I'm having trouble conceiving, and I've been to the doctors so many times I have started to feel numb to the process... Physically whats going on with me is they found that I have a septum in my uterus going from the top of my uterus all the way down to the opening of my cervix. I've had sonograms to view it, HSGs at both my current doctor and a horrible military doctor, I've had a LEEP and colposcopy (I don't know why but I seem to be listing all the procedures backwards sorry.) They took my hormone levels and those are all within normal parameters, my husband has had a semen analysis and he is within normal parameters and its up to date... The doctor I'm at now has stated that even with my septum I should have at least GOTTEN pregnant with likely miscarriage each time, but she seems stumped at the concept that I've never in my husband an my 8 years together (of unprotected sex without the pullout method ... if you catch the drift) that I've never even conceived. My current doctor is curious to think that I may be allergic to my husbands sperm. (or the protien in it) My past doctor (the military doctor) thinks that I have a Biocornate uterus with a septum. But my husband and I PCSd in the middle of my meeting with the fertility specialist at the hospital... Has anyone else out there had this much trouble finding answers?? Anyone else out there with similar issues?
Really it's all about finding the right doctor, we are having problems too & nobody can figure out why but at least my doctor here wants to try whatever possible to help us conceive and that's what's more important to us, we want to at least have I one child of our own. Just keep your head up & remember even if you are at a military facility, you don't have to keep a bad doctor, just keep switching until you find the right one.
Thank you, I'm sure it sounds silly, but its comforting to know I'm not the only person having trouble with this. =) Now that my husband and I have moved I've found an amazing doctor, but its frustrating that even she can't decifer (SP) whats wrong. ='(
Although my husband and I haven't been trying as long as you have, we've been unsuccessful at conceiving for over a year (which means infertility in the medical world.) They first put me on Clomid for 3 months, which I'm in the middle of that 3rd month right now. If that still doesn't work, then they will do more invasive testing. (My hormone levels came back normal, as did his sperm count.) Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if they find nothing wrong with me, and I fall into the Unknown category for why I can't conceive. I am a very stressed individual, and everyone I talk to says the more stressed you are, the harder it is to get pregnant. Well, seeing as how I can't change who I am, I've accepted the fact that I will probably never get pregnant because I am so stressed all the time.
It's very hard to carry to term with a bicornate uterus - depending on how malformed the uterus is. If you're uterus is basically split in half, your baby has a very limited area to grow. It will actually restrict the growth of your baby and you may or may not be able to deliver vaginally. I have a bicornate uterus - shaped like a teapot. I was induced with pitocin, but I never felt contractions and the Dr claimed I was having them. I had a C-section after 72 hrs of no progress.
Well I PCOS. And I have not got the chance to be with child yet. And I have not really got a straight answer on what it is. All I got was medication to take called Metformin. And I have to take it twice a day. And I have been on it since I think February or March. And I have yet to get Prego with it. We have been married for 2 years going to be 3 this December. I am at a loss on what to do. I want to give him a son or daughter or both but not sure what to do on it.
Shizzlemydizzle I have a bicornate uterus - shaped like a teapot. I was induced with pitocin, but I never felt contractions and the Dr claimed I was having them. I had a C-section after 72 hrs of no progress.
How did they identify your biocornate uterus? They've so far identified with confidence that I have a septum cutting my uterus in half, but the first (military) doctor seemed a little unclear on what was going on and assumed there to be a biorcornate uterus. I think the last HSG I had didn't completely identify if it was or wasn't biocornate either, but identified the septum again. They said if I did have the septum AND the biocornate that I'd be on high risk, were you on bed rest? and high risk? what was it like? =(
I'm kind of struggling with feeling incredibly defective, does anyone else fight with feeling like this? =/
@BlueBettas-I hope the Clomid works alright for you!!! Maybe try to take a vacation, or do a spa day with some hot s*x at the end. =) I went to the Doctor in Oceanside, and said "Its been 6-7 years and he doesn't pull out etc. and we just can't seem to get pregnant" She told me "We usually have you try for a year before sending you to a fertility specialist..." She tried to have me keep trying for a year! I'm almost 30, so if I'd keep trying I'd still be trying now and would have NONE of this progress and have found out that I'm this defective! lol Your story reminded me of the doctors lol when you mentioned the one year thing I just thought of that. Just keep pushing for answers!! Good luck!!!
@big mama- I wrote something but for some reason it didn't post here? What does PCOS consist of? I totally understand how you feel, I can't seem to get a straight answer either and its confusing and I'm at a loss too. =/ You can do it!!! Just keep at it! =D
PCOS - Is a B#TCH. I was diagnosed with it at 16 years old, which is now over 12 years ago. At that time not much was known about it. Typical signs are:
-Irregular or absent period -Facial Hair Growth -Hair Thinning -Very hard time losing weight -Storing fat in your middle (like a tire), in your back, in your face -Developing Type 2 Diabetes -Sugar Levels are high, even when you're eating healthy -Hormones levels are out of whack, testosteroni (the real San Francisco treat,lol) is too high and your progesterone and estrogin are too low -Cysts on your ovaries -Horrible acne -There are plenty more side effects...
I have had all of them. It's not a picnic.
However, you CAN conceive when you have PCOS and if you are able to go full term/deliver you have a 50% chance of resetting your body.
I was on depoprovara (the shot) for several years, approximately 8 years and metformin. I managed to lose alot of weight, dropping from 195 in May 2003 to 145 in June 2009. I managed to keep the weight off, until this past March 2011. I switched from the shot, to the patch and was taken off the metformin. I began taking garlic supplements, benonite clay (its a liquid supplement) and some other supplements. I lost many cysts. Its not pretty. I shot up from 145 to 165 in September. I forgot to take the patch, Sept 12, 2011 and figured I would only be here for 2 weeks before going to Virginia for 3 weeks. So I figured I would restart than. Hubs and I did the deed a few times before he left for a training and before I left for a conference. I came back from Virgina thinking I had an ear infection to find out I am pregnant. So it can happen.
In the course of being pregnant, I have gained ALOT of weight. I'm up to 211 (AHHH) however, I have reversed my diabetes, yes my levels are better than a "normal" person. My acne is gone. Hair growth, none. Thinning of my hair, well, my hair is thicker and longer. My hormone levels are "normal." So it looks like my system may be resetting itself. I'll just need to lose the weight.
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The bicornate uterus wasn't identified until the c-section was performed.
If you do have malformed reproductive organs, you may want to see a nephrologist too.
Reproductive malformations and urinary tract malformations go hand in hand according to my ob/gyn.
I was born with one kidney and only found out about it when I was in my twenties. I never had UTI's or any other problems growing up
I've read up on that online, I was curious to know if I've only got one kidney, I get constant bladder infections its terrible. Is it alright that I'm asking you all of these Q's ? You don't have to answer if you don't want, I've been asking around for about 6 months and haven't been able to find anyone with a biocornate to talk to. Not like its something that comes with a lot of symptoms or anything, but just the experience is something to talk to someone about. =) I'll look up the nephrologist, and see if I can afford to go. lol
With your first pregnancy, what was it again that sent you into the OR for the C-section? I'm like a kid in a question candy store here... sorry.
Jersey Shore Chickie - In the course of being pregnant, I have gained ALOT of weight. I'm up to 211 (AHHH) however, I have reversed my diabetes, yes my levels are better than a "normal" person. My acne is gone. Hair growth, none. Thinning of my hair, well, my hair is thicker and longer. My hormone levels are "normal." So it looks like my system may be resetting itself. I'll just need to lose the weight. Congrats on being pregnant!!!! !! I'm happy for you that your system is resetting itself! That will be fantastic for later on if you've not got to deal with taking medicine. =)
I stopped gaining weight in my last couple of weeks, wasn't increasing in measurements after my 36th week and actually lost 2 lbs at my last appointment before going in to be induced. I only gained 14lbs to begin with, then lost 2lbs at the end.
When I went in for the induction, first I was given a vaginal suppository to start labor - nothing. I was on pitocin for 24 hrs and still no progress, I wasn't feeling any contractions, yet the Dr said I was having them. I had a c-section after 72 hrs of no contractions, no dilating. I was 1 week before my due date when the c-section was performed.
After I found out I had a bicornate uterus, the Dr and I chalked up my not feeling the contractions as the "spout" of my uterus was what was contracting. Since the baby wasn't in that side (and wouldn't have been able to grow), I didn't feel anything. (My uterus is shaped like a teapot. The spout is the second half of my uterus.)
Oh, and right after I delivered, I weighed 22lbs lighter than before conceiving! My child was 6lbs.
I was having problems with some Dr.'s seeming like they didn't care or were simply brushing off my infertility concerns until I started to go to the NTC Fertility Clinic. You could try and get a referral like I did. They have been wonderful!
I have pcos but I am not the typical candidate. I am petite and healthy weight. I just do not ovulate regularly and I have cysts on my ovaries. When we were stationed in Virginia my PCM referred me to the MTF WAlter reed's infertility clinic. We used clomid and Inter-uterine insemination(iui) to conceive my son. Now we we are trying to have another child we are now at Balboas infertility clinic at Naval training center in San Diego. The two doctors there are great. Now that I am older(25) we are having an even harder time getting pregnant so we are on Injectable mediacations and IUI. I am on my 3rd round this year so even with help your going to be in for a long road. You do need to prove you have been try for a year before tricare will give you a referral so go into your PCM right away to document it. If you have PCOS your fighting the age clock faster than everyone else so don't wait to get treatment. Good luck.
@mrspiersonI was having problems with some Dr.'s seeming like they didn't care or were simply brushing off my infertility concerns until I started to go to the NTC Fertility Clinic. You could try and get a referral like I did. They have been wonderful! I noticed that about myself too!! They were so nonchalant about telling me when was going on, she just drew me a picture and blurted it out. NTC fertility institue is that in CA? Congrats on getting a referral, please tell me how everyhting turns out. I'm currently trying to get a referral to A fertility institute where we currently are, and I'm hoping they can tell me whats going on and treat me well. =)