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June 25th, 2007, 02:19 PM
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Some of you may or may not remember me if you were around here in January. I'm Kristin. I got my BFP on Feb 15 and am now almost 22 weeks along.

But I wanted to come pop in here and share my experience with some of you ladies. Especially those that will be taking Clomid.

I was given Clomid in January to start on my March cycle (my hubby was away most of Jan and Feb). My OB had done the HSG test (checking for blocked tubes) in November 05. And that was the only test or procedure he did for me. He didn't even do a physical or anything. Never touched me. But at the time, it didn't concern me. I had no reason to think more should have been done, my history is pretty clean. I had double blockages and the left was cleared during the HSG, so he gave me the Clomid to help things along since we had 1 working tube and it had been over a year of us trying.

I had gotten blood work done prior to all that, which all came back normal.

I actually got pregnant in February during a weekend my hubby was able to come home. So I didn't use the Clomid.

During my first prenatal appointment, which was at 12 1/2 weeks, my doctor discovered (could tell just by looking at my stomach) that I had a massive cyst in my abdomen. I went for a more detailed ultrasound that same day. And was told it needed to be drained or removed very soon otherwise it would start interfering in the baby's growth. At that point, I still had a perfectly healthy baby. That was April 20th. I was referred to a OB Oncologist at a major hospital an hour away and saw him on May 15th. And he told me it was an ovarian cyst most likely attached to my left ovary. And I would need major surgery to remove it and that there was potential for it to be cancerous. On May 22nd, I had a full laparotomy to remove the almost 10 pound ovarian cyst. There was nothing left of my left ovary. We were very blessed that it came back totally benign. And I still have a very healthy baby growing. There was a 5% chance of pre term labor and I have not had any to date. I am considered high risk still due to the surgery and see my new high risk OB every 2 weeks.

If I had taken the Clomid, that cyst most likely would have burst and killed me or made me so sick that I would have been in the hospital a very long time. The surgeon had to cut me straight down my abdomen to remove the cyst in take to avoid getting the fluid inside of it into my system.

Please make sure you have your doctor do an ultrasound, any ultrasound to check for cysts. I doubt anyone will have what I did but even small cysts could cause major problems if they are not monitored while on Clomid. Transvag ultrasounds are best for checking ovarian cysts. Course mine was so large it would have been detectable via a regular ultrasound. I just wanted to share, so no one goes through what I could have gone through. I have a very special baby girl growing that saved my life. And that surgery saved hers.

If you want to see pics of the cyst or what my incision looks like, feel free to check out my pregnancy journal in the October DDC.
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June 25th, 2007, 02:54 PM
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OH WOW! What an amazing story! My RE will not give the go ahead if there is any cyst present before doing any kind of meds & am so glad that he is that way. Your story just punctuates the point even more so. Your daughter is going to be a miracle child when born. I couldn't imagine the pain, anxiety & fear you have faced thus far. Thank God everything worked out for the best!
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June 25th, 2007, 02:56 PM
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Holy Cow that cyst is HUGE! I'm so glad everything worked out as well as it did! It must have been very scarey to go through!
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June 25th, 2007, 08:49 PM
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wow! Praise the Lord you are OK!!! How scary!!
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June 26th, 2007, 05:30 AM
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I'm so glad that you are okay! I can't believe they hadn't checked for cysts prior to prescribing the clomid, but the important thing is the cyst was found, removed and both you and baby are doing well!

Your story is very similar to my mother when she was pregnant with me. She had cysts on her ovaries that the doctor feared would rupture and cause harm to both her and me. She had surgery when she was about 3-4 months and had the cysts as well as her ovaries removed. I was born healthy and at full term. That was 38 years ago, so if it could happen then and work out fine, then you just know it will these days.

I'm sure this must have been terrifying for you but I'm so thrilled that all is well!

Thanks for sharing your story.

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