Fibroids may increase risk of preterm labor, abnormal fetal presentation, placenta previa, recurrent spontaneous abortions, and postpartum hemorrhage. Rarely, fibroids partially obstruct the birth canal.
Preconception evaluation is recommended for women who have very large fibroids or who have fibroids and have had a spontaneous abortion.
Last full review/revision June 2013 by Lara A. Friel, MD, PhD
Content last modified August 2013