It has been six weeks since I first posted about discovering my infertility. After countless doctor appointments, I have an update. You can read the original post here.
Just as a quick recap— because of a ruptured appendix, I have one, possibly two damaged fallopian tubes that leak toxic fluid, causing my uterus to be uninhabitable. Basically, if an egg could make it through my damaged tubes, it would never grow.
I had some additional tests to get a better idea of my tubal condition. The HSG (hysterosalpingogram) test was worrisome but gave no additional information. The test confirmed the right tube is completely damaged and fluid filled. The left tube appears to be damaged, but we cannot tell exactly to what extent.
The next step is a salpingectomy, AKA tube removal. I was originally told my abdominal scar tissue would make the procedure very dangerous, however, after an appointment with my reproductive endocrinologist, I was given hope. They referred me to a highly specialized surgeon that can perform robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery, which has incredibly low risks. I was so happy to find out this could still be a safe option for me.
After meeting with the surgeon, we determined the right tube will be removed. They will inspect and diagnose the left tube during surgery. The procedure will be partially exploratory to discover any possible underlying issues and remove scar tissue.
A little irony…
And isn’t it ironic, don’t you think? (In my best Alanis Morissette voice.) It is likely the only way I will be able to carry a baby will be to remove both of my fallopian tubes, which makes me sterile. Although natural pregnancy is not possible without tubes, my uterus health will increase with them gone, meaning I can try IVF.
I won’t know if I get to try natural pregnancy or IVF until I wake up from surgery.
The idea of surgery will always cause a little anxiety, but I am honestly so excited to be one step closer to pregnancy.
After the procedure, I won’t be able to exercise or do yoga for two months, which will bring its own set of challenges. I am just hoping for a speedy recovery and looking forward to the next steps.