Originally Posted by xmasbaby7
No, your situation is where technology is warranted, IMO. I can't imagine anyone here not agreeing.
As a women's health geek, forgive my fascination with multiple uteruses. It feels wrong to say that that is sooooooo cool, so I won't. I am pleased that this anatomical deviation has not interfered with your having children, of course. Only if you feel like it, would you elaborate about how this has played out in past pregnancies? Sorry if my curiosity is inappropriate.
I don't mind at all! I can explain to the extent I know, sorry for the length...
So I have two vaginas, three cervixes, four uteruses, and two ovaries. The second vagina is not visible from the outisde of my body and would not be functional as a birth canal. One vagina has two cervixes that each have their own uterus. The other has one cervix that has two uteruses which are fused together. Each uterus to my great delight has it's own cycle, which is how they started to notice something was wrong with me. When I have a period, it just never stops, but each uterus does it's 7-10 days and then the next one starts. It was fantastic let me tell you. So they have me taking hormones when I am not pregnant in order to keep me from having a period, and then three times a year they change the hormones in an attempt to get all four to shed at once...super fun!
This is the main barrier to getting pregnant. When I am on all the hormones to stop the bleeding, I don't ovulate. When I go off all the hormones together, I bleed without stopping. My first baby and this one have both miraculously appeared the old fashioned way, the ones in between have been fertility drugs. When I am pregnant, I don't have a period from the others.
The major obstacles in pregnancy are that each uterus is undersized (the largest is half of normal) and two of them are shaped incorrectly too. This is probably why I start preterm labor about halfway through, because the uterus is only half the size as normal, so it is technically stretched to capacity at 20 weeks. I have been pregnant in three now. One has carried four babies to term. One I miscarry in (but is that coincedence we don't know) and now this is the first baby in the third. My doctor is actually optimistic about this because the one I have carried to term, last time I was open in surgery they said the womb was "picture thin" and completely see through. They were worried about me carrying in that one again.
Thats about all I know...we learn more each time I am open because they can actually see things right there. Ultrasounds actually don't show that much. Once after my second baby they tried to do contrast dye to get a better view, but it turns out I'm allergic so that was called off pretty fast! I've been really lucky having Drs who listen to me and believe me when I tell them what I feel is going on with my body.