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Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I've just been diagnosed with endometriosis. I've opted not to get a lab yet, but I've heard about a test to see if my tubes are clear. Should I look into this or just wait? And can you tell me anything more about endometriosis?

Re: I've just been diagnosed with endometriosis. I've opted not to get a lab yet, but I've heard about a test to see if my tubes are clear. Should I look into this or just wait? And can you tell me anything more about endometriosis?

The Bump Expert

Endometriosis is a pathologic condition often associate with pain and infertility. There are no laboratory tests available to diagnosis this condition, so it must be diagnosed surgically.

Women with endometriosis who are struggling to get pregnant can undergo a structural study known as an HSG (hysterosalpingogram). This diagnostic test can be performed in as little as five minutes. The procedure is associated with cramping, but ibuprofen can be used to ease the pain. During the test, radiocontrast media is injected through the cervix into the uterus. An x-ray is taken to examine the internal contour of the uterus and check whether the fallopian tubes are open.

Dr. Joseph Hill

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My dr told me I have to have another laparoscopy to check if my falopian tubes are clear or if I need to IV in order to get pregnant (my last one was 5 years ago). Does this sound right? I am wondering why the HSG wasn't made an option for me?

kgarvey |

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i too have endometriosis and have been ttc for 11 months. i recently had a hsg procedure to see if my tubes were clear. (they were!) i am also having another ultrasound next week to make sure i don't have uterine fibroids.

torrence21 |

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I was diagnosed with endo over a year ago and even underwent the laproscopic surgery which then led to having some cysts removed. I had this all done when I was just 21 and married for less than a year. Even then at that age I was worried about ttc and had them check my tubes to make sure there weren't any blockages of any kind. There wasn't but was told that wouldn't ensure that I wasn't infertile. Hubby and I talked it over and still wanted to wait on ttc until we bought our first home. We just settled last Friday. Now we're just about ready to ttc and I am terrified of what won't happen. They only reassurance I have is that my tubes were clear. I would definitly get that done if you are worried.

MrsMartin052006 |

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What is ttc?

bhbandanz03 |

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I had a laparoscopy

adamandsteph329 |

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I had a laparoscopy about 4 weeks ago, and the doc said my tubes were clear, but she did find a lot of endo, and some cysts that she removed. She told me that not getting a period is the only way to try and prevent endo from coming back and damaging the tubes. My options are to get an injection for 6 months that puts me in menopause for that time (no way!!), to take BC back to back so I don't get a period, or to get pregnant. We are going to try at the end of the year. In the mean time I might get on the pill for a few months because I'm scared.

adamandsteph329 |

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I have to have laproscopic surgery soon, how was it? Very painful afterwards?

GAPeachTTC |

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Laproscopic surgery is not bad. I had mine 3 years ago. The incisions are very small so there is very rarely incisional pain. The worst part of the whole surgery is that they have to fill your abdomen with carbon dioxide (air) to move your organs around during surgery, so there can be some pain from the air. I had a lot of shoulder pain a day or so after surgery, but its not too bad. Then, a couple days after surgery the air that was pushed up under your ribs will drop down to your abdomen and you will look really bloated/pregnant for a few days until your body is able to absorb the carbon dioxide. I was diagnosed with endo 3 years ago and have been on the pill continuously since my surgery. Just started my first cycle off the pill and we are going to start TTC. We'll see how it goes...

kristandavis |

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My Dr. said many that do the HSG test get pregnant within a few months, since it can sort of 'clear' anything out.. its not a clinical result, but just something she's seen in practice. I had on done when they did my pelvic lap surgery.

emilyhellacool |

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I went through the chemical menopause (Lupron) last year, and it was not bad at all. Everyone is different though. I just saw that someone else had posted about it. I've had two surgeries and the Lupron for 6 months.. and all kinds of BC.. the Lupron was the only thing that really helped.. and the last pelvic lap I had done which included the HSG, and uterine scope and the normal pelvic exploratory surgery. We're TTC now.

emilyhellacool |

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I had an HSG test even though my obgyn didn't think I had Endo...it was one of the most awful things I have gone through. It was done in radiology so I had to hold my own legs. When the procedure began she said "Just a little bit of preasure" We all know that that means "This is going to hurt like hell" After she was all done and I was in pain...she told me to go home and have sex!! I guess we'll see!

Jenyjen3 |

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Hello! I had a lap done in February of 2008. It wasn't too bad. I recovered pretty quickly. I was worried about the scars, even though they were small, but they are starting to go away! I still had a lot of pain during intercourse even after the lap so I decided to go on Lupron (which puts your body through a menopause state). I was on the for about 3 months and didn't like the side affects. I was moody, gained like 10 pounds, and felt like crap. I went off of it in October. We're not quite ready to try and conceive yet. I am really nervous about being able to get pregnant though. I'm afraid it will take a while or I won't ever be able to get pregnant, or might miscarry. I know my husband isn't ready to try so I don't want to until we are both ready. I just get nervous. Any advice?? Thanks :)

AlisonLynn |

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My story is a long one so bear with me.I have been married since Sept. 2006,am 26, and we have been ttc since that following March. I have always had bad cramps with my periods. I finally went to an REI doctor in August 2008 and immediately began running the gamut of testing. In Oct. I had an HSG (which is horribly painful) to see if my tubes were open and they were. Soon after, I began having problems sleeping due to pain and the doctor told me it was from the HSG cleaning the tubes, don't worry it'll get better in a couple weeks. Instead, the pain got much worse and I was sleeoing less and less. In January, I went back in for an ultrasound and they found a huge cyst on my left ovary. When I layed down to sleep it was resting on other organs so this was the cause of the pain and sleeplessness.I went on birth control to treat the cyst and see if that would cure it rather than laporoscopy. Six weeks later it had only gotten bigger. I was put on vicodin for pain and had to wait another month for surgery. At this point, I was in nearly constant pain and sleeping only a couple of hours a night. And dealing with the frustration of wanting a baby while it seems everyone around you is conceiving had me a mess. I had the surgery and was disgnosed with endometriosis. The endometrioma they removed was a little bigger than a grapefruit and they removed three-fourths of my left ovary. I am now waiting six months to fully heal from surgery before we begin the process of IVF. And thats my story so far, and its nice to tell it somewhere with people dealing with the same problems. My biggest frustration through this whole ordeal is having nobody to talk to about infertility that can understand where I am coming from. I don't know if anyone else is having that problem as well.

jess_11883 |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

The ONLY way to diagnose endo. is with a lap. I had one last week, and they burned off the endo.

anna2029 |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I was diagnosed with Endometriosis last October and immediately started a 6 month treatment of Lupron. I was scared of surgery but it sounds like it may have been a better choice for me. Lupron was really difficult, mainly the mood swings. I expect to get my period after a month or two but it took a full 4 months before I got my period. It only lasted 3-4 days which it typically was a good 6 before the shots. My doctor wants me to get on BC to regulate my cycles but I have chosen not to. I've been on BC for 8 years now and want to rid myself of all the hormones I've had in the last years. Next month, after I get married, we plan on trying to start a family. I don't want to actually get pregnant for another year but I feel as though I should start due to all the complications I have, PCOS, Endometriosis, heart shaped uterus. Can anyone else relate to me?

terri41681 |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

Terri41681: I have been on Lupron. I had a one month dose shot a month ago, then two days ago I had laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgeries. I had a severe case of scarring in my uterus from multiple D&C's related to 4 miscarriages. This is called Asherman's syndrome. When they went in to remove the scarring they found that I had a uterine septum, similar to the heart shaped uterus. They were able to remove all of the scarring and fix the septum. My dr says that as long as everything heals as expected, I am back to normal, which is amazing to me since I though I would never be able to have a baby! The dr thinks that the misshapen uterus is what caused the first miscarriage. Best luck to you, but I would opt to have the uterus fixed to attain normal blood supply to a placenta or you might risk miscarriage.

tamberlee |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

Oh, and I have had an HSG, which was one of the most painful things ever! My uterus walls were stuck together due to scarring so when they forced in the dye with pressure I was literally shouting! I hope the next time, if I have to have it done again, goes much smoother. :)

tamberlee |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I am eighteen years old and I was just diagnosed with endometriosis this week. I had the laproscopy surgery and I had alot on my right pelvic bone. I also had a lot of shoulder pain for some reason. And I did look like I was pregnant for a few days. I'm still really scared though because in a few years I want to be able to have babies. Although it is just been a few days since I had my surgery, I still feel pain in my rectum like I did before the surgery. Im not sure what's going on, if its just from the gas they used to blow my stomach up, or if it is something more serious. My follow up appointment is in two weeks so maybe everything will become better. I hope so because I really want babies of my own.

laurenp4ua |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I work as a secretary for radiology @ a hospital-This is the information we give our pt's for HSG : What Is A Hysterosalpingogram? A hysterosalpingogram or HSG, is an x-ray exam of the female reproductive organs. This exam helps to see the shape of the uterus (womb), and to evaluate blockage of the fallopian tubes (the tubes from the ovaries to the womb). An HSG is done between the fifth and tenth day after the start of your menstrual period. How Do I Get Ready For A Hysterosalpingogram? Call your doctor's office on the first day of your menstrual period and schedule your HSG appointment. On the day of your exam, take two acetominophen (Tylenol ®), ibuprofen (Advil ®), or whatever you normally take for cramps, 30 minutes before your appointment time. How Is A Hysterosalpingogram Done? A registered technologist will help you onto the table. Your OB-GYN doctor will insert a speculum into your vagina, just like a normal pelvic exam. Your cervix will be cleaned and a small clamp will be placed on your cervix. A small tube is then placed through the opening of your cervix. Your doctor will inject a small amount of contrast material through the tube while watching on a television screen. Contrast material allows the uterus and tubes to be seen with x-ray. During the injection of the contrast, you will have some cramping, but it will not last long. X-rays will be taken while the contrast is in your uterus. What Should I Do After The HSG? After the test you will have an oily brown discharge from the contrast material for the rest of the day. A pad will be provided for you to wear or you may prefer to bring your own. Do not wear a tampon. You may also have a small amount of bloody spotting, which is normal. If you have excessive bleeding, or develop a fever, call your doctor right away.

ColliBeth |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I just had a laparoscopy, D & C, and cystectomy. They found endometriosis everywhere, stage IV. They're going to put me on Lupron as well.

ML4106 |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I to was diagnosed a little over a year ago with endometriosis. My doctor check to make sure my tubes were opened. It was not a big deal...you should have it done. However just because they are clear (mine were) does not mean TTC is any easier. My husband and I have been trying for almost seven months. I will be honest with you its an emotional drain knowing you have endometriosis and TTC. But do some research on it that will help alot. It will give you more insight and maybe answer some questions. Just do not stress about it because then the stress can prevent pregancy.

bani412 |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

It's important to know that just because you're tubes are open does not mean that endometriosis is not affecting your fertility. I had a lap done in June and there was endo all over my ovaries, which was most likely preventing the egg from ever making it to the fallopian tubes - my tubes were clear. This never would have been discovered during an HSG or ultrasound.

sweetky_06 |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

ok does this sound crazy? I need someone's opinion. I have pain during ovulation, went to the GYNO, she said it sounds like endo, and poked my tummy. I told her I would like to TTC and she said go ahead.....and did not tell me to do any tests.....does this sound crazy or what?

LizKhou |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

Hi, I had an HSG last april. They told me that my right tube was clear and my left was blocked. this august i found out i was 4 weeks pregnant! except i didnt really feel pregnant which had me concerned but apparently wasnt a concern for anyone else. in early september i woke to terrible lower abd pain, i thought it was constipation. later that afternoon it got came back, i felt like i was going to faint and i had a shooting pain to my right shoulder....I immediately knew it was an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy! I ended up having both a laproscopy and laprotomy. the doctor had to remove the end of my right tube and told me that the ectopic pregnancy was in the right tube (the clear one as told by my HSG) and that i had "a lot of scar tissue and adhesion to the right tube) she did look at my left tube (the blocked one) and she said it looked much healthier than the right tube. GO FIGURE. my point is that even though your tubes appear open in the HSG doesnt mean there cant be scar tissue. Personally i had no pain or problems with the HSG. I took 600 mg of Ibuprofen 40minutes before hand. they also said that since my left tube looked healthy that they believe my left tube should be open and think that during the HSG that it "may have spasmed." so they are going to recommend another HSG. if it is still blocked i will have to do IVF. I have heard that taking a valium before the HSG helps with the anxiety and helps prevent "spasming."

lc2680 |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

Laproscorpy to DX Endo is a MUST. When you are ready to TTC, HSG is a great first step. That, along with an endometrial biopsy and blood tests to check your hormone levels. Ultrasounds to find out when you are ovultaing (not just the at home ovulation kits) are a great tool, too. But, the first thing that I recommed? Find a great doctor that you trust to walk you through everything step by step. If you have a great doctor, then you know that everything that should be done will be done at the right time. That's the best way to TTC.

hazeldreams2 |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I was diagnosed with endo in jan 2009. We got married in nov. 2008 and I had a lap in march 2009. All in the first 5 months of being married! I also had the HSG test and luckily my tubes were clear. But don't always use that as everything will be ok! We have been trying now for 6 months and just went back to the dr to have my husband tested and I had another ultrasound. My endo is back and there is a large cyst on my right ovary. I have wonderful doctors who don't want to mess around because of how severe my endo was. I started Clomid 50mg on Monday. So far the only s/e I have is hot flashes but mainly just at night. I've heard horror stories about this drug and have tried my hardest to look at the bright side and not let all this affect me. It is incredible hard!!!! I go again next Wednesday to find out if I have produced any folicles and then we are doing IUI. I believe you need to find a good dr that is not going to push you off and tell you to keep trying because it's been less than a year. Endo is no joke and can be harder and harder to get pregnant the longer you wait and the more you have a period! I hope this helps everyone as it helps me to know I'm not alone and there are more people out there going through the same thing.

pwcs06 |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

My doctor thought I had endo, but through laproscopic surgery he discovered it was Pelvic Congestive Synrome. The laproscopic surgery was not bad. I had the surgery 2 weeks ago. The incision was very small. The worst part of the surgery is that they have to fill your abdomen with carbon dioxide to move your organs around during surgery. I had shoulder pain a day or so after surgery, but its not too bad. Gas-x really helps. I recommend the surgery, so that you will know for sure what you are dealing with. Does anyone know anything about Pelvic Congestive Syndrome or Lupron?

Krystal J. |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

We were having trouble getting pregnant after ttc for 9 months...nothing. I had been having terrible, debilitating periods, so I just knew something wasn't quite right. We went to RE and he said he suspected I had endo based on my symptoms. Lap done in April 2009, Stabe 3, Lupron for 3 months (CA 125 bloodwork showed I didn't respond the way they had hoped!), period started August 15th and we've done Femara (Leterzole) for two cycles with monitored Ultra sounds that showed my body wasn't responding to the femara, so trying clomid this cycle, then if necessary (I hope not!) injectables ($$$) next cycle. My DR is wonderful and is being very aggressive with my treatment...he doesn't want to mess around with the endo...it can come back quickly, or not at all...everyone is different! That's my story...I hope it ends happily, soon! Hopoing the best for others who are going through this mess of having a baby...it will be worth it in the end!

tigercorn |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

Why wait to have the test? I had one in August, 7 years after my first totally "normal" pregnancy. We started TTC#2 in May and I was shocked to find out I was born with a unicornuate uterus and only one fallopian tube. Having that diagnosis made us decide to go straight to IVF rather than wait around for an egg to travel down the left tube. Better to know what you're working with rather than sit around month after month wondering why you're not preggo.

alefranc |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I go to the dr Wednesday although if he can squeeze me in tomorrow im going tomorrow im on my 23 day of a menstrual cycle from down south. complete with right side abdominal pain that is now keeping me up. He told me I'm going to have a D&C but he wanted to wait til after christmas I can't take it anymore this is the third month of 22 days of a AF and I just feel like crud. As I read all of your guys different symptoms it makes so much more sense now. Its scary but it makes so much more sense.

2010weddinggal |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I was diagnosed with Endo back in June 2005 during my first lap. Doctor put me on the first round of Lupron which lasted only 3 months and it DID NOT stop my periods. I began having pelvic pain and unexplained bloating somewhere around Jan 2007 which I was then scheduled a 2nd lap. Doctor found a pinky size vein that was giving me all the fuss and he calterized it. I was soon put on Seasonique so I could have less periods to help out the with the Endo. Well, I started to have that same familiar bloating and pain again starting this past Oct. 2009. Told my husband and he told me to do what I thought was necessary. I went back in and the doctor decided this time to do a Pelvic Ultrasound instead. That came back negative but I was still complaining of pain. Doctor finally agreed to go back in last week (12/23/09) and this time I had a nickle size spot on my uterus and the Endo we treated a few years back had subsited but there were new spots on the other side of my uterus. I will begin my 2nd round of Lupron in 2 weeks. I really hope it stops my period this time. We're going for 6 months this time and doctor recommended that we start TTC after this round of Lupron. We'll see how this goes... :-/

mrsdefoor09 |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I was diagnosed when I was 17. I've had 5 laparoscopy and laser surgeries. I could tell each time when the endo was growing back. I'd get severe pain in my lower right side, become very tired, which the combo made me very moody. I had depo shots and they gave me norethindrone which made me go through menopause. All of the Dr.'s told me it would be very hard to conceive. It was horrible. My husband and I just found out we are 6 weeks and 5 days pregnant. We are so excited. We proved them wrong!!

srhiles |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I had an HSG done to diagnose my fertility as I had been trying to conceive for about 3 years with no success. The doctor said he knew people who had fallen pregnant after the test. I went in for the results (both tubes clear) and scheduled the start of an IUI procedure to get pregnant. I wait but my period doesn't start and then comes the positive pregnancy test! All that time we have been trying and now I am 10 weeks pregnant! My obstetrician was very happy and gloated quite a lot - he had predicted it!

reedgirl |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I was found to have endometriosis in august, don't wait for the ob to do something, take it upon yourself to see a reproductive endocrinologist. i am so glad I did, now I am on my way to the hospital for another surgery, but at least he is doing something rather than sitting around and waiting.

ML4106 |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I found out that i had endo when i was only 12, had a lapro, and i have been on BC since. It was hard to explain this to friends and BFs in high school even though i was not sexually active. I am just this month TTC now with my husband and am worried how long it will take. any ideas? I just stopped my BC at christmas and have had very few periods in my life since i would have to take vicodin and sometimes be in the hospital for cramp pain.

laurenm21 |

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I found out in April 2009 that I was pregnant and was so excited, I was in lots of pain, started spotting and started to grow just on one side,I had gone to the hospital and they told me I was threatening miscarrige. In May I was kept awake by the worst pain of my life and went to the ER, they did an ultrasound and saw that it was a tubal pregnancy. They did the laproscopic surgery to remove my tube and when they were in there saw that I had endo and lots of scarring. I have now been ttc for the past 5 months with no luck and am very scared as well, my Dr. insists everything is fine. we'll see.

coleyfresh |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I have recently had this test done twice. Once to determine the actual shape of my uterus and that my tubes were clear. Doctors tell you that the pain associated with this test is slight like cramping. But they don't tell you that it can also send you into tears. I will tell you that one time, mine was bearable and the other time was so painful they had to remind me to breathe. Definitely take some pain Ibuprofen. Endometriosis can also be very painful to live with and can occur in stages. You definitely want to have it checked out. With the HSG they can tell so many things! They were able to see a big abnormality in my uterus with the contrast dye.

evgartner |

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I had a lap done on July 31st. My ob/gyn said that luckily most it was on my colon; there was nothing on my ovaries or my uterus (!!). Took about 2 weeks to fully recover. In November, I started having some problems with my BCP, so we tried to put in an IUD, which my body ended up rejecting. That was taken out November 24, 2009. My husband and I decided to start trying after the IUD was removed...and we just found out we're pregnant with our first baby! You definitely can get pregnant after having endo, so good luck to all of you out there ttc. Just work with your doctor and don't give up hope! Good luck!

flutepharm87 |

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I was diagnosed with endometriosis about 7 years ago, via laparoscopy. Following the lap I had a experimental procedure that involved electrical stimulation to the vaginal walls (something they do do help urinary incontinence). I then did a 6 month stint on Lupron to induce menopause and went on Seasonal birth control directly after. After about a year on Seasonal my endo symptoms started to return so I went on BC back to back until this past June. I had an appointment today and I am 20 weeks pregnant with our first little girl! I just wanted to tell anyone dealing with this that there is hope. I was told to start saving my money to adopt and instead was pregnant within about 4 months. Work with your doctor and if you feel like your doctor isn't paying attention or trying hard enough, find a new one, and don't give up!

araehood |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

Hello Ladies! I've had endometriosis since I was probably 10, but not diagnosed till 21. I've had several laproscopic procedures. In 2005 I started TTC. I was not sure if my endo was back or not because my HSG was clear and my U/S were only showing a few cysts. Long story short, in July of 2006 I had a lap procedure and I had Stage 4 Endo. My ovaries were literally stuck to walls and had to be freed. The next month I went for IVF and got pg (VERY LUCKY) with my son. 5 months after having my son I was TTC (on our own with 7 day ovulation sticks) and I got pg in the first month with my daughter. My advice, they cannot see anything until they go in. The procedure does not hurt, what hurts is the gas which gets trapped in your shoulders (IF) it should happen to you. I've had 3 already and it only happend a little once and in my last procedure. My advice for those suffering with endo is be agressive about seeing a good OB/Fertility Specialist and if you are planning on having more then one, your odds are better to have them close together. My children are a year apart. Bad news, the endo doesn't always go away with pregnancy, after my son and daughter it did come back. And after my daughter was born, 6 months later, I had to have my ovary removed due to a cyst/mass/endo that grew on the ovary. Don't wait if you can avoid it. And IF you are not TTC and have endo, stay on the pill. It helps! GL!

Benjen |

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My doctor diagnosed me with endo several years back. He urged my husband and I to start thinking about a family. I am now 6 weeks expecting and my ttc time was just a couple of months. Now my doctor hopes that breast feeding will help get rid of some of the scar tissue.

nicandluke |

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I also have endometriosis and thought it was going to take me forever to get pregnant, but it happened on our first month of trying!! I had endo for about 10 years and also had a lap done and did the luprone shots.. keep positive.. it can happen and good luck to all you!!

kimberlyd546 |

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We were TTC for 8 months with no success. I didnt have endo, but my dr wanted to give me an HSG to make sure my tubes were clear. He said alot of people get preg with in 2 months after they Xray bc it totally cleans you out. Well- 3 weeks after the HSG Xray up popped that second line on the home pregnancy test and we are on our way! 13 weeks yesterday!!!

ckgallant |

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I was diagnosed with endometriosis when I was 19. I was in and out of doctors offices and hospitals with abdominal pain for over a year before I was diagnosed. I had surger in December and when the pain came back in May I started continual birthcontrol that made my hair begin to fall out. When that didn't work I started the Lupron injections. I didn't do well with those. They made me ill, and the mood swings were horrible. It was worth it in the end and every goes through that differently. I am very excited to say that at 22 my husband and I are expecting. We got very luck and I am so happy that I went through what I did. I was convinced that there was no hope for me and I just want everyone with endometriosis to know that everything you go through is worth it!

KashiaV |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I had a lap done a little over 2 years ago to remove a cyst on my right ovary. I was diagnosed with severe endo after the surgery and went of lupron depot shots for 6 months. The shots and side effects weren't pleasant but bearable. I then went on a BC that prevented me from getting my period each month. I worried about how this would affect fertility but tried to stay positive through it all. My doctor did not seem worried about infertility and simply told me that when I was ready, to get off my pill for 3 straight months and have 3 straight periods and then start trying. I got off my pill in September and started having normal periods in October. I got married in December and just as the doctor said, after my 3rd period, we started trying and I got pregnant in December. I am now about 7 weeks along and praying everyday for a safe and healthy pregnancy. I was completely surprised at how fast it happened & had already braced myself for a long road ahead trying to concieve. I hope my story can provide hope to all of you going through a similar situation. Do not give up and best of luck to you all.

desandrandy |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

You can have both the laparoscopy and have your reproductive system tested with dye at the same time. This is not always done but can be. It would cut down on extra procedures and also the only way to be fully diagnosed is to have the surgery.

gille01 |

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I was diagnosed wtih endo in 2007 and did Lupron for a year. I had really good luck with Lupron. I was also on a hormone with it so I wouldn't have hot flashes. After a year, it took about 6 months for my cycle to come back, but now that it has been a while, I feel like my endo is coming back because my periods are getting bad again. My husband and I want to try to get pregnant within the next year because I just hit 30 and my dr said I only have until 32 to have kids because of the severity of my endo. Anyone else told an age limit?

mizdiz444 |

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Mizdiz, I have also been told an age limit by my doc. I was diagnosed with endo when I was 15, and I'm now 25. For the last few years, my Dr. has been telling me I need to start at least by 25 and probably only have until I am 30 because my endo is so severe. I've run the gamut on treatments from bc pills, shots, menopause, surgery and now have an IUD. It's been a really tough 10 years, and I am still in pain all the time. Luckily, I'm now married and in a place where I am ready to be a mom, but my hubby is in between jobs right now, so once that is over, we are planning on ttc ASAP! Best of luck to you! Being on a time-line can be tough, I know!

Care719 |

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I couldn't get pregnant so my doctor ordered an HSG. Some people say an HSG isn't a big deal and others say it's horrible. The first time I had it done it didn't really hurt, but they told me my tubes were blocked. Due to my tubes being "blocked" I ended up at a fertility doctor who looked at my films and thought the test was a false positive. I had a second HSG to see if my tubes really were blocked and it was horrific. It was the most pain I've ever experienced in my life. My tubes weren't really blocked, though. So, I've experience an HSG that was no big deal and one that was horrible. I don't know why the test is okay for some and bad for others because I experienced both. I don't think it was the doctor because my second test was done by a top fertility specialist. If anyone was going to do it right, it was him. After my HSG I had laparoscopic surgery where my endometriosis was cleared out. Four months after the surgery my husband and I got pregnant naturally. I'm due in September!

angela5579 |

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hi i also had a hsg done on feb 17th of this year and i was not diagnosed with endo but we have been trying for a while to have a baby and nothin was working and as of right now im not pregnant but omg..... it hurt so bad i was in so much pain a few hours after and as i read eariler some one said the dr told her to go home and have sex andi did that and still nothing so we will have to see how well it really works, i heard it really works and everyone who i know who has had one was pregnant within a few months so its just a waiting game. but good luck to all who is on here wishing you good times and little angels xoxox

natashar |

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Hi, I just had a lap done last Friday. My doc did find endo. I'm really hoping that this works. My husband and I are in our late 30's and we had been trying for what seemed like forever. We started testing a few months ago. Did the ultrasound, the hsg (uncomfortable, but it was shortlived), then the dx lap. There is so much relief to finally have an answer as to the BIG WHY am I not getting preggo! And fortunately we timed the surgery right, as I am now on day 3 of my cycle. Start Clomid tonight and hoping that I won't get nauseous or hot flashes. So, I'm nervous and hoping that this works in the next few months. So, here's hoping for the best for us all!

Sammie1972 |

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Hi. I was diagnosed with Endo in January and the doctor gave me two options: get pregnant now or get on seasonique. Since we did not want to be pregnant before the wedding we chose the BC and it's been ok so far with the first three months. We now have to decide if we will continue with that or try to get pregnant. I wish you all many blessings and good luck!

beccaed09 |

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I know there are a lot of response already but I just have to post mine, I hope it will help me get over things. I just had an HSG and it was the worst experience ever. I have had broken bones and an appendicitis, and those hurt LESS. The doctor said my cervix was very "tight" and she had to make several attempts to get the catheter in. This was such a traumatic event that I keep flashing back to it. I bled for 4 days, then started bleeding again after exerting myself too much. Afterwards I read that some doctors sedate for this, mine didn't. It hurt so bad I actually threw up during the procedure. Then the doctor told me she had to end the test early because I "couldn't handle it". I had a LEEP procedure years ago and they gave me valium for that, you think they would do the same for HSG. Anyways I would insist upon sedation or at least valium before the procedure.

CJsox |

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I have an HSG scheduled next week. I have been having trouble getting pregnant for the past two years, even though the first pregnancy was completly perfect. After reading other stories of ladies going through the same thing, it's nice to hear positive stories and not always negative. It really does give others hope. The advise that I could pass on to you is that you have to make things happen and not wait for the Dr to make a move. Let's face it, not all dr do their job, and trying to cover up the problems with pain meds doesn't solve the problem. Over the years I did test after test with all kinds of reasons for my right side pain and it amazes me that my GYN never mentioned anything about endo or suggested any further testing instead telling me that sometime pain is normal. I am so blessed to have found a fertility/obgyn that from day one had a plan in place for me. I've already had the ultrasound, HSG next week, and if I don't get pregnant within 3mo after the HSG then I will have the laproscopy. Good Luck!!!! (and I made sure the doc wrote me a presciption for 600mg Motrin)

dibatt02 |

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We've been trying since August 2007. I had an HSG done in March 2010. Tubes were clear. I did 2 rounds of Femara and didn't get pregnant so we decided to get a Lap done. So a little over a month ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 Endo. Very hard to deal with. We tried 2 weeks after the surgery. I started spotting the day before AF was due and continued to spot for 2 more days. Then I had a heavy flow for 3 days and then all of a sudden stopped. I've been feeling sick to my stomach with diarreaha and headaches. I took a hpt but it was negative. I haven't called my doctor yet. If I keep feeling sick I'm going to call my doctor and see what she thinks. If I get back to normal and if AF shows up then we are chosing to continue with the femara because we can't afford to start the process for IVF. I'm praying that I am pregnant or will get pregnant naturally and won't have to deal with trying to save all that money for IVF that might not even work. I am glad to hear that many of you with endo have had succes. That gives me some hope. Good luck to you all!

Smiley_grl52 |

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I actually just did an HSG test this morning. Last night I was online looking for information on what to expect but didn't find much so I figured I would put out how it was for me in case somebody in the future is looking like I was. The doctor did a pregnancy test first (just to be sure) then sent me to radiology to do the HSG test. The nurses that were in there were super nice, super comforting and the radiologist was only in there for a few minutes and I was all covered up anyway (which was nice since who really likes the whole "hello world" thing?!). I will say that it was a LOT of pressure and I was suggest taking an effective painkiller before hand because when they injected the dye and inflated the balloon it hurt like hell. Plus you have to turn on your sides during the test which isn't anymore comfortable. If somebody volunteers to hold your hand- take them up on it. I didnt have my husband go with me because it was no big deal, but if there was a next time I would want him there. I felt a little strange walking around afterward, and I nearly had a panic attack during the test because it's a huge machine and you're ona metal table. not fun. but i'm not a good patient. good luck to all you guys!

lindsay3022 |

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Hi everyone, We have been ttc for 3 months the II had my HSG appointment on June 24, 2010 and it was'nt that bad. A little bit uncomfortable. Anyway, on July 19, 2010 I found out I was almost 5 weeks pregnant. I had my appointment with my doctor today, 7/23/2010 to confirm and she said that it was probably the HSG that cleared my passage way; although my tubes were not blocked. So I guess there is hope with the HSG tests. :-)

chun18 |

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I have have had endo since I was 13, but wasn't given official dx until I was 25. I have had an exploratory laparotomy and removal of endo, 2 rounds of Lupron (ick!), now been on continuous BCP with a "menstrual break" (doctor's wording, not mine) every 4 months since I was 27. In that time, my fiance and I have been preggo twice, but lost them both before 12 wks. Both of those BFP's happened when I was on a "break ". So we know we can get pregnant, but I have trouble staying that way. My Dr. says it could be 2/2 all of the procedures I have had in the last 10 years (3 colposcopies, LEEP, lap). I have not had an HSG, and from the sounds of it, I don't want one as I don't do well with procedures I am awake for. Funny that medical pros are the worst patients! To all of you newly diagnosed with endo, I wish you the best possible outcome in your journey. I know that it is a hard journey, filled with pain, discomfort, and disappointment. Keep smiling ladies! The way I have come to see it, we were given this extra challenge in life because we are tough to begin with (although you may not think so!) and Mother Nature decided to give us this one extra challenge because she knew we could handle it! Here's sending wishes of BFP's your way! =)

reggiemarie1 |

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Endometriosis is inflamation or scarring around your ovaries and possiby scarring in your fallopian tubes. It is normally a birth defect. HSG is a test where they put dye in your tubes to see if your tubes are open. I've had the test done twice and unfortunately, they were blocked. I am 27 and opted to have my tubes removed so I could move forward with the IVF. I never thought I would be the one child out of 8 kids that couldn't get pregnant naturally. But, with the help of God and prayer, he has given me peace and has helped my mind through all of this. So, stay encouraged and stay prayerful through your process.

1black |

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I was diagnosed with endo in May 2010 although I had been suffering with heavy periods including heavy clotting as well as pain that kept me from walking at times. I had an HSG last year and was told my tubes were completely blocked due to (my doc was guessing here) severe infection of some sort or prior surgery. I was never tested for endo nor was it even suggested to me until I went to a naturopathic doctor this year. I did not want to do IVF which was the only option given to me by my previous doctor so I looked for alternative options. My naturopathic doc suggested I change my diet, loose some weight (20 lbs), put me on a few supplements and did 4 treatments of microcurrent therapy. Since then I have had none of the pain I had been experiencing all those year and my cycles are much lighter than they have ever been. I am still ttc but I feel that my chances are much better now.

phxbride |

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Hi, I do not have endometriosis but do have PCOS. I was diagnosed 3 yrs ago and I have been going to a fertility specialist for the last couple months while ttc. I went for the HSG testing about 2 weeks ago. Basically you should take antibiotics the night before, morning of and afternoon after the HSG. You are admitted into a diagnostic imaging area of a hospital or fertility clinic and asked to take off everything but bra, and put on a johnny. Then you are to lay on a MRI table where the doctor inserts a speculum much like the one you have during a Pap smear. A catheder is inserted into your vagina and into your cervix. This pinches a bit. Make sure to take the ibprofin about an hour before your scheduled appointment. The doctor then has the techs set up the monitor and injects clear dye into your fallopian tubes. If the dye spills over into your abdominal cavity then you do not have any blockages or scarring. Good luck.

marriedsisterofbride |

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Hey everyone! We need an ENDO club! :) Tell me if this is a dumb idea. I just got married a few months ago and my husband and I have always thought we would wait a couple years before ttc. JUST found out I have endometriosis and, from what the docs, internet, and everyone else is saying, the longer you wait the harder it is to get pregnant. So...we are thinking about ttc now. Good idea??

mrsalbrecht |

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I just had the HSG test done over a month ago. We have been ttc for about 18 months. One of my tubes had twisted around itself. So I was only ovulating every other month. Plus my periods were very irregular. Since the HSG I have had regular periods. The HSG can hurt. But its mainly crampimg from the contrast dye and the catheter. My Dr started me on Clomid and I just finished my second cycle of it. So, praying hard that we are blessed with a little one soon.

hdlamper@hotmail.com |

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i am going for an endometrio biopsy tomorrw. everyone say a prayer. i hope it turns out to be nothing major. my dr. ran all the tests you can run, and they were all fine. this is the last test she's doing, and we'll go from there. we've been trying since feb. '09 and getting frustrated. w/ my first it was easy. now i find myself trying to track ovulation, etc. and i wonder if i'm just adding stress to the situation?! we've forgotten about it and just had fun, but apperently that method isn't working either. so i'm hopin' after tomorrow she'll be able to give me some answers. she thinks there could be some kind of blockage because everything else looks good. so wish me luck! ;-)

mama2chase |

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I have been TTC for 4 months. I find it so ironic that I spent most of my adult life trying to NOT get pregnant and now it is so difficult. I have been having very sharp pains after ovulation since my husband and I have been TTC. My OB/GYN recommended a pelvic ultrasound. She said that my uterus looked like it was covered with endo. She recommended a lap. I wanted a second opinion and went to an infertility specialist. He suggested an HSG. I was TERRIFIED after reading all the posts about this procedure. I went to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California. The procedure was not enjoyable but there was absolutely no pain involved! The hospital uses a different procedure and instruments than other places. They walked me through everything and were so understanding. The most uncomfortable part of the entire experience was when they released the dye into my uterus. It feels like period carmps. I took two Aleve one hour before the procedure. This helped to reduce the discomfort. Don't be afraid and go to HOAG HOSPITAL in NEWPORT BEACH, CA if possible.

Kristyn1583 |

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My story is pretty long and depressing. Just wondering if anyone has had to deal with anything like this. I was diagnosed with a horrible case of endometriosis when I was 16 and had my 1st lap surgery. After that surgery I had to go back to the hospital for an infection. A week later I was admitted back into the hospital because my entire digestive system had shut down, and I could not eat anything. I was in the hospital for 3 1/2 weeks afterwards, getting fed through a tube that went straight into my bloodstream because my digestive tract wasn't waking up. Even after all that, I was sent home with a nurse and my feeding tube because my system still wasn't waking up. A month later, my system woke up and I was able to start eating normal food again. About 6 months later, I was in horrible pain again, so I went back in for surgery. My doctor said I had the WORST case of adhesions that he's ever seen. I had adhesions stretching EVERY way across my entire abdomen. Every single organ was being pulled in directions it's not supposed to. Since then, I have had 3 other lap surgeries and 2 procedures. My endometriosis won't seem to stop and the adhesions keep growing back, even though my dr put some lining around my abdominal wall to keep them from growing. I have tried every single BC, including the lupron shots. The only thing that actually stopped my period was the mirena, which I am still on. I am about to go into another surgery this December because the pain is getting bad again, and I'm about to get married in the spring. I am terrified when I get married and start trying for a child that I won't have any success. I don't know what can help me anymore.

aflac009 |

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I have endometriosis and went through the lap surgery almost 2 years ago now. After my surgery my doctor told me that I needed to start the Lupron injections since I was still having a lot of pain after my surgery. Those injections really put my body through a lot, hot flashes, mood swings, everything that you go through with Menopause I went through it. After 9 months of injections done we weren't quite ready to start ttc but now we are. I have stopped taking my bc pills and I am very nervous. They do say that endometriosis can cause infertility but I am trying to stay positive. It is so reassuring that I am not the only one in the world dealing with these same thoughts and feelings. Hang in there ladies hopefully everything works out for everyone.

nicka21 |

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I have an HSG scheduled for tomorrow and am really nervous...can I eat before I go? Will I be able to go to work after? From what is posted I don't think I will be able to...

vicolari |

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I'm 24 and I've been on BC since I was 17. I went got my annual OB appt and we discussed that we would like to start TTC. It has only been about 4 months w/o BC pills and my cycle is unusually long, between 38-40 days. My dr. suggested an ultrasound to check to make sure that everything was alright. I was told that I had a complex cyst (cyst filled with blood) on my right ovary and that I might also have some endometriosis going on. My dr suggested another ultrasound in 6 weeks to check up on things because sometimes these cysts go away on their own and then to schedule laparotomy if needed. He said after the procedure I should be able to conceive with no problems. My husband and my mom both think that I should get a second opinion but, I really like my Dr. and don't want to offend him. Did anyone else get a second opinion? Would you suggest getting one for something like this? I'm not sure what to do here.

J8Cash |

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J8Cash: do not feel bad about getting a second opinion.

mmorales28 |

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I had an HSG test done last week (my doctor didnt think I had endometriosis, but wanted to check my tubes) I didnt take any medication for the HSG and it hurt a little when they injected the dye and I cramped up a bit afterward. Taking an ibprofen (as others have recommended) probably would've helped. The procedure was pretty quick. I felt a little overwhelmed from being so exposed and having the big xray machine over my stomach. Perhaps I was emotional since I knew this was one of the steps to confirm (or rule out) a reason for my infertility. As a tip, I would bring a pad/panty liner, as a little bit of the dye will leak out of you after the test is complete. My HSG test turned out to be normal/clear. Since doing the HSG and other tests, my doctor says I have unexplained infertility. Next step we can try is fertility drugs (clomid). To provide some background on myself, I am 31, my husband 29, we are both healthy, and we've been trying to conceive for 8 months. We started seeing a fertility doctor after month 6 of TTC. Best of luck to you!

JillBill3 |

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Hello everyone, let me share my story and maybe it will help some of you. I went to a new OBGYN in December as I wanted someone closer to home. I told him we were TTC but having no luck 6mos trying at age 38. He sent me in for an ultrasound and found a large ovarian cyst. He did a lap to remove it but found endo stage IV and was unable. He told me that he wanted me to be on lupron for 6 months and then would do a lap with laser surgery. I did my research and found that I didn't like the effects of lupron which could be permament, didn't want to spend 6-9mos letting the lupron work and then waiting to get my period back to ttc. He wanted me to start the shots in January and I put them off a week or two while I did some homework. I found that I didn't need the lupron that there are doctors who will remove it without. I read that excision is the best way to remove it. With the laser it's like trying to remove a weed...if you don't get the root it's still there much like endo. I found a Dr. in my area which did the excision surgery on 02March...I am already done with surgery and feel better. He excised it and cut out the adhesions but also found that my right ovary and fallopian tube was bad and removed them along with my appendix. He also found that the endo had moved my bowel and bladder and they were twisted and not in the right place which accounted for my pain. I am so thankful in getting a second opinion and doing my research. I now feel a million times better and can go back to ttc now instead of in 6mos with horrible side effects. For anyone wishing some great information I would recommend Dr. Redwine's website www.endometriosissurgeon.com. I also had looked at Dr. Martin Robbins in Maine and had emailed him for a recommendation for a Dr. in my area. For anyone in Chicagoland I highly recommend Dr. Charles Miller. I had a lap with only 4 tiny incisions. Hope that helps everyone!

flutefanatic21 |

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I have had tests and found out I have had cysts on my ovaries when I was 14 years old by 16 I was told that there is a good possibility that I have endometriosis. I never had the laparoscopy. I am now I am 26 TTC and still am unsure what I actually have. We have just been trying for 2 months so far, but I still have the biggest fear that I will not be able to conceive. I think that is what is keeping me from getting any test done.

Britney23 |

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I have had endo for about 5 years now. i have had 4 laparoscopy done and multiple medicines. I did lupron and it helped. I also tried depo and seemed to have helped some. My problem is that i do have severe blockage in my left tube, and the endo is spreading rapidly. I have two beautiful children with my ex, but I just recently remarried a man that has never had children. We would like to have two more, but I am only just hoping for one. I have been through two eptopic pregnancies in the past 2 years. I was just put on progestherone (sorry if i misspelled) and clomid. I have never had a regular period even when I was on birth control. I was supposed to start my period 2 days ago, and I have had nothing. I contacted my doctor and he suggested I wait a few more days and if nothing happens pay him a visit. Getting pregnant for me is a struggle. And worst of all when i do get pregnant its an even bigger stress of wondering if the baby made it to my uterus. I see all of your stories, and trust me I sympathize extremely. As someone who has battled it all, frustration and depression being the worst, my advice to all of you...hang in there, and keep your head up. For some its a hard road, for my its true guilt if ttc is not going to happen for me ever again. I do also have a question for ANY success stories from anyone who has been in my similar situation. Help!!! with my other two it happened so unexpectedly, but now that I want it so bad it seems to be impossible. I think I just need the reassurance that it still can happen. And I have tried it all sex every minute, sex every other day, in multiple positions, holding it in. I have been on multiple medications, and so on. Good luck to you all and cant wait to hear back..

laurenjmagee |

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I think all women who are suffering from infertility should have an HSG. An HSG can also be used to diagnose uterine abnormalities such as bicornuate uterus and septums. After 1 year and 9 months of trying I finally had one and was diagnosed with a 1 cm septum, which needs to be surgically removed. It does hurt and is VERY crampy (the Dr.'s will downplay it to you), but it's worth the peace of mind to know there isn't anything wrong or to fix what is. Good luck!

laurennricci |

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I have had 2 miscarriages, An etopic preganacy where it erupted and now have been diagonised with endometriosis and I had a Sepate Uterus (I had surgery to have my lesions from my endo and had my uterus taken care of). But we are trying to get pregnant and its been a couple of months. I am to afraid of misscarriaging again. Has anyone had this? or had some kids after having all stuff happen! Just trying to not lose faith! We really want to have a baby!

teamzim |

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Hi all, I have endometriosis and had a laporotomy at age 19 to remove a tumor and 4 endometrial cysts. Since then I stayed on birth control to keep endo under control only allowing 3 periods a year. Now I am 29 and Husband and I are TTC for about 4 months now. Just went to doctor because I was told by gyno after 3 or 4 months of trying with Endo if not prego need to go back. So she ordered an HSG on day ten of my cycle and wants to do an ultrasound on day 14 when I am ovulating to make sure my eggs are big enough. If I check out okay we are checking Hubby's sperm count. Hope that helps!

lotusleia |

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I got Preg in late 20060and had a miscarriage at 8 weeks. I was devastated. i went to a diff doctor after not getting preg for a while after miscarriage. He did laparoscopic surgery in 2007 and found out i had endometriosis. Dr didn't remove any because said there was so much it was like blankets draped on my insides and didn't want to puncture anything. I went through the medical menopause. It was not all that bad. Hot flashes and moody but that's about it and my pain for the first time since i was 13 was almost gone.. After the 6 months of menopause and my body getting back on a cycle we started trying. Got preg in July of 2008 that ended in another miscarriage in late Sept. Had a d&c with the second one and got preg with my son in late DEC of 2008. He was born in early Oct 2009. Thought since i had one it would be good to try again while i could.Found out we were expecting on Christmas eve of 2010. Which ended in another miscarriage in Feb after 11 weeks. Still ttc but no luck so far.I don't know it i would have ever had my son if i didn't go through the menopause. So if you really want a child i wouldn't rule anything out till you try. Good luck to all.

sugarbaby42701 |

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I am currently being tested along with my husband for infertility and I am currently waiting for this tubal thing as well. This test seems fairly simple, he just told me it causes cramping and possibly bleeding as well, but it only takes about 15 minutes. Have you considered a transvaginal ultrasound? They can see your tubes with this as well, they just stick the ultrasound wand up inside you and snap away. But in your case, if you're having trouble TTC and have already been diagnosed, then I am not sure what I would do either... good luck tho

mattea1986 |

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I would look into having this done. I am actually having this prcedure completed in a month to determine if my tubes are blocked.

JCBR3 |

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janice26xx |

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I have endometriosis, and underwent surgery to "clean me out", then was on the Lupron shot for six months. We ended up getting pregnat but then miss carrying at 8 weeks. It was heart breaking since we had been ttc for about 2 years. On the bright side we know that I am able to get pregnant, so we are still trying.

sharkbait81 |

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I have been trying for 3 years now, have been through 3 rounds of cookie and 4 rounds of iui's. Had the HSG test and it came back clear. I was recommended to get a lap done for endrometriosis and am having it done next Saturday. Very nervous and hoping they find something, because all this would make more sense to me. Anyone have clomid or injectables after surgery? And how long after did you start treatments? Thanks for any input.

brittbee2 |

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laran21 |

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I suffered a miscarriage earlier this year. Years ago my ob/gyn mentioned that it looked like I had a heart-shaped uterus. I wondered is it was true and if it could have had anything to so with the miscarriage. The first course of action through a fertility specialist was to do a HSG to determine if my uterus was in fact heart-shaped (bicornate or 2 lobes) or if it had an avascular septum down the middle. The test revealed that it was in fact septated and could be fixed through a laproscopic hysteroscopy. During the procedure, the dr discovered that I also had moderate endometriosis! This was news to me since I have always had regular periods (when not on BC) and never any major pain or cramps associated with my periods. He suggested to had one normal cycle befare TTC again. . . we tried and I could swear that I was pregnant that next month but I got my period as normal. The surgery was 6 months ago now and we TTC every month. I have tracked my BBT, tried fertility enhancing herbs (teas) and still no luck. I am really worried that the endo is back, or that there is scar tissue from the surgery (I have Keloids, which causes excessive scar tissue to be produced) or that there is another problem (him...). We are going back to the fertility specialist in Jan to see if there are any other tests we should get done or if we should consider fertility treatments (and which ones) - all of which makes me stress, since it's more time and $$.

gnadtb |

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I've read a lot of helpful information on this site and read several threads, but this is the first time I'm sharing....DH and I were trying for about a year and a half when we began seeing an infertility specialist. I did three cycles of Clomin and two cycles of Femara with no luck. I had an HSG test done in July to check if my tubes were clear. My dr. injected the dye and only one of my tubes showed up on the monitor. He did a second injection of dye (which was extremely uncomfortable) and we still weren't able to see the right tube. He suggested one more cylce of Femara and if it didn't work to consult with him about doing a laproscopy to rule out endometriosis. I had the surgery in September. It turned out I had Stage 2 endometriosis which my dr. removed completely. He also did a repeat HSG test while I was under and both tubes were clear. I was pretty sore and resting mostly in bed for the week after the surgery, but was up and back to work the following week. During my post op visit a week later, my dr. showed us a video of the surgery and told us he did not expect the endometriosis to return. I had a regular cycle in October and was to begin another cycle of Femara in November when my blook test came back positive for pregnancy. It turned out to be a chemical pregnancy and I miscarried naturally. I believe October may have just been too soon after surgery to begin ttc again, but by then my DH and I had been trying for two years. This month we did our third cycle of Femara and are on CD 12. We will be doing our first IUI (intrauterine insemination) sometime in the next week and hope it to be successful. I truly believe that the pain from the endometriosis and the HSG tests and the laproscopy will all be worth it when we finally conceive in 2012. Fingers crossed! We're staying positive it will be our year!

Russin'sWife |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

Hello. I have been with my husband for just over 5 years. I started seeing a gyno shortly after I got with him. I went about 9 months without a peiod and every 2 weeks I went to see. The dr and she gave me a pregnantcy test and it kep coming out neg so after 9 months she put me on bc I was on bc for about 7 months and had non stop bleeding and finialy I decided to stop the bc and they told my mom when I was out of the room that they don't know what was wrong with me and I would never be able to have kids so I decided to go see another gyno. And he told me I will be able to have kids but I might neeed some help so he did some blood work, lots of it, and found nothing wrong there. So he decided to go in side me and hefound endometriosis. He said I should get on the zoladex shot and there are once a month for 6 months well I had 4 of them and my 5th one should have been Oct 29th 2011 and they called me and said they ran out of my shot. Since then I had one period that started dec 13 and went through the 17 and he said one more period then I can start trying again. Well I want to start now so we bought some ovulation test for me and I take those every day. I think my DH could also be the problem because when we have sex he don't cum but we are going to get him checked out if we don't get pregnant by march.

soduhpop |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I had a laparoscopy at 20 for endometriosis and i was told i would have to go in when we decided we were going to ttc to get everything cleaned out and that there would be a chance we would never be able to have a child naturally. I have had endometriosis every since i got my first period. I was always worried that when we would try it just would not happen. We decided to start trying and we got pregnant the first try without any help or having anything cleaned out. so even if someone tells you it may not happen just know there is someone out here who was told it would never happen and it did! just try not to stress about it. since i didnt think it would happen i didnt worry about it everyday and was totally shocked when it was positive!

Katrmood@utm.edu |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

didnt mention i am now 25 and that was the only time i had anything done for it.

Katrmood@utm.edu |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

Reading these have seriously taken some stress off me! I've had endo since I was 11. I had a lap done with I was 14, and a HSG about six months ago. My husband and I are TTC, but we aren't having much luck. But I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

annieb00 |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

also, ever since my surgery I'm in constant pain and I've been told it's something I have to learn to live with..so frustrating.

kbette12 |

Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I had the laparoscopic procedure in October of last year. I have endometriosis (level 2) and my tubes were completely blocked. My DH and I had been ttc for a year and a half before that. After the procedure. We attempted again in December and were successful. Then we lost the baby this past January. Now we just found out we are prego again and over 5 weeks! Just keep your faith in God and don't be afraid to try things to conceive.

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Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

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I just found out I have stage 4 endometriosis...I am having the procedure done next month to "clean it out." I'm really scared about my "option" and I was wondering if anyone else has had stage 4 and gotten prego?

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Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

I work in reproductive endocrinology. Stage I and II endometriosis can only be diagnosed by laparoscopy but is suspected based on patient symptoms. Advanced endometriosis that is Stage III or IV can be diagnosed on ultrasound if a patient has the presence of endometriomas (chocolate cysts). If you have advanced endometriosis, your fertility rate is reduced by as much as 80%. It has the appearance of blood blisters outside of the endometrium. It can invade the bladder, bowel and the fallopian tubes. If you have not been diagnosed with advanced endometriosis, you absolutely need to have the HSG performed....this needs to be done if you have tried medication, your husband has been verified to have a normal sperm count and you still have not conceived. If you have been diagnosed with advanced endometriosis, then I would recommend a laparoscopy so that the physician can perform a tubal evaluation called a chromotubation...this is where he can know with certainty if the tubes are open or not. If there are adhesions, they can be removed at the same time, plus the endometriosis can be ablated.

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Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

Laproscopic surgery is not bad. I had mine 3 years ago.

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Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

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Q&A: What are endometriosis and HSG tests?

My name is Camille bruno Valdez my partner and I have been trying for a baby for over two years now, We were going to a fertility clinic for about 5 months before somebody told us to contact this spell caster who is so powerful, We contacted him at this email; arewaspecialistttemple@gmail.com , for him to help us, then we told him our problem, he told us that we will either conceive in February 2014 or March 2014,but after two years of trying we were at a point where we were willing to try anything. And I'm glad we came to Dr Dahiru, Because his pregnancy spell cast put us at ease, and I honestly believe him, and his gods really helped us as well, I am thankful for all he has done. contact him via email: arewaspecialistttemple@gmail.com if you are trying to get a baby or want your lover back. he has powers to do it, he has done mine,

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