Post # 1
My husband and I have just started trying to conceive. I have had a difficult past with my periods and ovulation since I got my first period at 13. I have PCOS and have had chronic pain from multiple follicles in both ovaries and have ended up in hospital in pain many times over the past 10 years since I was diagnosed with PCOS. I had an operation 5 weeks ago to remove my IUD (mirena) where they found that my left fallopian tube is blocked because of scar tissue from an operation I had when I was 15 to remove a large dermoid cyst. My gynecologist has told me that to get pregnant I will need to by IVF and that I will not get pregnant naturally.
I just feel so down about it all. All I ever wanted to do was have a baby and now I just feel as though I won’t be able to conceive one naturally. I feel like I am letting my husband down. He will be such an amazing father. No one wants to have to do IVF and because I live in a small country town it’s not easily accessible for me to do. I don’t know anyone that has a similar situation as mine and I feel quite lonely and I really don’t know what to expect. My husband while an amazing man just doesn’t quite understand the whole situation and keeps insisting that we will get pregnant in the next couple of months.
I was wondering if anyone else has a similar situation to mine. Or has some success stories with PCOS and a blocked fallopian tube without IVF?
Post # 2
Im missing a uterine tube. I had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and had to have a salpingectomy. My PCOS tests were inconclusive, but my GP suspects I fall somewhere on the spectrum, and I dont ovulate consistantly. I did get pregnant again, about six months after my surgery but unfortunately miscarried. I havent conceived since, and I dont know if I will. Because of my salpinectomy Im a greater priority for publicly funded IVF, and its something I might look into after my wedding. I understand how you feel, my fiance is also always insisting that we’ll get pregnant soon. I hope thats true, but I really have no confidence. Is your right tube ok? I did manage to get pregnant with only one tube – you dont need two!
Post # 3
Well, there is always hope. My parents got pregnant with me at age 42 when doctors said they would never have kids. 🙂 If your right tube looks fine, I think you have a chance. I have one friend who did ivf and they have the cutest boy! I know ivf is hard to accept. hugs!
Post # 4
Generally speaking, when one fallopian tube is blocked, the other is not great quality either. I would recommend having your husband get tested before making any decisions on how you want to move forward.
If you aren’t comfortable with moving straight to IVF, timed intercourse or IUI can be an option so long as you have good monitoring and only proceed when you ovulate from the side with the open tube. It can work, however it can also be a big stressor on your body with extra meds and your TTC journey.
IVF is most likely your highest success rate. The good news is there is likely a clinic that you have access too, whether it be a longer drive than you hoped or you can make it into a “vacation” of sorts and travel for the 1-2 week treatment if you proceed with IVF.
I can relate to feeling like you are letting your husband down and that your body is not able to do “what it is supposed to.” But it also doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get pregnant naturally, or with assistance. If your husband is as amazing as you say, he will eventually understand and support you through whatever your decision to move forward will be. I struggled a lot with these feelings, and my husband has been the most supportive, understanding person. He doesn’t ever think that our infertility situation is my fault (even though I constantly blame myself) and thinks it is just “one of those things that we have to go through together.” We have been TTC for 2.5 years, with one natural pregnancy/miscarriage and over a year spent at the RE. I was diagnosed with diminised ovarian reserve, so not many eggs and most are poor quality. He has had a few not stellar SA results, but my RE doesnt’ consider his factor to be our main fertility issue. We did 6 rounds of IUI with another miscarraige and have recently moved to IVF.
Anyway, I’m sorry you are feeling down. I know I don’t have PCOS and I can’t relate exactly to what you are feeling, but I understand and empathize with you. Wishing you the best of luck!