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Maggie
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Hello!

I have known about my UD since I was 18, I am now 33. I have had two miscarriages in the past 2 1/2 years. My doctor during the second miscarriage (the first dr retired) suggested cutting out the septum... other dr's had recommended this, but I didn't see a need. He wanted to cut it out along the wall of the vaginal cavity.

I had read online that removing it may help with blood flow to the uterus, I don't know if this is true or not. But I found a dr in the area who kinda specializes in UD cases. I could not get into the dr because his schedule is so full, but the assistant referred me to a specialist to have the septum removed. 

The new dr said he would be cutting out the septum, but rather he would cut it down the middle and the stitch it to the walls of the vaginal cavitiy which would kind of reabsorb the extra skin.The dr also agreed that it could help increase my chances of a successful pregnancy, but only marginally. Mostly it would make relations a little easier and remove labor issues.

So, I had it done at the end of April. A week later I had my period... no tampons allowed as I was still heaing, that was horrible! But my period seemd to be shorter. When I had my checkup, the dr said that it would be quicker because the septum would not be backing things up. The next period was only 3 days!!! Usually I am heavy for about 2-3 days and then spot for another 2-3 days. So I'm done faster!! Yay!

I am not 'looser' according to my husband, but he is aware of slight scarring. Hopefully that will fade. The tampons made me a little sensitive, but it could also fade. It's only been about six weeks, so it's still new.

Anyways... I just thought I'd share as I know some are hesitant. I will say, if you have the procdure, talk to your dr about stool softeners. Two days after the procedure, I awoke and went the the restroom. When I had a bowel movement (not constipated, no real pushing), it seemed like the stiches started coming undone and I was bleeding... quite a bit. But it did stop and I had no embaassing episodes. We happened to be out of town for a wedding and did a lot of walking-I was fine. But a stool softener might be a good Idea.

June 9, 2011 at 12:13 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Maggie
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It's been three months now since my surgery. The only regret is that I didn't make sure the facility was in-network!!!

My husband no longer notices anything like scarring. I can use any brand of tampon now! Yay! My periods, as I mentioned before, are still shorter. No regrets.

Some women on here seem determined to keep it. I wasn't interested in elective surgery either, but after 2 miscarriages, I was willing to try it if it could help me at all. Like I said, my dr said it would only increase my chances marginally (20-30%), but that was enough to encourage me.

If you decide to do the surgery, don't let just any OB do it. In fact, a good friend of mine who is an OB gave me the same advice - don't let a regular OB come near you with a knife (or laser). My dr is a Reproductive Endocrinologist and is also well known in the area for his level of expertise in these sorts of things. Look around, find a good doctor and then go from there.

However, I don't know that it is a necessary thing for all of us. Many ladies on here had no problems, so do what you feel is right.

 

August 3, 2011 at 4:46 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Maggie
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By the way, one year later, it is great. Still no regrets.

I am not pregnant tho... wondering if anyone here has taken meds to help them get pregnant?

September 8, 2012 at 8:03 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Mshell
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Thanks for the update, Maganda. It's encouraging to hear your story. I've already had the two kids I want, and I'm a HUGE wuss, so I probably won't go through the surgery, but after reading what you've experienced it sounds less scary. :)

September 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Maggie
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Glad to help! It's not scary, just make sure you have a good doctor do the procedure. Intimacy has improved since the procedure, I know many have concerns about that.

June 19, 2013 at 6:28 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Maggie
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So, I moved to a new area and went to a new fertility doctor. One thing to consider with this procedure is the shape of your didelphys. It can present in two ways: the two uteri are either splayed apart (one to the left, one to the right) or they are still contained in the lightbulb shape. I don't know how else to explain this. 

Mine are splayed, each one going off to separate sides. Having the surgery turned out to be not a good situation (for fertility) in this case. Before, the septum kindof guided the little guys in the right direction. Now, there is no septum and the two cervices have gone slightly crooked. According to the dcotor, it makes it more difficult for the little guys to make their destination.

The doctor says IUI should make conception a breeze, though. I'll post updates as I hear more... kinda bummed, though cuz that surgery was $3k and it backfired...

October 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Maggie
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The doctor did say that if my uteri were not splayed like they are, the surgery would have increased my chances of conception.

October 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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