Only one type of fibroid (the submucosal type that bulges into the uterine cavity) has been found to interfere with a woman's ability to become pregnant.
The vast majority of women who are pregnant and have fibroids go on to have healthy, full-term babies.
Unless a fibroid is growing in a location that blocks the birth canal, pregnant women with fibroids do not need to have a Cesarean section (C-section).
The kind of cancer that is sometimes mistaken for a fibroid, called leiomyosarcoma, is rare. It has been found in only 1 of every 1,000 women who had fibroid surgery.
Most women with fibroids require no treatment at all; however, the growth of fibroids should be monitored by a gynecological exam every three to six months. If fibroids become very large and bothersome, or if they cause medical problems, a woman may choose among several treatment options.
Major abdominal surgery, either to remove fibroids (laparoscopic myomectomy) or to remove the entire uterus (hysterectomy), is no longer necessary in the majority of cases.