Having A Baby When You Have Turner's Syndrome

Turner's Syndrome is a developmental and metabolic disorder that prevents girls from developing fully into women. Many of these girls and young ladies are as short as ten-year-olds and frequently resemble pre-teens. They also have extremely short reproductive capacities, limiting the number of years in which they can have a child of their own. Some subtypes of Turner's prevent these women from having a child at all. If you have Turner's and want a baby, you should consult an infertility doctor for help and advice.

Establishing Whether or Not Your Ovaries Are Functional

If you have mosaic Turner's Syndrome, you have a far greater chance of being able to conceive than other women with other types of Turner's. This is because the other copies or deformations of the "X" and/or "Y" chromosomes present in other types of this syndrome often render women sterile, but not in mosaic Turner's. Your biggest obstacle is finding out whether or not your ovaries are functioning properly, and producing eggs.

Your OBGYN can perform some tests and monitor your ovaries to see if they produce eggs. Then you can either attempt in vitro fertilization using your own eggs, or take fertility drugs to produce several of your own eggs at one time. The latter option helps you increase your chances of becoming pregnant because your partner's sperm will have more options to fertilize.

Implantation of a Fertilized Egg

Your next big obstacle is making sure your fertilized egg(s) can attach to the wall of your uterus. In women with Turner's, there are often deformities with the reproductive organs, kidneys, and bladder. As such, you may miscarry several pregnancies before you either give up or you are finally able to conceive. Even then, your OBGYN may prescribe bed rest throughout your entire pregnancy to avoid a miscarriage.

Taking Hormones While Pregnant

Because women with Turner's have major hormone imbalances, you may need to take hormones throughout your pregnancy. The hormones your doctor prescribes are often given in the form of shots by your OBGYN. They represent the amounts of each hormone needed to conceive, carry a child, and finally go into labor and delivery.

There are multiple risks to the embryo and fetus, but you will have to weigh those against your desire to have your own healthy baby. After your baby is born, then you have to decide if you are going to take hormones to produce milk for him/her, or feed your baby formula to avoid passing those hormones to your baby through your breast milk. Talk with a doctor, such as at Women's Care Inc, for more help.