Last night as I was leaving work someone asked what I was having done and I said something along the lines of, “Making sure my uterus isn’t inhospitable!” Turns out…my uterus has been a little inhospitable.
My hysteroscopy went great today. I was in and out in 3 hours and probably would have been out even sooner if I didn’t ask for an extra bag of fluids. I took a nice nap and don’t remember much! I was still a little out of it when I woke up because I asked what time it was 4 times in a row. It’s good to be a patient every now and again because it reminds me how irritating some of the things we give our patients are like IVs, SCDs, tight blood pressure cuffs, and hospital gowns!
Now for the reason you’ve all been reading this post…THE RESULTS!
There were no fibroids, no scar tissue, and no inflammation…BUT there was a small uterine septum. It was very small (only about 1 mm) but very fibrous. My Dr. removed the septum during the procedure! You can Google uterine septum to see what I’m talking about, but remember mine was small…it wasn’t dividing my uterus into 2 separate compartments like some of the images will show.
What this means…The septum could definitely have been contributing to (even causing) the miscarriages. Even though it was small, it was fibrous and if our babies were implanting on or near the septum they wouldn’t have been getting a good blood supply to continue growing and developing. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee the septum has been the problem and there’s no way to know definitively if the miscarriages were a result of the septum or chromosomal abnormalities (or some other undiscovered cause-although unlikely). BUT…This is the closest thing we’ve had to an answer so we’re actually pretty darn excited about it!
What’s next…We now have some big decisions to make. The Dr. said it’s kind of a 50/50 choice as far as going forward with IVF or putting a hold on IVF and trying the good old fashioned way again since we found a septum and removed it. We didn’t have a lot of time to talk because he had another surgery to get to (and I wouldn’t have remembered much anyway) but we’ve got some questions for the Dr. and we’ve got A LOT of thinking and researching to do while on Christmas leave.
It’s a tough decision because we could try the good old fashioned way for a few months, get pregnant, and have another miscarriage and be right back at IVF (only months and months further down the road) OR we could get pregnant, stay pregnant, and be thrilled!
The thought of going through another miscarriage and waiting who knows how much longer to get pregnant on our own (to possibly end in another miscarriage) makes us want to stick with our IVF plans. We’ve already mentally and financially prepared for IVF so maybe we should just move forward with it and know that it will be happening soon. (?)
The thought of a normal, healthy pregnancy that happens on its own and saves us from the entire IVF process (medications, injections, egg retrieval, $$$, etc.) makes us want to give it another try all natural!
Decisions, decisions. How will we decide? Luckily, we don’t have to right now! We’re just thrilled with the results and excited to go home to MT and spend some time with family. We’re ready for a much needed break.
Thank you all so much for your thoughts, prayers, and continued support! We are so blessed to have you all in our lives!