Sunday, October 13, 2013

Going under......Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy

The move to OC is complete and we have been referred to a new specialist in Newport Beach. He has very high success rates with IVF and is extremely educated in infertility. Joey and I met with Dr. Anderson about two week ago and talked to him about everything we have gone through as he reviewed our file. In Dr. Anderson's opinion we have done too many IUI's and it's time to move on. The Clomid I was taking for 7 months off-in-on was way more than he would ever advise. Looking back it did begin to create other problems like the thinning of the uterus wall, one of the many downsides of Clomid. Joey and I listened carefully to what Dr. Anderson's recommendation was and if we were ready to go down that next more invasive path. Dr. Anderson is recommending either IVF or Laparoscopy. Laparoscopy enables your surgeon to fix anything that is found (i.e. ovarian torsion, adhesions, Endometriosis, fibroids, restore tubal patency, etc. etc. etc.) at the same time. Surgical intervention will almost certainly restore fertility by virtue of the (suspected) underlying cause(s) being treated. Skipping surgery and embarking on costly IVF protocols without fixing the problem(s) is probably not the best approach. The minimal risks of laparoscopic surgery are outweighed by the benefits it confers (with the obvious exception of the most dangerous risk, which is death - a risk of ALL surgeries and highly unlikely to occur!). Joey and I went home to talk about our options and what we wanted to do next, IVF is 20k through Dr. Anderson while the Laparoscopy is a little over 4k, if we did do IVF and there is an underlying reason like Endometriosis then it could very well be unsuccessful and a waste of money. On the flip side we could also go through the Laparoscopy and find nothing and would be back at square one at UNEXPLAINED infertility, the most annoying and frustrating diagnosis ever. 

After thinking about the path we are going to embark on we pray for an answer or a sign of what God wants us to do. We have been praying from day one and are still hopeful that one day, and hopefully one day soon, we will be blessed with a baby of our own. With that being said on November 1, 2013 at 2:45pm I will be going under and Dr. Anderson will be performing a Laparoscopy in hopes that he finds something to finally explain the unexplained. Please keep us in your prayers and I will keep you posted on the outcome. xoxo

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