’s some evidence suggesting a potential link, more studies are crucial. This is especially important considering how common fibroids are among women trying to conceive.

If you have concerns about fibroids and fertility, it’s important to talk to your doctor. They can discuss your individual situation and advise you on the best course of action.

About Fibroid Fighters

Fibroid Fighters is a public welfare organization created to raise public awareness about fibroids’ social, economic, and health impacts so that we can destigmatize the condition, encourage open conversations around fibroids, and advocate for better support systems. We believe women deserve to be equipped with the knowledge and resources to navigate fibroids with confidence and access the best possible care.

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