I am completely new to this forum and overall to this journey of infertility. I literally just got out of our first consultation at the infertility clinic today as I was referred there by my gyne. The whole experience was HORRIBLE. We went to PCRM and met with Dr. Niamh Tallon (yes, I tried researching her before but couldn't find that many reviews until today on this forum which was a little too late for me).
Overall, I would NOT recommend this doctor as she was cold and quick to brush off any hope that you might have. The whole time she basically just focused on getting rid of my tubes and go for IVF. I had to ask her how bad my case was, and she hummed and hah and said well we won't know until we do a laparoscopy. Meanwhile, I had a quick glance of that report from my HSG U/S which said mild to mod blockage (I didn't see if it was bilat or uni). I had to ask her again of my chances of getting pregnant, if say it was mild once the lap has been performed, and we can somehow salvage my tubes, and she said, no chances and that it's not going to be good and even if we repair it NOBODY can say it will stay open for HOWEVER long and that the real chance is if we just (best) remove my tubes or (second best) clip them. My DH even ask what if the one tube is good and she said again, NO that if my one tube had been inflamed it's more likely that the other one is inflamed too, causing fluid build up as we;;, and that the likelyhood of an ectopic pregnancy is high that it could be life threatening and that our only chance is IVF. Don't get me wrong, I am not opposed to do IVF I am actually relieved that at least I have that option still open to us. It's just the way she was during the consult, she was unsympathetic, didn't give us any hope whatsoever, and I felt like I didn't really understand where my situation lies as far as severity goes. All we heard was NO, NO, NO to every possible (and positive) scenarios we had offered. She basically made it sound like my tubes are damaged!!!! and I asked her about that. She just basically hammered it in our heads that my tubes are inflamed, inflamed, inflamed and have fluid in them and that's it - therefore remove them.
My question is, IS THERE ANYONE HERE who treated that inflammation by using antibiotics first? My train of thought is that if it is inflamed then it's gotta be infected (and yes, we went for STD checks etc and she said nothing about those) and if it is then medications first?
If that's not the case, anyone here had reparation of tubes, and how successful is that? I'm just trying to think of other ways that can possibly avoid removal or clipping of my tubes, and save my tubes...... I just really am not understanding her way of treatment. I understand the problem, but her approach seemed a little drastic for me and my hubby. I almost felt like she was pushing us to go for IVF as opposed to trying to save my tubes for possible natural conception......
She did an ultrasound of my ovaries and found that my ovaries are slightly small in size for my age, but are otherwise healthy and that she found 5 eggs in one of them which she said is low in number for my age but are otherwise healthy too. She said she saw my tubes but not super enlarged that she could totally see them.
Any type of advice or share your experience would be extremely helpful. I did manage to book with my gyne in two days so I can also ask her and also get another referral to another infertility clinic. I definitely do not want to see Dr. Tallon again.
Thank you so so much for reading and responding!