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Amber #2 - May 3

Hi Angel! I saw on another forum that you were an RN and spoke of people coming in with severe pain due to adhesions. Well I am actually experiencing this right now (it will be 8 weeks on Saturday). I have had many previous surgeries...C-section, gallbladder surgery, ovarian cyst surgery, and a D&C. I was just wondering what exactly you could tell me about these and how they may interfere with my fertility. I spoke with my Dr. and he told me to start ttc right away and he does not want to remove them until I have my next C-section. I was just wondering if you knew once I have them removed by C-section, could they still cause intertility issues since they will be gone? They have just been causing me a great deal of pain (in fact I missed work today because of it). I would say in the last 8 weeks, I have at least missed 1 full week of work due to these and I just cannot wait to start feeling better again! Any light you can shed on the subject would be helpful!

 

Angelttc2 - May 3

Hi amber-any time you have surgery you risk getting adhesions...so I can understand why your doctor wouldn't want to remove them until you have a C-section, it would just be another surgery. I am going to post a section from a website for you ... "Pelvic adhesions and endometriosis can cause infertility by preventing the sperm from reaching the egg or interfering with fertilization. Pelvic adhesions are fibrous scars. These scars can be the result of past infections, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, or infections following abortions or prior births. Previous surgeries can also leave behind scarring. Endometriosis may lead to pelvic adhesions. Endometriosis is the abnormal location of uterine tissue outside of the uterus. When uterine tissue is planted elsewhere in the pelvis, it still bleeds on a monthly basis with the start of the normal menstrual period. This leads to irritation within the pelvis around the site of this abnormal tissue and bleeding, and may cause scarring. Pelvic adhesions cause infertility by blocking the fallopian tubes. The ovum may be prevented from traveling down the fallopian tube from the ovary or the sperm may be prevented from traveling up the fallopian tube from the uterus. A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) can show if the fallopian tubes are blocked. This is an x-ray exam that tests whether dye material can travel through the patient's fallopian tubes. A few women become pregnant following this x-ray exam. It is thought that the dye material in some way helps flush out the tubes, decreasing any existing obstruction. Scarring also can be diagnosed by examining the pelvic area through the use of a scope that can be inserted into the abdomen through a tiny incision made near the naval. This scoping technique is called laparoscopy. Pelvic adhesions can be treated during laparoscopy. The adhesions are cut using special instruments. Endometriosis can be treated with certain medications, but may also require surgery to repair any obstruction caused by adhesions." http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/ency/infertility.jsp Hope this helps!!

 

Lin - May 3

Also check out the International Adhesions Society, if you haven't already. There's a wealth of information there: http://www.adhesions.org/

 

Amber #2 - May 3

Thanks for your help Angel!! I just hope to have some kind of resolve to this soon. I don't want to go the rest of my life feeling this pain!

 

Amber #2 - May 3

Thanks Lin!

 

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