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post #101 of 136
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No, I don't see it anywhere very often. We are very much hoping to conceive either naturally or through IUI, but if that doesn't work, we've decided to move onto embryo donation. A lot of people would try IVF first, and then possibly donor sperm, but we've chosen to skip those. IVF is just too expensive for us to justify (not criticizing anyone else, of course!). It's mostly my DH who doesn't want to go with a sperm donor. I agree with him, but he's much more adamant about it. Without going into too much detail, it's for religious reasons, creating a baby from my egg and someone else's sperm wouldn't jive with what we believe. If we go with donated embryos, they are already created, so no issues there. It's also only a third of the cost of IVF (though not quite as successful, from what I understand). I think DH is also afraid that I would bond with the baby more if it was just biologically related to me. Would it be true? Probably not, but I respect his feelings, and I am perfectly happy with the option of embryo donation. (This is not meant to criticize anyone who does IVF or sperm donation...just to be clear. )

And yes, this would be due to DH's sperm issues...morphology, and sometimes motility, specifically. His count is fine. As far as we can tell, I don't have any problems other than the septate uterus, and that shouldn't cause any issues getting pregnant. It's staying pregnant that's in question. And since I can't get pregnant, we don't know yet if it will be a problem. (A lot of women have oddly-shaped uteri with no negative consequences.) That's why I said if I even have so much as one miscarriage, I'm going in for the surgery.
Wow, interesting! I totally get where you're coming from. Religious reasons or no, there are so many emotions to work through regarding the use of donor whatever, from the perspective of both the biological and non-biological parent. I agree that embryo donation is a nice way to get past the cost and discomfort of IVF and avoid the one-way biological link of using donor sperm. We just happen to be comfortable with donor sperm for the time being, and the cost is right for us.

But hey! I wish you the best of luck with the sperm you guys already have and I really hope it works out for you.
post #102 of 136
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Well, I have good news and I have bad news.....i will start with the good news.....I got the new job that I applied for and interviewed for 2 weeks ago!!! YAY!!! Ok, bad news...1) I will have to wait for a while before my new insurance will cover me for IF treatment since it's a "pre-existing" condition...i think it's stupid but whatever...anyways #2) AF found me today...and i'm ILL!!!!! This is the first month that I've had a 28 day cycle in i can't tell you how long. I just don't get it. I just started those new fetility meds this past week too so i'm mad that my blood levels were where they were supposed to be for me to start a new cycle of medication just so i could start my period like 5 or 6 days later. So now i'm going to go in on Friday still for my U/S and more b/w and let them know that I will no longer have insurance coverage after the end of the month for a little while. I"m kinda bummed about the having to take a break from activily trying with medicaion...but then I look back at everything and think maybe this is the time off we need. I will finally be on a normal schedule which will be great!!! I will only have to work 8 hr days now instead of 12 hours and i will have 2 set off days a week!!! I really can't complain...i'm just sad that this cycle has been wasted and can't understand why my body would decide to have a 28 day cycle when my last 4 or 5 cycles have been 43-45 days long!! GRRRRR...okay sorry...i'll be okay..it's just frustrating. If it's okay with you ladies i'm still going to hang out with you because we will still BD and try on our own. I think i'm going to start temping and using OPK's to see if maybe my body will finally straighten out. LOL HECK i even contemplated going back on the pill for a couple of months and then missing a couple like i did with DD back 7 years ago. I know that's not the best thing to do for my body but the hormones in the pill helped straighten me out with my cycles then missing a couple put that break in there to where i ovulated and actually got pregnant so who knows. I guess i'll just have to see what kind of coverage i'm going to have with my new insurance and see how long my wait is going to be before i can go back to the doctor. I know for some things you have to have the insurance for a full year. I really hope it's not that long of a wait...but if it is i might see if my OB will at least prescribe me clomid and see if i can respond to it better this go round.

Well, I hope everyone else is doing good. I have my FXed for everyone for the up coming weeks!!!! And is there anyone who would like to take this thread for the month of April? This is my 2nd month in a row of being thread keeper so I thought I would give someone else a stab at it. Just let me know. Thanks!!

ETA: I called the doctor today and he seems to feel like this is just break through bleeding and not a real period so i have to continue on my medications like planned and i go back in on friday for an u/s and more b/w which will be the last time i can do this without having to pay an arm and a leg for it...we'll see if we can afford it after i look back at what was charged to my insurance company for each of my visits. If nothing else like i said above i will just to start charting and doing opk's and see where that lands me...
post #103 of 136
So, I was drifting off to sleep about half an hour ago when I was jolted awake because I remembered I was supposed to start clomid tonight. Checked and found my pharmacy is 24 hrs. Got in the car and drove there at 11:15 pm only to find the THEY NEVER CALLED IT IN.

NOT COOL.

I'm already pissed. If there's not a way for me to start clomid on day 6, I will be REALLLLLLY pisssd. I'd make my clinic pay the storage fees for my donor sperm vials this month.

Sooooo pissed.
post #104 of 136
Okay so I got a call back from my nurse. Apparently "we never had a conversation about her calling in a prescription for me" so she didn't. But this morning she called it in to "the pharmacy we've used in the past for antibiotics". Okay... what about the fact that for the last two cycles it's been called in to CVS? I don't get it. Is it really my responsibility once they tell me what to do to make sure that I have the meds in my hand? I feel like they should confirm with me how I'm getting the Clomid, especially if they've called it in in the past. Isn't that in my file?

She also mentioned the Ovidrel trigger shot - which I think we were intending to use in the past, but both cycles I surged naturally so we didn't do it. I was under the impression that back in the fall, they'd called the trigger shot into CVS for me to pick up, but now I guess all along I was supposed to contact my insurance company's pharmacy and get it sent. Good thing I didn't need it, I guess, because I wouldn't have had it!

This is my beef with our healthcare system... since when does it make sense to make the patient have to track everything down for themselves? I have to be the go-between for my doctor and my insurance company. Since the Ovidrel script was never filled back in September 09 (because I didn't know I had to call them and get it sent...), it expired, and now I have to have my doctor fax over a new one and hope that it would get sent by the time I would potentiall need it... if I need it... because I haven't needed it before...

Very strange. All is worked out, I can take the clomid days 6-10, but I feel like usually when a doctor tells you to take something, you go pick it up and that's it.
post #105 of 136
Hello everyone. It's been a while since I posted last. It's awesome to see the new names and everyone is so supported! I think after our last cycle I needed to stop obsessing over the whole process. It kind of helped to stop thinking or really doing anything baby related (although we are still trying this cycle). I feel better and now am a few hours into my 2ww.


Weekend Wrap-Up
Name: Courtney
Age: 29
TTC #: 1
CD: 15
DPO (if applicable): IUI #2 today so 0
Testing: After the last cycle, I'm not testing until 4/1, I'm going to wait the entire 2 weeks
Trying Since: Jan 09
Plan for this Cycle: Clomid 50mg cd5-10, trigger shot on cd13, iui on cd 15
Link to Chart (if applicable): n/a
Thoughts: I have reached a point where I am trying not to even think about things too much. DF and I were so bummed last cycle, it took us both a few days to get back to normal. And even now the hurt is still there. It's like grief, but I don't know why since we didn't really lose anyone...just the idea of someone.
post #106 of 136
Ugh its been a long, sad week. We have a family friend/relative. She is my BIL's niece (they are both around 40 yrs old) so were raised like brother and sister living next door to each other. I've know D since I was about 11 when my sister and BIL started dating. Anyways her husband who was 41 yrs old died of a heart attack on Saturday. It is just so sad to see that a healthy active man with three little kids can just be gone like that. My poor dh is so upset. He really likes this couple and is so sad for D, but it brings back all his feelings about his own dad dying. My dh lost his dad 12 yrs ago when he was only 49 yrs old. DH was the oldest at 25 and the other 7 siblings were all 10-20 yrs old.

On a happy note I went to see Bon Jovi in concert Wednesday night. My dh gave me tickets to go with my sisters for Christmas! It was amazing & he is still hot!! My new RE had me take clomid this cycle days 2-6 and I have had no symptoms at all! I'm kind of freaked out that it isn't working. Usually I have a headache and hot flashes every single day. Laura I would be livid if my clinic forgot the meds. The clinic I used for the last two cycles forgot my prescription the first time. I knew in lots of time though. Then for the next cycle they wouldn't just hand over the script when I was there for a blood test. They insistded I wait and call when af showed. Then they took two days to call me back and then called it in to the pharmacy. It was so annoying. This RE just gives you the scripts with refills for another two months.

Brandy good luck with your new job! When will you find out about the insurance? I hope this cycle turns out ok.
post #107 of 136
Lady Laura - sorry to hear about your med mix up!! That sucks!!! Seems like you totally have to be your own advocate when it comes to health these days!!!! Hope you have good luck with this cycle!!

lesliesara63 - Sorry to hear about the tragedy in your life!! So sad!!! Take care!!

pugmomma - good luck with this cycle!! I hear you about the loss of a hope!! Just sucks doesn't it!! I guess it will hopefully only make us all stronger in the long run, but it doesn't make it any easier I know all too well!!!!

brichole1214 - Congrats on the new job... maybe with a new job will come a new baby!!! Could you do a cobra plan until your other insurance would kick in that way you don't have to take a break at all, unless you want the break??? Just a thought.

AFM - Sorry I have fallen off the face of the earth lately....our last IUI w/ injectibles didn't work and I guess since my FSH was a little higher than they like my RE said we could do one more IUI and then she recommended going right to IVF or just skip the IUI and go right to IVF. So we decided to take this month off all together and try and get all of our "ducks" in order. Anyways, I had just a general physical with my PCP since i haven't had one in about 3-4 yrs and he found that my thyroid is out of wack... Hypothyroid and he is wondering if this might be part of our issues with getting pregnant or possibly staying pregnant. Anyways, he wants me to start on synthroid, but from some of the research i have done on my own a more natural type like a drug called Armour or other is a better choice since it helps not only your T4 but T1, T2, T3 & calcitonin. I guess the synthroid only works on your T4 and that is it. Does anyone know more about this or is there a group on here already that I haven't found maybe concerning this??? My dr didn't seem to keen on switching me to it (or so his receptionist said he said) so I'm a little frustrated. I posted this on the main infertility page too b/c I didn't know where I would get the most info. Sorry if you read it twice. So that is what is going on here. Hope everyone else is doing well and baby dust to all of you!!!
post #108 of 136
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Thanks leslie and blueyezz!!! I am really looking forward to my new job...it's really exciting to know that i'll finally be on a "normal" schedule. My body is already responding to it since i've been off work for almost a month!!! I went to the doctor friday and the nurse told me that she can tell that my body is changing because my ovaries didn't look as Polycystic as they had been so that made me happy (i've also lost a few lbs since i've been off work so that has helped too) My medication is actually working like it's supposed to and a lot quicker than it did last cycle. Instead of being on the meds for almost 20 days before it started working this time i was only on it for 7. I had to do 3 more days of medication this weekend and I go back to the doctor at 9 in the morning to see if the 2 follies that were getting bigger friday will be ready for us to do the ovedril this week!!! I really hope we can...i'm still off work another 2 weeks so that would be great to start my first day of work and end up pregnant

Blueyezz: i could do cobra but i think a little bit of time off would be good for me and dh if it doesn't work this time. I mean i don't know that it will be a fulll year's wait but we will see. I think that since my body is responding so good to me losing some weight that i will just keep on that track and try to lose the other 30 lbs i wanna lose over the next several months and see where that leaves us. I just can't afford the cobra coverage right now, which sucks!!!! I hope everyone is doing great and i have my fingers crossed for everyone this cycle!!!! I really hope the spring brings good news to all of us!!!!
post #109 of 136
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YAY the nurse told me this morning that we have 3 follicles on the left and 1 follicle on the right that are ready so when she calls me back this afternoon with my b/w results she's supposed to tell me when i'm supposed to use the ovedril and then we get to BD!!! I'm really excited. I wish i had the money saved up to use for a IUI treatment this month...but i've held out from BDing this weekend because i knew we would have to this week...my DH thinks i'm evil but i want to make sure that we have everything set and ready to go this week!!!! I'm ready for this afternoon to get here now. this is the first time the nurse has been this excited for me. The last time we were happy with the results there were too many follicles (that was last cycle) and then we had to hold off on everything. God i'm so greatful that this is finally starting to work because i was getting very discouraged about it!!!



eta: The nurse called at about 330 and i only have to take 35 IU's of the menopur tonight and then i get to use the Ovedril tomorrow morning. We have to BD tonight and then Wed...so DH is rather excited about that one!!! I've never used the trigger shot before and the nurse didn't tell me how to inject it so....where do i inject it? I've been giving myself my shots for the menopur in my belly....i'm totally lost since this is the first cycle i didn't O too early on my own!!!
post #110 of 136
Great new Brandy!! I love to hear about lots of follicles. My dh usually does my shot and it is right in the stomach. Probably the same as your menopur shots. Good luck this week! So do you still have to give notice at your old job?

Has anyone ever had a big change in their side effects? Usually when I take clomid I get headaches everyday for a week, hot flashes, emotional,nauseous etc. This month I have had no side effects except for a headache one day. I really hope its doing its work. I go for my u/s tomorrow at 10 to see whats growing in there.

Blueyzz how long will you need to be on thyroid meds before doing another cycle? I really don't know much about thyroid problems and ttc.
post #111 of 136
Hello, all! I have been away from my office for over a week and yesterday I was playing catch up...

I hope everyone is doing well. I don't have time to read back all the posts over the past 2 weeks so I'm just gonna give an update.

DH has his varicocelectomy tomorrow! We are both kinda nervous about it, but we are calm knowing this will hopefully get his numbers where they're supposed to be. I was hoping that I would actually ovulate normally this month so I could before the operation, but alas that is not to be. I used an OPK last night and didn't get the . I am hopeful to get the tonight, but we'll see! We do plan on BDing toinght and tomorrow and use Preseed to help the little guys survive if I do O in the next few days.

The dr. did call (from his house) last night to speak with DH and answer any questions he had. We were informed that our insurance will cover the surgery and we only have to pay around $300 (which includes the deductible and 10% of the charges). We were thrilled to learn that!

Anyway, that is about it. : for those testing soon!
post #112 of 136
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Originally Posted by GrapesBunch View Post
Hello, all! I have been away from my office for over a week and yesterday I was playing catch up...

I hope everyone is doing well. I don't have time to read back all the posts over the past 2 weeks so I'm just gonna give an update.

DH has his varicocelectomy tomorrow! We are both kinda nervous about it, but we are calm knowing this will hopefully get his numbers where they're supposed to be. I was hoping that I would actually ovulate normally this month so I could before the operation, but alas that is not to be. I used an OPK last night and didn't get the . I am hopeful to get the tonight, but we'll see! We do plan on BDing toinght and tomorrow and use Preseed to help the little guys survive if I do O in the next few days.

The dr. did call (from his house) last night to speak with DH and answer any questions he had. We were informed that our insurance will cover the surgery and we only have to pay around $300 (which includes the deductible and 10% of the charges). We were thrilled to learn that!

Anyway, that is about it. : for those testing soon!

Good luck to your dh! I can't believe a doctor actually called you personally from home. Amazing! What is the recovery time?

So went for the u/s this morning (just home for lunch now) and it looks like only one good follicle again. It was only 13mm so back I go on Thursday morning. He couldn't even find my left ovary. Its kind of posterior and always hard to find. Dr P said that if anything was going on it would be easier to find. So this is my second cycle of only one follicle on clomid, does that mean that I may not have been ovulating at all without clomid?
post #113 of 136
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Good luck to your dh! I can't believe a doctor actually called you personally from home. Amazing! What is the recovery time?

So went for the u/s this morning (just home for lunch now) and it looks like only one good follicle again. It was only 13mm so back I go on Thursday morning. He couldn't even find my left ovary. Its kind of posterior and always hard to find. Dr P said that if anything was going on it would be easier to find. So this is my second cycle of only one follicle on clomid, does that mean that I may not have been ovulating at all without clomid?


I'm sorry to hear about only having 1 follicle but maybe by thursday it will grow a little more. I never responded well to clomid at all...in fact that's why i've been on the femara and menopur!!! But everyone's body is different...and there are so many more combinations of medications that you can use if you aren't satisfied with only getting one good follicle out of it. I am greatful that the doctor finally found the right combination for me thought because i was about to lose my mind. not to mention i think the clomid has more side effects than the other medications i've tried. I was like EVIL while i was on clomid. I really hope that thursday's scan works out better for you!!!!!!


Grapes: I've got you guys in my thoughts for tomorrow's procedure!!! I really hope everything goes well!!!


Throwing out lots of fertility vibes to everyone for the rest of this month!!! Has anyone given any thought to taking over the thread for april yet? I know we still have a week left in this month but i wanted to make sure i didn't start the new thread in april if someone was interested in taking over...just let me know
post #114 of 136
Good luck, Grapesbunch! DH had this surgery back in October, and it went pretty well. DH says it was pretty simple and easy. Unfortunately, no results for us, yet. Hope you get the results you want quickly!
post #115 of 136
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Blueyzz how long will you need to be on thyroid meds before doing another cycle? I really don't know much about thyroid problems and ttc.[/QUOTE]

I have to have it check again after 6-8 wks of being on the med to see where it is at, but may have to stay on it the rest of my life. Kinda all depends on my levels. Sounds like if these levels are off in any women it can prevent you from conceiving or increase your chances of miscarriage/preterm labor and several other things. So we will see. My PCP Dr has me on just a small dose right now. I haven't even talked to my RE about the whole thing yet b/c we were actually on a break from everything this month when i found this out. DH and i are talking about maybe trying on our own for a bit with the new med to see if we could catch an egg on our own and if not then we will see. Probably should let my RE know what is going on, I guess. Fingers crossed!!!
post #116 of 136
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Blueyezz: I would tell my RE about the thyroid issue that was discovered. I also feel like if you get your thyroid issue under control your chances of getting pregnant on your own will go up I really hope that the medication helps you....and I pray that you don't have to take the medication the rest of your life!!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!!!

i'm a little behind so here's my wrap-up lol....


Wrap-Up
Name: Brandy
Age: 26
TTC #: 2
CD: 35
DPO (if applicable): 0 (took trigger shot yesterday and i should O by tonight)
Testing: i'm currently testing to see how long it's going to take for the trigger to get out of my system...then probably won't test again until at least 10dpo.
Trying Since: Sept '07
Plan for this Cycle: Took 5 days of Femara (cd23-cd27) w/ 11 days of Menopur (CD23-CD33)...Trigger shot A.M on CD34...was advised to DTD monday and Wed (today).
Link to Chart (if applicable): n/a
Thoughts: Really praying that the 3 follicles that were ready on monday release today and are attacked my DH's swimmers One of my friends IRL told me monday that my DH needs to remember to give them a pep talk before we get to business and I laughed really hard...i really needed her humor that day...i've only had negitiveness from most of my friends and so I just stopped talking to them. I'm happy that I do have 3 friends IRL who are there for me and support me in what we've decided to do with going through our IF treatments. Most of my family are really supportive too...but i'm afraid that DH's family think that we are stupid and should just try to let things happen...well, obviously we can't just LET things happen....we've tried that route for 3 years...anyways..i'm ready for the first week of april to get here so I can test for real...although i'm having a blast testing and seeing the false +'s from the trigger shot...i'll take that until i can get the real thing i guess....
post #117 of 136
I used to be in the 12+ months TTC group here but I haven't posted in a long time. I can't remember if I ever posted on the infertility thread.

I'm 31 and my husband is 44. We've been TTC our first together for 4 years now. We've been through 2 failed adoptions and 2 failed IVFs in that time.

The diagnosis is severe male factor infertility, unknown cause. Testosterone is normal as are FSH and LH though FSH was on the lower end of normal. There are probably some genetic tests we could do, but they are so expensive we haven't done them.

I was just browsing through the threads and GrapesBunch really inspired me!! I am SO excited for you about your husband's improved S.A. and now I think we might try clomid also.

We consulted with an infertility specialist urologist two years ago. He said my husband does not have a varicocele (just from a manual exam) which I'm not entirely convinced of. As I mentioned, the hormone tests were all "normal" but FSH on the low end of normal. The urologist prescribed Clomid for my husband, but we did some reading and saw that it can actually cause a decrease in S.A. results if it's not what the person needs. We didn't want to risk that at the time because we were moving on to IUI's and IVFs.

He has motility, morphology and concentration problems. If I remember right his previous S.A's showed around a half million to work with. But both times we did the IVF's the doctor had to stay till the middle of the night to even find enough to fertilize my eggs. The first time he found 20, and the second time he found 10 that were alive and 4 more he wasn't sure about. The first time 19 fertilized, 12 went to day 3 but none to day 5. The second time all 14 fertilized, 12 went to day 3 and again none to day 5.

In addition to my husband's issues I have hashimoto's hypothyroid with reverse t3 and low progesterone. I think I'm fairly decently medicated for both of those now, though I'd like to be on a bit higher prometrium dosage since I still spot and cramp before my periods.

I do seem to ovulate on my own. This month I did OPKs and I can't tell if I O'd day 12 or 14. Which is a *lot* earlier than I used to! I used to O day 17-20 or so. So I guess my thyroid and prometrium must be helping.

I did a little research on sperm donation a couple years ago before we moved on to IVF. Someone suggested this group for guys considering using donor sperm. It's a big group of guys who are dads through using donor sperm....everyone from guys just considering it to guys with nearly grown kids. Now, I just wish they had a similar group for the women http://groups.yahoo.com/group/di_dads/

We looked into embryo donation, but we couldn't find an affordable way to do it. It's something I think I'd probably still really like to try. But our local clinics say they never have donor embryos and on the *very, very, very* rare occassions that they do, they would automatically be given to patients who had already failed multiple IVFs. The only other way I could find to get donor embryos is by "adopting" through Snowflakes or a similar place. And in that case you have to pay them a huge amount of money for the embryo "match" plus go through a homestudy. I guess we could look back into that since we will likely be completing a homestudy for adoption anyway, but it doesn't in any way seem more affordable than IVF to me. Are there other clinics where it's a lot easier? I wonder if there are any in the Pacific Northwest?

Anne I was thinking, you mentioned severe anxiety. Have you had your progesterone tested? My anxiety generally isn't severe but I do have a bit more anxiety and insomnia when I forget to take my progesterone. Then again we all have plenty of logical reasons for anxiety without any medical reason!
post #118 of 136
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I used to be in the 12+ months TTC group here but I haven't posted in a long time. I can't remember if I ever posted on the infertility thread.

I'm 31 and my husband is 44. We've been TTC our first together for 4 years now. We've been through 2 failed adoptions and 2 failed IVFs in that time.

The diagnosis is severe male factor infertility, unknown cause. Testosterone is normal as are FSH and LH though FSH was on the lower end of normal. There are probably some genetic tests we could do, but they are so expensive we haven't done them.

I was just browsing through the threads and GrapesBunch really inspired me!! I am SO excited for you about your husband's improved S.A. and now I think we might try clomid also.

We consulted with an infertility specialist urologist two years ago. He said my husband does not have a varicocele (just from a manual exam) which I'm not entirely convinced of. As I mentioned, the hormone tests were all "normal" but FSH on the low end of normal. The urologist prescribed Clomid for my husband, but we did some reading and saw that it can actually cause a decrease in S.A. results if it's not what the person needs. We didn't want to risk that at the time because we were moving on to IUI's and IVFs.

He has motility, morphology and concentration problems. If I remember right his previous S.A's showed around a half million to work with. But both times we did the IVF's the doctor had to stay till the middle of the night to even find enough to fertilize my eggs. The first time he found 20, and the second time he found 10 that were alive and 4 more he wasn't sure about. The first time 19 fertilized, 12 went to day 3 but none to day 5. The second time all 14 fertilized, 12 went to day 3 and again none to day 5.

In addition to my husband's issues I have hashimoto's hypothyroid with reverse t3 and low progesterone. I think I'm fairly decently medicated for both of those now, though I'd like to be on a bit higher prometrium dosage since I still spot and cramp before my periods.

I do seem to ovulate on my own. This month I did OPKs and I can't tell if I O'd day 12 or 14. Which is a *lot* earlier than I used to! I used to O day 17-20 or so. So I guess my thyroid and prometrium must be helping.

I did a little research on sperm donation a couple years ago before we moved on to IVF. Someone suggested this group for guys considering using donor sperm. It's a big group of guys who are dads through using donor sperm....everyone from guys just considering it to guys with nearly grown kids. Now, I just wish they had a similar group for the women http://groups.yahoo.com/group/di_dads/

We looked into embryo donation, but we couldn't find an affordable way to do it. It's something I think I'd probably still really like to try. But our local clinics say they never have donor embryos and on the *very, very, very* rare occassions that they do, they would automatically be given to patients who had already failed multiple IVFs. The only other way I could find to get donor embryos is by "adopting" through Snowflakes or a similar place. And in that case you have to pay them a huge amount of money for the embryo "match" plus go through a homestudy. I guess we could look back into that since we will likely be completing a homestudy for adoption anyway, but it doesn't in any way seem more affordable than IVF to me. Are there other clinics where it's a lot easier? I wonder if there are any in the Pacific Northwest?

Anne I was thinking, you mentioned severe anxiety. Have you had your progesterone tested? My anxiety generally isn't severe but I do have a bit more anxiety and insomnia when I forget to take my progesterone. Then again we all have plenty of logical reasons for anxiety without any medical reason!
airmide I remember you posting in the 12mth+ttc group quite some time ago. It sounds like you have been through a lot. I am so sorry about your failed adoptions. Good luck with whatever your next step is.

I'm supposed to do my trigger Saturday night at 6PM and have a Monday AM IUI. When I went yesterday there was still just one follicle but it was growing. So we'll see what happens.
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airmide I remember you posting in the 12mth+ttc group quite some time ago. It sounds like you have been through a lot. I am so sorry about your failed adoptions. Good luck with whatever your next step is.

I'm supposed to do my trigger Saturday night at 6PM and have a Monday AM IUI. When I went yesterday there was still just one follicle but it was growing. So we'll see what happens.


Leslie: Good luck on your IUI for monday morning....i really hope that it takes for you!!! At least that one follicle is growing I'll be thinking about ya!!!

airmide: I meant to welcome you yesterday when I signed on but my DH was rushing me. Welcome and I really hate that you are still struggling with TTC. I hope that things start working out for you guys soon!!! I could get on my high horse about how people who don't have to try hard don't understand what we are going though. But i'm going to try to be calm today lol.

To everyone else: I know i've been lacking in the personals lately and i'm really sorry about that. I've been going through a bout of depression with not having a job for the past month....(though i know i start my new job in just a week and a couple of days) I've also been trying to keep myself busy with doing house work and stuff so that I don't go crazy waiting on my 2ww to be over with. I'm 3dpo today and i'm really about just lose it!!! I've been testing every morning since i took my trigger shot to see how long it's going to take for it to be out of my system and the tests are getting lighter but i'm still getting a BFP on them (which it's only been like 4 or 5 days since i took the shot so i know that it will still be there for a few more days. I'm just praying that it doesn't take the whole 2 weeks for it to get out of my system. (i've had a friend who's lasted that long before and i would go crazy trying to decide if i'm really pregnant or if it's just the shot that i took) I really hope that all of us are able to move out of here soon....that would be great!!!! I hope everyone is doing great this weekend and maybe it will stay pretty out for everyone. I know it's pretty down here in alabama...it's just really windy. I've decided my DH is trying to give me a cold though lol...i woke up this morning and he had the AIR on and had it set at like 71. I was about to go off. I can't be taking a shower and then freezing to death when i get out!!! It's back on heat now and set at 72. He can complain about it when he gets home this afternoon from work. (the thing was reading 60 degrees in my house...that's just crazy!!!) I may not be the skinniest person on earth but i get cold really quick....i can't help that he's a walking heater!!!!
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Thank you for the welcome Leslie and Brandy!

GrapesBunch I also meant to ask, would you mind telling me your husband's clomid routine? How much is he taking and at what times? My husband's prescription is for 50mg every other day.

Brandy, probably because it's a soapbox issue of mine hehe, I have to ask about something you said in your post. You said " I may not be the skinniest person on earth but i get cold really quick....i can't help that he's a walking heater!!!!"

Have you had your thyroid properly checked including Free T3, Free T4 and antibodies? It took me 12 years and 13 doctors to get one to check antibodies. While my TSH was within range (well, the outdated range all the labs still insist on using), my antibodies were off the charts. I used to be freezing all the time despite being overweight. I used to feel freezing cold when the thermostat said 72. After going on meds I was comfortable most of the time with it at 68. My husband noticed the same thing when he got treated for his hypothyroid.
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