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Do I have Ashermans?

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Babycakez Wed 08-Jul-15 14:29:36

Hi all. This is my first ever time of posting on any kind of forum so please be patient with me!

After a mmc last year I had an erpc surgery. My periods come back but they are lighter and I get spotting for more than half my cycle. I went to docs who checked all hormones (all good apparently) although I don't always ovulate. After a trans vag scan I was told I had a polycystic ovary (but not the syndrome) and the lady said there was some irregularity with the lining. When I spoke to the doctor about the results he said it is 'borderline uterine scaring'. He didn't tell me anything else and I've been waiting patiently to see a gyno. I've been scaring myself silly googleing what it means and am very confused! Does anyone know if this means I have ashermans? And can it be diagnosed this way? Could they be wrong? I'm terrified I might not be able to have another child. Please help! Thank you

maggiethemagpie Wed 08-Jul-15 22:15:28

I had lots of scar tissue in my uterus from first c section, and had light periods after my first child, I managed to have a second child - they struggled getting her out when I had second C-section due to all the scar tissue but I managed to have her ok. no idea if I had ashermans or not but I had light periods and scarring and still managed ok, had problems ovulating and had to go on clomid but i'm not sure if that was related to the scarring.

battenberg123 Fri 10-Jul-15 22:12:40

Hi Babeycakes

Try not to panic, I know it's easier said than done. If you search on the talk archive on here there is a really helpful thread about ashermans. Hopefully your gynae will be able to diagnose you properly - I've heard that's the hardest part getting diagnosed.

If you're in the south east of England there is an ashermans specialist called Adrian Lower who is meant to be one of the top in this field. I am worried that I might have it too but I haven't made an appointment yet.

Good luck flowers

Metalhead Tue 14-Jul-15 10:51:57

Hi OP, I also had lighter periods after an erpc last year and struggled to conceive again. Like you, I was told I had borderline polycystic ovaries although my hormones were all within normal range. I convinced myself I had Ashermans and saw Dr Lower in London, who did a transvaginal US from which he said it looked like I did have some scarring. Booked in for the op to have it removed, only to wake up from the anaesthetic and be told that actually there was no scarring after all! I think this just goes to show it is extremely hard to diagnose uterine scarring from an US, even when it's done by an expert in the field, so don't panic just yet.

And to give some hope, I finally managed to conceive again a year after my erpc and am currently 19 weeks pregnant! Good luck ttc, I hope you get your BFP soon.

Babycakez Tue 14-Jul-15 13:51:59

Thank you so much guys for your replys! Feeling much more hopeful now and have finally got the appointment to see the gyno next week so hopefully he will give me some answers!

Metalhead - congrats on your bfp!!!!
It's great to hear from someone that's gone through something so similar. Just hope I'm as lucky as you! Could I ask you about this Dr Lower guy? How hard is it to get to see him? Is he very expensive? Thank you so much for your help! x

Metalhead Tue 14-Jul-15 14:20:15

baby as Dr Lower only practises privately it's very easy to get an appointment with him, but it is expensive unless you've got private health insurance. I just rang his secretary and made an appointment for the next week. The initial consultation plus scan I think cost about £600; the hysteroscopy where he also flushed my tubes cost about £5k, but thankfully I managed to get most of it paid by BUPA.

battenberg123 Wed 15-Jul-15 10:00:04

Metalhead what symptoms did you have that lead you to suspect ashermans? I have also been told I'm borderline pcos but get a lot of back pain which I never had before my d & c, and my periods seem different - not necessarily lighter but like something is trapped up there?!

I think I have ashermans but I keep getting fobbed off by doctors and gynaecologists, do you think a hsg would show up any scarring?

Sorry to hijack thread Babeycakes!

Metalhead Wed 15-Jul-15 11:41:41

battenberg my periods were much lighter and less 'clotty' after my erpc, went from a week with 2-3 days heavy flow to around 4-5 days with just 1 day medium/heavy flow and the rest mainly spotting. I also had lots of cramping and pain during ov and leading up to AF. Oh, and the fact the longest it had taken me to conceive before the erpc was 4 cycles (took 11 in the end with this pregnancy).

I'm not sure about the HSG, I think it might show up scarring though the 'gold standard' for diagnosing Ashermans as far as I know is hysteroscopy.

battenberg123 Wed 15-Jul-15 11:58:12

Thanks Metalhead I hope I don't have it but will continue my investigations

Daisybell1 Wed 12-Aug-15 12:49:44

Babycakez -do you mind if I hijack your thread too? I posted in Conception but have had no replies.

I have had 4 mcs and have ended up having 3 erpcs. I had a hysteroscopy at St Marys in March and they found adhesions - treatment was 2 mirena coils and HRT for a month.

The problem is that my periods have shortened yet again (now 1.5 days with no 'liquid' (apologies for tmi) and I have no signs of ovulation either.

I am trying to schedule a telephone consultation with a Dr from St Marys shortly but I was wondering if it's worth exploring other consultants...

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