Hey everyone! I used to be a regular on here a few years ago and between moves, marriage, and kids things got hectic but now I am back! My name is Marianne and used to go under the screen name Froggers. I was diagnosed with SLE back in 2004 and have had my fair number of good and bad days with the addition of new conditions. Since being on here, I got married and and have been with my wonderful husband 2 1/2 years, had a little boy who is 19 months, and have another little boy on the way. Thankfully with my SLE, I managed to have a pretty good pregnancy with my first son and so far have had a pretty good pregnancy with the second one. On top of my SLE I have mitral valve prolapse, Raynaud's syndrome, antiphospholipid syndrome which comes and goes, and an antithrombin III deficincy which comes and goes.
I do have a question. My husband and I have been going back and forth about me getting my tubes tied while I get my c-section done since doesn't want anymore kids and refuses to get a vasectomy. I, on the otherhand, am very hesitant about it due to some issues I have had in the past with hormone inbalances and being advised not to take anything with estrogen due to my blood clotting issues (also have a genetic marker for blood clots). I haven't talked to my rheumy about it yet or my fetal specialist since I really don't want one plus I would like another one. I know there are some non estrogen forms of birth control (an IUD is not an option for me due to personal reasons) but trying to get it across to my husband that it's not fair to me to have to go through more extra stress due to my conditions. Has anyone had their tubes tied with similar problems?
It's good to be back and I look forward to talking with all of you! :)