Monday, January 9, 2012

Tubal Hydrosalpinx

A hydrosalpinx is a distally blocked fallopian tube filled with serous or clear fluid. The blocked tube may become substantially distended giving the tube a characteristic sausage-like or retort-like shape. The condition is often bilateral and the affected tubes may reach several centimeters in diameter. The blocked tubes cause infertility.  IVF has now become the major treatment for women with hydrosalpinx to achieve a pregnancy. - Wikipedia

So finally, the cause of our infertility has been solved (I hope).
It is not my husband, it is me!

If you are wondering, how serious this is, well, it can get as serious as 'automatically' killing the embryo and ectopic pregnancies are very high, and if I do have one, chances of me staying alive is low, as I may hemorrhage internally.

Everything else is fine with me, but I am having a left tubal hydrosalpinx. Even my high insulin can be controlled with metformin (glucuphage). No, it doesn't mean my sugar is high, it means, my body isn't absorbing the insulin. My sugar level has always been great. Knowing how careful I have always been since my dad has diabetes. But this does mean I am pre-diabetic. And if we do get pregnant, my chances of having gestational diabetes is super high. Oh, by the way, that's the cause of me putting on weight like crazy too!

Sigh. How does it feel to hear this from the doctor? I was angry and upset. Angry at all the previous doctors that I have seen who could have detected this earlier. I wouldn't have wasted 1 year not doing anything about it. Upset that I had to test, and then re-test again. Wasted so much of money for all the various tests, scans, x-ray. If only they took the initiative to thoroughly do an investigation. If only. We wouldn't have wasted the whole year of 2011. And the worst, all the emotional roller-coaster.

So, what's next?

Laparoscopic surgery and/or Laparotomy. 
It all depends on how bad the tubal damage is when they do the laparoscopy.

That's the update for our TTC journey.


  1. Gosh babe, how serious is it then? My friend was diabetic when she was preggie, constantly had to take her insulin jab and watch her food,nevertheless still gave birth to a healthy baby boy. So are you going for the surgery soon? Nevertheless, at least you found out the real problem. Hang in there, BIG hug!

  2. It can be quite a serious problem. The insulin part is not really an issue, as there are ways to combat that. But this tubal hydrosalpinx can be life threatening if not looked into. This is also the cause for the chemical pregnancies that have been occurring past year. Yes, we have decided to go ahead with the surgery. Waiting for my cycle to end. Thanks babe! *hugs*

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