“I had endometriosis ― but I got pregnant!”

Some women with endometriosis find it tough to have a baby, so Francesca De Luna’s pregnancy was a welcome surprise…

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“My baby boy Kyle Deuel is 17 months old now. He is tall and heavy, likes to dance, play ball and is active and smart.

I wasn’t always sure that I could have children, because I had endometriosis ― a condition where cells from the lining of the womb is found outside the womb where they attach and form cysts.

I first started having painful period cramps back in 2012. It was so painful that I had difficulty moving and I couldn’t even go to work.

My regular GP recommended me to see a specialist, since the period pains had been going on for two to three months.

So, I scheduled an appointment with a gynaecologist. I was shocked to learn that I had endometriosis. I was told that I had to undergo surgery as soon as possible ― I had no idea my condition was so serious!

I was told that I had to undergo surgery as soon as possible – I had no idea my condition was so serious!”

I decided to look for another gynaecologist for a second opinion. When I saw Dr Kelly Loi, she explained to me that I needed to undergo surgery to prevent the cyst from growing even further and scheduled surgery for me almost immediately.

I was just 27 years old at the time. I didn’t even think about it affecting my fertility. All I was thinking about at the time was to remove the cyst as soon as possible, so that it would not grow anymore.

When I told Dr Loi that I was indeed planning to have a baby in the future, she told me to take care of my health and that she would guide me through the process of conceiving.

I underwent a laparoscopic cystectomy (removing the cyst with a laproscope), hysteroscopy with dilation and curettage (removing the lining of the uterus for tissue analysis) and hydrotubation (where a liquid medicine-filled tube is injected through the cervix into the uterus and fallopian tubes) at one go.

After the surgery, I took Visanne, a medicine that acts as progesterone and helps to reduce the pelvic pain caused by the endometriosis.

I was 29 years old when I got married in 2015. I was told that I should stop the medication when I wanted to have a baby. Since I wanted to have a baby before my 30s, I went off Visanne three months before my wedding.

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