I suggest you chat with your Dr about all of this- your questions, they would vary from woman to woman, but about the LAP procedure, you don't neccesarily need to take hormone shots with that- I have had two laps to remove endo and I did not need any hormone shots. I have also only taken mild dose birth control pills (combination estrogen and progesterone variety)- in fact my Dr has only recommended I stop my cycle by continuing the active pills two times which is odd to me because I've read that many women to treat endo stop periods by taking the pill and are advised to- but in my case, I've always been taking the active hormones then the week off to have the withdrawal "hormone bleed".
As far as how many days after can you have relations I can't recall, it may have been 1 month, but every patient may be different. And, yes, you can get pregnant with endo because I did and I've heard other cases where you can, it all just depends on how severe your case is (I was able to concieve without fertility treatment).
As an aside, does anyone know why my Dr wouldn't advocate me skipping the "periods" which arent' even real periods anyway, while on the pill? Why would I need a week (actuall for me more than a week) of withdrawal bleeding??
Thank you for your response!! i really needed to hear that you can actually get pregnant the natural way..from someone who has experienced it. One doctor told me that in order to get pregnant i HAD to take the 3 lupron shots which can cause a menopause for 3 months, i refused because i dont like hormone treatments..he said (ITS impossible!!! (he was kind of rude)...i think that in medicine anything is possible!!..thanks again!!
If you are concerned about your fertility you should see a fertility specialist. They do push their procedures but they are the experts.
Hi Gloria...yes i'm a little concerned..maybe because i'm 35, and ttc and recently found out about the endo...i'm gonna talk with another ginecologist to get a second opinion about this..thanks!
Yes, please get a 2nd opinion because my Dr (OB and Gynecology) also specializes in fertility and has pictures of twins and a few triplets from his patients!! However, he didnt' say it was impossible, just said I'd most likely need "help" acheiving a pregnancy and I dind't ask him to elaborate because he seemed to think I would ovulate on my own (obviously I did) so wasn't sure what help he meant (ie, what fertility procedure). I was 27 when I conceived or maybe right at 28 as I got pregnant when I turned 28 just about!
I just recently had a laparoscopy done. I waited about 3 weeks before having any relations. The soreness was gone after that time and it was safe. I also had other procedures done at the same time as my laparoscopy. I don't really know how long for just a laparoscopy. I hope this helps a little.
Thank you all for your responses...i will be going to the dr next week...hope you all have a great week!
I was diagnosed in 2003 with severe endo and ovarian cysts and told I could never get pregnant.I had lap in 2004 and 2 laps in 2005.Miscarried in april 2005 and fell pregnant in August 2005 and then again in Oct 2006.so it is possible.I also had 6 months of Lupron and it was horrible.But it never worked anyway.But yes you can get pregnant.I was told I would never be able to conceive but we did twice.Hope you have a great dr to work with you.
My OBG recommened also recommended continuing active BC pills to aviod a period. Doing this has worked for me and I have been able to aviod surgery. I am not one too jump to surgery as a first option especially because I am young, and surgery down there could cause trouble having children later. Having the surgery doesnt mean you cant have children but it could lessen your chances due to scaring.
I'm confused, how were you diagnosed with Endo without having the lap procedure? I thought having the lap was the only way to get a diagnosis. I am waiting for a date to get my first lap and if there is some other way to get diagnosed, PLEASE tell me.
I am 24, and have gone to two different ob/gyn's and they said that it's endometriosis based on my symptoms and family history. My grandmother, mother, aunt, and a couple of cousins all have it. My mom had to get a hysterectomy at the age of 34. They told me that they diagnose it without a Lap. My pain is so severe in my pelvis and back when I'm menstruating, that I am pushing for a Lap. I'm afraid that it's something else, because I haven't had a Lap done. I just had another pelvic ultrasound, so I am waiting on the results of that to come back. I've tried getting regulated on birth control, but it didn't work. ( ortho, ortho low, the patch, depo shot, and nuva ring. ) My husband and I have been trying for a year to get pregnant, so I'm REALLY starting to get nervous. My insurance doesn't cover any fertility testing or treatment.
Endo CANNOT be diagnosed without a lap. Not everything will show up on an ultra sound. If you CANNOT get pregnant you will need a lap.
Oh and if they want you to have hormone shots that is a bunch of crap. I have stage 4 endo and have had one surgery and have opted not to use anything but fish oil. They CANNOT make you take anything for it. Besides it is all a bandaid and I am not looking for bandaids I'm looking for a cure.
How long ago were you diagnosed with endo? I have been told by two OB's that I have it. The reason I went to the second OB was because the first one didn't want to do a Lap. Then the second one didn't want to either. I personally would rather have a Lap done, to be 100% positive that's what it is. Both OB said they do it on symptoms and family history. My family doctor was baffled by this, because they OB's didn't want to do an ultrasound either.