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How long to leave between surgeries? TTC/Supplements - pycenegol,indole 3 carbinole, milk thistle?

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Hi everyone,

Hoping to get some advice. After 2.5 years of trying to conceive i was eventually diagnosed with endometriosis and had surgery with the excellent James English. He diagnosed me with stage two. Then, 2 cycles later I fell pregnant, it felt like a miracle after trying for so long and our son Jack was born the following April.

We've been trying to conceive again, started around 2 months ago. However, sadly in the last month or two ive noticed endo symptoms have returned. Painful periods, pain radiating down front/inside thighs, pain in hip area etc. Also end of this period has started to get clotty. After what's felt like a year and a half of perfect periods, arriving on time, no spotting etc etc it's been a rude awakening that we are never truly free of this awful bloody disease!

Anyway, I wanted to get some opinions really on whether I should just go for the surgery now, I'm 37 and time is not on my side. Or wait for a few more months of trying, not sure how many and go then? My concern is that each time you have surgery am I correct in thinking it can cause scar tissue making it even harder for egg to implant etc? Also, has anyone found any natural supplements/alternative remedies that have worked for them? I've heard that was a study on pycenegol which showed promising results. I've also just ordered endo complex from wild nutrition created by Henrietta Norton author of Take Control of your endometriosis. It contains Indole 3 carbinol, Betaine hydrochloride and Milk Thistle Powder. Has anyone had any experience with either of those supplements before?

Thanks again for reading!

1 Reply

Hi Red1981,

Thank you for your post. It sounds like you've got a lot of decisions to make. While we at EndometriosisUK can't give you advice, we do have a helpline available to help you talk through some of the above issues and maybe even help you reach a resolution. The number and hours of operation are listed here:

It sounds like you've got some specific medical questions as well, so we would really recommend discussing the above with your GP; as they could specifically advise you on whether to get the surgery or wait to get pregnant.

I hope you're able to find some peace of mind soon,

Kind regards,


Endometriosis UK

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