August 2013 ( a little behind on my updates..trying to fill you all in) 😉

I know the title and picture are confusing…wait, permanent birth control?? I thought this girl wants to get pregnant?!

I was VERY confused too….let me explain…..

After I got the results of my HSG….I was devastated 🙁 My one and only tube was blocked….and to top it off I also have something called Hydrosalpinx I apparently have the hydrosalpinx from my ruptured appendix(at age 10) 🙁

Great…great…great…

So I only have one ovary….one tube…and that tube is blocked AND has this Hydrosal-crap!? Wow…weee….

My RE looks pretty deflated too…he proceeds to tell me that we have to take care of the hydrosalpinx before we even think about (my now only option of) IVF….what?!

You see….this fluid and damage to the tube could prevent pregnancy all together or if pregnancy was to occur the fluid could kill the embryo or an ectopic pregnancy could be the result.

He then proceeds to tell me about Essure. Yes, the same Essure that women who are OVERLY FERTILE use to PREVENT pregnancy forever…their “family is complete”…..ummm…yah…excuse me Doc…what was that?! I WANT to get pregnant…like more than anything in this world….and you want me to have surgery to permanently make me infertile?? Well, after reading up about it…apparently it is a fairly new procedure to help with hydrosalpinx. Before this option, they would just tie your tubes and then hope to have a successful IVF cycle. Another issue, with Essure….you get the procedure done through a hysteroscopy and then have to wait 3 months to see if it worked?!! 3 more months before even thinking about IVF…oh how my patience is being tested..

Now, decision time….what do I do??

After reading a great deal about it…I figure…I better cover ALL of my bases before we shell out the thousands of dollars for IVF. The thousands of dollars I’ve been saving since I was 21 to put towards a house (yes, I was one of the few financially smart 21 year olds in the world) now going towards starting our own family….

So, let’s do it…..next up Hysteroscopy/Essure (OMG…sooo scared!)…here we come…

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  1. Hi livtrew! Yes, we could have gone that route but it would have been a more invasive procedure…and I already have enough scar tissue as it is 🙁 Essure is just a coil placed in the tube through a hysteroscopy, no incisions…hoping it all works out for the best and we have a baby soon! Thanks a bunch!

  2. Hi there — I’m a health writer for NBCNews.com, and I’m writing a post on Essure. As I’m sure you know, the FDA has received some complaints from women about the permanent birth control method. I’m hoping to speak with women who’ve had the procedure done, to talk with them about their experiences. I’m interested in both positive and negative experiences – whatever happened to you. Would you be interested in speaking to me about it today? I am hoping the story will be a help to women out there who are looking into Essure.

    If you’re interested, please contact me at melissa[dot]dahl[at]nbcuni[dot]com.

    Thanks!

    • Hi Melissa!
      I sent you an email a while ago saying I’m interested in helping you with your Essure article but I’m not sure you received it. My email is dreamingofdiapers at hotmail dot com. Feel free to contact me if you still need some input! Thanks a bunch!

  3. I was recently diagnosed with a hydro in one tube. From the looks of it on the HSG, my other tube “looks” fine. My RE would like to do LAP surgery to 1) Remove the tube b/c the likelihood of me getting pregnant and staying pregnant with that hydro is pretty much zilch 2) To really see if my other tube is indeed ok, even though the HSG said it was, the only way she will know for sure is if she goes in 3) There might be other problems in there that we don’t know about (even though all my tests came out normal and I have never had problems with cysts, fibroids, etc)

    I am REALLY nervous about the lap procedure so I voiced my concerns to the RE and she suggested Essure. I have done TONS of research on it and I am a bit skeptical because there are not many studies on it as it relates to a unilateral hyrdos and natural pregnancy after the device is placed.

    I just wanted to get to your thoughts on it. Did you have any side effects? How did you drs explain it to you?

    Thank you for being so brave and sharing your journey, by doing so, you are helping SO MANY women. Thank you.

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