A. asks from Plano, TX on July 26, 2006
My brother and his wife have been trying to conceive for over a year now and just found out the reason they have not been successful is because she has endometriosis. I was wondering if anyone else has had any experience with this that could give some hopefully positive feedback. She is devastated and just wants to hear that someone else out there has fought it and still been able to have children. She plans on having surgery but if anyone has any info, especially positive, that they could share we would all be extremely grateful. She will be a wonderful mother someday and has been the most wonderful wife to my younger, only brother. Thank you!
M.A. answers from Fort Myers on August 01, 2006
I had a lap done to remove my Stage 3 endo and got pregnant 2 months later.
I hope she can get help soon!
C. answers from Dallas on July 30, 2006
Ok i have endometreosis, polycystic ovaries, cervical cancer and i have a beautiful 5yr old girl. Endometriosis is very common in women and not as bad as most think. Pls tell her not to lose faith and pls seek a second or even third opinion if she's told she cant conceive. I have alot of experience w/this as it struck me at a very young age. My daughter is perfectly healthy and my pregnancy and birth were a breeze. I wish them both the best of luck and i hope that they will soon be blessed w/their own little bundle of joy.
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T. answers from Dallas on July 28, 2006
I had terrible problems with fertility, though with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome not endometriosis, but wanted to respond as so many people are saying you have to stay positive. While this is good it is important that your sister in law also knows it is perfectly normal to be sad/angry whatever she feels really. There is always hope and after 5 years and different surgeries and treatments I had a son who was followed 13 months later by a daughter. It can be a long road but having people like you by her side it will make a huge difference.
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C.K. answers from Dallas on July 27, 2006
Please tell your friend that I know of two women in my circle of friends who have been through the same surgery your friend is about to undergo and both of them were able to conceive afterwards. One of them, almost immediately afterwards.
C. answers from Houston on July 28, 2006
Hi! I have also suffered for many years with endometriosis and infertility. I have had four laparoscopies at this point-- 3/99, 11/01, 12/04, and 2/06. After 3/99, I was just put on Lupron therapy, which I do not reccommend. After 11/01, it was discovered that I had severe endometriosis (the worst my doc had ever seen) and it was all lasered. We discovered that my husband also had infertility issues, and did an IVF procedure in May of 2002. As a result, we have a beautiful 3 1/2 year old girl, it worked on the very 1st try. We tried to get pregnant on our own again 2 years ago with no luck, I started severe abdominal pain and then had my next lapo in 12/04, which did nothing to relieve the pain. After a series of things working against us, we had the last lapo in Feb of this year, and have thus far been unsuccessful in getting pregnant again. We have tried one IUI (which I don't reccommend if you have female and male issues!, but we thought we'd give it a try). We have tried now for 4 months to get through a whole IVF cycle with no luck, either I have cysts, my bloodwork is wrong, or I haven't responded to the meds. We will try just one more time, then on to adoption for us. That might be more info than you need, but do know that even with severe endometriosis, once it was lasered, I was able to successfully get pregnant. Good luck to your brother and sister-in-law!
H. answers from Houston on July 31, 2006
I also have endometriosis. We tried for 2 years to get pregnant. I underwent lots of test and went to a fertility specialist. They diagnosed me with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and determined that my overies were covered in endo. They recomended laproscopic surgery and then if that did not work fertility treatments. I did 3 months on clomid to help me ovulate. Other than that I did not feel comfortable with fertily treatments. We decided to adopt. We went through the whole year long and expensive process, We were just waiting on a child to become avalible. And out of the blue I had a weird feeling. After years of negative pregnancy test I thought what the heck let me do it just to be sure. And to my udder shock and disbelief I WAS PREGNANT!!!! This was after almost 3 years of being of birth control and 1 year after we had stoped really tring. We now have a perfectly healthy and beautiful baby girl! We are so blest!! I hope this is encouraging. Tell her don't give up hope!
K. answers from Houston on July 28, 2006
There IS Hope! Endometriosis is a disease that is NOT too hard for God to heal. My friend had endometriosis and was scheduled for surgery, when suddenly the surgeon was called away for an "emergency" and she was rescheduled. In the meantime, she came to visit me and at my church she heard that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He healed in Bible days, and He still heals today! She believed what God said in I Peter 2:24 that 'by His stripes we were healed', and that even though she 'felt' the pain, by faith, she was receiving her healing. She called herself 'healed' even though she still had pain. Was she 'lying' or 'denying' that she had this disease? No! Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen. Jesus told people "YOUR faith has made you whole"! My friend pictured herself healthy, and having a healthy pregnancy, and a delivering a healthy baby! She went home and went back to her doctor for the scheduled surgery, not because she thought she needed the surgery, but because she wanted her doctor to confirm the miracle that she already believed had taken place inside her womb. What he discovered that day was just what she had believed - she had no evidence of ever having endometriosis! In fact, he told her something she was not yet aware of . . . she was expecting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That was one shocked doc !!!! Especially when she told him what she had done between the last scheduled surgery, and this one! :o) Praise the Lord!
God is no respector of persons. What He did for my friend, He can do for your friend!
BTW, I also read and practiced the teachings of "Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize" for the last 3 of my 5 pregnancies.
My first pregnancy went how I had expected it to go from the movies and other women's horror stories. I had every bad symptom, and a long, difficult labor and delivery.
My second pregnancy was a miscarriage - something I feared had come to pass. But then a friend told me about this book!
It changed my life !! God's BEST to you and your friend.
A.C. answers from Houston on July 31, 2006
I had a friend my Junior year of college who suffered from Ednometriosis, and she was told she would never have kids. After they cleaned up her fallopian tubes and acupuncture therapy, she became pregnant asap. It is something treatable, if caught soon enough...notice how everything turned out in the end with most of these stories? You see there is hope. Praying really does help. W/o prayer, my husband and I prolly wouldn't be pregnant w/ our baby girl.
D.O. answers from San Antonio on July 29, 2006
Unfortunately I see that you got quite a few responses (good!) but bad, that there are so many people w/ this affliction. I was found to have endo because I was fortunate enough to have a Dr. who wanted to do exploratory surgery, as I wasn't getting p/g either. I am asymptomatic, so I would probably be still childless w/o this Dr.. I have 2 beautiful girls. I had to have the laparoscopy both times. In each instance, it only took 1-3 cycles max for me to conceive and go on to have successful pregnancies. I wanted to share a book and a website for your SIL, Taking Charge of Your Fertility. The website, ovusoft.com, has a message board, and there are all kinds of categories for people who are trying to concieve, it is a good place for your SIL to chat w/ others in the same boat. She needs to find a good doctor who is proactive about treating the endo. So yes, there is definitely hope, I'm sure she will have a beautiful family one day. She is lucky to have such a caring SIL such as yourself. My best of luck to you all!