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Fibroids and Recurrent Miscarriage

Posted on October 26, 2011 at 1:39 PM Comments comments (9)
Here's an interesting article on uterine fibroids and their role in recurrent miscarriages.
I was diagnosed with 8 uterine fibroids (1 was the size of a grapefruit!). When we had completed 5 IUIs, all unsuccessfully, we prepared ourselves for IVF. It was explained to us that the fibroids themselves weren't dangerous, but they might get in the way once we began IVF treatments. Our chances, from a statistical standpoint, would have gone from about 45% to 20%, if I did not have the fibroids removed. I asked my doctor if it were his daughter, what would he recommend? He said he would urge her to have the surgery. So I did. 
It wasn't the only obstacle we would have to overcome before we would ultimately have success, but it was one less thing to have to worry about. I had suffered 2 miscarriages prior to having the fibroids removed, so I had hoped that this surgery would bring us increased odds of success. Mind you, fibroids often times grow back. There are no guarantees with the surgery, but I bought myself some time by having them all removed. As of today, some have already grown back, but are only about the size of walnuts. No need for further surgery at this point.
Ask your doctor what role uterine fibroids might play in your situation.