Infertility post resection

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   Posted 1/2/2018 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I’m brand new here and looking to see if anyone has experienced something similar to what I’m going through right now. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s March 2014, had a double bowel resection in July 2015 and after starting humira and imuran post surgery my symptoms have been well controlled and the disease seems to be inactive. I’ve since stopped the imuran due to its pregnancy category d classification and am still well controlled with humira and proper diet/exercise. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for over a year now. I had an HSG test done in November which showed my large intestine (where part of the resection occurred) basically is crowding my left Fallopian tube and causing it to splay out away from my ovary. The right side was slightly off but not as bad. My ob/gyn suggested possible adhesions from healing after surgery and the next step would be laparoscopy if pregnancy isn’t achieved within 3 months of HSG. So far we have not had any luck and I was hard pressed to find any information about this type of situation anywhere. Has anyone experience this? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!! smile

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   Posted 1/2/2018 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Murphy, I did a search here at HW & found some very old posts about adhesions/scar tissue being an issue while trying to conceive. Is your dr thinking along the terms of trying to clean out some of the scar tissue? The dr can only remove so much & there is a good chance of it forming again unfortunately. I do know of women having this done when adhesion interfere with becoming pregnant.

Hopefully some of the other members will be along to make some comments. Take care.
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   Posted 1/2/2018 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for the information. My doctor suggested we try for 2-3 months to see if the fertility effects of the HSG test would be enough to conceive. If not, we will do a laparoscopy which I would assume would include removing any adhesions (I was hoping it wouldn’t go that far). Luckily it is not causing the tubes to be blocked, just not shaped exactly the way they should be. Thank you again for researching.

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   Posted 1/3/2018 3:23 AM (GMT -6)   
are you sure its you? has your husband had his swimmers checked?

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   Posted 1/3/2018 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, he’s good. After blood work, semen analysis and the HSG, the only abnormal result was the positioning of the tubes

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   Posted 1/4/2018 3:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Murphy

I only have a little bit of an anecdotal piece of info but it’s a positive one so I thought I’d share. smile One of my great great cousins has CD and she had a resection at the age of 16. She struggled badly to get pregnant and it took a few years but they now have an eight month old baby. :D

I don’t know any more details, sorry.

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   Posted 1/4/2018 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for sharing!! It definitely helps to stay positive hearing stories like that. I’m so happy for your cousin and am hopeful one day that will be us.
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