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25 lost almost all hope, how can i have a baby?

By Anonymous July 2, 2011 - 10:10am
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started periods just before 13, i don't recall if they were regular etc, at about 14.5 started on the pill (levlen ED) at 16 started heavy periods large clots had a laparoscopy to my memory was told everything is normal changed birth control to loette my period was normal, continued to take regularly till 7mths ago when ceased (roughly 11yrs on birth control). My menstrual cycle did not kick in, had tests done and was told i probably went through menopause as a young teenager. ovaries were .5cc and .4cc, uterus 9cc, FSH 68, AMH less than 1. have had regular papsmears all have been normal, STI screens have all been normal. I wasn't aware of any menopausal symptoms and have a very fertile family on both sides, not a single person with infertility, no auto immune disorders, I am a normal women with breasts, clear skin etc, all normal presentation of genitalia, although they dont work have uterus, ovaries, kidneys etc. I am married and have been with my husband for 6years. This is incredibly devastating for both of us, we had gotten our head around having to use donor eggs, however i am concerned now about the size of my uterus, i have read around and around most people seem to say if you have one then although risky shouldn't be a problem? Is it possible to get my uterus to a viable size to support pregnancy? All my life i have looked forward to being pregnant and having a family, can you help me?

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Dear Anonymous,
I'm so sorry you are experiencing this. Unfortunately, your fertile family history will not have an impact on your reproductive health. There are too many other factors now that play a larger role than genetics (social and environmental). Your specialist can best answer the question about your uterus after appropriate examination and testing.

Have you seen on the news stories about grandmothers giving birth to their grandchildren? It is possible these women went through menopause and were still able to carry a child. If your uterus is thinning, medication can be taken to thicken the lining.

When you meet with your doctor, I hope you will go with a list of questions. Let the doctor share their thoughts/findings. If they didn't answer your questions, make sure you take the time to ask.

Best of luck to you and your husband,
Fertility Within Reach

July 5, 2011 - 9:04pm

I am so sorry that you are going through this. Can I ask you a few follow-up questions?
1. Have you received a second opinion?
2. I am curious about your statement, "i probably went through menopause as a young teenager.". Have your doctor(s) confirmed menopause, or is this just an assumption?
3. Are you taking any type of hormone-replacement therapy?
4. Have you spoken with a fertility specialist regarding your future chances of pregnancy?
5. Are you open to other options, including adoption or surrogacy?

July 3, 2011 - 12:53pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

1) sort of went and saw a specialist and they sent me off for more tests in-which my FSH came back high 60's (first time high 70's) and the AMH less then 1, a second doctor said that menopause is the case
2) is/was an assumption however the clinical findings support his theory Amenorrhea 7mths, FSH 60's and 70's, AMH less then 1, atrophied ovaries and uterus. last 4mths bladder weakness and infections, low energy etc.
3) no hormone therapy yet still waiting to get back to specialist, long waiting periods between apointments
4) not yet, i'm trying to source info on the viable size of a uterus to do IVF, mine is tiny 9cc equates to 9mls, however it's just big enough that, clinically it was supposed to be one, the thickness is reduced also however 4mths ago it was the right thickness (3mths post ceasing the pill) basically I am wanting to source info on options if any to enlarge the uterus? or if it's current size is viable for implantation? as it will streach if a viable pregnancy is achieved I am assuming,
5) I want for my husband to have biological children, adoption and surrogacy are very difficult and long processes and Well to be honest surrogacy is almost unheard of in this country, although i do want to be a mum the idea of someone else s egg, someone else carrying it, is all a bit beyond me at the minute in terms of my rights to the child as a mum etc, and I think it would be incredibly difficult to source someone wanting to do that, however should i be fortunate enough to have that option I am sure I would go down that path. I have however come to terms with the idea of trying to begin a family using a donor egg, should i be able to get a donor and i physically be able to carry I personally am in good health but apparently my reproductive system had different ideas!
I look forward to your response and any information you may have to help me be better informed and knowledgeable when meeting again with the specialist in a few weeks

July 4, 2011 - 12:44pm
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