Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Second Opinion

So DH and I saw another specialist to talk about our fertility issues this morning. Not that I want to replace Prof Hashim, but I just need another doctor to see this from another perspective. It all started when my buttcheek gave me a link to Dr Adilah's (thats the name of this specialist) blog and we decided to check it out. We read her blog and we liked what we read (one post about tubal blockage got us interested) so we decided to see her. DH made the appointment and she had an opening this morning.

To be honest I had no expectation about this morning's appointment. But I was interested to hear what she had to say about my protocol and what her plans are if we decide to switch specialists. Purely by coincidence, my buttcheek's appointment to see her was also this morning. It was nice having her to talk to while waiting for our turn.

When our turn came, we went in and as soon as we sat down and made ourselves comfortable, the first thing she asked was, "okay, what's the story with you guys?" So we told her our history, our two failed IUIs and two miscarriages from IVF. It was a good thing we brought all our IVF documents for her to look at. She took one look at our IVF papers and asked, "how did you know you were pregnant?" I told her I took the HPT and she had this thoughtful look on her face.
Doc: But you took HCG shots?
Me: Yup
Doc: Usually if you take HCG shots when you take HPT the result could be false positive, unless you take it one month after you finish your HCG shots
The moment she said this my immediate thought was that I may not have been pregnant at all both times. Hmmmm...

Aaaaaaanyway, she asked us a few more questions about my blocked tube. It was too bad that we didn't have the result of the laparoscopy so we couldn't really tell her the specifics. Then she told me that she would like to do a vaginal scan on me, which I was too happy to do (apparently I've already started ovulating this month. There's a nice little egg in me right now but it's on my left ovary which sucks coz the left tube is blocked). I also have a retroverted uterus but according to her it's nothing to worry about. She did see some fluid on my right ovary with some specks in them. She couldn't tell if it was blood or something else. But the good news is I don't have any cysts at all. Phew!

Then she gave me two options, whether to start treatment and we'll take it from there, or to do a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy procedure for a thorough check on my tubes and if she can clear the blockage in my left tube. According to her, some of her patients got pregnant naturally after the blockage is cleared. I say, go for it doc!! So the surgery is fixed for next Monday. A bit too soon, but we'll take it. She will also check if I have endometriosis.

We left her office smiling. I told DH that I like her and DH said the same thing. I love that she took the time to explain everything in detail. Even while performing the vaginal scan she asked DH to come over and explained to both of us what she saw. My only complaint is the cost. I had to do some blood tests and the cost came up to RM473. We've been so used to cheap treatment at HUKM (blood test there costs RM5) and because Dr. Adilah practices at a private hospital, the cost will be high, although DH told me that if I really like her than he'll find a way to come up with the money to do IVF with her, if it at all comes to that. Thank God my laparoscopy and hysteroscopy procedures are covered by insurance. Phew!

So that's my story this morning. It was all a bit unplanned but we were happy with the outcome.Now I need to prepare myself for the surgery next Monday. Hopefully, eveything will go well InsyaAllah and hopefully Dr Adilah can perform some miracles so me and DH can finally hold our baby in our arms.


  1. Best of luck Azia!!! I'll be thinking of you on Monday. Lots of love for a speedy recovery! Xo


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