Endometriosis story

  These stories can help other women so they do not feel so alone when trying to cope with effects of this disease.

Diagnosed with endometriosis and I have four children

by Laura Lee

My first pregnancy was ectopic and they took my left fallopian tube and medically aborted the pregnancy. Within the year, I was experiencing severe pain on my right side. I had a laparoscopy and was told before surgery that if they found cancer they would remove it and I may never have children.

They found an ovarian cyst the size of a softball and they found endometriosis. They lanced the cyst and removed as much endometriosis as they could.

They explained to me that endometriosis causes infertility and that I may never be able to conceive. It broke my heart. One fallopian tube and endometriosis. All I ever wanted to be was a mom.

I had several pelvic infections that first year and the doctor decided that my body needed a break. He put me on Depo provera shots for a year and turned off my periods.

After one year, we decided that it would be ok if we got pregnant so I stopped the shots. Once my system kicked back in, I had three periods in two months, and then I got pregnant. I was pregnant pretty much for three years because I was not going to mess with success.

After baby number 3 we started using birth control again for a while. After four years we decided to try again and within 6 months I was able to conceive again. I call them my miracle boys--all of them were conceived after praying. They are all much older now. My sons are 23, 21, 20 and 16.

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