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Old 07-23-2003, 10:35 AM   #1
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Post pituitary adenoma??

Hi, I'm new here and have been ttc for what seems like years. I have some hormonal issues as well as a pituitary adenoma (small benign tumor in pituitary gland) that secretes prolactin, which suppresses ovulation.

I took some medication (bromocriptine) a few years ago to stop the over-production of prolactin, which helped, I conceived once, and lost the baby at 21 weeks, because I guess I have an incompetant cervix as well. So now we're trying again and surprise! I have basically no estrogen, way too much prolactin again, and my doctor is not going to do anything for me, but is waiting for the specialist to prescribe clomid for me but I have to wait until the end of september to see the specialist. (I'm in Canada, where there is basically no choice about waiting for appointments) Seems my GP is too afraid to 'touch' me since my case is complicated with the incomptant cervix. I could go on and on....

Is there someway that anyone knows of to elevate one's level of estrogen naturally, since my GP doesn't think it's necessary to start the ball rolling BEFORE I see the specialist in late september???

Hope this makes sense, and thanks in advance.

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Old 07-24-2003, 01:49 AM   #2
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Hi Spark

I am 56 years old, diagnosed with a pituitary tumor in 1978, Prolactin level over 1000 had surgery and have been on Parlodel ever since.

Before surgery, I had not had a period for 10 years, about six months after surgery I began having my period again. After surgery my prolactin level began decrease, and I was told that if it stayed under 100, the chances of tumor regrowth was limited.

Based on my particular situation and the fact that I still have some tumor cells in my craium, I have not
had a child.

Of course reproduction is a personal issue, but I feel, for me, it was best that I never had a child. I have had many medical problems associated with the endocrine system since 1978.

Since I have had numerous medical issues, I feel if I had a child, it would too risky not only for me and the problems I have had, but for the child.

There are times, when the endocrine system can play strange tricks on us and cause more medical issues than expected. Several years ago, I found out that both my Mom and Dad, have endocrine related medical problems. Whether this attributed to my medical history or not, is worth considering.

Good Luck

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