Trouble TTC


Hello, I wanted to introduce myself and get my situation off my chest as I really have no one to talk to (husband and friends just don't understand). I've been ttc for 6 months, I know this isn't very long but when i first stopped taking birth control I ended up with an intense pain in my uterus. I was diagnosed with a large cyst on one ovary and fibroids inside my uterus.  I ended up having surgery because the pain would not stop. The doctor also found and removed more cysts, endometriosis was removed, and scarring adhesions removed. Adenomyosis is also suspected.  My recovery was horrible and took over a month to feel up to normal activity, I exercise normally and am not overweight.  I felt good and was pain free for about a month after this, had gotten the okay from the doctor to ttc again. Now this cycle I'm back in intense pain the entire cycle, with of course bfn as usual.  I feel hopeless, how can I keep ttc when I'm in pain most of the time.  Right after surgery I was told to wait another 6 months before seeking a fertility specialist,  but with the same pain ramping up again, I think I need further answers.

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  • Sorry to hear about your circumstances. It's so frustrating when you take care of your body, but have it throw things at you that you can't control.

    It does sound like you should at the very least talk to your doctor again about the pain you're experiencing. You know you best, and sometimes they don't get it. And you could get a consultation appointment with a fertility specialist to see what their opinion is.
  • Thanks for responding, I'm going on a short trip in a couple weeks and husband and I decided we will seek help once we get back.
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  • Hello @cat765_8 - I'm new too and while different circumstances I get needing someone to talk to. Sounds like you still need more answers and a good plan in place. I find if nothing else, having a plan helps things feel less overwhelming. Best of luck and keep us posted.
    Me: 36 DH: 37 // Married: 2015 // TTC#1 Since: 2017 // PAWrents to 2 dogs: 6 yo female shepherd-malamute & 1 yo male weim/heeler mix // Dx: Unexplained endometriosis & adenomyosis 12/2020 // Rx: 2019: IUIx6 & IVF Retrieval Result: Abnormal/High Mosaic Laparoscopy/Excision - Surgery Sep 2021, Round #2 IVF Retrieval with new clinic - 2022
  • That sounds like you were hit with a lot right away. I have endometriosis and adenomyosis as well as chronic pelvic pain too. You've been diagnosed with multiple chronic pain conditions that need to be treated outside of fertility. Fibroids, endo etc. cause a lot of inflammation and will regrow- even a little missed in surgery or already regrowing can cause pain. I am having my pain managed, since I have to be off of the usual hormone treatments while ttc, with a prescription and lifestyle changes. You should talk to your GP at the very least and probably ask for a referral to a pain specialist. OBGYNs aren't helpful with pain unless they prescribe the pill or lupron etc. Hope you find some relief so you can keep trying! It's still possible even with the conditions you have been diagnosed with. Effective pain options are anti-inflammatories, low dose antidepressants like amitriptyline for pain (not depression), gabapentin, medical marijuana, etc. Some are safe in pregnancy, others have to be stopped asap when pregnant. 
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