I thought I would let you know of my recent experience in getting help with fertility.
I had an appointment with a fertility consultant about 4 months ago. I have had a radiacal trachelectomy ( I've also had a fallopian tube infection). With this in mind I was told we had to go straight for IVF. Snce then I have been under a black cloud. We couldn't afford private treatment and felt like I was facing one chance to have children (with only one egg being implanted to avoid a multiple pregnancy) and was facing up to not ever being pregnant. I have been struggling with what I felt were hormonal problems and my moods were everywhere (I also had physical symptoms but the GP felt I was worrying over nothing- brilliant). Anyways due to where we live I decided to start treatment with another hospital.
We had to go through the consult again. I was fired up ready to argue for investigations and then hopefully ask for artificial insemination yet I didn't have to say a word. The amazing consultant talked me through what we are going to do. Firstly he recognised my symptoms straight away as potentially hormonal. The plan now is to have a laproscopy to check that everything looks like its working well including ovulation tests. If all is good I can consider hormone treatment to see if we can conceive natuarally (I nearly fell off my chair at this point as have always been told it won't happen this way!)Then we either wait or go for the AI and IVF is a last ditch attempt. Basically giving me as good a chance as anyone else. The cloud of the last few months lifted. I really thought I had one chance and it would be over. It still may not happen but I can't believe how positive this guy was. He said there are old views to trachelectomy girls and not enough studies but his sucess is high. The other thing he told me was about miscarriage- I've always thought babies were lost because the cervix wasn't strong enough but he said it's more to do with infection and that there are ways to help (I'm probably not 100% right here but it was the gist of it). He also said that they will replace my stitch (it fell out) during the laproscopy.
I can't believe how I feel now. I was regretting the trachelectomy for giving me false hope, I thought I should of just accepted the hysterectomy they pushed me for in the first place.
It just shows how much the right consultant/nurse/surgeon can change your life. I wanted everyone to hear this so if they are ever faced with this sort of news then seek a second opinion and don't be scared to ask.
Now I'm just waiting for a surgery date. I know I may have a tough time ahead but I feel like I've got as good a chance as anyone.