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post #61 of 92
Ahhhhh... I just typed this long message and now it is gone!!! I hate when that happens. Hopefully I can remember what i had typed..... Lets try this again!!!

brichole1214 - So sorry to hear about AF showing her ugly face!!! Fingers crossed that your U/S looks clean so you can get started again and not have take any extra meds.

kristenok18- How big were your follies??? What meds are you on? Your DH's #'s look great! 27.8 mil is awesome!!! Sure wish we had those numbers!!!! Fingers crossed for you!!!!

pugmomma- from my experience if you used a trigger shot it will give you a positive pregnancy test for maybe 5-14ish days after using it - all depends on your personal body and how fast you flush things out of your system. I have used some $ store preg. tests to see how long it stays in my system and it sticks around in me for at least 5-6 days!!! Good luck to you.

MrsD08 - hope your DH's appt. goes well!! Keeping you guys in my thoughts and prayers!!

AFM -Well this is our 2nd IUI cycle since we lost our boys and this time I've switched to Follistim instead of Gonal F. I'm on CD 14 today and gave myself the trigger shot last night and we go in bright and early Sat morning for our IUI!!! Sure seems like the follies are getting big and I'm just hoping that we aren't too late. I just have to trust that the Drs know what they are doing and stop second guessing in my head that I know my body best!! Sure is hard though!! Trying to stay positive and praying that it will work this time!! My RE told me that we could do one more cycle of injectables after this one and then she would recommend that we go straight to IVF (ooch$$$$). Hopefully this cycle will be the best Birthday present I could ever get since today is my B-day!!! Good luck to the rest of you!!!!!!!!
post #62 of 92
blueeyzz, pugmomma and kristen, GOOD LUCK!! I get really excited when people actually go in and get the IUIs done... it feels like such a milestone for me to actually get to the point of the insemination. We waited from June until OCTOBER before my follicle looked right (It was Clomid that did the trick!).

AFM - b/w and u/s this morning; E2 is 140, lining is 4.2, and one 10mm follicle (this is CD12). Going back on Tuesday (CD16) for b/w and u/s.

I did Clomid on CD5-9 this cycle, like the October one. Last time I went in on CD14 and had a 15mm follie, returned CD16 with an 18 and had the IUI the next morning on CD17. Hopefully that's what happens again! I'd like to trigger, though...
post #63 of 92
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Blueyezz~ I got the call back from the nurse this afternoon about my b/w and u/s and she said my b/w looks good and everything has leveled out there...but there are still like 9 follicles that are too big for us to try to start any new meds....so i have to sit out most of this cycle. The doctor doesn't want to see me back until March 12th...so in 3 weeks. I'm really bummed because I was really wanting to be able to have a 2010 baby...but it looks like unless my body does what it's supposed to naturally I won't be having another one until the first of next year or a little later. I'm really frustrated but maybe this 3 week wait is what we need. I think we are going to try to get a vacation in sometime. I hope you had a great birthday too!!! : ) I'm looking forward to my b'day party tomorrow night with several of my close friends. I think it's something that I need. To get out and not worry about anything!! Also G/L with this cycle I hope it takes this cycle!!!!!


EVERYONE ELSE~ i hope that everyone has a great weekend. I'm going to throw this out again...if anyone would like to take over this thread for next month please let me know. like i said i don't mind doing it again next month but i figured since i'm going to be out from even doing anything until almost the middle of the month I would give someone else a chance to take over for a month!
post #64 of 92
Well, 2nd (actually 5th if we are counting all of them over the last yr 1/2) IUI complete!!! Went in this am and all went smoothly! DH was able to round up 13.2 mil swimmer for the swim meet which is about 10 mil more than last month, so we are just keeping our fingers crossed!!! When we got prego with the boys we had 13mil so I'm hoping that is our lucky number!!! This is going to be a long TWW, sure hope it goes by faster than I expect!!! Baby Dust to everyone else!!!!
post #65 of 92
ok...iui question. Is it, like, just a waste of an insurance-supported iui to do it without Clomid or injectables? I mean, we have six iui's covered in our lifetime by insurance. We're trying to decide whether or not to do one the first cycle we can try, but I also don't want to stress out my ovary OR risk another stupid cyst by taking medication. Is it common to do an unmedicated iui? sigh....I see my well-earned calm slipping away as our "break" comes to an end.

blueyezz! Go lucky 13!
post #66 of 92
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Originally Posted by Tear78 View Post
ok...iui question. Is it, like, just a waste of an insurance-supported iui to do it without Clomid or injectables? I mean, we have six iui's covered in our lifetime by insurance. We're trying to decide whether or not to do one the first cycle we can try, but I also don't want to stress out my ovary OR risk another stupid cyst by taking medication. Is it common to do an unmedicated iui? sigh....I see my well-earned calm slipping away as our "break" comes to an end.

blueyezz! Go lucky 13!
It's kind of uncommon, but not totally unheard of. I tried to do unmedicated IUIs last summer, because I'd always had regular cycles and my charts showed that I ovulated around cd16/17. Unfortunately, I think the stress of doing IVF in April and then switching to donor sperm threw my cycles out of whack, and my doctor wasn't ever satisfied with my b/w results and the size of my dominant follicle. It was really frustrating! So I gave in and tried a Clomid cycle, and it worked - I got to the point of IUI. It was a BFN, though.

But it's not impossible to do unmedicated IUIs. They'll just have you use OPKs or get b/w and u/s and they'll try to time it with your natural surge. My first IUI was actually done with my natural surge. I think the biggest problem with unmedicated is that it's a little more difficult to control the timing.

I'd give it a shot with your natural cycles!
post #67 of 92
Thread Starter 
Weekend Wrap-up

Name: Brandy
Age: 25
TTC #: 2
Trying Since: Sept '07
CD: 4
DPO (if applicable): 0
Plan for this Cycle: Sitting and waiting for the old follies from the last over stimulated round of menopur!!!
Thoughts: I'm so frustrarted right now. I have to wait to go back to see the RE on March 12. He's refusing to let us do any more medication until he sees me back that day. And then I'm more than likely going to miss out on being able to do anything this cycle anyways because i'll be on CD23 by then which is half way through my cycles lately. For the past 5 months i've been like clock work with 43-45 day cycles...yet they call those irregular. I don't get it. Obviously that's regular for my body but whatever!!! Maybe my body will be normal and just do everything on it's own and maybe we can be pregnant by the time that I go back to the doctor or at least closer to being pregnant than I am right now!




On another note...i did have a great weekend and my birthday party was wonderful! They had a mechanical bull at the bar that we went to and I got on a road it for 20 seconds the first time and 25 seconds the second time. I had a lot of fun but boy am i sore today!!! I swear I hurt in places I didn't think I could hurt in lol...but it was all great! I hope everyone else had a great wekend!!!


Blueyezz: I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed for you girlie! I know the 2ww it horrible...but you'll make it I promise!!! I'm sure you'll find something to keep you busy so the next 2 weeks will go by really fast!!!!
post #68 of 92
Just wanted to peak in to say DH's appointment is tomorrow. I'm way more nervous than he is...
post #69 of 92
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Originally Posted by MrsD08 View Post
Just wanted to peak in to say DH's appointment is tomorrow. I'm way more nervous than he is...

About to head to work and was checking the board!!! Good luck tomorrow! I hope all goes well...please keep us posted!!!
post #70 of 92
I would like to join this thread. I posted over in the TTC before but after finding out some TTC problems, I sort of dropped off...

Name: GrapesBunch
Age: 27
TTC #: 1
CD: 26
DPO (if applicable): FF claims 6dpo but I don't think I ovulated. I didnt have the shift I normally have nor other post-O symptoms for me.
Testing: Problably never!
Trying Since: August 2008
Plan for this Cycle: Waiting to return to doctor for follow up
Link to Chart (if applicable): http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/2323f9
Thoughts: DH and I have been TTC since August 2008. In November 2009 we scheduled an appt with my doctor to take steps to finding the problem. My progesterone turned out to be a little low but nothing of much concern. We did find that my DH's count was WAYYYY low...just around 200,000. Blood tests showed that his FSH number was a little elevated but still within normal range. The doctor prescribed Clomid to help in a sense reset his pituitary (the doctor believes that his pituitary somehow got out of whack). We go back to the doctor the middle of next month to find out if it worked.

Has anyone's DH taken Clomid and it helped? I'm desperate to know but everything I've been able to find online (very little) were those saying it didn't work.
post #71 of 92
Can you update my info?

Saw a new Urologist 2/23. He is hopeful that we can figure out what is going on w/ DH. He has ordered a SA and if we can't get it done then he will do a procedure to see if there is a blockage of some sort. We go back March 30th.
post #72 of 92
ladylaura, thank you for sharing your experience. I really really appreciate it. I hope it works for you soon!!! We'll probably go for a natural cycle this time around, to get a baseline after the cyst. It'll be hard to feel like we're not doing everything we can, but I still have hope.

GrapesBunch, hi honey! It's good to see you, though I'm sorry you're still struggling along, too. I hope you get a clear shift soon. I don't have experience or knowledge about DH's taking Clomid, but I hope you find the answer and good results soon! I'm glad that you have new information, since you can take steps forward. That's how it felt for us. and welcome!!!

everybody else. just a quick check-in. Waiting for AF sometime this weekend, then we can try again!!!
post #73 of 92
Had a follicle scan this morning. Got one at 16, so we're doing a big dose of Follistim tomorrow, plus Ovidrel, then IUI on Thursday. Please keep your fingers crossed for us and think twins!
post #74 of 92
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Originally Posted by Tear78 View Post
ladylaura, thank you for sharing your experience. I really really appreciate it. I hope it works for you soon!!! We'll probably go for a natural cycle this time around, to get a baseline after the cyst. It'll be hard to feel like we're not doing everything we can, but I still have hope.
No problem! I wish you the best of luck - I know there's not much info out there about natural IUIs but I'm glad I could be of help. There's also not much info out there about straight couples using donor sperm or Robertsonian translocations, but hey, I guess I'm the poster child for unusual infertility situations. So much of this process has been figuring things out for myself.

AFM - 14mm follicle today, up from 10mm on Friday. Lining is 8.7, E2 is 148 and LH is 25.7 - they want me back for b/w and u/s tomorrow morning. Comparing with last cycle, it looks like the IUI might happen on Friday...! I've cautiously allowed myself to get kind of excited, which I'm reluctant to do, usually, because then I'm setting myself up for a bigger disappointment if things don't work out. It's always so hard balancing the reality with the fantasy.

Oh, and a question - are any of you part of any real-life support groups? I feel like there should be more of those. Every time I go to my clinic there are many women in the waiting room, clearly all there for the same reason, and yet all look miserable and only speak to their partners in whispers, if at all. I feel like we're all in the same boat - why not commiserate? Or am I just weird for thinking that would make some sort of sense? They all look at me strangely anyway for being 25 and in a fertility clinic. Just something that occurred to me the other day - a support group would be immensely helpful, I think.
post #75 of 92
Thread Starter 
Grapesbunch~ Welcome...and you have been added under TTC#1 in the beginning blurb. If there's any thing you want changed just let me know...i don't mind at all.


MrsD08~ I am happy that things are looking better with this new urologist....i have changed some stuff in your blurb so if there's anything you would like for me to add or take away just let me know : ) Has AF finally found you yet? I am on CD6 right now so I guess I'm happy she's finally here for me.

Tear~ I really hope AF finds you soon so that yall can start your new cycle!!! I will be doing a non-medicated cycle this month as well all because of the doctor over stimulting me with the Menepur last cycle!!! (GRRRRR) I don't go back until cd23 and I usually O around cd17-cd20 and I have 14 day lp so I will have already missed my O day more than likely by the time i go back to the doctor.

minkajane~ G/L!!! I am pulling for you too!!! My birthday is Thursday so I'll send you some early birthday TWIN vibes since i have a twin brother!!!!

ladylaura I hope that follie is ready to do it's thing and you're able to have your IUI done on Friday. : ) I'll be sending you good vibes too!!!!


AFM: I'm on CD6 as I had noted earlier and I'm starting to come to terms with the fact that I'll be doing this cycle without any medication. I seriously have almost decided I'm going to give it a few months for my body to rest before we try a medicated cycle again. I'm so worn out and I REALLY don't want to go through the pain of OHSS EVER again!!!! G/L to everyone who will be doing IUI's this cycle and to everyone else who's either waiting to test or waiting on AF...HECK or even just waiting for the chance to O lol...Have a great day ladies!!!
post #76 of 92
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Originally Posted by ladylaura View Post
No problem! I wish you the best of luck - I know there's not much info out there about natural IUIs but I'm glad I could be of help. There's also not much info out there about straight couples using donor sperm or Robertsonian translocations, but hey, I guess I'm the poster child for unusual infertility situations. So much of this process has been figuring things out for myself.

AFM - 14mm follicle today, up from 10mm on Friday. Lining is 8.7, E2 is 148 and LH is 25.7 - they want me back for b/w and u/s tomorrow morning. Comparing with last cycle, it looks like the IUI might happen on Friday...! I've cautiously allowed myself to get kind of excited, which I'm reluctant to do, usually, because then I'm setting myself up for a bigger disappointment if things don't work out. It's always so hard balancing the reality with the fantasy.

Oh, and a question - are any of you part of any real-life support groups? I feel like there should be more of those. Every time I go to my clinic there are many women in the waiting room, clearly all there for the same reason, and yet all look miserable and only speak to their partners in whispers, if at all. I feel like we're all in the same boat - why not commiserate? Or am I just weird for thinking that would make some sort of sense? They all look at me strangely anyway for being 25 and in a fertility clinic. Just something that occurred to me the other day - a support group would be immensely helpful, I think.


OH and I TOTALLY know what you mean about "they all look at me strangely anyway for being 25" because I'm just about to turn 26 and thursday and I SWEAR i'm one of the youngest girls their. They look at me like i'm too young to be there but guess what....my body HATES me TOO!!! LOL...anyways, yes, i think there should be more support groups IRL that we could go to like once a week so we could talk about what's going on with people who REALLY understand. I love coming here to vent, but typing and actually talking about it are 2 different things. ANyways, i thought i would just add that after my last really long post lol
post #77 of 92
OK I always thought this thread was just for women ttc#1 until I read it today. I really felt compelled to respond to the question about real-life support groups. Fifteen years ago when my sister was first dealing with IF as a early 20's patient she did go to a real life group. I've never heard of any recently though. It is so true that we are all in the waiting room for the same thing. Most of the time I am so wound up that I can hardly talk to my dh if he is there. It seems like its against the rules to socialize with the other women.

Name: Leslie
Age: 35
TTC #: 3
Trying Since: March 09
CD: 13 or 14
DPO (if applicable): 0
Plan for this Cycle: I just went for an iui this morning. Only had one good follice this month on Clomid. Pretty uneventful. This afternoon I had an appointment with my previous RE that went really well. I kind of felt like an A$%^ that I didn't just go back to him for this baby in the first place. Anyways he agreed with me that the new RE was jumping the gun on recommending surgery (Dr#1 thinks its bicornuate after a lap in 06 and Dr #2 thinks its septate and wants to operate) If this cycle doesn't work we're going back to the old doc. Other than my bicorunate uterus, we are unexplained IF. Our first dd was conceived naturally, dd2 was conceived on our second clomid/iui cycle in 07.
post #78 of 92
Guess I'm doing my IUI tomorrow! YAY! That 14mm follicle grew 2.5 mm since yesterday morning - 16.5 now! Wow! Lining is still 8.7, and I guess they have caught me at the beginning of my surge. Last time they said "you're definitely surging already" and so hopefully we're timing it perfectly this time.

I'm also getting acupuncture done right after the IUI... just for some added security.

I think it's funny how my nurse today expressed a bit of surprise that my body is going ahead and ovulating on its own - I mean, I've never had an anovulatory cycle, even if my RE kept referring to my long cycles last summer as "anovulatory". I was charting and definitely saw temp jumps and changes in cervical fluid, but when they did u/s and b/w they didn't see good enough conditions for a natural IUI. That's why they put me on Clomid in September. Now that it's been 2 IUIs where I can't do a trigger because I'm naturally ovulating, maybe they'll finally believe me when I say I always ovulate... just not on time! Hah. The RE's anovulatory comments last summer really bothered me because that was just incorrect - and being an English teacher, I can't STAND it when people use the wrong word...

Anyway, wish me luck!
post #79 of 92
Brandy, can you change my blurb to this:

Samantha 24, DH 31, TTC Baby D. #1 since September 2009 with male factor infertility. Saw a new Urologist 2/23. He is hopeful that we can figure out what is going on w/ DH. He has ordered a SA and if we can't get a sample then he will do a procedure to see if there is a blockage of some sort. Next appointment: March 30th.
post #80 of 92
Well, my IUI went fine this morning - apparently we chose a good donor, as we had something like 80 million sperm in the sample and 43 million normal. Here's hoping this time's the charm

Swim swim swim!
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