I had an MRI done last week to check for endometriosis. It was in a beautiful historical hospital, which really helped my mood as it felt a bit more like a half-day vacation than yet more time wasted on medical tests. Oh the pretty things you discover thanks to infertility! Also, the guy who did the MRI was really good looking and very nice. Aren’t I super lucky?!
Overall, it was no great fun but it wasn’t tragic either. I fell asleep despite the noise of the MRI machine (why does the one in Doctor House make no noise? is it because there are better machines in the US or just because it’s a TV show?). The worst part was actually that after the exam all the gel they had put in came out and the pad they had given me was not at all enough. I ended up walking around with a wet butt, nickers and trousers for hours. Glamorous, I know.. sorry.. but I am saying it for those who will have to do this in the future. Bring your own pads and bring loads!
The discussion with the radiologist (the big Professor) was really annoying: lot of questions and an aggressive attitude. He asked about three times if when it hurts during sex it is more to the left or to the right. He wouldn’t take “I don’t know” as an answer. But how would I know? Normally when it hurts we stop instead of trying to locate the pain.. The big Professor also neglected to give any sort of explanation. He kept talking really quickly to a voice recorder using medical terms and only directed his final verdict to me with a worried look: “it is not easy…”. While I was wondering whether it was not easy to understand the results or to live with what I have, he said au revoir and left.
I received the written results yesterday and they are only a tiny bit clearer:
- My ovaries and uterus appear to be clear of endo (good news, right?).
- My uterus is tilted to the left (after much googling I believe this can be due to endometriosis).
- My left ovary is really high up, which I already knew because my dildo cam appointments are all about finding the lost left ovary.
- The area between the bladder and the uterus seems to be clear of endo.
- The cul-de-sac (pouch-like area behind the uterus) is stuck on the left side, but it is unclear whether this is due to endo implants.
- There are endometrial adhesions in the area between the uterus and the rectum (which explains the pain).
That’s it for now. I don’t really know what to do with this info. What do the endo experts think? Has this affected IVF results? Will I need a lap to check and eventually have the implants removed? Will I need to adapt the IVF treatments? Hopefully the gynecologist will enlighten me!