Women’s issues are extremely important to me. I dealt with extreme, debilitating pain; massively heavy flows where I went through a super-sized tampon in less than an hour, pain during sex, bouts of both constipation & diarrhea, and horrendous bloating from the time I was 15 until I was diagnosed with Endometriosis when I was 25.
Unfortunately, because it took so long to diagnose me, the damage was quite extensive. One of my Fallopian tubes was 100% blocked and the other was about 75% blocked. There was extensive scar tissue all over my colon, and attached to the interior walls of my body. I was also diagnosed with Adenomyosis which is also referred to as endometriosis of the uterus. It is essentially where endometrial cells penetrate deep into the uterine muscle (myometrium), causing a hardening of the uterus. Mine was, at that time, localized to the posterior wall of my uterus. I was told at that time that having any more children would be next to impossible for me without some serious “help”. I mean…”help” aside from having a dude who also wanted to have children. With me. So anyways…My ovaries were also enlarged and upon further ultrasounds, I was also diagnosed with Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I won’t go into it here, just know that it’s not good. Especially if you ever want to have babies.
All that said, I thought that it would be impossible to have children down the road. As a result, I scared a few prospective husbands off because I didn’t want to get involved with someone who wanted kids of their own if I wasn’t able to provide that for them. Luckily, Kyle’s parents had gone through 11 years of infertility before being able to have 3 kids in 3 years and he was confident in…himself…or…his sperm…and decided that he liked me enough to continue pursuing a relationship with me despite the odds. If you follow my blog at ALL, you know that we were blessed with 2 miracle children in the past 2 years. Sometimes I wish we had instead played the Lottery. Not really. (maybe).
All that to say that any sort of women’s issue means a great deal to me. I feel like we’re all in this tightly bonded uterine failure club together and it makes me feel less lonely. I’m not the only damaged woman out there. Even if your issues are different from mine, we can all relate with our reproductive systems gone awry.
So when I found out about InSightec’s equipment for MRI guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery (MRgFUS), I wanted to get the word out. InSightec is a medical device company, and developer of both the ExAblate One which is used for women’s health issues such as uterine fibroids and adenomyosis; and the ExAblate OR which is a non-invasive Operating Room for many conditions including but not limited to: breast cancer, prostate cancer, and pain palliation of bone metsastases. These require no cutting whatsoever.
Prior to this technology, the only form of treatment was surgery that included expensive anesthesiology and extensive cutting. Often, it ended in a hysterectomy which puts a woman in a position to never be able to birth her own children.
When I was told that I had adenomyosis, I was also told that after the age of 30, I should not have any more children because my uterus would essentially be turned into a brick and it would not sustain a growing fetus. With this technology, that doesn’t have to be an issue any longer. We don’t plan on having any more children but now I don’t have to feel quite so defective considering there is now a safe alternative to surgery in repairing these problems.
The most popular use of the ExAblate One is to dissolve uterine fibroids. The technology uses MRI to visualize the body anatomy in real time, while also using a high intensity focused ultrasound to thermally ablate tumors inside the body non-invasively.
This is serious medical equipment, people!
If you are having infertility problems and have been diagnosed with any of the above issues, talk to your doctor about this technology. It might not be available right in your area but you can find a location near you by going to this website. You can also check InSightec out on Facebook for updates. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to see videos of how this stuff works, and you’ll want to share it with all of your infertile friends which is easy to do if you visit Uterine-Fibroid Org’s YouTube page. You’ll find some really interesting videos there.
And once you’ve armed yourself with a little knowledge, take the initiative to talk to a friend who has been having trouble. You never know how many lives you will change just by keeping yourself on top of this awesome technology.
Disclaimer: I was sent a fleece scarf in return for publishing this article. All opinions and diagnoses are my own. I genuinely care about this issue and want women to know that there is an alternative to hysterectomy.