January 2018 we started seeing a reproductive endocrinologist after 2 years of “trying naturally”. We did a work up and came back empty-handed. I was given the “unexplained female infertility” diagnosis. The only procedure we did not complete was the laparoscopic surgery.
My doctor offered the surgery to be extra cautious, but didn’t strongly recommend it. She explained to us that since my HSG was normal, and I don’t have much symptoms of endometriosis that the surgery was invasive and likely to turn up nothing of use.
Laparoscopic or “Key-hole” surgery uses small incisions and cameras to examine the fallopian tubes, uterus and ovaries. It can diagnose blocked tubes, fibroid, scar tissue, and endometriosis.
The surgery is performed under general anethesia. The abdomen is filled with gas to allow more visiblity to the surgeon. Dye is used to visualize if the tubes are clear. If the doctors see a problem they are able to insert instruments to remove problems.
Recovery time is estimated after the surgery is a few hours in the hospital, possibly over night. Afterwards its recommended to have someone with you for 24 hours. Expect to be sore/tired for a few days. I have read to expect pain in the shoulders and diaphram area from remaining trapped gas.
There will be 2 – 3 incisions / scars. The most common risk for surgery is infection. More rare complications are bladder/bowel injury, bleeding, problems with anethesia.
Here I am nine months after starting our journey with the RE. I’m going through my first miscarriage, my first pregnancy ending at only 8 weeks. I will have to wait atleast a month before beginning my next frozen embryo transfer.
In the mean time I have chosen to have the laproscopic surgery, knowing fully well that it may be all for nothing. As many women with infertility understand, I will do basically ANYTHING to increase my chance of getting pregnant naturally. Even if the likelyhood of it working is low, even if there are risks associated.
My work is going to be closed for the last week of September, so it works out well that I won’t need to take off time from work for surgery/recovery. Since I’ve already met my insurance deductible this year, the surgery should be covered at 100%. Here in the US it’s difficult for many people to obtain affordable insurance. Next year, I’m not sure if I will be able to afford insurance.
I want to keep some hope that this will find and solve my main infertility problem. Maybe I’ll be lucky and be able to get pregnant naturally after this!!