Susan's Success Story

My daughter was born 3 years ago and I had a very difficult birth. She got
stuck with shoulder dystocia and I then had retained placenta which caused a
bad infection and ended in a d&c 2 weeks after birth. I didnt think much of
it and like so many people I knew nothing about Ashermans so just carried on
with my life. I was breastfeeding so I wasn't surprised when my periods
didn't come back. When i eventually stopped feeding i started to experience
alot of pain each cycle but very little blood. Again, i wasn't sure what was
normal after a baby so ignored it and carried on trying to conceive my
second child, but nothing happened.

I eventually went to a fertility 'expert' who sent me for a saline scan but
they only found a few thin adhesions which they didn't think was an issue
and since the uterus expanded nicely with the saline solution they thought i
was fine. I was delighted to conceive one month after.

Sadly the baby miscarried at 9 weeks and I just had a feeling that something
was wrong. I went to see a new doctor in London when i returned there (i was
living in New Zealand at the time) and i told him my symptoms. He
immediately said 'lets do a hysteoscopy i think you have adhesions'.  Sure
enough I had moderate ashermans. He removed what he could then and there and
when i came around he told me he would put me on a course of estrogen but
that my lining was nearly totally denuded and if this didnt work I would
have to think about surogacy.

From then on i was on a mission to make it better so i started regular
accupuncture as well as taking the medication and they worked on adding heat
to the uterus. I basically did whatever i could in addition to the
medication to help aide its recovery. Some months after i went to a doctor
in Sydney for a second hysteroscopy and he gave me the amazing news that the
adhesions were minimal and my lining had grown back. I conceived 2 months
later. As i write this I am breastfeeding my 10 week old baby boy who is an
absolute delight and I feel so incredibly lucky to have him. I know not
everybody's story ends like this but I wanted to give some hope. The
pictures of my uterus were terrible, the lining totally denuded but it
recovered with the help of some great doctors and therapists.

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