Re: Adhesions and possible infertility???

Sat Aug 2 01:32:27 2008

I had fertility issues most likely due to adhesions. At 17 I had an ileostomy due to ulcerative colitis. 5 years later, gall bladder removal. Then came the adhesions surgeries. At 25 got married, conceived one and only time at 27 naturally. At 29 tried to conceive again. Took fertility treatments including clomid. I was ovulating, but never did conceive again. Can say I am very grateful to have the one child I was able to have. At 41 had a total hysterectomy due to ovarian cysts and frequent periods not treatable by meds.

Adhesions have caused me more grief than any other physical conditions I've encountered in my life (ulcerative colitis and viral enchephalitis are pretty tough things to live through).

It's all really in God's hands and that's what got me through that part of my life. I choose to believe that God knew better than I did what I would be able to handle in my life and if he saw fit for me to have more children, then I would. If not, it was because he knew all. As it turns out, at 47 years old, I now know that God did indeed know better. With all the adhesion problems I've had, I would never have been able to parent more than one child. I am endlessly grateful for the opportunity to be a mother and since I have only been pregnant once in my entire life, I know that I have been blessed.

Caryn R

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From: "IAS Admin (Tracy)" <>

> Sender: (Mary)
> Subject: Re: Adhesions and possible infertility???
> Hi Bethany,
> I too have adhesions.
> In my case, my story is a bit different as I have a 3yr old, however, my
> adhesions started sometime after I delivered, (he was conceived through
> fertility treatments for unrelated reasons).
> Since summer 2007, I did 7 IUI cycles trying to conceive baby #2 at my
> fertility clinic, ( I did 1 natural cycle = m/c, 4 clomid and 2
> injectible cycles).
> Half way between all this I had an HSG done which was clear, so I
> figured timing must have been off because everything else was perfect.
> Nope.
> I had a diagnostic lap, hystero and D&C done this past May which showed
> I have severe adhesions which have wrapped themselves around both
> ovaries, tubes and uterus. My bowel is stuck to the back of my uterus.
> In a few weeks, (August), I have a second lap surgery to hopefully
> remove these adhesions. I will then go on to IVF as soon as I recover
> and hopefully before they grow back. Keep in mind I have never had a
> surgery or PID up until this point.
> My RE told me that as I am right now w/out the surgery, I could not
> conceive even with IVF as my ovaries aren't accessible the way they are
> twisted down and inwards and stuck to the uterus. They would have
> trouble reaching the eggs for retrieval.
> Up until about a month ago I had no pain related to the adhesions at
> all.
> Recently in the past few weeks though I've had about 4 terrible episodes
> where I can feel a bowel obstruction. I get bad back pain on my lower
> left back and stomach as well as feeling very nauseous and dizzy.
> I'm hoping these episodes aren't frequent as they are quite
> debilitating, but wonder why it doesn't occur often, (so far that is).
> At Mon, 21 Jul 2008, Bethany wrote:
> >
> >To start off, I'll give you a brief bit of my history (or as brief as I
> >can put it). I am now 25 years old. When I was just a year old, I had
> >abdominal surgery for an intestinal volvulus, which is where the bowels
> >twist, and they twist around eachother. My bowels were re-arranged from
> >the surgery, so much so, that they had to remove my appendix because it
> >ended up in my left upper abdomen (instead of the right lower abdomen,
> >where it should be). My large bowels are located on the left half of my
> >abdomen and my small bowels on the right. I never had any problems
> >growing up, until I was 18 years old, when I had my first bowel
> >obstruction. This was in January of 2002. In total, I've been
> >hospitalized with 4 bowel obstructions since January of '02. In between
> >hospitalizations, I have what I can only describe as
> >"mini-obstructions". Its the same quality of pain and same location, it
> >just never progresses enough for me to go to the ER. My GI doc suggests
> >that adhesions are to blame for my obstructions.
> >
> >I'm now 25 years old and am trying to get pregnant with my husband of
> >almost 2 years. I've been trying to conceive since December of 2007.
> >After only 3 cycles of trying to conceive, I was put on Clomid, after it
> >was determined that I was not ovulating. The majority of women who get
> >put on clomid become pregnant within 3 cycles of Clomid. I'm now on my
> >4th, expecting my period any day now, as I don't think I'm pregnant. I
> >have a laparoscopic surgery scheduled for September 23rd, because my OB
> >said that I have a 50/50 chance of having adhesions in my reproductive
> >tract, which could be displacing my ovaries.
> >
> >My question is.. is there anybody out there who has had a similar
> >problem with adhesions and trying to get pregnant? I really don't have
> >much hope for getting pregnant before my laparoscopy. I get these
> >crampy type pains in my pelvic area, right on the inside of my hips,
> >which I suspect to be adhesions. So, I just don't know...
> >
> >Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.

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