Queer TTC May 2012 - Page 9
Just had my CD 9 ultrasound. 3 follies look great, but my lining is at 6.2. The nurse seemed totally unconcerned about it, but Dr. Google indicates that that may be a bit thin. I have a call in to the doctor (who wasn't there when I had my ultrasound), so hopefully I can talk to her today. What would you guys do? I don't want to sit out this cycle, but I also don't want to waste a vial of sperm if 6.2 is so thin that implantation is unlikely. The nurse did say that it would continue to thicken over the next few days, but I feel worried.
Lovestreet - I didn't have any strange side effects with Clomid either. Clearly some people do have yucky reactions, but it didn't bother me. I also took progesterone as a suppository. They gave me pills that could be swallowed but I used them like a suppository. I took 2 a day, and I would take the second one right before I went to bed. That seemed to minimize the amount that came back out. I think they recommend that because it does get the stuff closer to where it needs to be. Lots of hormones are taken by rubbing into the skin. They must absorb well that way. If you swallow it, it has to go through your stomach and your digestive system before it gets into your blood. Some people take hormones through a patch. Perhaps there is a progesterone patch. Good luck with the house buying! That's very exciting and stressful. Stress definitely makes this process more trying. I skipped a cycle once because I was too stressed out.
wishin' - I'm so glad to hear the Femara worked well! I am thinking of using that next cycle. for you and DP. Hope to hear some good news in June.
rs11 and Carmen-I hope the TWW is moving along smoothly and quickly. for both of you. rs-I'm sorry you're having so much pain and discomfort. I don't what it could be, but I hope you are feeling better soon.
MrsPP - The types are tired, dry, stuck, waterlogged and something else. You can find your type by taking the quiz on the acupuncturist's website. The website for the book isn't working. http://yinovacenter.com/quiz/ I got the book from the library so it was free! As for your inems, I think 24 and 36 sounds good. If you ovulate a little before 36 hours you'll be covered, and if you O a little after 36 hours, you'll be covered for that too. Good luck!
DarthQueen - I hope the HSG shows shiny, clear tubes and uterus.
Angela - I'm sorry the Clomid is giving you such grief. I hope you get lots of follies for your trouble. Can't wait to hear how the u/s goes.
AFM - We went to the Greek Festival this weekend. I always enjoy those. If I couldn't be Italian, I would want to be Greek. They are fun! I love the dancing and the food. I O'd sometime last week, and I'm glad because it means I'm getting closer to starting a new cycle and trying again. I made an appointment for acupuncture in a couple weeks, and I'm going to the chiropractor today. I downloaded a fertility meditation that I need to try soon. It's 25 minutes long, and I'm feeling a little resistant to committing to the time. I'm also going to work on going to Yoga more regularly because my body has been achy, and I need to get it moving.
Angela - sorry, but I don't have experience with lining issues. I hope you have a good talk with your doctor and that your lining continues to thicken.
MrsPP - love the honeymoon vial story! I hope it works for you. I know a lot of people insem at 24-36 hours, but if you have two vials, starting at 18 could be a good way to spread them out. I also like the idea of listening to your body, if it's reliable. Good luck!
rs11 - yuck about the hot flashes. I hope you are feeling better. Good luck in your TWW!
Wishin and Carmen -- Good luck in your TWWs!
AFM - Still twiddling my thumbs here on CD 41. Re insurance -- I do indeed have infertilty coverage, and it is mandatory here in MA. When I mentioned it on this site, I was talking about how the midwife has said in the past that it was too early for me to do anything "infertility." That will change this upcoming cycle, though. To the person who asked if I needed an RE recommendation (sorry I forget who) -- Are you saying you know some personally? I have lots of info on REs, but if you have someone you recommend personally, I'd love to hear about them, in case I end up having to go that route. Ideally I would be looking for someone south of Boston, but not on the Cape, and not in Rhode Island. Thanks!
Angela - That does sound thin, but it's only day 9. It will get thicker. I believe the medicine folks take to thicken the lining is called Estrace. I've heard it mentioned on here. Correct me if I'm wrong on the name. Your doctor may be able to prescribe that for you. Since you are thinking you won't use Clomid again, this seems to just back up your decision. The effects on the lining may be cumulative. When I took it, my lining went from 11 to 10 to 8.4. 8 is still good for implantation, but it could be better in my eyes.
Angela: Most REs like to see 8 and above. But Pokey is right, you have a little bit of time. Estrace (estradiol) is a common use for this in suppository format. Are you doing an HCG trigger shot? That also plumps the lining. Given you're close to 8, I wouldn't worry too much about it but it's such a common side affect of Clomid that I would have hoped your RE would have been more interested in giving it some assistance. One option is to push. You're spending a considerable amount of money (that her other heterosexual patients are not) so perhaps she needs a little reminder of that and how much you don't want to risk anything. Estrace is not an expensive drug and commonly prescribed so she should be able to write a prescrip for it. Wish we lived nearby, I have so much of it I'm swimming in it!
To everyone else: sorry I only do drivebys and no personals. But I think about all of you often and wish you good luck in your journey. I turn 40 in one week and it's really hard to believe we've been on this journey for two years now. Here's to hoping it changes up soon! For all of us.
Thanks, Krista and Pokey. I really appreciate it. I just talked to the doc and said that adequate was not good enough to justify pouring $700 into my uterus. She agreed, and suggested another ultrasound Wednesday morning before we thaw the sample. We can call it then based on the results. I am doing a trigger shot, so hopefully that will help. She also agreed that we'll switch to Femera after this cycle. I asked about estrace, and she said that she no longer prescribes it for thin lining, and you'll forgive me, but I do not remember exactly why. I feel okay moving forward with this new plan though, and the decision that we won't go ahead with the insem if the lining doesn't look good Wednesday.
Krista, happy impending birthday. Been thinking of you.
Lovestreet -I used progesterone suppositories (they were little pink pills) and they have DW taking them for luteal phase support at the moment (she gets these sort of melty ones that aren't like pills) and I didn't notice anything in particular from them but DW felt nauseated when she stopped them.
rs11 and Carmen-Good luck in the TWW
MrsPP - We did 12 hours and 36 hours this go around (first time doing two IUI--and with a trigger) and in the past ours have all been at 36 hours following the trigger shot
DarthQueen - I think fertility is increased for about three months following an HSG, mostly because it really clears out the tubes :)
Angela - I hope your US shows a nice plush lining--perfect for implantation.
Pokey - Sounds like fun, glad you are getting closer
Outdoorsy--hopefully you'll never have to see an RE :) Because you'll get pregnant before then :)
Krista--happy early birthday and fingers crossed as you approach IVF
AFM--(or, rather, as for us!) DW had her second IUI for this cycle and the count was the highest we've had in any of our vials (they've all been generously over 20 million) sooooo, today, the count came in at 48 million!!!!!!!!!! I'm excited and hopeful (and a little nervous about twins b/c this is also the first cycle either of us has had two ripe follies...) now, the TWW countdown. We're going to try to plan lots of distracting things over the next couple of weeks to try to take the pressure off :)
darth: Hugs, lady. I'm sorry things are so difficult. TTC is so very all-consuming.
carmen, wannab, wishin': Come on BFP! ;)
rs11: Sounds like a great IUI. I hope this is the one for you!
Angela: OMG! The water thing would have me so livid. Wishing you a BFP this cycle!
lovestreet13: An IUI on Mother's Day has to be the very best luck, right? FX!
Hopeful: That is great news about the insurance! We have had good luck with our insurance as well - so nice.
MrsPP: That sounds like good luck to me! Here's to a BFP!
AFM, I had a blood draw at 9 this morning and am anxiously awaiting the news... I'll post once I hear. FXFXFXFX
darth: I hope the HSG goes well. Baby massage is awesome :)
rs: How are you doing today? When are you planning on testing? Sorry to hear you're having such a hard time with the progesterone Hopefully it will all be worth it.
MrsPP: Hooray for honeymoon babies!
pokey: It sounds like you're going to be completely zen the next try!
krista: Happy (early) 40th Birthday! I hope are well.
Angela: Keep us updated!
Welcome to the 2WW, wishin!
gloom I'm so sorry it didn't work out this time.
wehrli: Wow, what a surprise! I've added you and your DP to the list. I hope you get beginner's luck! Will you use the same donor this time around?
Afm: 9DPO today! I've had crazy insomnia the last 2 nights which is often a pregnancy symptom for me. However, I still don't feel pregnant. I'm really not sure this time as I feel like our timing and my odd temps this cycle have thrown things off. I'll likely test on Friday or Saturday. Off to acupuncture this afternoon.
Hey everyone. I'm totally freaking out and was hoping someone might have some insight. CD1 for me was Friday the 11th. It lasted the typical 5 days of red blood but has been followed by brown spotting. Now I normally will spot for a day or two after my period ends and then move on to the normal cm changes. But I haven't stopped spotting...in fact yesterday it was so bad that I actually needed a tampon! From CD6 to yesterday, CD11, it was just dark brown. Which Dr. Google told me was old blood and just the uterus cleaning itself out. Just now, CD12, I went to the bathroom and felt what I thought was the familiar EWCM feeling until I looked down and it was bright red. What. The. Fuck. This has never happened to me before. I am usually like clockwork. I was expecting a +opk either today or tomorrow but now I don't know what the hell is going on. Do you think it could be exercise related? I have now been running for three months but this is the first time my cycle has been messed up. I'm sure the stress and freaking out is not helping. I really wasn't all that concerned until now when it turned red again. Do you think I'm out this month? Pretty sure my heart would break if we had to send the tank back. Thanks for listening.
MrsPP: Don't freak out. It sounds like you're going to have to keep a close eye on your cycle to help pinpoint O which may not happen at its usual time. It's not unusual to have an out of sorts cycle every once in awhile. Keep monitoring yourself and check in with your doctor if you're concerned. S/he may give some perspective. I really don't think your exercise has anything to do with it. It's possible your body has had more of a lining to shed this month. I'm sorry but I don't remember exactly how you're doing things. Are you monitored? Did you get your lining checked at your last cycle? Were you taking anything that could have thickened the lining?
Mostly, you'll have to wait to see how this cycle plays itself out and perhaps see if you get a repeat the next cycle. But hopefully you wont' have to get that far because you'll be pregnant!
Wherli: wow. I can't believe you're back! That's how long I've been here. <sigh> But truly, I'm excited for you guys. There is a lot of great new support from doctors out there for DP's phobia (including going straight to C-section) so overall hopefully it can be managed well for her.
anyone able to remind me how to get the link for a chart from FF? I thought I'd remember but, alas, I do not. or it's different from when we TTC DS...
Thank you for the reply, Krista. You helped talk me off a ledge :) I'm not being monitored - in fact we're as low tech as possible to start - ICI at home with frozen. That's another thing that is causing distress, the tank is sitting at home and I'm hoping the vials will stay frozen if we need to keep it longer than usual. You asked if I had been taking anything that may thicken the lining - the only thing I have done different is drink one cup of red raspberry leaf tea a day for the last 2-3 months. I asked google about that and some folks did say it could thicken lining. So perhaps you're correct and I've just got more to lose this month. I am going to keep a close eye on everything and hope that ovulation is just going to be a bit later than usual this month. Thanks again!
And Wehrli - YAHOOOO! Very excited for you two!!!