Fibroid removal/reduced miscarriage risk?
I am new to this forum - in fact, this is the first pregnancy forum I have posted on during this whole pregnancy business...
My story is relatively straightforward - I am 43, and have been trying to have a baby since July 2012. In that time, I have been pregnant 3 times, and had 3 early miscarriages. The first was at around 7 weeks, and the second and third were at around 11 weeks - although I am pretty sure that the pregnancies had actually stopped developing earlier, also at around 7 weeks.
I had never tried to get pregnant before, but have used condoms pretty much all of my sexual life, and I always had a sense that, despite the scare stories, I wouldn't have any difficulty getting pregnant, even at 42, and it turns out that I didn't - pregnant after one month of trying for the first pregnancy, and after 3 months for each of the last two.
However, clearly, that is only part of the "battle", and despite my earlier smugness about getting knocked up so easily despite my "advanced maternal age", I haven't been able to hold on to a pregnancy.
During the pregnancies, I found out that I had intramural fibroids, a couple of large ones of between 6 and 8cm, and multiple smaller ones, and I think that, over the course of the pregnancies, they have grown to the point where it was impossible to scan me trans-vaginally, as the fibroids obscured the scans, so all the scans had to be done trans-abdominally.
So - to the point of this post : today, I had my appointment at the recurring miscarriage clinic (they had actually referred me after the second MC, because of my age, but I got pregnant again before we got very far with the investigations - although they did establish that it wasn't sticky blood syndrome, or thyroid issues or anything like that), and the appointment today was all a bit superficial, as they had not yet received the results of the genetic testing of the "product" that I passed during the last MC.
I had expected that there would be some discussion of my age, and also some consideration of the effect of my fibroids, but the focus ended up being entirely on my fibroids, and the decision was taken almost immediately to operate.
I suppose the reason for that is that it the fibroids are the only thing tangible thing they can "fix" but I was still quite surprised that the consultant (who has never met me, let alone examined or scanned me) so readily took the decision to go for surgery, based only on the photo from a scan that was taken in June.
I guess my question is whether anyone has any experience of having had a myomectomy, and whether it has had a positive result?
My issues are a) I had never had any problems from my fibroids, and in fact, I would never have known I had any if I hadn't been pregnant, so I am worried about having possibly unnecessary (and invasive) surgery for no good reason; b) the little that I have read suggests that my type of fibroids (intramural) which do not seem to have caused distortion of the uterus (although they have caused my uterus to be enlarged - about double the size it should have been at the last scan) do not tend to be linked to miscarriage, particularly early mc's, c) it would effectively mean that I cannot try for a baby for another 9 months (operation likely in January, and apparently, I have to wait 6 months after before starting to try again) given my age, I wonder if the possible upside to the operation is worth delaying that amount of time (even though I have got pregnant easily so far, my luck cannot last!)
I'm very sorry for the very long post, but I am feeling a little overwhelmed by the decision I have to make, and any information/suggestions from anyone who has been through this would be helpful.