Research-Freak…I know :)

Barry is helping at a birthday party for his cousin tonight. Her son is turning 6, and last year they hired a neighborhood boy to play the vil bad guy at his party. He chased the boys around and played some form of war. Well, since they live out in the country now, they didn’t have anyone. Barry is so sweet, he volunteered to be their evil bad guy this year. So he will get some early father lessons tonight 🙂 I had no interest in being in the mansion full of children, but I wish I got to see him play with them. Nothing melts your heart like your man playing with small children. 🙂
So, since I am home alone, I finally did some research to prepare myself for the worst if they find something in my SIS on Wednesday.
All-in-all, it doesn’t sound that bad and surgery shouldn’t hold us back too much. I will definitely be asking about when surgery would be and how it would effect our IVF cycle timing-wise. But this info helped so much.

Endometrial PolypsEndometrial polyps are an excess growth of tissue on the uterine lining. Small polyps generally do not interfere with your reproductive abilities. However, if they become large or there are multiple polyps present, they can impede conception and may increase your risk of miscarriage.
While it is rare for a woman under the age of 20 to develop endometrial polyps, your risk factor increases with age until you start menopause. Irregular bleeding is the most common symptom of endometrial polyps. Women with this type of polyps can have very heavy bleeding during their period, experience spotting between periods or breakthrough bleeding during hormone therapy. In fact, it is estimated that as much as 25% of all unusual bleeding in women is due to endometrial polyps.

Polyps can be diagnosed through a special type of ultrasound, a sonohysterogram, which uses water to open up the uterine cavity, making it easier for your doctor to see inside. Some doctors may use a hysterosalpingogram to take an x-ray of the uterus and fallopian tubes. To get a better picture of any possible polyps, your doctor will first insert a special type of dye into your uterus before taking the x-ray.
A hysteroscopy is another common diagnostic procedure that many doctors use. Similar to a laparoscope, a hysteroscope is a small, telescope-like tube that is inserted into the uterus through the vagina and cervix, thereby allowing your doctor to see if there are any polyps.
Getting rid of endometrial polyps is fairly simple. Using a hysteroscope to guide your doctor, the polyps are scrapped off your uterus. Some women experience some spotting for a few days after the procedure but you should be able to return to your normal activities within a few days. Fertility should return to normal after the polyps have been removed.

Asherman’s SyndromeIntrauterine adhesions or scar tissue, often referred to as Asherman’s syndrome, can seriously interfere with your reproductive functions. In addition to preventing conception from taking place, adhesions or scar tissue can increase your risk of miscarriage. Scarring can occur if you have had a dilation and curettage (D&C) after a miscarriage or abortion or if an infection occurred after a D&C.

Treating Asherman’s syndrome can usually occur at the same time as the diagnosis. Using a hysteroscopy, your doctor can look into your uterus to find any scar tissue that might be there. She can then insert small surgical tools into the hysteroscopy tube to cut through any adhesions. An IUD may be inserted afterwards to prevent further scar tissue and adhesions from forming.

I’m concerned about the IUD part because I was pretty sure that was a form of birth control…which is obviously NOT what we want. lol But I’m sure all will be explained on Wednesday. Just nice to have some background info before going into it.
In other news, my old OBGYN offered to give me my IVF shots and so did my neighbor! So I don’t have to search too far for some help. 🙂 Nor do I have to give myself a shot. hehe

Ok, I am going to go look for my new haircut online. Getting my hair did tomorrow and then going to Donna’s funeral party (she didn’t want a funeral…lol so “her”).
Hope everyone has a great weekend!!


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