Post # 1
So my dh and I got married in March of this year. I am going to be 27 in October and I was diagnosed with Endo when I was 16. Since that time I have had mutiple laproscopys and I have seen an Endo specialist yearly. I have been on the ortho evra patch since I was 16 to help keep the pain under control. Well we decided on August 3 to go off the patch and to start taking prenatals. We talked right after getting married about when we wanted to start TTC because we have had a busy summer (9 weddings) and our honeymoon. We originally decided to start trying as soon as the patch was off, but now my dh wants to wait till next month. I am anxious and have wanted to start trying since we got married. I am trying to be patient, but its getting hard. Also my dh is a teacher so I would love to have a baby in the summer when he is off for 3 months. Does anyone have advice on how to talk to him about being ready and any other advice about getting pregnant with endo?
Post # 2
Probably the first thing I would do is sit down and talk to him about his timeline, and whether he will definitely be ready to TTC next month. The reason I say that is that with endo, it is only kept at bay while you are on hormonal treatment; as soon as you come off, it will start to grow and spread (as I’m sure you know0. So, if he’s going to keep stalling, this could create very real issues in terms of fertility, and a) he needs to be fully aware of that and b) he needs to be honest with you. If he isn’t ready just yet, that’s fine (you are both still young so there needn’t be a rush), but if that’s the case you need to go back on some form of hormonal contraceptive in the meantime.
With regards to getting pregnant with endo, the condition differs massively from woman to woman but in general, how severe it is tends to determine the impact it has on fertility. If you have minimal endo (stage 1), the impact is very small; with stage 4 endo, the impact is much bigger, and you may need to look into fertility treatment if you aren’t successful within a year, or, alternatively, laparoscopic surgery prior to TTC which boots fertility for 3-6 months. If you have stage 4 endo I would probably speak to your specilaist before TTC and cosnider going back on hormonal treatment until you have.
Otherwise, just do as you would do anyway: make sure that you’re as healthy as possible eg good diet, healthy weight, stop smoking if necessary etc 🙂