Sometimes lumps of uterine cell tissue, or tumourous muscle, can grow around and inside the uterus. These are called uterine fibroids and they’re very common – up to 80% of women have at least one fibroid, and they typically pose no other threat to your health. However, they can affect female fertility and known fibroid effects have included recurrent miscarriage and premature labour.
The affect of fibroids on your fertility depends on the size of your uterus and where the fibroid is. If they appear inside your uterus (as submucosal fibroids), this is far more likely to affect your fertility, and most specialists would recommend removing them if you are having trouble conceiving.
Small fibroids are removed through a straightforward keyhole surgery procedure. Larger fibroids can be more complex, and your specialist can discuss the best approach.