My successful reversal of sterilization-Please read my story

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Jess40
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Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:15 am 
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Hi I'm Jess, and I'm 40. I got sterilized in 1998 following the birth of my 4th child. Later my relationship brokedown with my childrens' father and to cut a long story short, I later met Stuart who became my husband. He didn't have any children of his own and he helped raise mine; he was a fabulous step dad.
We had been together for 11 years and I had always longed to give him a child of his own. Conscious of my advancing age I started to look into the possibility of fertility treatments and reversal of sterilization. Following various disappointing consultations with surgeons who could not meet my needs, I came across Dr Nardo at Gyne Health Manchester who was one of very few laparoscopic surgeons in the UK, that specialised in fertility and micro fine tubal work.
At the consultation Mr Nardo took an in depth obstetric history and blood tests, and advised me of my options. I had a low ovarian reserve of 2.7; this put me in the very low fertility bracket. I was devastated after receiving these results as I felt my fertility was coming to an end. However Mr Nardo reassured me that it only took one egg to conceive. He described my egg reserve as a jar of beans and told me that when I was in my 20's this jar would have been full, and now it was a quarter full but not empty. Mr Nardo advised me that reversal of sterilization was my best chance of conceiving as I could try every month. He performed my reversal of sterilization in October 2011, the procedure was done laprascopically and following it, he gave me immediate feedback of my chances of conceiving, he also advised me of lifestyle issues I needed to address that would help improve my fertility and he referred me to Celia his nutritionist. After 13 months of trying to conceive and after losing 2 stone in weight I fell pregnant. I had my beautiful baby girl Amelie Alice on July 4th 2013. She was delivered by caesarean section (my 5th C section) and she weighed 6lb 12 oz. Stuart and I are delighted!!

Ps some of you may recognise me as Jess1973, my account became deactivated somehow. I'm currently relocating to Luxembourg with my husbands job, hence why I have been quiet for a while!
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Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:58 am 
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This story sounds like the mirror image of my own, This is fab news I am so happy for you both. A massive congrats. I too have a very low ovarian reserve therefore don't hold out much hope then we found out DH has a low morphology /motility Sperm count which has devastated me as we are now up against it xx
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Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:01 am 
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Hi Jess, what did the doctor recommend you change? And if you dont mind what weight did he advise is a good weight? Was there any supplements etc he asked you to take? How many cms did he save?
Sorry for all the questions x
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Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:34 am 
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The first peice of advise was to loose weight and increase my activity, being overweight significantly reduces the chances of concieving. I started off at 14 stone 6 and had dropped 2 stone at the point of conception. The diet was high protein and low carbs. He also advised me to reduce my alcohol intake which was very excessive at the time, he told me I would not concieve unless I did. He advised me to start on folic acid, I took pregnacare.
Both tubes were restored but I am unsure of the length that was saved. My previous clips had been on for so long that they had migrated, so he cut out the damaged parts and restored both tubes during a 3 hour surgery. He left gallons of fluid in my abdomen which apparently helps prevent adhesions post op, this drained naturally over a few days. I had never heard of his before. Mr Nardoo gave me a statistical 80 percent chance of concieving at the first consultation,assuming successful surgery. Following the surgery he said if I followed the above advice then I would eventually concieve. He advised me to return if not pregnant after a year. If you need further info then message me and I will reply as soon as possible inbetween feeds etc ha. x Good Luck.I will update myself of everyones stories when I get a chance! xxx
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Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:42 pm 
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Hi Jess,

Firstly many congratulations to you both. Secondly thank you for sharing your store it really does give a lot of people including myself hope. I have more that 4 stone to shed and my reversal is not until mind September
I am off to get back on my exercises bike 😉. I have been advised lifestyle is an important part of fertility.
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Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:03 pm 
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Thank you. I'm thrilled with my little bundle. Changing my lifestyle made all the difference for me I think, it wasnt easy giving up the things I enjoyed but It wasn't until I did that I was able to conceive. I wish you the very best of luck with your reversal. x
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Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:06 am 
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Well done Jess for giving up all those naughty treats Laughing
I think especially as you get older lifestyle is hugely important as egg quality deteriorates anyway so those things you did in your twenties maybe didn't make much difference then but in your late 30's and 40's they're enough to tip your eggs over the edge Rolling Eyes Laughing
I've recently started on the Low GI diet and for the last 5 weeks I've cut out all alcohol again (boooooooo Laughing ) I had my reversal 3yrs ago last Wednesday and haven't conceived, I was 40 then (43 now Shocked Sad )and did get in shape and stop the booze etc. beforehand but unfortunately had issues with just one tube saved and an adhesion on that and then a temporary blockage Rolling Eyes and by the time that had cleared I had scarring at the reversal site Confused Rolling Eyes
So I've now been told that there's no chance , but I'm not giving up just yet, I was told for over 18 months that the first blockage they found meant I had no chance and that it wouldn't budge and then last October I had a procedure (tubal cannulation ) and that one was nowhere to be seen Shocked Laughing so what's to say this one couldn't go on it's own as well Question
I'd slipped into some bad habits while having the investigations, drinking more than I perhaps should, certainly slightly over the recommended normal limits for a woman anyway especially round AF Embarassed and comfort eating for the first time ever and got up to my heaviest ever weight of 12 1/2 st by the Christmas before last (I'd never even been that at 9 months pregnant Shocked Laughing )and I'd only managed to lose about a stone of that by the cannulation Rolling Eyes (I'm normally 9-10 stone max ) after the bad news from that I got down and thought what's the point and started gaining again Rolling Eyes , but about February I decided I wasn't just going to accept it Shocked and if there was even the slightest chance then I was ruining it with my lifestyle Confused so I switched to the low GI diet which is supposed to be great for fertility and hormone balance, have less carbs and more protein overall, cut right down on the booze and massively upped my exercise and lost over 20lbs Very Happy and got down to 10 1/2 and feel so much better in myself as well Very Happy The plan is to get back to 10 and then maintain (hopefully Shocked Laughing )
I've started back on some stuff I took before my cannulation which may or may not have helped with getting rid of the first blockage Smile and I'm taking tonnes of vits and anti oxidants and royal jelly and also DHEA(25 mg) and something called pregnenolone both of which our bodies make naturally but don't make as much of as we age and this cycle I've had a return of all the obvious signs my body used to give me of what was going on when I was in better shape before Very Happy Loads of pre and post ov ovary twinges on both sides Shocked really obvious surge signs tonnes of EWCM for a record number of days (sorry for the TMI Embarassed Laughing )and lots of post ov symptoms which had all faded away when I was overweight again Question , I always thought it was just the reversal which perked everything up hormonally but I suspect now it was also the pre reversal weight loss that helped Laughing
So for me I'm sure being fitter and losing weight has made a difference Question It might not get me a BFP still if my tube stays blocked but at least I know I'm doing all I can for my egg quality Laughing
I remember reading about Mr Nardo before I had mine as I'm close to Manchester, can't remember now why I didn't go with him but I wish I had now leaving the fluid in sounds like a great idea if it stops adhesions Very Happy as that could well have been the only reason I couldn't conceive in the early days after my op, which was also laproscopic, as my left tube was being pulled away from the ovary by an adhesion which was removed when I had a second laproscopy and dye test (done by my original reversal surgeon)but by then I had this temporary blockage Rolling Eyes so anything that cuts down on the chances of adhesions sounds like a good idea to me Very Happy
Sorry went on a bit there Embarassed but I suppose my point is that us ladies shouldn't give up without trying everything we can first Question Most of us have wanted the reversal for a long time before we actually have it so it's got to be worth going that extra mile to try and make things happen afterwards Question Smile
It's good that Mr Nardo is so good with his follow up as well as some surgeons aren't interested once they've done the op and having that feedback makes all the difference, well it sounds like for you it meant you got your little girl Very Happy
Enjoy your baby girl and I hope the move goes smoothly for you Smile xx
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Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:48 pm 
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i am new on this site but thanks for sharing your stories, i had my reversal done 4 months ago- i have my AF bang on every 28 days even after the op it still came on time- i thought i would get pregnant straight away but nothing yet - i am starting to worry as we do the baby dance before during and after ovulation but nothing - i was always very fertile but that ws along time ago. I am 40 now but still i just expected to fall pregnant no such luck. Sad
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Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:16 pm 
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Hello to everyone again, just a quick update! I have relocated to Luxembourg with my husband and family due to my husbands job, hence the reason I have not been on here for a few months, also that baby Amelie who is now 7 months old almost is keeping me very busy! I hope everyone is doing well and I shall catch up with all your stories! Ps you should be able to see my testamonial on gyne health Manchester website if it is still there!
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