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How does the myomectomy procedure affect fertility?

Your doctor will tell you more about this surgery’s outcome during your first appointment, including the its possible effect on fertility.

Myomectomy is a surgical procedure, performed to remove uterine fibroids - common noncancerous growths which appear in the uterus. Uterine fibroids can appear at any age, but usually develop during childbearing years.

The surgeon will take out the fibroids and reconstruct the uterus.

The results of myomectomy, typically include:

  • Symptom relief - after myomectomy, most women experience relief of unpleasent symptoms, like pelvic pain and pressure and excessive menstrual bleeding.
  • Fertility improvement - Fertility is maintained after this procedure. If the fibroids were the reason for infertility, the patient will now have higher chances of achieving pregnancy.

Things to know about pregnancy after myomectomy

Women have good pregnancy results within about a year following myomectomy. After the surgery, it is recommended to wait three to six months before attempting conception as the uterus needs time to heal. If the patient gets pregnant following surgery, the child will most probably be delivered through caesarian section. This method is preferred because the incision performed during the surgery might lead to complications during a normal delivery. Women who get pregnant after myomectomy have a lower risk of developing new fibroids than women who don't become pregnant.

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