I had a healthy, big baby boy back in November 2010 after a complicated and eventful pregnancy and labor. After delivery, I had decided with my then boyfriend that we didn’t want any more children for awhile, and I made the decision to get a hormonal IUD inserted. Initially, I had no pain, no problems. It seemed like the best choice for my birth control at the time. Within a few weeks though, I was having immense pain and bleeding. Going into my gynecologists office was a daunting task. My worst fears were realized when I had learned that the IUD had somehow migrated into my cervix. My doctor sent me to have it surgically removed that day.
At my follow-up visit, the doctor did a routine ultrasound to verify that the entire IUD had been removed and that there was no scarring, etc. Fortunately, all of the IUD had been removed, but we discovered a fibrous mass and several benign cysts. When I asked what that meant, I was informed that the level of growths could inhibit egg production and viable pregnancies in the future.
Since more children weren’t in my foreseeable future, this posed no immediate issues for me. However, several years have passed, and although I’m not actively trying to conceive, the worry of the probability is there. I’m nearing thirty, I had a rough pregnancy with complications, complications with an IUD and developed fibroids and cysts. My doctor has kept me on a birth control pill, a “mini” pill- low dose estrogen, and that has definitely helped with the management of growth/pain with the masses in my reproductive organs. I’ve had no major complications with either the cysts or fibroids, and several have shrunk in the last few years.
When the time comes where I am looking to have another child (if that time ever comes, I’m still on the fence), I will seek a doctor who is familiar with reproductive issues, such as what I have, or someone with experience in patients who have had IUD complications, or even a high risk OB who is familiar with issues from a combination of things. It’s a scary prospect, even being told you may not be able to have any more children if you so desire to. Fortunately, with many medicals advancements, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is often successful or there’s always the option to adopt a child who would otherwise go without parents.
The outlook is definitely overwhelming, but the prospects are endless- starting with people who conceive against all odds, to those who find their baby in another land, there are options for every woman and family out there braving the news of possible infertility.