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post #1 of 7
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Hello,

I decided to post my first response here as it seems I am facing many of the same issues that have been brought to light. I begin my third round of clomid today. My husband and I have been TTC for three years now. I am about eighty pounds overweight and constantly struggling to lose. It seems even more of a battle with the stress from infertility treatments and meetings. The first round of clomid I became pregnant. I can't explain how excited I was to see a positive pregnancy test and get a call from the doctor that my blood work was also positive. That all ended quickly. The following day I had a beta done. I remember that day because it was a perfect storm of sadness. The nurse called me at work to tell me the my endo did not believe it was a viable pregnancy as my levels were at 6 and not progressing. Of course this made me fall to tears. To top it all off, my husband picked me up from work that day and saw that I was crying. He said "did someone call you?" I questioned what he was talking about. Then he informed me that my eight year old schnauzer Frankie had died at home suddenly. We found out later that he had a stroke which is very uncommon. Needless to say, I lost the baby and my dog within one day. The second treatment of clomid did not take but I know that we did not "try" as much as we should have during the "fertile" times. My endo has told me that this will be my final round of clomid before we move on to something else like IUI. I am really nervous as I am not sure if I am ready to move on to IUI. I can't believe how difficult these times are. However, it feels better to know that many others are going through similar trying times. Sometimes it feels like everyone around me is getting pregnant easily except me. This forum proves that many struggle through this as well.

post #2 of 7

Welcome. I hope you find a place of refuge and support here.

 

We've been trying for 3+ years now and it's taken me a long time to even be ok with moving forward with Clomid. We did 2 rounds last year without any success but we're thinking about doing another round soon before we decide what the next move is.

 

I hope that MDC can bring you as much strength as it does me.

post #3 of 7

Just had to post in support.  I am going to be starting my second round of clomid next week.  The first round didn't take AT ALL, no follicles at all.  So, we go through it all again.  I am excited and sad at the same time.  My husband keeps commenting on my wild mood swings...It's definitely a rollercoaster.  All of the things I've wished for in my mind feel like I can almost touch them they feel so real...

 

Have you thought about going on Metformin in addition to the Clomid?  I have PCOS and my RE has me on that, so hopefully there will be enough in my system to help this time.  I just think I didn't have enough of the drugs in my system last time to make it work.  We will be having IUI's with each round, so hopefully it will work out.  Maybe Metformin would help since you are overweight (I'm overweight and by much more than 80 lbs.)

 

I hope this time works out for you. 

post #4 of 7

Oh Graf, I'm so sorry for both your losses. That is just so stressful. I'm currently in the 2ww after my 2nd clomid/hcg trigger/IUI and like you, I'm being told that I will get three rounds of clomid and then I'll have to move on. Since I'm already doing the IUI, my next step is IVF. DH and I have already discussed it. If I'm not pregnant this month, next month will be the clomid cycle and then we're going to take a couple of months and it's IVF time. All of this is so stressful and exhausting and I've only been at it for 1 year or so, not 3 years like you!! My heart really goes out to you- i know how hard it is to lose a dog as well; they really become a part of the family. I still haven't gotten over the loss of my dog and that was about 8 years ago!

 

In case you're worried, IUIs are really quite easy. I mean, it's a little inconvenient, especially for your DH who has to "donate" the sperm but for me, IUIs have always been painless and easy. In fact, the last time I got it, i was asking the doctor about a med i'm taking and next thing i know, he says "ok i'm done." I was talking my way through the IUI and I didn't even realize he did it! I don't know if you're covered by insurance but that's the other thing that's difficult about IUIs for me-the cost. I don't have coverage for infertility. sigh. duh.gif

 

Regardless, i know it doesn't always feel that way, but you're definitely not alone.

 

big hugs and good luck this month!!

post #5 of 7

Hi.  

 

I wanted to post a couple of resources that have been helpful to me.  I am also about 80-90 lbs. overweight.  I am doing iui but not because of infertility (so far).  My female dp and I are using donor sperm and are using physician assisted iui.  I'm in the 2WW for attempt #3.

 

I have found the following 2 blogs to be very helpful/reassuring.  

 

http://wellroundedmama.blogspot.com

 

http://www.fatnutritionist.com/

 

I especially like the Well Rounded Mama blog because there is so much fear-based information out there about being overweight/obese and pregnant.  She doesn't write so much about fertility but she helps me feel better about where I am headed.

 

Just thought these might be useful for you.  Good luck with ttc.

post #6 of 7

Thanks for posting those blogs...they are helpful to read.  Just because people are overweight doesn't mean that they shouldn't have a healthy pregnancy.

post #7 of 7

Just had to post and say I'm sorry for all you're going through. 2 losses in one day. I have cats and couldn't imagine losing them teh same day as oen of my miscarriages. :(

I think if clomid worked before it'll work again! It has fo rme as well so I'm holding out hope still. Hope we both get a bfp soon. :)

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