Hi everyone in the endo world!! There's not been much activity in here lately but I would love to hear any stories from you girls who have fallen pregnant after having a laparoscopy for endometriosis? I am having mine next week and right now could do with some positive thoughts!!
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09-10-2010 18:22 #1
any success stories after lap for endo?
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09-10-2010 18:30 #2
Hi there. Yeah definately, I had a lap for endo a few years back. It was to help with pain at the time I wasn't tcc.
But the surgeon tested my tubes with the dye to see of they were 'patent.' (if an egg could get down) So that was good to know.
Having endo around your ovaries can be a bit trickier, but I've got quite a few friends with bad endo and all (to date) have been able to concieve after their laps.
Do ask though if they will be excising the endo ie. actually cutting it out, not just going to diathermy it. That doesn't have good success long term cause they just burn the top of it and it grows back, like a weed.
If they try to tell you it's ok to diathermy, might be worth finding another surgeon.
Hope everything goes well for you.
09-10-2010 19:54 #3Senior Member
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I had my laparoscopy done in 2003 and conceived our son in 2004.
It did seem like it started to come back after my son was born in 2005...but fell pregnant again early 2006 and had no issues since.
Good luck Xx
09-10-2010 21:05 #4Senior Member
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Hi again, I just posted in another thread. I have severe endo, my gyno says one of the worst cases he has ever seen. Great news is pregnancy has made a huge impact on it. I have had 4 pregnancies - 2 angels sadly but all concieved after a laporoscopy. I have had my endo lasered off which my gyno says is one of the best options as it minimises scar tissue etc... No matter what course of treatment you take the endo may grow back it is just the nature of the disease. Both of my ovaries have been badly affected, my tubes have been 'stuck down' with growth I also have endo growing on my bowel, bladder and lining of my stomach and yeah and my uteters which are the tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder. So I guess you could say I have been to hell and back and at 35 years old a hysterectomy has been suggested more than once . But 1 more babe then I will say goodbye to this horrid disease forever. I had a lap on Wednesday and I am feeling sore and sorry for myself. If you are going in as a private patient I would highly recomend staying in hospy overnight, I always do as the procedure is more painful than your gyno will make out and also you can leak fluid from your incissions which can be distressing and messy. I had my op on Wednesday morning and took advantage of as much pain relief (endone tablets) as possible and have had 3 full days of bed rest which is a mission with 2 spritely young children . Suggestions: 21 day blood tests to establish ovulation, home ovulation kits for more accuracy of ovualation, good diet, no alcohol all the usural stuff. Good luck and keep us posted on how you go. Please feel free to PM me if you need someone to talk to xxx
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10-10-2010 16:43 #5
Just wondering too, I had a lap done about 6 months ago.. had it cut out was stage 3..felt so much better but Its seems to be coming back already tho..painful clotty and heavy periods, how long is it suppose to last for? would i have to have another lap to help me am TTC.
Thanks!! and goodluck with your lap you will so much better after it xxx
10-10-2010 16:55 #6
Not me but my sister had 2 laps prior to falling pregnant. She has 2 kids and fell naturally (and quickly) both times.
However, she has had a 3rd lap and has since miscarried 3 times. I do not think that it has been blamed for the miscarriages but I do wonder if it is related.
10-10-2010 16:58 #7
Thanks guys! You've all made me feel heaps more positive... I guess I am just getting a bit down about it all considering I've only known that I have endo for the last few weeks. I've been on the pill since I was 15 (now 30), so had no idea, no pain, nothing, until I went off it when we started TTC. We couldn't get pregnant and I started getting painful periods (almost passing out from the pain) and mid cycle spotting. Hence off to the FS and now the lap. She said depending on what they find we might be able to try naturally or go straight to IVF....That has stressed me out a bit, now I'm worrying about money and how to afford IVF if we need it....I asked my FS if my history (ie being on the pill for ages) means that the endo can't be too extensive yet, but she said no, it could be mild or moderate or severe and we won't know till she goes in. She said they'd actually be cutting it out...
Anyway, thanks lovelymum, I saw your other post too, I will take all your advice, except the staying overnight thing, as the place I'm going only is day surgery...?! No choice in the matter there. So I've taken 5 days off work, but I can take more if I need to, but I was hoping to be able to go back and just take it easy.. I don't have any little kiddies so I will just be able to rest on the lounge and hubby will look after me!
I feel horrible for you having to go through so much! It's really freaky hearing your specialist say you're one of the worst cases he's seen!
I can only imagine how much pain you have if it's on your bowel, ureters, etc, you poor thing. You mentioned having a good diet, no alcohol, etc, but do you mean that's just a good thing to do in general, or do you mean specifically to help with the endo? Is there certain foods you actually avoid?
I have had regular cycles so far- I used to do OPK's but gave them up when I found out I was ovulating (thru pelvic ultrasound) and all the other signs correspond correctly, so as long as my cycles go back to regular again after the lap I will be happy... And hopefully UTD!!
Thanks everyone for your positive comments!
10-10-2010 18:55 #8
I have read that staying off wheat and dairy products is good for endo as the are inflammatory...I am going to start doing this tommorow..
Bummer you can't stay overnight, make sure you leave with strong pain killers!
It took me a couple of weeks to recover but it depends on what they find and how much they have to cut out if you do have endo..some women have recovered enough to work in 4 days or so..
The lap is easy you go in go to sleep wake up and feel nothing, except relaxed!! lol
the cut heals pretty quickly just keep it clean, and don't do any stretching up or bending down.
Let us know how you go!! xx
10-10-2010 20:03 #9Senior Member
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Hi again, glad I was able to help. Funnily enough my endo has been relatively painless which apparantley is a sign that it is really bad, I just seem to have a constant crampy dragging feeling, like every day of my life I guess I have gotton so used to it that it no longer bothers me that much. I too have had terrible periods, not so much pain but heavy loss every month to the point where I go through a box of super tampons on the first day of my period - its just not right My gyno has said that this is basically because the endo is so deep in my uterus and because it grows so much every month the lining is so thick and of course the lining is shed if you dont get pregnant. For anyone with endo not TTC he has suggested having the mirena contraceptive device inserted as it thins the lining of the uterus down to next to nothing so it CAN be an effective treatment no promises but anything can be worth a shot. In terms of the who diet thing I was more reffering to once you are TTC, give yourself the best chance possible. Once you have your lap I would not be jumping right into IVF give it at least 6 months before you consider it we convieved 4 babies with the help of clomid only, I did do a few IVF cycles as well but no luck. Good luck and just remember to keep your eye on the prize - the precious baby at the end of the rainbow xxx
10-10-2010 20:05 #10
At work (hospital), I have had many a patient come in for Lap surgery to treat their endo. I then see many of them about a year later heading up to maternity. Good luck.
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