Lisa's Story

I'm 32 years old and after many years of being very happily married, my husband and I decided to start a family. After just two months of trying to conceive, we discovered that I was pregnant. We were ecstatic. Unfortunately, our joy only lasted for a few weeks and at 5 weeks gestation, I started spotting.

After an ultrasound and blood tests confirmed that I had miscarried, my OB/GYN scheduled a d&c. Although we were completely heartbroken, my doctor comforted us by telling us that 1. women that experience miscarriages become pregnant again very quickly and 2. that I would feel much better once I was pregnant again.
Nine weeks after the d&c, my period still had not arrived. Over the next few months, my doctor tried Provera, then Premarin and Provera, and finally a triple dose of birth control bills to try and bring on a period. He was convinced that my problem was hormonal. After the birth control pills failed, I insisted on a referral to an RE (reproductive encrinologist).

After talking to the RE, he was pretty certain that I had developed ashermans syndrome. A few days after my initial visit and exam, my RE did a diagnostic hysteroscopy in his office and was able to see the scar tissue surrounding my cervix. He was unsuccessful in getting the hysteroscope into my uterus and explained that the scar tissue had blocked my cervix. Although I was having 'normal' cycles (charting my tempreatures showed normal cycles), including cramps and other pms symptoms each month, the blood flow was being pushed back into my abdomen through my tubes.

A week after my initial visit, my RE had me in the operating room and performed a laparoscopy, operative hysteroscopy and HSG all at once. (In case you can't tell, I really like this doctor!). He removed the scar tissue and after my first period showed up (3 weeks after my surgery), he performed another diagnostic hysteroscopy in his office. I could even tell, with my very untrained eye, the difference. It was obvious where the scar tissue had been removed. Fortunately for me, there was no scar tissue above the lower portion of my uterus.

My husband and I are now trying to conceive again. Hopefully, I will be able to append this story soon with a successful post-Ashermans conception story. No matter what happens, my husband and I are convinced that we are meant to be parents. However that is to be accomplished remains to be seen.

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