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28/06/2011, 03:07 PM
To cut a really long story short - my husband and I have been TTC for two years. We have never got a BFP, no problems with my husband or myself, except for a retroverted uterus (which ive only just been told I have). My specialist said that if I'm not pregnant in the next 6 months (which feels like a looong time extra after trying for two years!), that I will need to get a uterine suspension (as he feels this is the only answer to my infertility). Most of the websites and real life stories Ive read regarding retroverted uteruses say they should not cause infertility?
He also said the next step AFTER that is IVF.
I turn 30 this year and although Ive never tried to 'get pregnant by any particular age', I feel that I would like to start IVF now and not wait any longer and have nothing happen!
Any advice or similar stories would be greatly appreciated...
28/06/2011, 03:13 PM
Obviously not a dr myself.....but I have a retroverted uterus myself and all through our fertility investigations was never told that this was an issue or cause for infertility. I do however have three other conditions that cause infertility and sub fertility (auto immune issues, PCOS and endo).
In fact the state of my uterus was only made known to me by my Ob (yes after adopting two kids I some how magically became pregnant). It was only mentioned in terms of what sort of delivery I might have.
Maybe seek a second opinion??
Best of luck.
28/06/2011, 03:20 PM
I've had no issues with my retroverted uterus.
As fas as I'm aware, you could be looking at some further testing now as you have been trying for over 12+ months. Why wait a further 6 months?
I would be getting a second opinion before letting anyone hoist up my uterus!
Is this dr. a fertility specialist? If so, I would be getting a new one!
28/06/2011, 03:27 PM
I have a retroverted uterus. It took me three months to become pregnant. My GP and OB both mentioned it to me in passing, like "Oh, you have a retroverted uterus". Apparently about 20% of women have one and it's comparable to being left handed. It's not supposed to impact fertility.
28/06/2011, 03:50 PM
I would be going back to your GP and asking to see an actual FS at a Fertility Clinic.
I am currently seeing a FS but before that was just my ob (i lost a pregnacy). Anyway when we worked out what was wrong he just sort of fluffed around it - said take this and thats it. I wasnt happy so went to my GP asked about seeing another FS and she sent me to mine.
He did all the proper investigations and now we are working through cycle by cycle.
I do also have an appt at another fertility clinic just to get our options checks as we have had two cycles with no ovulation and even this FS has been a bit oh wait and see.....I'm almost 35 I dont want to wait and see.
28/06/2011, 03:56 PM
I have a retroverted uterus and have never (when actively TTCing) gone longer than 4 cycles without getting pg. If it were me I would seek a 2nd opinion.
28/06/2011, 03:59 PM
I have one aswell and was never told it would cause any problems other then my MIL telling me as she was told this when she started to have children. I think perhaps that thought is a little outdated (she has 4 pregnancies so did not hender there)
28/06/2011, 05:15 PM
I have a retroverted uterus but this is not the reason for us doing IVF. When doing IVF the ultrasonographer said that she has seen uteruses (plural of uterus?) go from retroverted to non retro during scans. She said it was not uncommon for uteruses to move a bit. I'd be seeking a second opinion.
28/06/2011, 05:17 PM
i am sorry to hear of your struggles.
I have a retroverted uterus and dont have problems falling pregnant
29/06/2011, 12:21 PM
Thanks for all your advice. I have made an appointment with a FS at the end of July to get a second opinion. In regard to further testing, I'm sure he will be able to tell me the next step to take. And make it happen now and not in 6 months time!
The doctor who told me to wait is my gyn who i have been seeing for years. At this stage everything he can look into has been ruled out - eg. I have normal periods, ovulate every month at the right time, don't have any endo, etc etc. I had a lap last month to check out my tubes and they are all good as well.
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