Endometriosis

Heidi - posted on 08/02/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I had my son when I was 20. I started taking Birth Control a month after he was born and I was taking it for about 8 months (I forgot to take it a lot). My husband and I have been trying to have another baby for over a year now and nothing was happening. I had noticed that my periods were a lot worse than before and after 2 years I was able to find a Dr who would help me. I started the pill again to see if this will go away but I am not sure. I haven't been in pain at all since I started this time so I think that I found the right pill. Have you ever had this problem and were you able to conceive without all the medical costs?

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Amber - posted on 08/04/2009

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I was diagnosed with Endo years ago and have had 5 surgeries. The last surgery they removed my left ovary and tube. My endo is really aggressive and I usually have surgery about once a year. After my 5th surgery though I got pregnant right away. I had been trying and it just wasn't happening so I had that last surgery and it happened right after. I have tried everything they make to help. I have tried lots of pills and they usually help for a little while and then stop helping. I tried the Depo shot and the Lupron shot. Lupron is the worst thing I ever tried it was horrible. Pregnancy was great but even with breastfeeding my period came back horrible right after I had my son. I hate Endo and look forward to the day that I don't have to deal with it. But you can get pregnant I did even with only one tube and one ovary.

Heidi - posted on 08/04/2009

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Thank you. I am hoping that this type of birth control will help it go away. It has already helped majorly with the painful cramps from my periods. So, maybe there is a chance that it will clear up and then we can try again:)

Jenni - posted on 08/03/2009

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BFing-breastfeeding, sorry, lol.

My mom had endo, too and miscarried my twin and eventually had to get a hysterectomy in her 40's. My gma had a hysterectomy when she was in her 20's. My mom' adopted.

I don't know since you developed it after pregnancy... Don't have experience there, so your doctor's knowledge is gonna be your best bet.

I know my doctor said it clears up if you don't have periods for a while, I think that's what happened to me while I was on Depo, in fact that's the reason I went on it as a sort of therapy for endo and really horrific period cramps.

Don't mean to offend either, but have you considered adoption? I know not all people have the resources for that though. It just always comes to mind for me since my mom was adopted and I have cousins who were adopted. I always thought I might have to adopt cuz I've been screwed up gynocologically(I think I coined a term there) all my life.

I also have 3 cousins (one single and one set of twins) who were conceived through in-vitro. I just know that's a potentially long and definately expensive road too. :(
Wish you all the luck in the world though for finding a way to have more children.

Heidi - posted on 08/03/2009

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Thank you. What do you mean BFing? I don't understand why I got it after I had a child. I have a friend who had this too and she miscarried a lot. But, after a while she finally was able to carry full term and have a baby. We were pregnant at the same time and she lost her baby but I had mine. It was really difficult for me to be around her because I didn't want to rub it in or just make her sad. Again, thank you for your comfort and support:)

Jenni - posted on 08/03/2009

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I was off Depo for about a year too when I had my first! Then I BFed 9 months and didn't have a period until a year after he was born... and got pregnant before I had chance to have a second period.

My doctor said that a lot of time having one child will help cure endometriosis. And I know BFing can keep you from ovulating, and it took me and 3-4 months after I stopped.

I know how you feel about siblings. I've always wanted at least two kids because I love my brother so much.

Heidi - posted on 08/03/2009

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See, I was on the Depo for almost 4 years and I got off of it a year before I got pregnant with my son. At first I thought maybe that had something to do with the Endo. I get so frustrated because all I want is at least 1 more child. Don't get me wrong, I love my son with all of my heart, I just want to give him at least 1 sibling!:)

Jenni - posted on 08/03/2009

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I've was diagnosed with endo when I was around 16/17... I had my first period at 9! Horrible. I had a laproscopy and D&C and was on the Depo shot for 3 years and still got preggers twice with no fertility help.

Heidi - posted on 08/03/2009

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I have only been taking this birth control pill SPRINTEC for a month but I have noticed a HUGE difference in my periods. I had absolutely NO PAIN since I started the pill. Thank you all for your help and feedback. I hope that everything works out for ALL OF US.

Rebecka - posted on 08/03/2009

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Wow. I have learned a lot about endometriosis since I read all the reply's. My girlfriend thinks I might have it but I do not have insurance and I am not working right now so I don't have the funds to go get looked at. My periods typically last 2-3 weeks and are pretty painful. I notice A LOT of clots as well. I have one child. He is 7. I also had an abortion when I was 17. My step sisters mom had it and had to have a hysterectomy at age 28. I would love to NEVER have a period again but that just sounds extreme!

Stacey - posted on 08/03/2009

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hi its been a while since you posted this but i was told i have severe endometriosis whe i was 17 i managed to fall pregnant when i was 18 and now have a five year old boy and fell pregnant again when i was 22 but miscarried and have never had a period since to try again but i just wante to say it is possible to fall pregnant without help as i never had any at all i live in the uk so dont know much about medical expenses though good luck x

Heidi - posted on 08/03/2009

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When I went to see my Dr, I explained what was going on with my body...EXTREMELY painful periods, periods never the same or on time,etc. She said that it sounds like Endometriosis but she didn't want to check because she would remove it. Or, I could take Fertility pills to help me become pregnant. I chose to use SPRINTEC, which is a low dose of Estrogen and Prestrogen to ease the pain, regulate my periods and possibly stop the Endometriosis from spreading. It's tissues that grow on the outside of your Uterus...I do not understand why this would stop you or affect you from conceiving. I hope that this helps YOU a little.

Nicole - posted on 08/03/2009

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How do they diagnose you with endometriosis??? My doctor told me that he thinks i might have it but they would have to do minor surgery to tell for sure??

Heidi - posted on 08/03/2009

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See, if the birth control does not work I would like to try something else but I do not want to have to spend a fortune just to try to get pregnant. As I said, I recently had my period and I was not in any sort of pain AT ALL which was so great. Thank you for your encouraging stories.

Kammi - posted on 08/02/2009

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I was diagnosed with Endometriosis when I was 20 yrs old. I was having a lot of pain and very irregular periods. I had a laperocapy and found out that there was more wrong and they told me I had 5 years to have kids. Six months after that I was pregnat with my son. The pain did not get better after that so they put me on some birth control and that didnt help. Then I had my daughter two years after my son. They said that the endometiosis might stop after i had my kids but that is not what happened. I ended up having to have a hysterectomy when I was 25 years old. I still have some pain but it is not as bad as before. Sorry for such a long story but I hope that you have better luck than I did

Kammi

www.internetceomoms.com/kammicorman

www.kammicorman@yahoo.com

Carol - posted on 08/02/2009

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I was diagnosed with Endometriosis when I was 20 yrs old. I too tried to get pregnant for a year without success. I was refered to a specialist who put me on Clomid. It is a pill which helps with ovulation. I was pregnant with my son soon after starting it. Carol

Carol - posted on 08/02/2009

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I was diagnosed with Endometriosis when I was 20 yrs old. I too tried to get pregnant for a year without success. I was refered to a specialist who put me on Clomid. It is a pill which helps with ovulation. I was pregnant with my son soon after starting it. Carol

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