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On Depo Lupron for endo. Feel very pregnant, but negative tests!

I actually feel a little ridiculous asking this question, but here goes.  I am 25 years old with no previous pregnancies.  I was diagnosed w/ endo last November and had a lap right after Christmas and was then started on Depo Lupron.  I was under the impression that Lupron was a contraceptive (note to others...its NOT!!) so my fiancee and I didn't bother with any form of birth control.  My last Lupron injection was in mid May and by June I was beginning to wonder if I was pregnant.  Of course I don't have a period to go on due to the Lupron treatments, so the easy way to find out is not an option.  The second week in July I finally went in to the doctor because I couldn't shake the feeling of being pregnant.  Both the urine and blood tests came back negative.  I left feeling a little confused but glad to know for sure.  Well, here comes the crazy part, I've tried to put it out of my mind (and have succeeded sometimes) but can't shake the feeling of being pregnant.  My period still hasn't started since my last Lupron injection (May) and I called my doctor last week and she said it should have started by now, but to give it another month before I go in.  My fiancee left me the first week in July, so I haven't had sex since the end of June so if I am pregnant, I would have to be a minimum of 9-10 weeks along.  The nausea is lessening some, but I still have no desire to eat much...nothing really sounds good. Smells about drive me insane (I had to get rid of the air freshner in the house because I couldn't handle it!), I've been having some low back achyness, tired...no EXAUSTED all the time (I'm normally a very active person) and sleeping as much as 12 hours a night, some mild leg cramping and pain in underarms (not so much in the breasts).  And now my normally flat stomach is definitely starting to bulge just a little bit.  Not to mention the headaches...I've even missed work twice because of them!  The "am I pregnant" quizes that I've found have all said that they are 99% sure that I am pregnant, but with negative pregnancy test results still...is that even possible?  What are the chances of being 9 weeks along and still getting a negative on home pregnancy tests?  Would the Depo Lupron have an affect on the level of hormones produced in my body or the test results?   I know there is a possibility of your mind "tricking" your body into thinking that you are pregnant, but the fact that this "feeling" has spanned over 2 months, I'm a little skeptical of that being the case.  I just don't want to go back to the doctor saying "I think you're tests are wrong and I am pregnant".  Like I said I feel a little foolish, but I haven't been able to find anyone else that has this particular question.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!! (If anyone took the time to actually read all of this and get to this point!!)  Have a great day!
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Hi, it's not a silly question at all.  I'm older than you, however I had endometriosis all of my life and had 3 surgeries because my case was so severe.  I do recall taking Lupron for about 6 months and constantly "felt pregnant."   Although this was a few years back, if memory serves me correctly, one of the ways Lupron is effective in treating endo is by "tricking" or mimicking pregnancy in your body to help alleviate the rapid growth of endometrial tissue in your womb, thus stopping the growth of endo.  Many doctors will tell you that if you do have endo, it should subside or get a lot better once a woman becomes legitimately pregnant and gives birth.  So, yes, you can be "feeling pregnant" and not actually be pregnant.   And as you said, Lupron is not a contraceptive so its imperative for any woman taking it who does not want to become pregnant to still use contraceptive along with it.   I actually stopped menstruating when I was taking Lupron, experienced a degree of nausea and breast tenderness, etc. although I was not pregnant.  I am a normally active person and felt tired while taking it also.

I will tell you what helped me since my body couldn't tolerate the Lupron well.   A low dosage of birth control pills taken for at least 6 months - to a year should help stop the growth of the endo.  Also, diet and exercise can be extremely helpful.  Watch your intake of processed foods, drink pure filtered water, start taking Omega-3 oils, fish oil, primrose oil (I found it to be very helpful) and limit your alcohol consumption.  I also started doing "castor oil" heat wraps about twice a week for a while and really helped with the pain.  You soak a cloth with castor oil, wrap it in plastic being careful not to burn your abdomen and lie down with a heating pad over it for about 20 - 30 minutes, then rinse your abdomen.  I don't know why doctors don't advise their patients more when it comes to healing endometriosis with natural remedies also, but it seems that women tend to research these treatments on their own more.   Stay well.
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Oh My Goodness. I totally thought I was crazy.  I have had 1 lap about 6 years ago and am about to take my 4th shot of Depo Lupron the first week of November. The first month and a half on Lupron was horrible.  however at about week 5, i felt back to normal, with little side affects.  I did not know I could become pregnant while on Lupron until I started to resaerch this.  i am due to go to the Doctor next week for check up.  About a week before my last shot (shot 3 of 6) I started to feel pregnant.  I did not say anything to my OBGYN before shot 3, because I did not think i could get pregnant on Lupron.  I am about to take shot 4 and hav had this strange feeling that i am pregnant.  I did not think much about it until my long standing boyfriend ask me the other day if I was pregnant. I was so shocked that he asked, becuase I thought it was simply my mind playing tricks on me.  I am so glad to know that I am not alone.  I thought I was turning into a nut case.  
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This is all very hepful information. My lap was last week and I just consulted with my doctor re: taking depo lupron. Didn't know it was a shot which may be enough to deter me from taking it. Now you mention that the side effects and I'm wondering if I should just continue taking the pill and take my chances. My husband and I are probably going to try to get pregnant within 6-9 months, so I am trying to do a cost/benefit analysis here.  I really don't want to take anything that may make my life a living hell again. Headaches-I get bad ones anyway! Fatigue-I'm trying to get my life back, and have some sense of normalcy.  Is it worth all you risk and put up with?
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Hi Teri -
I was diagnosed with stage 4 endo about 3 months ago during a lap to remove a mass on my ovary. After seeing a specialist they decided to do surgery again to try and remove as much of the endo as possible. The specialist wanted me on lupron so that i would have minimal bleeding during surgery. I read up on lupron before hand and was absolutely terrified of it. However, it has been a few weeks and I have felt 100%. I had a few hot flashes but they arent as bad as I thought. I just am telling you becuase everyone reacts differently. I have heard that the treatment will resolve your pain for almost 2 years. That isnt why I am doing it. I just need something to keep my endo from getting worse until I have my surgery and then start ivf. Good luck, but I just really recommed talking to you doctor about it. I thought it was such a morbid and unnatural idea to "induce menopause" but it has not been nearly as bad as I expected.
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i was on the lupron for 6 months and i was done in Nov I got my preciod in Dec and now i haven't gotten since.. Could it be the i am pregnant or it because of the lupron. i went to take pregnancy test but both blood and urine say no.
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I have had 5 lupron shots and no side effects till this month.I have now started with hot flashes, blue veins in breasts, puffy breasts, nausea, headaches all the time, exhausted, and very hungry. I took a preg. test...negative. Could I be preg. Last shot in 10 days. SHould I take it?
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I will tell you what my doctor told me in regards to Lupron.  After reading the leaflet through that comes with the Lupron, it says to use a back-up method of birth control the first 2/3 months (I did the 6 month treatment), as you could still get your period, and could still be ovulating.  When I went to the doctor, she only said 1 month, so I went with what she said.  I did not have any periods for the full 6 months, only some spotting, so I know I wasn't ovulating, and wasn't getting a period.  

I know we all hear different information so it's good to share, I am just letting you all know what my doctor told me.

I've heard it before where women get pregnant on the pill/patch.. so I'm sure it's not impossible on Lupron.  However, if your doctor gave you a blood test, that would definitely confirm it.  The traces of the hormones on the home pregnancy test might not (even though the doc. says they are pretty accurate).

When I was on Lupron, they never gave me a pregnancy test prior to giving me shots, I just did them every month.

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I really taught I was goingt crazy. I have been off the lupron shots for almost 2 months, no signs of period. My doc just give me medroxyprogesterone and I am terrify to take it after reading the side effects.

I was diagnose with edo 10 years ago. I had my first lipo surgery about 6 years ago. Went through the shots and clomid.  I am so happy to say I have a beautiful 2 years old daughter. We are trying to go for round 2 but it is so fustrating because I cannot get my period.  Any suggestions?

Elloise
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im really glad i've read these comments now because this is how i've been feeling. I have the depot every 12 wks my 3rd shot is due in around 4 wks but with my 2nd shot i've had no bleeding or anything and i've started to get all the same signs of pregnancy that I had with my daughter, yet i've done several tests and all were negative. So are these sypmtoms just a side affect from having the injection?can someone please let me know thanks

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I am on my fourth shot of lupron and i know what you woman are going threw. You feel pregnant and in some cases if you want a child wish it were true. But, I think its just the side effects that get us wondering simpily because in the booklate they never tell you that you can feel as if you are pregnant. I can honestly say the first month of treatment was painful but since then my pain has drasticly reduced. We all arn't going crazy our bodys are just out of wack.
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iam scard iam 19 and not sure if i can have child or not i got soo many Qs ask pple whoo no can you help me pless anyonee iam soo scared ..i had cysts on my left ovary got took off ..my doc tlod me i had lil tissue on my urths does that mean i can get prgoo orr wat i need helpp..............i got soo much pain too iss that okk 4 me have alot painn,.. i startd my pd an it like the end of it not being whyss that do anynoe got this too
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The whole reason Im reading these forums is because Im going through the same thing. Im in my 3rd month of lupron because of endo and even though I have taken several pregnancy tests and came back neg i cant shake off the feeling im pregnant! I swear I am I have had 2 children and know first hand the undeniable symptoms of pregnancy that i am experiencing now. After reading these I feel better-its not just me!
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Go to Askapatient.com to read about the side effects other people have experienced while taking Lupron Depot.  It is a HORRIBLE DRUG!!!  
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If you have read the paper inside of the shot you receive.. You will find out that this shot can give you weight gain, headaches, and who knows what else side affects. I know that it sounds horrible having this shot, but it really does help the Endometriosis. I have it really bad and have only had two shots so far. I will do anything at this point to try and get rid of the pain. It is horrible pain and you can't even work. I pray after having these shots it will help and then try to get pregnant.
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Hi there.  For several years I struggled between having surgery since I had a 6 cm cyst on my left ovary, but I had no irregular periods or pain in that side.  The only thing is that I suffered from IBS and constant urinary infections of unknown origin, but that had been going on much before the cyst was discovered.  Then, in December 07, an ultrasound revealed that the cyst was septated (there was a division or wall, indicating something bad) and they ran the CA marker which came elevated.  So the doctor said surgery and that he wanted to remove my whole uterus since it meant CA.  I was shocked and that made me start searching on line and talking to doctors, until in September 08 I found a doctor who was also willing to preserve my organs and worried about my fertility since I don't have any kids.

To make the long story short, I was operated on December 08 and it turned out to be an endometrioma and I also had adhesions.  The surgery took longer than expected, but the doctor was able to preserve my ovary.  Afterwards. I was placed on the 3-month Lupron shot to control the endometriosis.  Of course I was scared, but it was worth taking the chance.  I had some side effects, hot flashes, tiredness, at times had difficulty sleeping and had a little headache in the evenings, but nothing that I couldn't manage.

Now, a little more than a year later, I am free on endometriosis and I am ttc.  So, if anyone has anyone questions about Lupron, here in this site there are a lot of women who have gone through so much that they could help you out.  Also, talk to your doctor if you have questions or doubts.

Best wishes,

Neta
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You have to remember that Lupron basically makes your body feel as though they are going through menopaus. The symptoms for menopause are a lot the same as pregnancy so that is really common. I hadn't ever been pregnant before doing my 5 months of Lupron so I didn't know how similar they were. I do have an almost 2 yr old now though after doing lupron but it did take me almost 4 years to get pregnant
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Hi my name is Brittney and I am 26 years old, I was having horrible periods and cramps in Oct 2006 so my doctor wanted to do lipo surgery ends up I had endo and cist on my overies. After the surgery she recommened the Lupron injections so I recieved my first one in November 2006 and my second injection in Feb 2007. Since then I have been having mentapause symptoms and have never stared my period back. I am wanting to have children now and my doctor doesn't know why I have not started my period back after almost 3 1/2 years from my last injection. Anyone have any suggestions on what to Do?
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Hi there. I am in the same situation as you are, but as far as I know, giving you hormones to start again your period will help you.  I was given hormones for a few months and I started having my periods, after almost after a year of have been given the Lupron shots.  Remember everybody reacts differently to the meds, but you should talk to your doctor and see what options you have.

Also, it's a good idea to measure your prolactin levels since they can keep you from ovulating and having your regular periods.  Now I am taking a med to lower the prolactin and by taking it, I have started having my periods since I also want to have kids.

I found a lot of help in this site since there are a lot of women going through the same thing, so if you have doubts, keep asking until you feel comfortable, but don't just wait and watch.

Best wishes,

Neta
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Reading this helps out a lot. I was told that I have endo in March after 3 er visits. I started birth control and took it for 3 months which helped with the pain. I still could not be with my husband with out being in horrible pain and I would want to cry. I went back to the OB-GYN in June and on June 10, 2010 I had my first shot of Lupron DPO and I have my period in June. I'm having issues with my insurance company and if they now will cover the shoot. I only had the shoot once and it was the low dose shot.   All the post I read everyone was on there 3 rd or more shoot and having the pregnancy feeling. I had the shoot once and feel that I'm pregnant. I have not had my period for a month now and no birth control. I just can't see how one month can effect it and if it can? I do have two boys now that I'm very greatful for and would not change that for the world. I just want to know if it can effect a home pregnancy test and did anyone else have this issue after one shoot of lupron?  I'm very confused.
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As some people said its a horrible drug...it may have some horrible side affects....but i feel its worth it to get rid of the endo...i was in a lot of paid with endo to where i left work all the time or left school all the time and would lay on the floor in pain crying. I am only 19 years old and had endo for 4 years before we found out what it was. I had surgery and now on my second shot of lupron. my question is though, if it can affect a home pregnancy test because I am going to get a tattoo on monday and want to take one just because of the feeling pregnant symptoms I am having.
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HI!!! My name is Lynsi. I have had endo since I had my first child, she is 4, almost 5 years old now....I have a 17 month old son also, but just started the Lupron Depot shot for my endo...... My last period was on September 27th 2010, I started the lupron shot on September 29th 2010.    Today is the 3rd of November. I did not get my period in October at all, I have taken 3 home pregnancy tests (all from the same box) and all 3 came back negative. I am starting to wonder if they were all defective, or if the lupron shot can cause a false answer. I read in another forum ( by a doctor ) that the lupron depot shot LOWERS the GnRh levels which contribute to HcG levels, and a pregnancy test cannot show positive if those GnRh levels are low..... SO, I have no idea!! So confusing.  My doctor said he has never heard of anyone NOT having their period the month after starting the shot. I have to figure this out though, because I have two children, I know what pregnant feels like, and I deffinately feel pregnant!
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hello everyone!
im casey, i am 19 and got diagnosed with endometiosis in may this year. i also started my lupron (4 month sequence) in may. my last one was in august and now it is november and i have still not started my period. i can feel some of the symptoms wearing off, but i feel like im pregnant. i'm glad to know i'm not the only one... but does anyone think i should take a pregnancy test in case or should i wait for my period? i have so many questions about endo and i'd really like to talk to someone who knows what i'm going through. someone please email me ***@****
thank you so much <3
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I have endometriosis also and had a cyst on both ovaries.  I had the surgery and 2 weeks after got my depo shot.  I only had the one shot and that was on Sept 3, 2010.  I should have started my period around christmas and didnt so back to the doc I went.  She put me on clomid to get me back to normal.  I have never missed a period before.  I was right on 28 days and since this shot Its been interesting.  I did start on Sept. 15th 2010 and that was hurendous pain.  Worse than before the surgery.  Cramps big time.  Well that was the last one.  I took the 5 day clomid starting Jan 6, 2011 and its been 21 days since the last pill was taken and still nothing.  Im not sure what is going on but im very discouraged.  Granted I dont really like the monthly annoyance but if this will fix me then Im game.  I have never felt like I was pregnant.  I was moody.  I felt good though.  Im hoping that the endo has stopped or slowed down but my doc really doesnt tell me anything.  She just hands me a prescription and says take this and I end up doing the research on it.  I guess Im just putting my trust in she knows what shes doing.  Has anyone else been in a situation like this?
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I was diagnosed with endo 6mo ago & i am 20yrs old. I was having horrible cramps that stopped me from everything. Even the sex was painful. I knew there was always a chance of getting pregant so we rarely have sex. March 6th my bf went inside me. March 12th & up to now ive had the worst cramps ever. Ive been bloated & going pee every 20mins. Ive had 2 lupron shots of 3mo apart & im due for another one on april 3rd. I want to have a kid soon so idk if i should take the next shot or not? I took a pg test at my drs office & it came out neg. But when i had a mc about 2yrs ago i didnt show positive until 5mo along. Im so confused on what to think...
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wow so glad i'm not the only one out there feeling like this! I have had endo for over ten years now and after a few surgeries and depo provera i finally put my foot down along with my husband and said Enough is enough, i couldnt live like that any longer! so i started Lucrin in Jan and i've got my last injection in a few days time. I was terrified of going on it after reading side effects but...the hot flushes, night sweats, headaches and feeling pregnant lol are nothing compared to how much pain i was in before! i could honestly say i could carry on living like this instead of pain! But i want to know how long after my last injection can i start trying for children? i saw some of you saying that it took a really long time to get your period back? is this typical? and how many of you that have finished lucrin are 'fixed'?? if you got pain back was it better or the same? and how much time 'off' from pain did you get? very interested! Thanks Anna
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ok ladies i am so glad i can relate to someone. I am 31 and got diagnosed with endo 9 almost 10 years ago. i have had 4 lapo procedures and after the first one i was pregnant within a month and she is 9 years old. this is my second time on lupron and i dont remember feeling like i am pregnant, i just had my fourth procedure Aug 2011 and had the lupron Sept 2011 and this is Oct and havent had my cycle yet. My breast are tender, bloated, very bad cramping which reminds me of when i was pregnant with my daughter and my uterus was stretching. i called my doc and the nurse said to take a test and i did but neg. im going to try it again in the morning cause they say thats when the levels are high, but im so confussed cause my body is telling me im pregnant and i have all the signs but the test say no. im not on bc and my fiance and i have been trying to have a child so it will be lovely to be pregnant. if someone could tell me if as soon as your first dose of lupron did your cycle stop and how long did your body feel pregnant. when i read the info on lupron it said you can get pregnant within the first couple of weeks and then some docs say you cant get pregnant. which one is it and do the medicine in the lupron give a false neg with home preg test.
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Hello Fellow Endo Friends!
I am 25 and have had stage 4 endometriosis for 4yrs now and have been on Lupron and Mirena together for the last 1yr-1 1/2. My doc explained to me that Lupron gives a false preg feeling to your brain and you experience the same "morning sickness like" symptoms as if you were pregnant.
I have had 2 lapos 1 ooverectomy and had to have the lower half of my uterus reconstructed. . .I started Lupron right after my last procedure 2yrs ago. . .if you can get through the horrible morning sickness like symptoms and the emotional roller coaster ride it really does work wonders on the endo.  I haven't had a Lupron shot for the last 5 months now and my doctor thinks that I am in remission now. . HUGE MIRACLE!!!

if you can't handle the topsy turvey emotions and the crazy cravings along with the nausea see if your doctor will prescribe some kind of a "happy pill" such lorazepam. . .this will helpstablize some of the roller coaster emotions and help simulate some sort of nomal. at least it did for me anyways. . .

Hope this helps somebody out there!

Best to luck to all my endo sisters out there!
~K~
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I am happy for you. I hope with as long as you were on Lupron that they did a dexa of your bones. My doctor was one of the original reserachers and refuses to give Lupron longer than a year (unless you have a long time since the last injection) He knows it is not good for your bones even with add-back. He refuses to prescribe Lupron w/o add-back.

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Hi, i read all that you had to say about Lupron Depot and the Pregnancy scare.... My name is Natasha, im 20 years old, and just started my Lupron Depot shot about a month ago. I am taking the 3 month period shots for 6 months... My doctor suggested that i use condoms because the shot doesn't protect me against pregnancy, but she also did say they she doesn't see how i could get pregnant on this shot anyways. So i didn't figure i needed to take any pro cations towards the matter. I also have not used any type of protection for over 3 years and have not ever became pregnant, so i didn't think i could anyways being on the shot. I too have had the feeling of being pregnant. The eating habits are more extreme, feeling nausea or ill, headaches, etc. I just figured it was my mind tricking me into thinking i was. I read up on some different sights about girls who have become pregnant while on Lupron Depot...and here is some of what i read: it can increase chances of miscarriages. (it has said nothing about weather or not it can cause berth defects or damage to the baby) and it also said it is a low range % that a woman can get pregnant, while on the shot, but it has happened. You are supposed to gain your period back after taking the shot withing 6 to 8 weeks... but for some girls their periods are never gained back. other woman have gotten pregnant after the shot before their periods have even came back, but it lowers the chances of having more kids later down the road... it is suggested that we wait to start trying for a baby after we gain our periods back. so 1)the problem with not have children later does not accrue and 2) the shot is 100% out of your system for when the child is produced. the first few months are the most important for the baby for it is the when there organs are developing and the brain is most frugal. if you are on the shot while pregnant i am sure that could cause problems for these developments for your baby. I am not a doctor but i have taken many courses due to the fact that i have had so many issues with my woman-hood and found out that i have Endometriosis. I am young, yes, but i know i was born to one day be a mother and even if that comes down to me having to adopt i will. Do not loose hope in having a child one day. Woman all over the world go threw this and other problems and are told they will never have a child, but there are just as many that do get pregnant just after they are cured. I know a woman personally who would have sex with out protection for over 4 years and never for pregnant. She later found out she had Endometriosis and it was so bad to the point that treatment would not work and she had to get the surgery. She not has 3 healthy kids and even one of them is off to college. it was just after she had healed from her surgery that she had gotten pregnant with her first child. so don't give up all hope. You could have been having trouble becoming pregnant before you found out about your condition, but you may become "fertile Murtal" after the operation or treatment!
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That is very helpful information.  Thank you.  I had lap surgery the day after Christmas to have a mass removed off my right ovary and that's how they found out I had endometriosis everywhere, which is what caused the cyst.  My ovarian tubes were so cystic that the eggs couldn't get through so they just caused cysts almost every month.  My husband got home from Iraq, August of last year and we immediately started TTC.  Literally the next day I was in the ER with the most excruciating pain I've ever felt.  A cyst ruptured on my right ovary.  The next month, the same thing, and the next, etc and still no pregnancy. Then I had my appt at the OB/GYN Nov when she saw a huge 4in mass. Then the surgery date was scheduled. After the surgery I was ordered to be put on a 3 month Depot Lupron treatment.  For me, the hot flashes were AWEFUL! I had at LEAST 5 a day and at LEAST 3 night sweats every night.  My last shot was March 5 and I still have no period, still no baby, and still hot flashes.  Not as bad as when I was on treatment, but they are still there.  My husband and I never used any protection ever since we've been together, about 10 years. And no babies.  When I was little, if someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I ALWAYS answered, "a mommy." I still give that answer today.  I know God has plans for me to be a mom, I can't see my life without children in it.  I'm the ONLY one in my family left, my generation of course, without children.  It broke my heart every month I had a negative pregnancy test, and now it breaks my heart every week I don't start my period, because I know that means no ovulation.  I'm not giving up hope, I've heard stories of other women, and I know that one day I'll get my big fat positive, I just pray it's one day soon.  Plus I have an OB/GYN appt this Wednesday, so I hope I get good news.  I'm going to pray for every woman on this page as well, and that one day y'all will get your big fat positives too. If you want them of course. :-) Cross your fingers.
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Are you taking add-back if not you need to ask your doctor for. It helps with the side effects of instant menopause. My doctor says that to prescribe lupron w/o add-back is the equivalent of torture. Also instead of the three month,  did you know that there is a 4 week one. Yes you have to get once a month. But my doctor will not offer the others-- too strong. And he should know he was one of the original researchers.
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I am 34 years old, and I have been dealing with severe endometriosis for literally 20 years.  I have had 7 lap/hyst & D&C surgeries, and I have been on Lupron Depot 3 separate times.  I have had 8 different types of bc to slow the growth.  It has been a roller coaster to say the least.  I empathize with all of you having this same experience on any level.  At this point, surgeries are scheduled for me every 18 months to keep the endo from growing out of control.  I have one child, six years old.  I have no plans for future children, but my doctor would like me to keep my reproductive organs until I am 40 "Just in case" as he puts it.  I have been through every symptom known to the medical community that stems from endomteriosis and ovarian and uteran cysts.  Extreme pain, nausea, vomiting, irregular periods, extremely heavy flow, daily spotting, diarrhea, headaches, anemia, fatigue, pendulum like mood swings, vertigo, urinary tract infections, bladder infections, pain with intercourse, painful orgasms, inability to orgasm, bleeding with intercourse, painful ovulation, back pain, sciatic nerve damage, extreme pain in both legs, bowel damage (and now it is creeping toward my bladder, which could ruin the tube that runs from my kidneys to my bladder and cause kidney failure - this is the reason for the third round of Lupron).
Each time on the Lupron Depot has been a different experience for me.  The first time I was only 21, and I experienced the hot flashes, night sweats and bouts of anxiety attacks and depression.  I was on the monthly shot for 6 months.  My period did not return for a full year after the last shot, and in fact, I had to begin taking a birth control pill to essentially force it back.  My second time on Lupron, I was 29 and had my one year old child - I was again on the monthly shots and this time I didn't have any of the previous symptoms, I simply had no desire to do anything, say anything, go anywhere and I was angry all of the time.  Everything set me off.  This third time has been a completely new experience from the first two trips.  I am happy, giggly even.  I do have headaches and nausea daily.  I have had a couple of mild hot flashes and one evening of night sweats.  But all in all this time has been much improved over the last two.  I share this information because I am an extreme case.  When this was first discovered in me I was 13.  I had my first surgery at 17 years old.  My doctor came out of the OR with tears explaining to my mother that I was on the verge of death and how bad he felt after what he saw.  He knew I had to be in a momentus amount of pain.  I have my same beloved doctor today.  My endo is a rapid grower.  It also webs out (unlike most of you who may have "pockets" of tissue) and adheres to everything it can. My advice to all of my fellow sisters with this horrible disease is first and foremost, find a doctor that is also an advanced surgeon and one that you trust.  I can tell you that I am okay today because my entire history is with one doctor.  My second piece of advice is that regardless of the odd way these shots make you feel, and even if you may have to do them again in the future, they are extremely helpful and worth the side effects that come with them (which are different for everyone).  I wish all of you luck with your conditions, and for those of you trying to conceive, it is possible.  I was told that there was no way I would ever have a child, and I got pregnant a year after one of my surgeries.  It's possible.  
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I thought I was crazy! I've done 2 lupron shots 3 months apart and I still haven't gotten my period back from it and I think i'm pregnant now. I've been gaining weight, my stomach is rounder, my blood pressure is up, im nauseated, I've had swelling in my feet, pain in my back and I'm exhausted. I've done two pregnancy tests and they both came back negative but I still think I'm pregnant. I go to the gyno tomorrow so i'm going to ask that they do an ultrasound to see if i'm actually pregnant. That's the only way that they can tell for sure.
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I am SO glad I ran across this! I thought I was going clinically nuts! With weight gain, nausea, sensitive to smell, no period, etc I completely thought I was pregnant and had multiple positive home pregnancy tests. I finally went to the doctor and the blood test came back negative. . I do have a question though, do any of you know what percentage of women actually become pregnant while on lupron depot ? My care provider told me that if I were to become pregnant while on it that it would probably not be viable, but did not give me a percentage.
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Hello, here is my story... I had a baby he is 1 year old... But since I had him I was having to much pain on my body. I went to the doctor and they did some tests and until I told my doctor that I coul not stop the pain with any pills I drink, then she told me that the best way to find out why I had it was doing the laparoscopy and I did it but I was so scared it was the first surgery that I did in my life after the c- section with my lil one. When I came out they told me thy I have endometriosis chronic so I started on the lupron shot for six months tomorrow it is going to be 6 months of treatment I am feeling kinda scared because I would like to try to get my period again and try to have another baby right now that I can well don't know if I can't yet. Any suggestions?? Should I get te birth control shot that Is for 3 months or should I wait and get my regular period????
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When they did the lap did they remove all the endo?

Was it done by laser or Excision (cut out)?

If they did not remove any Endo and they put you on Lupron then that would be very silly of them.

Just so you can have a little background information on Lupron since most doctors are very uneducated themselves and don't give the patients the right info or any as a matter of fact.

Lupron's only purpose is to suppress your periods. If you can handle another form of medication like the birth control pill I would high suggest taking that continuously every day without stopping. You will get break through bleeding every 3 months and that is when you would come off for a couple of days then go back on again.

Lupron puts you into menopause and causes a lot of side effects that are unnecessary because the injection can not stop Endometriosis from growing, nothing does. Only by using the excision technique will you have an 80% chance at less pain and a slower regrowth rate.

Lupron is not nice and I know for myself I will never take it again. If you do decide to take it I would recommend the monthly verses the 3 month injection that way if the side effects are too much you dont have to wait 3 months for it to leave your system. In fact it takes longer than that to leave your symptoms. Please research this med before agreeing to it.

There are some women who have had a lot of success on it but I would say about 75% have not. Every women reacts to meds differently. The key is to suppress your period so you don't get pain

As for having a baby the only way to find out is to try. There are women with stage I Endo and are infertile yet there are women with Stage IV like myself who had a child naturally although it took a while.

Message me if you would like. I am always here to help.
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Hello...I had a ovarian cyst removed in May 2010 and they also had to remove my ovary and tube...In May 2011, I was diagnose  with endometriosis. Last Jan, it was 12cm, but now it is 6cm...I am currently on Lupro, to strink the cyst. I am praying and asking god to strink the rest of this cyst, so I can move on with my life. I am scheduled to go and see another fertility doctor in 2 weeks, to talk about if I need to get surgery. I only have one ovary and tub, left and I am praying, they can save it so that I can conceive a child/children.  At times, I do feel like I am pregnant but I know when the time is right GOD will heal me and take this away. God bless you all and I hope you have faith in him to know that he is the only one who can heal us.
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Hello...I had a ovarian cyst removed in May 2010 and they also had to remove my ovary and tube...In May 2011, I was diagnose  with endometriosis. Last Jan, it was 12cm, but now it is 6cm...I am currently on Lupro, to strink the cyst. I am praying and asking god to strink the rest of this cyst, so I can move on with my life. I am scheduled to go and see another fertility doctor in 2 weeks, to talk about if I need to get surgery. I only have one ovary and tub, left and I am praying, they can save it so that I can conceive a child/children.  At times, I do feel like I am pregnant but I know when the time is right GOD will heal me and take this away. God bless you all and I hope you have faith in him to know that he is the only one who can heal us.
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I'm 17 years old and and I'm on the shot for endo. I'm on my 3 month for it but I had my period for 2 months then I didn't have it all this month and I take a  pregnant test and it neg. I feel pregnant but I don't know what it going on plus I got cysts on my ovaries also can anybody help me please
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