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Fertility Treatment: Fibroids

Fibroids may affect fertility by blocking the uterus and fallopian tubes, which can make it difficult to conceive or may put any subsequent pregnancy at risk for miscarriage or early labor.

Fibroids | Questions and Answers

Dr. Karen Wang and Dr. Kristin Patzkowsky, minimally invasive surgeons from the department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, answer common questions about uterine fibroids.

Fertility Treatment and Fibroids: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

  • Our experts at the Johns Hopkins Fertility Center specialize in the evaluation and management of fibroids in patients experiencing infertility. We tailor our treatment programs to the specific needs of women with fibroids to maximize the chances of pregnancy.     
  • If surgical treatment is needed, we work collaboratively with the surgeons of the Johns Hopkins Division of Advanced Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, who have specialized training in minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques to treat your fibroids while maintaining your fertility.   

Fertility Treatment and Fibroids: What to Expect

At your initial consultation, you will meet with a fertility specialist and discuss your personal health history, experience attempting to conceive and goals for fertility treatment. We will perform diagnostic tests to determine the extent that fibroids are impacting your fertility — and rule out any other potential causes. Based on these results, your fertility specialist may recommend surgery prior to beginning fertility treatments.

If surgery is recommended, we will work closely with specialists in the Division of Advanced Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery to determine the best course of action for managing your fibroids while also supporting your fertility goals.

When your fibroids have been properly managed and you are ready to begin your fertility treatment, we will meet with you to review the treatment options available to you and customize a treatment plan.  

Our Team of Fertility and Fibroid Specialists

Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you manage fibroids and your fertility.

Fertility Center Experts

Photo of Dr. Valerie Lynn Baker, M.D.

Baker, Valerie Lynn, M.D.

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
TeLinde-Wallach Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
 
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Christianson, Mindy Sue, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Fertility Center
Director, Third Party Reproduction
Director, Fertility Preservation
Director, IVF Program Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
 
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Cross, Chantel Ianthe, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Associate Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowships
Director, Patient Education
 
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Garcia, Jairo E, M.D.

Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Practice Director
Active Staff, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Courtesy Staff, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Advisory Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine International
 
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Zacur, Howard A, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowships
 

Fibroid Experts

Photo of Dr. Kristin E. Patzkowsky, M.D.

Patzkowsky, Kristin E., M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Assistant Program Director, GYN/OB Residency Program, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Associate Fellowship Director, AAGL Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
 
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Simpson, Khara Michelle, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
 
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Wang, Karen Chiu, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Fellowship Director, AAGL Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
 
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