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Tue, 05-04-2004 - 2:03am
What have you done this (we'll start with week, month, all together...) to prepare for TTC?

Jamie

Happily WTT #1

CL of Waiting to Try, member for two years

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Tue, 05-04-2004 - 9:52am
Had appointment with new ob/gyn recently. Discussed my painful periods. Had ultrasound, and found out I have endometriosis, and small cyst on ovary :( Best cure for endo? Getting pregnant. But I must get on the Ortho-Evra patch for a while, to stop my ovulation, so no more cysts can be formed. Approximately 3 months. And then get another ultrasound to see how I am doing.

Also, blood test that includes MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) test to make sure my body is still immune to it.

Started pre-natals. They make me a little nauseous. Do they for any one else?

Started taking care of myself more emotionally and physically. I tend to get baby blues easily, and then I realized, how good could all this stress & crying be good for my body? None! So, learning to enjoy life now, knowing a new life will enter it within next 1-2 yrs, and it will be so different.

Jen,26 & DH,29 WTT #1

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Tue, 05-04-2004 - 12:02pm
(((Hugs))) about the endo!! I am suffering from probably the same thing, only I can't find a doctor to diagnose me - all I hear is "It's normal" or "come back if you can't conceive." It's a tough road, and physically it's getting harder. I have an appt. tomorrow and if I got shot down again, with out them running any preliminary tests (third doctor) I will be so angry. I'm just so glad you got diagnosed right away! They didn't do a laparascopy or anything? There's a great Endo support board here also.

Jamie

WTT #1

Jamie

Happily WTT #1

CL of Waiting to Try, member for two years

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Registered: 10-24-2003
Fri, 05-07-2004 - 12:48am
This is a little long sorry :)

Oh Jamie, you've made me feel not alone! Thank you. I was diagnosed due to heavy cramping/bleeding/getting 'sick', and then an ultrasound on my ovaries, showed that the stuff that builds up every month, was building up on my ovary. And so it was just almost a given that I have Endo. No, I didn't have a laproscopy, however, after the next 3 months of being on my Ortho-Evra patch, we will do another ultrasound to see if my ovaries have cleared up. If not, she might want to do that. I'm obviously very reluctant, because I'm afraid anything messing with my ovary could mess it up.

Also, I was just like you, hearing "its all normal", "don't worry", "only come back if you can't conceive", however with my best friend about to graduate her internship (last 4 years after med school) and become an official ob/gyn, I can talk with her a lot. She told me the same thing the doctor did, which is reassuring, and a little upsetting at the same time. I want true reassurance. But her words exactly were that nearly 70% of women never know they have endo, and have kids just fine. In other words there are lots of cases of it, but also a lot of gals that don't see a doctor because of it, thinking, well, it just hurts really bad, and that's normal. It is, but not to the extent to where you feel like you're gonna die.

When you do find a doctor, they should put you on b.c. if you aren't already. Even if you are ready to conceive, it is worth waiting about 3 months to allow your body to become nearly pain free, because (as you probably know) when on b.c. your body doesn't build up that lining or release an egg :) Also, my gyn gave me a prescription called Bextra. It's an anti-inflamatory for your muscle (uterus) down there. I start taking it about a couple days before my period. Finally, Magnesium Oxide or 'Slow Mag' (brand) is over the counter mineral that helps your body deal with nerve impulses to the muscles.

I truly hope you find a gyn that can help you out. I had to be brutaly honest and say my cramps are keeping me from work. That got her (the dr.'s) attention.

My thoughts are with you, and know that I'm right there with ya. Cuz when you're in so much pain, you think why can all my friends get their monthly, pop a couple of advil, and be fine. But I'm right there suffering with ya girl. In fact my 'Aunt Flo' is due any day now, so I've started my Bextra and Magnesium.

Thanks so much for replying. It feels so much better (even though this sounds bad) that I know someone else who deals with this too. I will check out the Endo boards.

And until you get checked out by a ob/gyn. Don't worry yourself. I did, and slowly realized, I'd be okay to conceive.

Last note; the best cure for endo is to get pregnant. After you have a child, your periods are nearly nothing. Lots of my girlfriends swear to this. So, for me, that's a reason to work to get in a situation where we can have a baby as soon as possible.*wink*

(((HUGS))) & Stay In Touch, Let me know how things are going :)

Jen & DH WWT #1