Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Diagnosis

After going through all of the unpleasant infertility tests and disappointing failed natural, medicated (5) and IUI cycles (3), we finally have some kind of answer. 
Stage II/III endometriosis.

For those of you that don't know what that is. Endometriosis is a reproductive and immunological disease. It is a leading cause of pelvic pain, hysterectomy and female infertility. The average delay in diagnosis is a staggering 9 years because the disease can only be diagnosed definitively via gynecologic surgery.

Although, it doesn’t feel good being told that you have an incurable disease that is hindering your dreams of becoming a mother, at least it’s an explanation. With all of the advanced medical technology, being labeled with “unexplained infertility” seemed crazy. You think…all these tests and we still don’t know what the problem is. They say “knowing is half the battle” so now we know. The evil endometriosis was removed via laser during my laparoscopy last week. Although it will grow back little by little every month. So now is our best chance for natural conception. 
Better get to it!



Trishski said...

I fully believe that knowing is half the battle. Now you know what you are up against, and how to move forward. Get busy! :)

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I'm glad you found out what was going on and now can start trying! Good luck :)

Thanks for visiting my blog, and congrats on starting yours!

Kristin said...

My bff had it quite bad and just had her first baby! I will pray for you! happy thoughts!

Julie said...

I have endo. I got pg 6 months after a lap. I hope the same happens for you.

Ashley said...

Knowing "WHY?" is always good. Do they have a game plan for you now? I also have endometriosis (on top of a whole slew of other issues) so there is hope!! Praying for you.

Jennifer said...

Knowing why is a big step! A good friend had horrific endo for years (surgery in college and again in her late 20s). Her doctor told her to get on it if she wanted to conceive, literally sent her home from her follow up appointment with an "Rx" for wine and a date with her hubby! Her first daughter was born about 9 months later... I am so hopeful that the same happens for you Jess!

Anonymous said...

Hi! My mom suffered from terrible endometriosis. After a surprise conception with my sister, they suffered from infertility for 5 years. Eventually the doctor removed 1 ovary and tube because the endometriosis destroyed them. During the initial stages of adoption, my parents found out they were pregnant! After that pregnancy 3 more followed, a grand total of 5 children!!! Her doctor loves to tell women her story as encouragement- one never knows what the future holds! Hope this story encourages you too!

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