This month IVF babble is looking at rare disorders that can affect your fertility and in this article we are looking at hyposalpinx, a condition that can block your fallopian tubes with toxic fluid
Hyposalpinx is generally not diagnosed until women begin the process of trying to conceive.
The condition can be diagnosed with an ultrasound scan, where watery fluid is found blocking the fallopian tube.
Callie Hayes, 22, knew that she wanted to start a family when she met her partner, Ben, but it soon became apparent that things were not going to be simple.
The couple began trying straight away but suffered two miscarriages in quick succession.
They also had an IVF cycle but that failed and they were left devastated
Doctors decided to do some investigating and Callie was soon diagnosed with hyposalpinx.
The care assistant, from Hampshire, said in an interview with The Sun: “Hearing that I had this condition that I’d never heard of before was absolutely terrifying.
“It was also a bit of a relief to finally have an answer for why I’d been struggling to fall pregnant for three years.
“Doctors described it as the fluid giving my uterus an acid bath every month, so my body had essentially been poisoning my unborn babies by accident.”
The 22-year-old was told that having her fallopian tube removed might improve her chances of getting pregnant and even though there was no guarantee, she felt she had to do all she could to realise her dream.
Callie was given two procedures, a exploratory laparoscopy and a left salpingectomy, removing her left fallopian tube, which had swollen to ten times the size of a normal.
Amazingly, two weeks after the operation she fell pregnant
The couple were understandably nervous about the possibility of miscarriage during this pregnancy but all went well and they welcomed baby Teddy in May 2019.
Callie was offered extra scans during the nine months and has decided to speak out to raise awareness of the relatively rare condition.
She said: “I thought my diagnosis meant my dreams of becoming a mum were over, but now Teddy is here and Ben and I are the happiest we’ve ever been.”
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