- 1 month ago
- Wedding: July 2011
Hi Bees! Since it appears that a lot of the older threads have been archived/closed, I wanted to provide an update to my former Small Fibroid discussion linked below.
I had a small fibroid that was causing horrible symptoms for a number of years. The fibroid was relatively small and located in both in the uterine wall and also protruding into the uterine cavity so I ended up deciding to have a hysteroscopic myomectomy to resolve my symptoms in 2016. The doctor removed what was thought to be about 70% of the fibroid and left the portion that was recessed into the uterine wall in tact to better preserve fertility. Unfortunately, my fibroid grew back pretty rapidly and slowly started to cause symptoms again. Hubby and I got married prettty young so we had been waiting to achieve a few milestones and travel more before TTC.
Fast forward to 2019 where we had checked off more life milestones, my symptoms were getting miserable again, and we were planning to start TTC. My doctor decided to personally perform a more detailed ultrasound to check on the progression of fibroid growth rather than referring me out to the hospital imaging center where I usually went. Turns out, the fibroid was much larger than other ultrasounds had documented (I was going every 6mos for checks at that point) and was taking up almost the entire upper uterine muscle as well as protruding down into the uterine cavity. After additional review and discussion, she recommended that I have an open abdominal myomectomy (very similar to a C-Section) in order to fully remove the fibroid and also better reinforce the uterine wall for future pregnancy. This was a huge surprise since we’d previously discussed that I’d likely be able to either TTC sans further surgery or could likely have another less invasive surgery. Wowza.
After prepping some things at work, I was able to take a medical leave and had my open abdominal myomectomy surgery in late 2019. I have a pretty high pain tolerance, but the first two days post-surgery were really rough. The first day, the doctor wanted me to eat lunch sitting in the chair and I instantly burst into tears as they helped me to roll on my side and stand up. I was told to expect 1-2 nights in the hospital and ended up staying 3 nights. Post-surgery life at home was tough for the first few days since our house wasn’t equipped for someone who couldn’t rise/fall on their own or had trouble walking comfortably – hubby had to help with getting in/out of bed, toilet use, showering, etc. He was absolutely wonderful with the one exception of when he was helping me to get to the toilet/waiting around and I let out an absurdly giant toot… like the loudest fart you’ve ever imagined. He started laughing uncontrollably and then I started laughing and then I nearly died because I was laughing shortly after having my abdomen sliced open. Other than that “incident,” he was amazing. Seriously. The human body is pretty neat – recovery went smoothly and was pretty rapid. I was able to go back to work after 6 weeks on leave. I had two follow-up appointments at the 2 and 6 week marks and all looked good, woohoo!
My doctor recommended that we wait 6 months before trying to conceive and confirmed that I’ll need to have a C-Section no matter what, which isn’t necessarily the experience I was hoping for, but I’ll be so happy to get to that point that it doesn’t matter. Unfortunately, with COVID-19 stuff going on, my annual exam and family planning appointment got pushed from March to late May of this year (May was supposed to be our first official month of TTC). I got the all clear and we are able to start TTC whenever, which is absolutely bizarre feeling at this point. My doctor said we should TTC for ~6-7mos and then seek additional info at that point if things aren’t working out, given my history. We ultimately decided to wait a few more months before starting for a variety of reasons, but it’s so exciting to be at this stage!
I’ve read plenty of older threads on here, but has anyone else had a similar or other experience with fibroids?
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