My doctor called on Friday to talk about the results of my HSG test. He, along with the PA who gave us the immediate results, was very surprised that my right fallopian tube was open. When they finished the surgery back in February, they couldn’t see the opening of it at all, so they were convinced it would be blocked, but it wasn’t!
He asked what we wanted to do, and I told him that our biggest goal in all of this was for me to be healthy, and I feel like we are finally there – or as close to there as we will be for now. My body is having cycles without any hormonal assistance, and now we know that both tubes are open. There is healthy tissue on the left side of my uterus, and there is somewhat of of healthy tissue on the right side that leads straight to the open tube.
In regards to getting pregnant, he said that we should wait a few more months to give my body a chance to be normal for a while, then we have the okay to try, so that will put us at the beginning of October. If I can’t get pregnant after a long time of trying, he said we may want to talk about redoing the surgery that was done in February to try to remove more of the scar tissue that’s present on the right and upper portion of my uterus. Overall, this is good news!
He said that with the presence of scar tissue, when I do get pregnant, the risk of miscarriage during the first trimester will be increased to about 25% (the normal rate of miscarriage is 15%), but a successful pregnancy would break up the remainder of the scar tissue as my uterus expands. Because my uterus has experienced trauma, every pregnancy will carry the risk of the placenta attaching too deeply into the uterine wall. Some of those cases result in a hysterectomy, and in very severe (but rare) cases, the placenta can embed in the bladder. The placenta issues increase my risk of needing a D/C postpartum because the risk of retaining pieces of the placenta is also higher. That part is discouraging because it was a D/C that started all of this in the first place, and the possibility for major surgery seems horrible. Because Asherman’s Syndrome (scar tissue due to a D/C) is so rare, they don’t know why some women develop it and some don’t. My doctor mentioned that it could be that some women tend to grow abnormal placentas during pregnancy, and that somehow increases the risk of Asherman’s.
All of this is just to say, we have some good news, but all of my health stuff is far from over. Future pregnancy will just be another chapter – hopefully a very uneventful one!!
So this is how you can be praying for us in the months to come:
- my body would continue to have regular cycles
- scar tissue would disappear from my uterus (because HE can do that!!)