Post # 1
Ladies, please GO TO YOUR DOCTOR EARLY! Talk to your OB/GYN or GYN well before TTC. Please learn from my experience:
Mr. & I have had the talk long ago about TTC & decided to do soon after the wedding. About 6 weeks before the designated time, like good little planners, we went to my GYN to have the preconception check up & appointment. I also had some abdominal pains in my last cycle that I (correctly) chose to mention to the doc. After an x-ray, follow-up, then CT scan, follow-up, then ultra-sound, & follow-up, the doc informed me that I have 1. multiple cysts (but no symptoms of PCO) & 2. multiple fibroids in my uterine wall (myometrial?), 2 of which are about 5-6 cm each in diameter (that’s pretty big, people, considering that a uterus is roughly the size of one’s hand in the shape of a talking sock puppet). Despite the fact that my doc rarely recommends surgery, he recommended surgery to us. The surgery (due to the date of our wedding & subsequent, already booked & paid honeymoon plans) can’t take place until, at earliest late Aug/early Sep & requires a 6 month healing time before we can TTC.
So, 7mos-1 year before we can get the ball rolling…a wait time that Mr. & I could have avoided had I gone to my doctor much earlier. Secondarily, but also IMPORTANT…even if it seems unrelated, tell your doc about all your ailments. My abdominal pain is unlikely to be connected to the fibroids (more likely connected to the multiple cysts), but, had I not mentioned it (since I have regular periods & am a healthy weight), the doc may not have “found” the fibroids until much later, perhaps after miscarriages or difficult conceiving (that CAN, but not necessarily do happen due to large fibroids).
Anyway, happy to wait since I’m hopefully giving my (God-willing) future child the best start possible, but man, I wish we were TTC already!
Please, GO TO YOUR DOCTOR EARLY!
*steps off soap-box*
Post # 3
That totally sucks BUT i’m glad they found out early. BLessing in disguise???
I’m actually seeing my obgyn (for the first time! she’s new to me) next month and will be bringing up a lot of questions with her…
i hope the surgery’s not too invasive and you heal quickly!
Post # 4
I’m sorry to hear that. I also had hemorraghic cysts after going off the pill. Luckily, when they rechecked, they had cleared up themselves. My sister had fibroids, and they were not discovered until she was pregnant, which made things complicated. So, I know it’s frustrating, but know both of us then got pregnant fairly easily even with these 2 issues if that makes you feel any better. Good luck!
Post # 5
Sorry Ms.Pascua 🙁 I had a myomectomy to remove two uterine fibroids last year. Let me know if I can help with any questions you may have.
Post # 6
You bring up some very good points and are being so gracious to share with the ladies. Thank you so much, for you will probably spare some of them from going through your situtation right now.
As you go through surgery and the healing, I wish you a quick, uneventful recovery. And, when you are cleared to the TTC stage, I wish you all the best and a quick conception.
You are truly a good person.
Post # 7
Wow. Good luck with everything and thank you for sharing!
I have one question. I mentioned that I would be TTC to my regular doctor and she basically just gave me a pamphlet, that was it. What else do OBGYNs do before hand?
Post # 8
I am sorry you have to wait like this, but it is good they found it. Good luck with everything and TTC!
And not to detract from the seriousness of this post, but congratulations! I hope you got to thoroughly enjoy your wedding despite the TTC stresses. 🙂
Post # 9
@Everyone: Thanks for the words of encouragement & support! That’s why I LOVE this site!
@cannotwait: Congrats to you AND your sister! So exciting that you got pregnant…I’m learning just how miraculous child birth is, what with all the “obstacles” that nature can throw our way. How is/was your pregnancy?
@meliss: Thanks for the offer…I am SOOO PMing you once I’ve thought thru some questions!
@sarahsd: I think it’s a good idea to kind of chart or jot down things your body does this menstrual cycle. Do you have any aches or pains? If so, what kind & where? Do you have any kind of discharge? (there are many forms of “normal” discharge, and, as Toni Weschler’s Taking Charge of your Fertility will tell you, signs of when best to conceive or avoid conception) When did/do you get it & what does it look/feel like? What do you notice about your body? For example (and maybe TMI, but), I get really, REALLY gassy…to the point that being unable to release the gas (either thru burping or farting) starts to hurt. (this is what prompted my doc to run the tests & helped find the cysts & fibroids) I think we have been brought up to disregard some of these natural signals as “PMSing” or “it’s normal, just (fill in old wives’ remedy) & you’ll be fine”. Ironically, these are important signs from your body telling you that something is unique (and not necessarily wrong) with your body. Tell your doctor about these symptoms…they might find them more “interesting” than you do.
@Amaryllis: Thank you! Actually, Mr. & I have discussed this several times…it was SO MUCH FUN! And we’ve had overwhelmingly positive responses from ALL our guests…definitely a wedding they will remember!
Post # 10
I’m so glad you found this out now, rather than a year down the road. I know you wanted to ttc now, but at least you know now!! Imagine if you had waited a year after ttc for awhile. I hope the surgery goes perfectly and you are able to ttc before you know it!! 🙂
Post # 11
Thank you for sharing, even though it must be hard to be going through, and I wish you the best when you TTC!
Post # 12
@Jenn23 & @abbyful: Thanks! Keep sending those positive thoughts my way; they are truly appreciated.
Post # 13
Thanks for the heads up! My husband and I are going to start TTC very soon, and I made an appt for my OBGYN thanks to your post!
Sending very good vibes your way that the surgery is a success and you conceive very soon after the healing process is complete!
Post # 14
@2PeasinaPod: Yay for making an appt. with your doc! Definitely a plus going in knowing as MUCH as you can about your body. Definitely take notes on what your body does this cycle so you have something specific to ask/mention to your doc when you go in. A @sarahsd mentioned, sometimes the doc just gives you basic info when he/she doesn’t have a specific question to go on. Good Luck with your appointment!
Post # 15
I agree! I went last yr just for this reason. My sister has to have surgery for a fibroid that she has. I think black women are prone to them, sadly.
I pray your surgery goes well, like I know it will!
Post # 16
Thanks for sharing….it was even more info this time :)So, since we’re not getting married until Oct and not TTC until a year or two after…when do I need ot haev that pre-conception visit?