Edited by birdie.lee - 5/7/13 at 1:02pm
RosieL- I have Endo and basically my experience has been EXTREME pain during AF. Mine started at 15 and since that time I've actually been in the hospital b/c I was in so much pain. Most people w/ Endo have heavy or long periods, although that was not the case with me. All my doctors have always told me it would get better once I had kids.... uhhhh... lol. Anyway, if it is endo dont' worry. I can't tell you how many people I have spoken to that have Endo that were told they wouldn't be able to have kids that do. I've been through the Laporoscopy (sp) to clean out the scar tissue from everywhere. For many women it can help them get pregnant and isn't painful (just go through your belly button). I've had a lot of negative experiences w/ my treatment and the fertility doc I go to now doesn't think my Endo is much of an issue. So thats where I'm at right now. Hope this helps you some. :)
Hi girls!!!! Today is a big day for me! Finally, after God only knows how long....................I'm OVULATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sorry, this is a big deal for me!
So as exciting as it is I guess we should say a BIG thank you to CLOMID, I know I was wondering if it would work for me. So, as excited as I am I guess I should ask if using OPK is enough to determine that I am in fact ovulating? It sounds good to me, but should I have done more? The next part, the part I need help with... Would be, they still haven't been able to fix my DH (more hope for what they are doing next week). But it's a little hard to get pregnant when your lucky to BD. SOOO..... My hope and my prayers for today and tomorrow are that my DH and I are able to make the most out of my ovulation! Wish me luck please!!! Prayers are ALWAYS appreciated!
Birdie, I am totally jealous of your hubby right now! I've been dropping hints about wanting that box set for a while. DH either isn't getting the message or he's ignoring it. I might just have to buy it for myself.
Rosie, I got a BFN yesterday. I didn't test this morning, but this is my third day of spotting and it's getting heavier. I predict it will turn into something more definite by evening, making today CD1. Lame, but at least the timing works perfectly with my doctor's appointment, since I'll be seeing her on CD3. Hopefully she'll order the bloodwork immediately. I'm sorry about your BFP and your wasp sting! Ouch!
Chap, still holding out hope for you!
Kellenjane, for ovulation! Wishing you tons of luck! I'm glad your endometriosis probably won't be an issue. My sister has an awful case and frequently winds up in the ER because of it. On one occasion, she was in so much pain that she went into shock on the way to the hospital. Luckily, the person driving her recognized what was happening, pulled off the road, and called an ambulance. She's been told she probably won't be able to have kids. She adores children, but at this point she'd really like to have a hysterectomy and be done with it.
Wow, Rosie - that's awesome news!!! Just when you were least expecting it.... congratulations!! Looks like that niggly thought of 'why should I drop off the sample if I'm already pregnant' was your intuition trying to reason with your rational mind which told you there was no way it could happen without medical help.
Caly - I hope the time your DH is away flies by! Last year my DH went away for 3 weeks and we could hardly even talk on the phone since he was out in the desert in the middle of nowhere. It sucks, I know.
KJ - Congrats on ovulating! Best of luck for the next step - as I understand it, OPKs give a window of opportunity, so definitely make the most of it as best you can, and HAVE FUN! Sending positive vibes your way
As for my updates, I was also at 12dpo yesterday, and AF showed up in the evening, as predicted. It actually gave me a great feeling of relief and peace, I think just knowing I didn't have to wonder what was going on anymore. I can just be with what is.
Also it's nice to know that I don't have to worry about annoying early pregnancy symptoms during the most intense phase of finishing up my thesis. Today I'm looking forward to another really productive workday (of course it's a lovely sunny Sunday here), perhaps followed with a relaxing glass of wine in the evening to reward myself... We don't have Boone's but there is an abundance of quite decent box wine in Australia (they call it 'goon' over here and some of it is heaps better than the stuff you can get in a box in the US). Maybe I'll even splurge and get something in a bottle. I don't even remember the last time I had wine.
I have a question for people who have been charting for a while - what do you record as CD 1 if AF comes on very lightly in the evening? Last night I started spotting for a couple of hours and even though it wasn't the full flow yet, I decided to use a tampon overnight, which turned out to be necessary. So do I mark yesterday as CD 1 or today? This is a recurring thing for me and I don't want to mess up my chart or calculations of LP length by writing down the wrong day. Any input would be much appreciated.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
I was confused there for a minute! So much for sperm morphology problems indeed. About a week and a half ago I read through all the statistics, worked the arithmetic, and determined my chances were about as good as winning a small lottery...maybe I should go check my math. In any case, I feel like we've won the lottery. Now...I'm sending all the baby dust I must have had around me to you guys.
chap - I would mark the day following overnight flow as CD1. If you're really unsure, write some notes in FF to let yourself know, so that months later if you're looking back for a pattern you'll see that you could have been off by a day. I would assume consistency is important...make a choice on how you'll record it, and always do it that way. That's my opinion...I don't recall if TCOYF specifically addressed the question.
Caly - Reading some of the other threads, are you really sure you're getting evaps not chemicals? Are the lines pink?
kellenjane - Yay for ovulation! Technicaly OPKs only detect your lutenizing hormone surge. It's possible to get the surge without the follicle actually ending up ruptured. The best you can do to really confirm O is combine OPKs with temp, and possibly mucus and cervical position checking. I never got the hang of the latter two, but OPKs + temping made me confident in my O dates. From what I gather, monitoring is when they pay close attention to when you ovulate in a cycle. It can include daily ultrasounds, OPKs tests, blood hormone tests before and after O, and in the case of my RE a trigger to make *sure* ovulation happens when it's supposed to. Someone who's gone through monitored cycles might be able to help more, but if you're taking clomid at the beginning and the doc isn't doing anything else, you're not being monitored, I'd say. HTH.
I'm officially reneging on my promise to be more upbeat. Sorry, ladies.
The Eeeeeevil One finally arrived this morning, so I guess I'll be seeing the doc on CD2. Still good timing if she wants to do CD3 bloodwork.
I just looked at a calendar. 48 days until DH comes home. It looks like he'll miss ovulation in both August and September, so our next shot will be in October, which is actually terrible timing. That would put our due date right smack in the middle of his field season. If we want to avoid that pitfall, we'd have to wait until January (!!!) to try again. Oh well. If, by some miracle, I actually get pregnant and wind up with a summer due date, we'll just have to figure it out.
I had a horrible night last night. Everything I perceive as being wrong with my life (our failure to conceive after 16 months, my failure to launch career-wise, the loneliness I've felt since we moved to Toledo, which is significantly amplified when DH is absent, my almost nonexistent self-esteem) just came crashing down on me, and I cried. Like, really cried - big, honking sobs that scared my poor cat and probably woke the neighbors. I tried to get a hold of DH at Toolik, but I couldn't track him down, which is probably for the best. Listening to me cry would've just stressed him out, and there isn't anything he can do about any of that stuff.
Congrautlations RosieL! Yeah for a BFP!
AFM: My temps this month have been higher than any previous month. http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/LilacVioletIris In the Making Babies book, it talks about having temps so low they are "off the charts" and recommends avoiding soy foods, wheat, and dairy as well as adding flaxseeds so I have been doing that for a couple of days. I am a vegetarian who loves bread. I am trying a few different grains: quinoa and millet, as well as eating more of my oatmeal (usual staple) instead of eating cold cereal. I will see how it goes this month.
Caly~ I'm so sorry to hear about your horrible night . I've had nights like that-- lonely, sobbing nights (not related to baby making, but in the past during some difficult times). Such a horrible feeling! It sounds like your somewhere new? I know when I've felt that way it's helped me to find people to connect with-- are there any ways to get out and meet friends while your DH is gone? Like any groups you can join? Not sure what your into-- but, yoga has really helped me through difficult times as well. Any kind of physical practice or getting outside all help me to feel more connected. Anyhow, those are things that have helped me in hard times... I'll be thinking of you.
On a side note-- I think I ovulated and I don't know if I times BD okay, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed (and we both passed out last night-- we were so tired!)
Thanks, Jessimaca. It certainly looks like you ovulated! I can't really claim to be new to Toledo anymore. I've been here almost a year. I have tried to make friends, but I haven't met anyone I really connected with. I like the people I work with, but they all have families so we don't hang out much outside of work. I joined a community choir when I got here, but it turned out to be mostly older people and I didn't like their music selections, so I quit after the winter concert. I take bellydance classes, but there's not much socializing before or after class (I think that might change when we start performing). I'm not sure what else to do, you know? I'm thinking about going to the UU church next Sunday. Church isn't really my thing, but I figure I might meet some like-minded people there, and maybe they'll have a choir I can join.