Hi Ladies, I wanted to give some hope to anyone who is hoping to have a baby after a radical trachelectomy. If you are anything like me, then you’ll have searched the internet high and low for success stories and statistics! After a successful round of IVF I now have a beautiful and healthy baby girl who was delivered at 32 weeks.
I had the operation in December 2012 (I was 33 at the time) and it was done abdominally. My surgeon said she removed ALL of my cervix – as much as she was physically able to (apparently there’s always a few mm that they can’t quite reach) I had an abdominal cerclage placed at the time of the operation. My periods we regular, but I had quite a bit of brown spotting each month.
After 1.5 years of trying to conceive, we were able to have IVF through the NHS. We were referred after a year, but it took another 6 months to get started. I had a couple of “mock transfers” where they try to insert the catheter into the teeny tiny hole, this proved very tricky and although the specialist managed to do it eventually, it was extremely tight so I had a dilatation under general anaesthetic. The embryo transfer was also done under heavy sedation.
I was monitored in a dedicated premature clinic and I chose to go there every 2 weeks. I had to have progesterone suppositories (nice!) daily and at 12 weeks I also had another stitch, called an occlusion stitch, put in over the “entrance” this was also done under general anaesthetic….this isn’t standard procedure and there’s no evidence really that it helps, but my specialist does it for trachelectomy patients, so I went along with his advice! Aside from my own mental demons, the pregnancy was quite straightforward and I just limited the amount of activity I did towards the end and kept my feet up!
At 32 weeks I had a slight rupture of the membranes. They decided to do the C-section then and there because the risk of infection is high for women like us when our waters start to break as we don’t have a cervix. Although my daughter came early, she was perfectly healthy and spent a few weeks in the neo-natal ward until she developed the sucking reflex and was able to feed on her own. She came home with us at 35 weeks and has been thriving ever since. I have also had 2 colposcopies since and both have come back all clear.
I hope this gives people hope and I wish everyone all the best with their journey. You are all AMAZING women and AMAZINGLY strong xxxx