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bicornuate uterus/surgery to look at/in uterus? ToriPaige[FFMB] TTC since Jan 2014; 1 child; 5 angel babies; Carbondale, IL, United States 3097 posts
23rd Jan

So after having recurrent miscarriages, my dr. is looking into my history and checking out my body to see if there is a reason behind it.  I have had 4 m/c (2 chemical, one empty sac 9 wk, 1 at 12 wks fully formed 12 wk baby) and 1 son who was born prematurely at 33 wks (but I had been slowly leaking amniotic fluid for several weeks). Anyway, so he had an ultrasound done on me yesterday to look for problems.  They said it looks like I have a bicornuate uterus.  I'm like why has no one ever noticed this before, especially with the multiple u/s I've had done with my son and the m/c's? He just said be glad we found it now.  Anyway, he'll also be doing blood work to check for other issues like autoimmune disorders. Didn't get blood drawn yesterday because I've had low fever and stomach flu.  He also left me sitting in the room 30 min (which is normal with this clinic smh) until I went looking for the nurse, and they discovered he had left for the hospital without telling anyone. Well, he wants to do a surgery to look inside my uterus and outside at it, to be sure he can see what's going on and if it can be fixed surgically.  This really makes me nervous.  I don't want surgery unless necessary even if it's very minor.  I've just recovered from a D&C and I run/work out and am moving in a couple of weeks. Don't get me wrong- if this is what I need to do to have a baby, I'm all for it, but I can wait a few months to be sure I'm ready.  Sorry this is so long and I feel like I'm rambling.  I feel like I need to get a 2nd opinion about this whole uterus thing and surgery before having surgery done.  Has anyone else gone through this?? Thanks ladies.  Again, sorry this is so jumbled. Just a little overwhelmed!

Amelia [a Mom] 1 child; 4 angel babies; Tallahassee, Florida 16127 posts
23rd Jan

If it's just the hysteroscopy you can be back to work the next day.  It's not actually surgery, just a procedure although you are put under for it.  I've only had polypectomies and D&Cs as far as surgery on my uterus goes so I'm not sure what the recovery is like after correcting a bicornate uterus.

ToriPaige[FFMB] TTC since Jan 2014; 1 child; 5 angel babies; Carbondale, IL, United States 3097 posts
23rd Jan

Quoting Amelia [14 weeks]:
If it's just the hysteroscopy you can be back to work the next day.  It's not actually surgery, just a procedure although you are put under for it.  I've only had polypectomies and D&Cs as far as surgery on my uterus goes so I'm not sure what the recovery is like after correcting a bicornate uterus.


That doesn't sound bad then, but, I guess my concern is that he said if he sees something fixable that can be done at the same time, he would just go ahead and do it.  I just wonder if something actually needs 'fixed'? I would not want to lose another baby or have a very premature baby of course- I wouldn't want to risk that, but from what I'm reading, several women have this shaped uterus and don't have anything 'fixed' other than possibly getting a clerclage when pregnant.  I think I need to do some more research and come up with questions for the dr.  I would also really like it if my old dr in the same clinic would give me his opinion. :( just scary...  Thanks mama for giving me input when I post- I really do appreciate it! Hope you and your baby are doing well!

Amelia [a Mom] 1 child; 4 angel babies; Tallahassee, Florida 16127 posts
23rd Jan

Quoting ToriPaige[FFMB]:

That doesn't sound bad then, but, I guess my concern is that he said if he sees something fixable that can be done at the same time, he would just go ahead and do it.  I just wonder if something actually needs 'fixed'? I would not want to lose another baby or have a very premature baby of course- I wouldn't want to risk that, but from what I'm reading, several women have this shaped uterus and don't have anything 'fixed' other than possibly getting a clerclage when pregnant.  I think I need to do some more research and come up with questions for the dr.  I would also really like it if my old dr in the same clinic would give me his opinion. :( just scary...  Thanks mama for giving me input when I post- I really do appreciate it! Hope you and your baby are doing well!


Yeah I definitely encourage you to get the second opinion since it worries you.  Doctors really do like a "clean" uterus though, so I figure it's pretty important.  My RE requires a hysteroscopy every year before he will do an embryo transfer to make sure there is nothing to get in the way of a healthy implantation.  One year he required the removal of a 2mm polyp lol.  Shy

ToriPaige[FFMB] TTC since Jan 2014; 1 child; 5 angel babies; Carbondale, IL, United States 3097 posts
23rd Jan

Quoting Amelia [14 weeks]:

Yeah I definitely encourage you to get the second opinion since it worries you.  Doctors really do like a "clean" uterus though, so I figure it's pretty important.  My RE requires a hysteroscopy every year before he will do an embryo transfer to make sure there is nothing to get in the way of a healthy implantation.  One year he required the removal of a 2mm polyp lol.  Shy


Oh wow, well I guess it really must be a 'quick and easy' procedure then? Just does not sound fun.  I'll look into this some more and update later on. I'm glad I know what it's actually called now.  The dr was talking so quickly about everything, I was kind of overwhelmed, and then he just left, so I didn't get to ask questions.

Amelia [a Mom] 1 child; 4 angel babies; Tallahassee, Florida 16127 posts
23rd Jan

Quoting ToriPaige[FFMB]:

Oh wow, well I guess it really must be a 'quick and easy' procedure then? Just does not sound fun.  I'll look into this some more and update later on. I'm glad I know what it's actually called now.  The dr was talking so quickly about everything, I was kind of overwhelmed, and then he just left, so I didn't get to ask questions.


I've had quite a few gynecological surgeries and all were quick and easy for me except for one that was open abdominal.  I just haven't had that particular kind of surgery.  Hopefully someone will come along who has!

user banned 1 child; ., ., Afghanistan 14887 posts
23rd Jan

Uhhh make sure he doesn't do any crazy shit! Get a second opinion! I also have a bicornate uterus and they don't usually cause miscarriages, can just cause premies and can't carry to a full term. That should have nothing to do with you not being able to hold onto a pregnancy on the beginning. Please get a second opinion if he wants to do anything too crazy! I am 17 weeks going strong with a bicornate uterus..and mine is really bad, because I have a kidney down by my pelvis causing it.

user banned 1 child; ., ., Afghanistan 14887 posts
23rd Jan

And you don't want a hysterectomy! You can't have babies if that is the case.

ToriPaige[FFMB] TTC since Jan 2014; 1 child; 5 angel babies; Carbondale, IL, United States 3097 posts
23rd Jan

Quoting Mommytobebaby#1:
Uhhh make sure he doesn't do any crazy shit! Get a second opinion! I also have a bicornate uterus and they don't usually cause miscarriages, can just cause premies and can't carry to a full term. That should have nothing to do with you not being able to hold onto a pregnancy on the beginning. Please get a second opinion if he wants to do anything too crazy! I am 17 weeks going strong with a bicornate uterus..and mine is really bad, because I have a kidney down by my pelvis causing it.


I see a possible link to the 12 wk m/c.  It didn't start happening until right AFTER my first dr. appt. with a pelvic exam.  Normally that shouldn't be a problem, but I honestly feel that made the placenta start tearing away from the cervix.  Because it was right on the cervix.  I think that if it had not happened then, it would have happened later on.  So maybe related? I have read it can cause early m/c but more likely to cause 2nd trimester m/c or premature births.  It sounds like he can't tell for sure what's really going on in there with the shape and all without looking.  Since the ultrasounds aren't always accurate.  But yeah I will get a 2nd opinion for sure.  Also still need the bloodwork done too that could provide answers as well.  I'm glad your pregnancy is going well!! :)

user banned 1 child; ., ., Afghanistan 14887 posts
23rd Jan

Quoting ToriPaige[FFMB]:

I see a possible link to the 12 wk m/c.  It didn't start happening until right AFTER my first dr. appt. with a pelvic exam.  Normally that shouldn't be a problem, but I honestly feel that made the placenta start tearing away from the cervix.  Because it was right on the cervix.  I think that if it had not happened then, it would have happened later on.  So maybe related? I have read it can cause early m/c but more likely to cause 2nd trimester m/c or premature births.  It sounds like he can't tell for sure what's really going on in there with the shape and all without looking.  Since the ultrasounds aren't always accurate.  But yeah I will get a 2nd opinion for sure.  Also still need the bloodwork done too that could provide answers as well.  I'm glad your pregnancy is going well!! :)


I know in rare rare cases ladies with bicornate uteruses can be infertile, but I do know the loss of a baby is more likely to happen as the baby gets much bigger and runs out of room to grow. So ya just makes sure! Sometimes docs fuck up ya know. And ya a hysterectomy was mentioned and you def don't want that! And thank you :) hope you get some answers!

ToriPaige[FFMB] TTC since Jan 2014; 1 child; 5 angel babies; Carbondale, IL, United States 3097 posts
23rd Jan

Quoting Mommytobebaby#1:

I know in rare rare cases ladies with bicornate uteruses can be infertile, but I do know the loss of a baby is more likely to happen as the baby gets much bigger and runs out of room to grow. So ya just makes sure! Sometimes docs fuck up ya know. And ya a hysterectomy was mentioned and you def don't want that! And thank you :) hope you get some answers!


My son was premature, but they told me back then that it was just a random thing that happened for no reason.  But that was before I had the 12 wk and then 2 more early m/c.  I do know he was in the same position for some time.  He kicked and moved but stayed in the same position.  I knew it was odd because I had the 3d/4d? ultrasounds done for fun, so they couldn't tell me anything medically, and had us going back 2 or 3 weeks in a row to get better pics, and he would not change position. I felt something was wrong, but felt like I was overreacting.  You know how sometimes the drs act like everything's ok and you're just freaking out? Also had fluid leaking for a long time, but I figured it was pee! After those u/s, in another week or 2 my water actually gushed out and labor started.  His nose was smashed in when he was born from having his face turned into the placenta a certain way for so long.  But it came out within a few days. :)  He did need physical therapy later to stretch out and develop his neck muscles and upper body which also affected lower body.  And ohhh we were talking about a "hysteroscopy"- that is the dr just going in through the cervix with a scope to look inside.  Definitely not a hysterectomy!  Lol... As far as the bicornuate uterus and further surgery goes, I think they can correct the split somehow if it's partial.  But see I dont know how commonly that is actually done.  I need to do more research and ask more questions.  Also I will get a 2nd opinion for sure!  Thank you! Sorry I messed the text all up with the italics crap.