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Cure for Endometriosis

Thanks to endometriosis, I was able to sample the much acclaimed St. Luke’s Hospital experience and expense. :)

I had to go under the knife last Jan 23, with Dr. Elsie B. Pascua at the helm of my surgery. Dr. Pascua is an infertility expert who was highly-recommended to do my pelvic laparoscopy. She meticulously and methodically cauterized and blasted away the endometrial cyst in my left ovary and some other parts of my reproductive system. Ugh.

Just when I thought that I’m free to go back to my old laid-back life, Dr. Pascua said that she’s no longer going to negotiate with Mike and I on when to have a baby…we have to have it NOW! What terrible timing, really. Just when we are about to leave the country and all the comforts I’ve known since I was little, I  have to emancipate at the same time?! Good luck to me! But, babies are adorable…so I’m open to the challenge!

You might be wondering what’s endometriosis and why I have to race against time to have a baby. Hmnnn…let me see how I can put this to simple terms:

Endomet is a medical condition wherein tiny particles that are similar to what you have inside the womb, found their way outside the womb. Pretty abnormal, isn’t it? And just like the tissue inside the womb which is shed out in the form of menstruation every month if a woman doesn’t get pregnant, these stray particles also try to shed out their blood…only, the blood has nowhere to go! Apparently, they cannot find their way out of the body….my body, in this case. Because of this, the particles get really inflamed and cause a lot of pain and cramping. In my case, I am lucky to have unbelievable levels of pain tolerance. All I can feel is a dull pain on my left pelvis, no excruciating pain whatsoever. This is the reason why my OB and I were both surprised that I have stage 2 endometriosis. God is really good. :)

Ok, now for the baby part, they say that endomet makes a woman infertile for some unknown reason that experts have to research further. But studies show that after having a surgery, the chances of getting pregnant within the next 6 – 12 months increases by 60%. I guess my OB wants me to ride on this really great statistics, and I trust her. So there…I will busy myself on this whole baby-making task ahead of me this February. Hehehe! If all else fails, we go for in-vitro fertilization. Ah, I love science and technology!

Now, here is the most important part of this blog post. Doctors usually say that endomet is incurable. You’re just going to have them over and over again…until pelvic laparoscopy is just like a trip to the mall for you. In fact, a lot of stage 4 endomet patients have total hysterectomy. Yikes! I was truly saddened after hearing this seemingly life sentence for endomet patients like me…and we are like 70 million in the whole world as per recent statistics! But I have this nagging feeling that our body has the capacity to heal itself so I raided the Internet and found these awesome websites : Endo-Resolved and Endometriosis Clinic. They confirmed my thoughts that there is really a solution for this terrible disease — the Endo Diet. The diet is pretty tough because you have to give up meat, wheat, dairy, and sugar. Basically, it tells you to eat like a rabbit. Not a good prospect for a chocolate lover like me. :( But then again, I want to keep my ovaries and uterus until the day I die…so yeah, I’ve plunged into this endo diet without second thoughts.

I hope the website I’ve cited above will help you in embracing that little alien in your tummy which makes your life a living hell. It’s not so bad after all. Remember, we all have to die of something somehow. :)

Oh, for those who have infertility issues, Dr. Elsie B. Pascua may be consulted at:

St. Luke’s Medical Center

Suite 1109 North Tower

Cathedral Heights Building Complex

279 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., Quezon City

Tel Nos. 723 0101 ; 723 0301 local 5109

Clinic Hours: Mon – Sat  10:00am – 12:00pm / 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Comments

Comment from Badeth
Time: January 29, 2009, 9:39 am

Oh yeah??? I had that, too. But mine was more complicated, that’s why everything was removed.

Couple your new-found endo diet with prayers. Take care. Am praying for you.

Comment from monette
Time: January 31, 2009, 4:34 am

Mana talaga ako sa inyo ni Ms. Malou! Thank you for your prayers, Ms. B…it will surely go a loooong way. Mwah! :)

Comment from necel
Time: February 3, 2009, 1:42 pm

Sabi na eh…mag baby na! you still have more or less 6 months right? so pwede pang made in europe..hehehe! :)

Comment from Liz
Time: March 17, 2010, 11:14 pm

I came across your blog in an internet search for Endometriosis and Dra Pascua as she’d been recommended to me. I was encouraged by what I read here.

Comment from aaliyah smithe
Time: March 23, 2010, 6:38 am

hi. i found your article most encouraging for an endomet case like me. i plan to see dr. pascua soon. the endo website is also most helpful. thank you very much.

i would like to know if prior to your operation you did the whole nine yards of medications, pills and injections. what made you decide to undergo laparoscopy finally? didn’t you try the endo diet and other alternative meds first?

i have the painful case and i’m seriously considering the laparoscopic procedure. i did medications/pills and injections. when i’m in excruciating pain, i think about undergoing the procedure that very instant. would really appreciate your advise.

many thanks,
aaliyah

Comment from monette
Time: March 23, 2010, 11:54 pm

Hi Aaliyah,

So sad to hear that you’re experiencing severe pain dueto endomet. I didn’t take the injections and medications route because Dr. Pascua recommended laparoscopy for my case from the onset. So I did just that. It was after my operation that I found the endomet website I posted here and tried everything they recommended. The strict diet they have for endomet patients has really helped me a lot. It’s a lot of work and sacrifice (since it’s a no meat, wheat, and dairy diet), but I guess it’s worth all that if you’ll finally be pain-free. Oh, and Dr. Pascua is really great! If you finally decide to get the laparoscopy, I suggest you go to her. :)

Comment from Sam
Time: June 17, 2010, 1:57 am

hi monette, just curious if you were able to have a baby na? no offense meant.

Comment from monette
Time: June 25, 2010, 11:00 pm

hi! yes, i was blessed with a baby girl. she is already 5-months old as of writing. :) to god be the glory! :)

Comment from liza
Time: July 11, 2010, 12:11 pm

hi, I was being diagnosed for having endometrial cysts and on my left ovary, and endometrial focus on my right ovary and was advised to have it removed by operation. I was bothered about it, and I didn’t have a clear picture about it. That is why I’m trying to check it thru internet. I hope you can give me some words that have help me.
thanks a lot…
liza

Comment from monette
Time: July 19, 2010, 2:31 pm

Hi Liza,

I had my endometrial cyst removed through laparoscopy at St. Luke’s Hospital. Everything went well and my recovery time was just 3 days. But after that, I stayed away from all products containing paraben, never ate in plastic containers, threw out all teflon-coated cooking pans, and only ate organic produce. I also make it a point to exercise almost everyday…even if it’s just a 30-minute walk. It’s not easy…but it’s a lifestyle change that I am more than happy to do.

Comment from phoeza
Time: August 24, 2010, 4:40 am

hi!
pwede po bang makahingi ng copy ng diet na ito?i’ve been diagnosed also with endo and having this illness feels like hell…please help po…

if possible paki email na lang po….

thanks po ng marami,….

Comment from marco nepo
Time: September 30, 2010, 3:13 pm

i just wanna ask how mush is Laroscopy operation will cost..and what size of the cyst will usually take off tnk u

Comment from monette
Time: October 10, 2010, 11:53 am

hi marco!

back in 2009, it cost around P200,000. my cyst then, if i remember right, was 14cm. but then, i have other endometrial particles in other parts of my reproductive system and the doctor wasn’t able to take them all out because some of them wereattached to the muscles of my uterus. i still went on to have a baby, though…and as of writing, she is almost 9 months old. :)

Comment from monette
Time: October 10, 2010, 11:56 am

hi phoeza, i will rummage through my files to see if i still have it and i will get back to you soonest possible. :)

Comment from Christine
Time: April 5, 2011, 9:49 am

Wow! Nice to hear from some of you who have endometriosis but continued to have a baby. I had a lap 4 years go but no baby yet. Im in my late 30’s so Im planning to really put myself into it. Hope I get pregnant soon! :)

Comment from ayen
Time: October 30, 2011, 8:07 am

hi four years na kmi kasal ng asawa ko at hanngang ngayon wla pa baby im glad na pregnant ka after surgery right now im still looking for a good doctor na makakatulong sakin

Comment from jonah
Time: March 28, 2012, 5:02 am

i just undergo pelvic laparoscopy, March 20, 2012..many thanks to Dra. Elsie Pascua . You made me smile again, you’re not only intelligent, but gorgeous as well..Yes dra. I will strive harder now to have a baby..

Comment from jannet
Time: June 26, 2012, 5:07 am

hi jonah, how much did you have to pay for the pelvic laparoscopy? and how many days did you stay in the hospital?

thanks in advance…

Comment from irene
Time: November 10, 2012, 5:46 pm

gusto ko lang malaman po kung ang size po ng endometriosis e 1.5cm dapat po bang laparoscopy?kasi po pinag take ako ng pills ng doktora ko saka ng 3 shot ng luprolex kaya lumiit sya pero ngayon pinatigil nya ako since august at neto unti unti nnmn bumabalik ang sakit pg nag period ako at after period.ano po dapat kong gawin nasa ibang lugar ako po at di nag rereply doktora ko sa email ko. yun doktora po rito sabi nya nid kong mag pa laparoscopy pero di po sya pilipino pero sabi ng mga pinoy dito magaling nmn po sya. im so confused. at hoping magka baby ako po. tnx sa reply

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