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I asked him for a number and he said that if we stick at it, he thinks we have a 90% chance of a take home baby.  I'm not getting too hopeful, but it is nice to hear.  He also made DH agree that if he gets us a baby, DP will teach him to ride a motorcycle.  DP said that if he gets us a baby he will build him a motorcycle!  

bigeyes.gif This is AWESOME! Milk, I know how hard it is to get hopes built up, so I won't go there. I'm just SO happy you have a doctor that is taking you seriously and taking action specific to your situation. fingersx.giffingersx.giffingersx.gif What's your next step? Are you going to keep trying naturally but with the meds he recommended? goodvibes.gif

Rochelle, fingersx.gif for you too in your tww! goodvibes.gif Clomid made me crazy....no really. hug2.gif I'll be stalking...

teresa, hoping hoping hoping! praying.gif

deborah, I hope your limbo resolves soon!

Sorry to everybody I missed. grouphug.gif I'm always lurkily rooting for all of you ladies!
post #242 of 292

Teresa, I am praying for you and your little one whatever happens next.

 

Milk, glad to hear about the hopefulness of your new doctor.

 

Deborah, I hope that your limbo will come to an end soon and hopefully with good news.

 

AFM, almost ready to O.  Got my list of meds from the RE for an IVF cycle to check with my insurance to see how much the meds will cost.

post #243 of 292
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone! Sila- There is a ton to do here. Mt. Rushmore is here. So is Crazy Horse National Monument and Custer's Last Stand. It is also home to the badlands and there is a bunch of hiking to do. There are also hot springs, if I can ever figure out whether I can take a dip in them!

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Hi ladies!  I posted here about 3 weeks ago, after our initial consult with the RE, and have been lurking steadily, trying to get to know people's stories and pick up the "lingo."  It's been intimidating and inspiring!  I'm 41 with 2 children from a prior relationship, and DH and I have been TTC for 6 years.

 

Anyway, I have something to report...I had a transvaginal ultrasound, which was weird but...ok, I can't say "fun," but I did enjoy getting to see my uterus, ovaries, follicles, etc.

 

THEN I had a hysteroscopy, and they removed a ton of polyps and a couple of fibroids.  The doc said one of my tubes was completely blocked and couldn't be opened, but the other was clear.  I'm thinking those polyps, etc. have probably been there for a few years, and that this might explain my infertility.  I can't wait until our next visit to find out more!

 

H.

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bigeyes.gif This is AWESOME! Milk, I know how hard it is to get hopes built up, so I won't go there. I'm just SO happy you have a doctor that is taking you seriously and taking action specific to your situation. fingersx.giffingersx.giffingersx.gif What's your next step? Are you going to keep trying naturally but with the meds he recommended? goodvibes.gif
 

I'm a bit bug eyed too!  I can't believe he brought up this medication that no-one has mentioned before (for the bleeding!)  Yep - we are just trying "naturally", and once a BFP comes along, I will do all the meds and carry on.  I can't even begin to wonder how much of a hormonal mess I will be will all those under my belt!  Yikes!  

 

Knockedupbuttercup  - sounds like your hysteroscopy was a huge success.  It's likely to make a huge difference to your fertility!  

 

AFM:  Today was the third anniversary of my first bubba.  Believe it or not, it is getting easier each year.  My parents cooked us a nice dinner, and brought me a beautiful memory box.  I should take a pic and upload it!  

Also, I have suspiciously sore nipples.  My pathetic attempts at charting have produced very little, and I am so very tempted to test!  Although my chart disagrees, I think I may be 8dpo.  

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Teresa: so glad you got some better news, I hope it continues...

Sila: I am really happy for you, your iui sounds really perfect!! Haha, as perfect as these things can be that is...

Deborah: have a great trip, that sound like a perfect break

Milk: your doctor sounds great, I'm really glad you found someone willing to give it a go. It must be a relief to have a doctor on your side.

I am 12 days past iui and have not tested. I don't have something that I could even pretend is a pregnancy symptom and this whole cycle was just such a mess. I expect AF in the next few days:(
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Thanks Bucket-O-Rain. AFM- AF is still nowhere to be found :-).

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Sila: CD 3 for me today... Started spotting friday evening and saturday i awoke to AF. So we are going to get a saline US and trial transfer Monday and the second part of the IVF consult on the 23rd of July. We have agreed to take some time to enjoy the summer and just relax. So if we do qualify for IVF it would be late summer, early fall before we would start.
Teresa: oh! I hope those numbers keep climbing!
I tried to catch up as much as could, it's a lot to keep track of! To those in the tww and waiting to O, keep your chin up!
Question: my usual cycles start with a straight flow first thing in the AM but the last two months I have had spotting in the afternoon then a full flow the following day (so I call this CD1 as the previous day is spotting in the late afternoon). Could this be a clomid side effect or signs of a chemical pregnancy? Or just flukes?
post #249 of 292
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I get spotting the day before AF almost every month. It's pretty normal I think. AFM- AF has arrived. I am not particularly surprised, she just ended up showing later than usual. I'm actually quite excited about this because my LP seems to now be 13 days instead of 11!

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Ewcm showed up last night which means i'll probably o wednesday, which puts bd at 4 days before o (saturday night) and one day after o... Seriously... To top it off, dh will be home for 2 weeks after this trip. The most imperfect timing. I have to laugh it is just so ironic...
post #251 of 292
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Okay, not sure it was true AF- light flow this afternoon, but now nothing. WTH? I'm so lost. I'm pretty sure a trip to my OB is in the near future.

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Deborah - OB or RE sounds like a good idea. It sounds like your endo might be affecting things.

 

Nieve - Glad things are moving ahead with IVF!!! Exciting! 

 

Cait - Sorry about all the timing troubles. That sucks.

post #253 of 292
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Sila- I hadn't thought of that. Thank you. I did think of my thyroid because I haven't had my dose changed from what I had during my pregnancy. I've been meaning to get retested, but haven't yet. I'm sure either one could be doing it, but since AF was relatively normal in June, i don't think it's the thyroid thing. Maybe I should call my OB today and make an appointment for first thing Monday.

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Cuss.gif - I just lost a whole bunch of persies. Grrr!

Let's try this again:

Deborah - Sorry about the wack-a-doo cycle. Hope your OB can help figure things out.

Sila - Yay for feeling better about this cycle. I hope you get to graduate in a week or so!

Toothfairy - I'm sorry the timing is not working out this month. How frustrating! banghead.gif

nieve - Sorry about this past cycle. I hope you get lots of good info about IVF.

bucket hug.gif Sorry about feeling out this month.

Milk - Yay for a doc having some new ideas! I hope you report a BFP here soon!

knockedup - I hope the "house" cleaning is the ticket!

hola.gif to everyone i've missed.

AFM - I had my saline ultrasound this am. It wasn't bad at all. I actually felt about nothing. Everything looked good. Nothing in my uterus and I got to see the bubbles going through both tubes so all looks well. The tech also said that I have a follicle on the right that's almost ready. I'm only CD9, so I"m hoping it waits a few more days. The earliest I've ever ovulated is CD 13. My OPK was dark, but definitely not positive.

I have my followup with the RE in a week.
post #255 of 292
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Today seems like a more official start to AF, my flow looks much more like it normally does- yay! And, also, yay for 3 extra days on my LP!

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Rochelle: Preparing for a homestudy must be an exciting new adventure. I'm sorry about the icky Clomid experience - I think a lot of people have similar reactions. I'm still going to keep my fingers crossed for your BFP this month :)

 

Milk: I am so freaking excited about your new doctor. He sounds like he may have been worth the wait :) I know you don't want to count your chickens and all that jazz, but I'm doing cartwheels for you!!!

 

renavoo: Thanks.... sometimes I think you're just a fairy godmother angel sent to shower us all with hope!!

 

Sila: I am sooooooo excited for your 2ww and for your vacation with DH!! I think being able to relax during this period, just the two of you, will really add to your chances! I think $3-4K sounds about right for just the injectibles - maybe even a little less. See if you can poke around on the boards to find someone who might have leftovers. Super duper excited for you!

 

Cait: BLURG!!!!!! I'm so sorry about the timing conundrum. Sucks big time. I've always thought IF was this lesson in patience, but really?? I mean come on. How much patience does one person need to have?? I'm hoping for a miracle for you - it only takes one awesome spermie (which we know your DH has!). I'm thinking the day after O you'll have an olympic swimmer in there who will get the job done!

 

Lilac: Thank you for your good wishes! I hope that your insurance will cover all of your IVF meds :)

 

KnockedUp: Stinks that you had all of that going on in your lady parts, but must be such a relief to have an answer (well I hope it's an answer)!!! Hope you have a great next visit with the Dr.!

 

Bucket: I'm sorry you think AF is on her way :( I'll keep crossing my fingers anyway!!!

 

Nieve: I think it's most likely the meds. I never had spotting before starting treatments, and now I often have spotting for one or two days prior to AF arriving (last month I think it was 3 days!).

 

SKJ: I hope your follie holds off - I'm glad your saline ultrasound went off without a hitch and that everything looks good! Hoping this brings you good luck for this cycle!

 

AFM: I have two days worth of updates for y'all that I'm re-posting from the IVF thread. As I say below, I'm trying to stay positive, but I think I'm also mentally preparing for the worst.

 

From yesterday: So, my HCG went back up to 59 on Friday (from 44 on Wednesday). Today the number was at 136 - not exactly doubling properly, but at least it's rising, right? I spoke to a snippy nurse from RMA on the phone. She said that I'm on ectopic precaution watch. My three outcomes are: ectopic, miscarriage, and normal pregnancy. She told me to go back to the clinic on Thursday for blood work and ultrasound. I asked if an ultrasound was really appropriate given that my beta won't be anywhere near the 2000 mark (which is what my u/s tech said is needed in order to see anything), and the nurse says to me, "It's not just about numbers, Teresa." Um, ok. I've been schooled!!! So yeah, I think I'm internalizing right now - not quite sure what to think. I have an appointment with my RE tomorrow. Hoping for the best :)

 

From today: Met with the Dr. today. He's saying that an ectopic is really very unlikely, but that miscarriage is still a good possibility. I asked how much longer I'll be in limbo, and he said that hopefully we'll know more by the end of next week. He ran panels for immune and blood clotting disorders today in case I lose the pregnancy - 10 vials of blood on an empty stomach. I'm thrilled I didn't pass out (I'm prone to losing it!). HCG and u/s on Thursday, though he doesn't expect to see anything in the uterus or the tubes at this stage. I'm out of town next Mon/Tues, so I'll probably go back the following Thurs. I am really, really trying to stay positive, but I think I'm just doing a bit of suppressing my feelings at this point :( I really appreciate all your good thoughts, and hope you can continue to say prayers and cross digits for us - thanks!!!!

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Teresa, praying for you and for the bean! It's great that you were able to get blood taken as a precaution (although on an empty stomach, blech). But I hope it's only used to show your beginning preggo stats, and that they'll be checking your uber-pregnant blood against it months from now! Hoping to hear more good news soon!

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Teresa, glad to hear that the numbers are increasing and that an ectopic is likely not the cause.  Hoping that good things continue for you.

 

AFM, called my insurance and checked with my drug coverage - looks like the drugs out of pocket will be less than $200 for a cycle but it is still unclear if the cost to my $16,000 lifetime maximum for IVF treatment will have the "drug plan pays" values subtracted from it or not - looks like about $2300 out of pocket for the IVF procedure (most of that is the "ART case management" fee of $978 that is a "general code" that is not billable to my insurance company).  Yep, it is to pay the person to answer the phone, answer my questions, and push paper around as far as I can tell.  Also have to pay for the cryopreservation of embryos that wouldn't be transferred and that costs $542 (and keeps them on ice for 3 months, at which point we will have to pay some quarterly fee to keep them on ice until we want to try a frozen embryo transfer).  I am glad that my drug coverage covers the infertility drugs but I wish there was someone who knew exactly how that affects the $16,000 lifetime maximum for infertility treatment that I have through my work health coverage.

 

Hopeful but waiting to save the money.

post #259 of 292
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I'm back, super quick.  DP got a bit of a lecture about smoking (which I warned him he would get).  It's funny how much of a difference it makes when he hears it from someone else though.  

The doctor said he would not charge us a consult fee (!!!!) if DP agreed to quit smoking, which he did.  It will be a hard slog for him, but he is determined this time.  

As for me, the doctor immediately suggested prednisone (which y'all know I wanted).  He also suggested a bunch of other medications.  If I can remember rightly: anti inflammatory, progestorone tabs and pessaries, estrogen, steroids, clexane, aspirin, about a million vitamins (for me AND DP) as well as another med that I have never heard of to combat the bleeding and SCH I have had with every pregnancy!  I'm excited that he even thought about this, because whenever I have asked about the bleeding in the past, I've been told that it was because the pregnancy was failing - which I don't necessarily agree with.  He also said that if I had any bleeding, at any time, I'll be straight on bed rest.  He's taking it very serious.

He did mention Clomid/Lezetrole as an option, not because I don't ovulate, but to increase my hormonal response - however, the risk of multiples with half a uterus is waaaayyyy too scary, so that won't be happening.  

 

I asked him for a number and he said that if we stick at it, he thinks we have a 90% chance of a take home baby.  I'm not getting too hopeful, but it is nice to hear.  He also made DH agree that if he gets us a baby, DP will teach him to ride a motorcycle.  DP said that if he gets us a baby he will build him a motorcycle!  


Um!!!!!!!!!! Wow, Milk, so happy to read this. I miss you, woman! Must brush off my stalking capabilities more often.

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Wow Milk!!!! That makes me so excited for you guys! That new Dr sounds like a keeper!

And yay for numbers that are continuing to rise Teresa!

Crazy sore boons that I haven't hadnin a long time are torturing me right now. I should start Thursday so I will test Saturday if AF hasn't shown.
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