My uterus and some drunk lady walk into a bar…

I’m still having a pity party so I haven’t felt like writing that much lately. I went to an ob/gyn on Monday and it was so difficult. There were several pregnant women coming and going and there were a few times when I couldn’t help but break down.

The gyno said physically everything looks okay. The one problem is that I have fibroids and it’s his opinion that the miscarriage has caused them to flare up which could be why I’m in so much pain.

Right now I’m just going to wait and see if they get better. When I’ve had a few flare-ups in the past, it would take about 3 weeks to have everything settle down. He mentioned a few options if that doesn’t happen. One was a medication that would put my body in temporary menopause for about a month.

That was offered to me 5 or so years ago when I was having a flare up but with all the research I did, I decided against it. The medication is supposed to shrink fibroids. The thing is, it seems like you go through hell and then as soon as the medication gets out of your system, the fibroids go right back to growing.

The other option would be to get a myomectomy which would be to remove the fibroids and the surgery would basically be similar to a c-section. He said that it can be done laparoscopically but they might miss fibroids if there ends up being more than the two that we know of.

I want to have another child and my worry is I might not be able to after the myomectomy. This particular doctor said the chances of not being able to have another baby after this procedure would be low. But pre-hummingbird I had a female doctor tell me that she personally doesn’t think it would be something I’d want to do if I plan on having kids.

The way she explained it to me was if they remove the fibroids then my uterus might have some areas that aren’t as strong as other areas (she described it like a spiderweb) which might cause me to not be able to carry to full term. On the other hand the fibroids could cause problems while pregnant.

When it came to being pregnant with the little hummingbird, I didn’t have any problems except when I was 5 months pregnant. There was a flare up and for about 2 weeks I was in pure hell and thought I might lose her. Then things settled on their own and the pain went away. The doctor I had at the time monitored the growth of my fibroids while I was pregnant but there was never any harm to my daughter.

I know it’s not like I have to decide right this second about what to do but I was hoping to get some real insight from you lovely ladies since doctors don’t seem to know what they’re saying most of the time. I swear it’s like if you go to 5 different doctors for the same problem, you’ll get 5 different answers.

So, here’s my question to you. Has anyone out there gone through a myomectomy or taken the medication lupron that causes temporary menopause? Also, if you have/had fibroids how have you dealt with them?

If you don’t want your business out there then you can email me at elle dot mommyhood at gmail dot com. I feel like I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to these sucky options.

Any help is greatly appreciated because at this point I don’t know what to do. I’m definitely going to wait and see before I make any major decisions. To be honest as long as the fibroids I have aren’t a danger to my next pregnancy, I would deal with any kind of pain I had to.

The gynecologist put me on a lower progesterone birth control pill to see if that might help since progesterone is what feeds fibroids and is most likely why I had this flare up after I miscarried. (*A sidenote…my heart goes out to Maile and I’ve told her how sorry I am with what she’s going through but I also wanted to say that you have been on my mind a lot and I wish I could take your pain away. xx)

The doctor mentioned the fibroids could have been what caused the loss of the baby and I’ve read countless articles over the years so I know it’s a possibility. My instincts tell me that wasn’t the issue but I’ll just never know.

Okay, enough of that. I saw this video when hurricane Irene was headed for the east coast and this drunk woman is my hero of the day.  ;^)



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3 Responses to My uterus and some drunk lady walk into a bar…

  1. Heather August 30, 2011 at 08:25 #

    HIlarious! “The streets are emtpy and the bars are full!” Cracks me up!

  2. Alicia August 30, 2011 at 16:47 #

    I was going to quote the same thing as Heather: “The streets are empty and the bars are full.” Haha! Nice.

    Hope the fibroid pain lessens soon for you. Wish I had some answers for you. 🙁

  3. Michelle September 6, 2011 at 08:40 #

    I,too have fibroids and know how painful they are. I miscarried and my the time said we would talk about surgically removing them because they were the likely cause. I went to a second doctor for my follow up, he told me that there is no proof that fibroids cause miscarriages and that the will actually stretch and move out of the way of the baby as it grows. I have 4 decent size fibroids and delivered 2 beauties 13 months apart. When I initially went to dr 2, he said that he wouldn’t perform the surgery until I was done having kids because it would leave scar tissue that would make it harder for the egg to attach to the uterus. Please google protecting women’s reproductive health and find a doctor off that list. It made a huge difference for me.

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