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15/09/2014 at 16:03
I've not posted on here for about 7 months and most of the people who I remember being on here are now pregs which is a good sign!
I wanted to post my TTC journey so far as I've recently found info on forums to be extremely useful so wanted to post my story in case someone in future also finds it useful when they google what I've been googling!
Anyway, me and my husband have been TTC for 2 years now, without even a vague shadow of a BFP. I finally got referred for a HSG in April and had our first consultation 3 months later when I was told that one tube was blocked due to adhesions and there was a growth in my womb which could be a fibroid. I was scheduled in for a lap and hysteroscopy on 21st October and I had a meltdown as the thought of waiting over three more months to find out what was wrong and what this 'growth' was was unbearable. But I got a call at the end of August to say I could go in on 1st October instead and then, I got another call a week later to say I could have it done on 9th Sep.
I was nervous but I've had general anaesthetic a few times before and everyone at the hospital was lovely (plus I just wanted to find out what was wrong so I was pretty much ready to run to the operating theatre!)
When I came round from the anaesthetic two hours later, I felt very sore and was given some morphine I think (I have no idea really as I was pretty drugged up but it helped take the pain away!). So the consultant came round afterwards and said that he'd found two endometrium polyps which were 'acting like contraception' and which he'd removed in the hysteroscopy so no fibroids or other 'growths'! He said that in the lap the found a lot of endometriosis, so much so that my right tube and ovary had become stuck to the back of my womb (gross!) with adhesions so he unstuck it and put it back in the right place. He said they also found a paraovarian cyst next to my left ovary and tube which had twisted that tube out of shape so he'd drained the cyst and 'detangled' that tube as well. So it's no wonder we hadn't got pregnant with two tubes which weren't working and two polyps which were blocking them anyway.
I wanted to share my symptoms as I'd known something wasn't quite right for a while and perhaps if I'd been a bit more persistent with the docs I could have got all of this sorted sooner.
- Brown spotting after my period, usually for 3-5 days after the 'fresh blood' has gone (sorry TMI!). I had a cervical polyp removed in early 2012 and had similar symptoms although they we're much worse then with the brown spotting lasting all month. I'd noticed in my last two cycles though that my period were getting longer and longer and darker and darker so I should have known!
- Pain just above right hip at ovulation every month (like a burning sensation) which I thought was ovulation pain but it couldn't be as it went on for a couple of weeks in the end. I think this must have been the trapped ovary and tube although no idea why it was the same side every month and not every other month
- Painful periods, these got better with acupuncture but according to TCM women should have no period pain at all if everything is in harmony!
The consultant has also recommended us for IVF although not sure why when his words 'we've cleared everything up and made you as fertile as possible' but I'll quiz him about that at my post op next month!
Anyway, it's been a really horrible few months (if not a year!!) of waiting and tests and lady bit prodding and probing but at least we're closer to a BFP now than we've ever been!
I hope someone finds the above useful :-)
15/09/2014 at 16:13
Evo thank you so much for posting your story, I really hope that this provides some answers and comfort to people experiencing similar issues. What a year it's been for you and I really hope that you get your long awaited BFP very soon.
It would be lovely if you could stick around, we have a daily/weekly chat thread now, covers everything from TTC to holidays, weekend plans, everything in general really, I feel you'd be a great support and we could support you too!
15/09/2014 at 16:34
Evo, I do remember you from months back. Thanks for telling us your story, you've been through the mill but it must be a relief to have answers now. Hopefully you can get a BFP naturally now, but it's also good that the consultant seems open to given you other options. I hope you don't have to wait too long for that bfp now!
15/09/2014 at 16:44
Thank you for sharing your story and symtoms with us, sorry to hear you've had such a rough time of it. I really hope you get your bfp soon. As Claire says do stick around to chat, there are a few of us over the one year mark of trying so it's not all ttc focused and it is a great support. xx
15/09/2014 at 16:51
Thanks so much for sharing your story, Evo. I'm going to be having my HSG in roughly six to eight weeks (depending on when I get my blood results back). I have not had symptoms like yours but I do get a tiny bit of brown mid cycle spotting on CD11. My gyno said it's nothing to worry about but am actually looking forward to the HSG just we can see if there is anything wrong up there. Xxx
Just to add - really hope you get your BFP soon. Two years must have been agony for you both. Xxx
15/09/2014 at 17:06
Thank you for sharing your story with us Evo & sorry to hear about the rough journey you've had. Have they said you can get straight back to TTC'ing now or have you to wait or anything? I really hope you get your long awaited BFP very very soon x
15/09/2014 at 18:20
Thanks everyone for replying and for your BFP wishes - keeping everything crossed that we get a natural BPF now I've had surgery!
I stopped coming on the forums as I felt it was making me more negative as I felt like I only used it as a dumping ground for being miserable!! Feeling more positive now though as I've finally had a proper diagnosis and a plan of action! Two years is a long time but I've learned a lot about TTC so I hope to stick around and give (and get!) lots of support :-)
Tayto - we can start TTCing again in two weeks (when it'll be three weeks after my op) which is perfect as I came on my period today which means I'll be ovulating around then! Prepared for the worst tho as well as I'd read having surgery like this can mess things up for a cycle or two but trying to be optimistic!
15/09/2014 at 18:24
Enjayee - I meant to say, my HSG was great as it was the first test that actually showed up that there might be an issue with my tube as before then everything looked OK on the ultrasound (except it picked up my cyst which they thought was an ovarian cyst, not a para-ovarian cyst). It also showed the polys (although didn't know what they were at that time) which again, didn't show in the ultrasound, so other than invasive surgery, I think a HSG is the most revealing test you can have! Good luck with yours x
16/09/2014 at 08:46
Oh I hope it doesn't mess up your cycle Evo! When I had surgery in May (nothing TTC related at all), it delayed my ovulation however, if you are tracking it and keeping an eye out, if it does push out ovulation, you'll hopefully still be able to catch it!
18/09/2014 at 10:21
Evo, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your experience. I am waiting for my appointment to come through for my laparoscopy and hysteroscopy and am quite nervous about the procedure. Always helps to read about someone who has been there. Fingers crossed for your bfp soon.
18/09/2014 at 19:52
LolaB - I'm so pleased my story has been useful to you! If you want to ask me anything then just send me a msg as I'd be more than happy to answer - I was pretty nervous before the op too! Good luck with yours and I hope you get a date through for your appointment soon x
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