Our trouble conceiving wasn’t entirely unexpected — I had surgery for endometriosis a few years ago. I call it “surprise surgery” because, until the day before, I didn’t even know I had endo. Not for lack of symptoms, but my doctor at the time didn’t take them seriously. About two weeks before the surgery, I had searched the web and found out about the endo team at the local (and very good) hospital, so I signed for an appointment, as this sounded awfully like the symptoms I experienced monthly. Alas, that became my post-surgery follow-up.
With rather heavy bleeding at around CD10, I went to the ER, and after some poking around, they told me that they saw lots of endometriotic tissue — and offered me to do surgery the next day, as they would have all necessary experts available. I was kind of scared by all these news — after my search two weeks prior I had at least heard of this diseases, but didn’t know much. Nevertheless I agreed to the surgery, which ended up taking more than 2x longer than they thought, but, most importantly, it was successful. Menopause-inducing drugs* for 6 months, and then “normal” birth control pills, the kind you take every day (progesterone-only based). And — knock on wood — I’ve been fine since. But the hospital recommended us to come back if, once off the pill and after 6 months of trying, we didn’t get pregnant. Well… I don’t know how many patients they have that get this lucky, but we’re not among them. Also, we don’t live there anymore, but went for a visit a couple of months ago when we were in the area. Fortunately they didn’t see any sign of endo. Unfortunately, they did see a number of other potential problems, on both sides.
* I think that would be Lupron here