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Wed, Jan. 4th, 2012, 12:51 pm
fairyprinces: Fertility

I hope everyone is doing well in the new year and feeling healthy. I have to say I haven't had many issues in recent years thank goodness for that. My last shunt malfunction was in '09 when my shunt was switch completely from a VP to a VA. My question for all of you is about fertility.

I was recently married to the most amazing man in September. We both dream of having a family. I was wondering if any of you had experienced fertility issues because of your Hydrocephalus and or shunts. My only fear is the amount of scar tissue I have in my stomach do to surgeries when I had the VP shunt.

If all of you could please tell me your experiences good or bad it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

Halie Marie

Wed, Jan. 4th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)

Congrats on your marriage! I have no first hand experience re: fertility/pregnancy, but a few years ago I asked my neurosugeon if my having hydrocephalus would complicate pregnancy, and he said it should have an adverse effect at all. I have a VP shunt, and I've also had my gall bladder out via a 8 inch incision, so I also have a ton of fun scar tissue. I can still deliver naturally, provided future babies cooperation, and I should still be able to have a c-section with no hydrocephalus related issues. It could vary person to person though, so I'd definitely ask my doctor if I were you.

Thu, Jan. 5th, 2012 04:07 am (UTC)

While pregnant I had a shunt failure due to the thickening of the blood. Which resulted in two brain surgeries. I also had a brain stem hemorrhage. I know of some women who were able to have children but I would not risk it. It near killed me.