• Fibroid Removal May Prevent Recurrent Miscarriages

    Researchers may just have unearthed a significant way to reduce the incidence of miscarriages among women, through the surgical removal of fibroids.
  • fibroidsAccording to a study published in the journal Human Reproduction, fibroids, or benign tumors made out of fibrous tissue and muscles within or surrounding the womb, may just help in considerably lowering a woman’s risk for miscarriages.

    The research was conducted for 20 years by Professor Tin-Chin Li and his colleagues from the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and the University of Sheffield.

    966 women in the study were scanned for uterine abnormalities such as fibroids, using different methods such as transvaginal ultrasound and radiology. The researchers found out that 79 percent of the subjects had fibroids.

    Fibroids may be classified into three kinds:
    •    Submucosal – fibroids growing in the muscle under the inner lining of the womb’s wall and growing into the middle portion of the womb, distorting the cavity
    •    Intramural – fibroids growing in the muscle wall of the womb. It’s also the most common type of fibroid and these do not distort the cavity. Its protrusion into the outer membrane of the womb is less than 50%.
    •    Subserosal – fibroids growing outside the womb’s wall into the woman’s pelvis; these do not distort the cavity and protrudes into the outer membrane of the womb at higher than 50%

    Said one of the researchers, Dr. Sotirios Saravelos, “Among women with recurrent miscarriages, the fibroids prevalence was 8.2%.” He adds, “This is the first time that it has been shown that removing fibroids that distort the uterine cavity may increase the chances of a subsequent live birth in women with recurrent miscarriages."

     

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