Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss has enlisted the help of a surrogate to help her and husband, Todd Tucker, to complete their family and the possible reason – uterine fibroids
The 42-year-old and television producer Todd has been trying for a second child together for some time, but have experienced fertility issues.
In a 2015 interview Kandi talked about fibroids and having surgery, which could be a possible reason she has failed to conceive.
The couple have three-year-old son, Ace Tucker, and had wanted to add another child to their growing family, which also includes two teenage daughters, each from previous relationships.
Uterine fibroids are benign growths that are found to grow in the uterus and can cause infertility in some women.
IVF babble asked Dr Raef Faris, gynaecology and fertility consultant, of the Lister Fertility Clinic, who is one of our fertility experts, what effect uterine fibroids can have on a woman’s fertility
Dr Faris said: “Fibroids contribute to around three to six percent of cases in sub fertility. Though it depends on the location and size, many women can still get pregnant with fibroids in the womb.
“Fibroids that are encroaching into the uterine cavity (womb) can have a significant effect on the process of implantation as they make the receptivity of the womb less favourable for the embryos. Multiple or large fibroids that aren’t encroaching uterine cavity, but sited in the wall or the womb rather than the surface of the womb can also affect fertility. The reason for that is unclear but some studies show higher success rates in women with assisted conception after surgery to remove the fibroids.
“Patient management has to be individualised and based on patients’ medical history.”
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