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The Dangers of a D and C: An Introduction to Asherman’s Syndrome

 
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They were whispering to each other and saying maybe we need to get a doctor. They kept apologizing as they were trying to force the catheter into my cervix. She called another technician in to try. The pain was intense. They said they have never seen this before. Finally, they called a doctor in to try. After several failed attempts they told me they could not get into my cervix.

"He told me that I did indeed have Asherman’s Syndrome and that my uterus is completely scarred shut. He set me up to go to a well-known fertility clinic where I was given estrogen treatments for months to try and build up my endometrial lining.

"My final visit with the Reproductive Endocrinologist was when he coldly told me I would never have children. He said I should have a hysterectomy. He said it as if it was not a big deal. I was so crushed. I couldn’t stop crying. How could this be? Why is it so difficult?

"I found Ashermans.org and a doctor who specialized in treating Asherman’s but I no longer had trust in any doctor. I also realized that the doctor that caused my AS knew something was wrong and so did the doctor that took over his patients. I was so angry with the doctor and the one that took his place as well as the first Reproductive Endocrinologist I met with. I felt guilt about being so angry with the doctor that caused my AS, but I was. He lied to me. They knew what was wrong and I was 35 years old and probably would not ever have my own children!”

Jen did go on to have a daughter, Isabella, by caesarean after receiving the correct treatment from a specialist, but has since had to have a hysterectomy due to complications of the Asherman’s.

It is very important after being diagnosed with Asherman's Syndrome to seek help from a specialist who is expert in the field, to maximize your chances of recovery. This will be discussed in a subsequent article.

Thank you to Poly from www.ashermans.org and to Jen for sharing her story with me.

Sources:

International Asherman’s Association, Medical Description. Web. 26 March 2012. http://www.ashermans.org/information/medical-description

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