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post #41 of 118
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Yey for acupuncture! I am glad that so many of you are using acupuncture along this trying journey. It has helped me tremendously

Kristin
I haven't been going long, just a little over a month, and I am loving it. So far my luteal phase has lengthened and my cramps aren't as bad as before. DW started going also for some back issues and she's pretty much all cleared up! We're taking the next two months off from TTC to give acupucnture some time and energy to do it's work. Hoping for a June pregnancy!
post #42 of 118
Vacations? I had the same problem with planning when going through treatment for our first. This time around I've decided to not let the treatment/hope of pregnancy take over my life. I'll do my best to avoid possible times when I'll need to be at the doctors, but if it happens, then perhaps I'll just skip a cycle. Last time it was too many years of put off trips that I don't want to duplicate. Of course, I am not doing IVF yet, so that would be a different story.

As for me, I've adjusted to the progesterone and met now and seem to be doing ok. Too ok in my mind. I was really hoping to have some pregnancy symptoms by now. Other than being teary at finding out someone else is pregnant, nothing. Friday is my blood test, so I'll know for sure then.

Aly Did you get your test results back?
post #43 of 118
I got this from an email list I'm on. Thought some of us could really use it. I've printed it out and hung it up at work and home. It's Notes from the Universe. I really loved this one and wanted to share it.

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Don't be afraid. You needn't slay the beast nor scale the entire mountain. That's not how it's done. You only need to move through today, Rachel. Think of the distance you've already covered. Focus on your strengths. Let each new step remind you of your freedom. Let every breath you take remind you of your power. Seek out friends and guides; they're anxious to help. You're not alone. You're understood. This road has been walked before. Dance life's dance, just a few steps at a time, and in the wink of an eye you will wonder to yourself, "What beast, what mountain? Was I having a dream?"

Love you,
The Universe
post #44 of 118
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Changes made to here.

I'm also looking into starting acupuncture, as well-- though, like everything else, that's on hold while DH and I figure out our game plan as far as finding time to look for houses in Seattle and getting testing done.

I finally got the results back from my initial blood tests from my regular endocrinologist (not an RE) who I was referred to for evaluation of possible Cushing's Disease because of an isolated elevated DHEA level on my CD3 bloodwork. During the initial consult, the endo said that I don't "look like" someone with Cushing's and that she was a little more concerned that I might have non-Classical Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. Well, this time, it wasn't only the DHEA that came back high, my testosterone (total and free) level was high, as well as the 17 OH Pregnenolone (which is indicative of non-classical CAH), and although my cortisol was within the normal range (according to the lab report), my endo said it was in the high side and has asked me to do a dexamethasone suppression test (another test for Cushing's) and indicated that there were other tests she wanted run as well. Meanwhile, DH and I have an appointment to talk to an RE in Seattle on May 15th. I hope that we have more answers by from my endo by then. And so it goes.
post #45 of 118
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Changes made to here.

I'm also looking into starting acupuncture, as well-- though, like everything else, that's on hold while DH and I figure out our game plan as far as finding time to look for houses in Seattle and getting testing done.

I finally got the results back from my initial blood tests from my regular endocrinologist (not an RE) who I was referred to for evaluation of possible Cushing's Disease because of an isolated elevated DHEA level on my CD3 bloodwork. During the initial consult, the endo said that I don't "look like" someone with Cushing's and that she was a little more concerned that I might have non-Classical Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. Well, this time, it wasn't only the DHEA that came back high, my testosterone (total and free) level was high, as well as the 17 OH Pregnenolone (which is indicative of non-classica CAH), and although my cortisol was within the normal range (according to the lab report), my endo said it was in the high side and has asked me to do a dexamethasone suppression test (another test for Cushing's) and indicated that there were other tests she wanted run as well. Meanwhile, DH and I have an appointment to talk to an RE in Seattle on May 15th. I hope that we have more answers by from my endo by then. And so it goes.
Mischievium. This process of testing seems to have become quite complicated. I do hope very much you will have more answers from the endo (spec. the "nope, you don't have any of this stuff" variety) very very soon. Being in limbo is so hard in a process that was already difficult to begin with. Hang in there. Sending you clarity, balance and : and ample time and space to vent in any way you wish. Sorry.
post #46 of 118
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Mischievium. This process of testing seems to have become quite complicated. I do hope very much you will have more answers from the endo (spec. the "nope, you don't have any of this stuff" variety) very very soon. Being in limbo is so hard in a process that was already difficult to begin with. Hang in there. Sending you clarity, balance and : and ample time and space to vent in any way you wish. Sorry.
Thanks for the love, poet, I appreciated your PM . I think I was hesitating to update because, you're right, this is becoming pretty complicated and could all amount to nothing. The upside is I found an article about the relationship of non-classical CAH to PCOS and, essentially, the article said that non-classical CAH produces a lot of the same symptoms as PCOS, but is not as frequently tested for-- so I'm glad I'm in the hands of someone who wants to get to the bottom of what's going on-- I just we could get there faster.
post #47 of 118
, mischievium. What a rocky road you've been on (and are still on). I hope they are able to find some answers for you soon.
post #48 of 118
Yay, I got a BFP after one month of treatments!!!!

Let's hope it sticks!
post #49 of 118
Congrats LoveMyJonah!!! Here's to wishing you a happy and healthy 9 months!

Please let it be me tomorrow. :
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Congrats LoveMyJonah!!! Here's to wishing you a happy and healthy 9 months!

Please let it be me tomorrow. :
Good luck to you!!!!
post #51 of 118
LoveMyJonah - Congrats!


My AF started this morning with brown spotting followed by bright red blood after my shower. I never started AF this soon after O (it usually doesn’t start until after 13 dpo) so I am feeling discouraged and worried. I kept trying to fight back tears on my way to work. Like I said in another thread a couple weeks ago, if I don’t get pregnant by my 30th birthday, we are calling it quits.

Thankfully, I have my support group tonight or I wouldn’t know what to do. It’s a spiritual based (meditation, visualizing, some Yoga feeling your feelings,) type of group which is different from the more formal, clinical ones I’ve been a part of before. After I started this group, I’ve been feeling more positive about life in general, but today is hard.
post #52 of 118
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, mischievium. What a rocky road you've been on (and are still on). I hope they are able to find some answers for you soon.
Thanks, Kristen, me too.

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Yay, I got a BFP after one month of treatments!!!!

Let's hope it sticks!
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CONGRATULATIONS LoveMyJonah !!!!!!!
: :

Wishing you the stickiest of sticky vibes! Would you like me to move you to the graduates section, or would you like to wait a bit? Let me know.

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Please let it be me tomorrow. :
: Fingers crossed for you! :

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My AF started this morning with brown spotting followed by bright red blood after my shower. I never started AF this soon after O (it usually doesn’t start until after 13 dpo) so I am feeling discouraged and worried. I kept trying to fight back tears on my way to work. Like I said in another thread a couple weeks ago, if I don’t get pregnant by my 30th birthday, we are calling it quits.

Thankfully, I have my support group tonight or I wouldn’t know what to do. It’s a spiritual based (meditation, visualizing, some Yoga feeling your feelings,) type of group which is different from the more formal, clinical ones I’ve been a part of before. After I started this group, I’ve been feeling more positive about life in general, but today is hard.
barose I'm so sorry AF showed up. I'm glad to hear the new support group is helping, but I'm sorry for all that you've had to go through to even need to be there.
post #53 of 118
Congrats, LoveMyJonah! Wishing you a H&H 9mo!



Barose- I'm so sorry AF showed up today. I hope you are surrounded by love and light tonight at your meeting.
post #54 of 118
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Hi Needle and BurtsGirl

Sorry you have to be here, but welcome!

Needle- My ds is 5.5, and gets dragged to all my appts. He's not quite as optimistic, though, and keeps telling me he doesn't need brothers and sisters (he thinks I won't be sad then, ) Good luck with your appt!
Thanks for the welcome! Your DS sounds like such a sweetie

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Welcome, Needle! Sounds like you've got a fun summer planned-- I need to work on that (planning some things I want to do and not worrying so much about where I'll be with TTC at that point).
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Good luck on restarting your appointments. We're taking this month off and possible the next two depending on how well acupuncture works for me. If she can keep my progesterone up without meds, we're hoping to try some more without intervention. Your trip sound so fabulous! What a wonderful thing to look forward to!

This is by far the hardest thing I've found about TTC! Planning a vacation! How do you do it? I have to project out to make sure we aren't needing to insem anywhere around that time. I also have to think about how pregnant I MIGHT be at that time, it's all very frustrating! How are you guys planning your vacations?


Thanks mischievium and BurtsGirl! It helps to have other stuff going on. I kind of just plan stuff and then figure I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. Trips can always be delayed or rearranged. I also don't plan things too far in advance.

Once I restart my OB/GYN appts I will probably not schedule anything for the first couple of months, but in the early fall we will likely be taking our annual beach vacation and later in the fall DS and I might make a trip to the U.S. The fertility/ttc thing will just have to fit in around that. I SO much want to have another baby but I know I would regret putting everything on hold. If we end up getting into IVF I will put trips and things on hold to do that, then maybe take a break before starting again if it's not successful.
post #55 of 118
Well, I'm on cd2. I'll call in tomorrow am to get another rx for femara. Hopefully the timing will work out to do an iui at the end of next week. Trying to be hopeful, since I feel like this is my last shot before I take a long break from ttc....

here's my changes for the first page: another round 5mg femara with hcg trigger and iui
post #56 of 118
Well after a super early m/c this past cycle I am now on CD 4

Can you please change my info This cycle I am doing Injectibles (Follistim) and bding naturally while we get the ball rolling on IVF.

Thanks so much!!!
post #57 of 118
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Well after a super early m/c this past cycle I am now on CD 4
I am so sorry. Good luck and take care of yourself.
post #58 of 118
Sigh, so much pain. Aly, barose, and kristenok, I'm sorry that AF showed.

Mischievium, I hope you can get some answers soon, and I'm really glad to hear that your doc is so on top of things. It's frustrating and scary, but nice to feel like you're in capable hands.

As for me, I don't meet with the RE for the first time until next Thursday. I'm trying to decide whether to hold out any hope that I'll ovulate on my own in the meantime and bd accordingly, or just assume I won't and not stress about it (and risk missing an egg). Trying to remember that the RE might come up with a relatively non-stressful treatment that might work, and we might not have to move to anything very invasive. Or I could ovulate on my own and conceive and none of this will be necessary. It's possible.

I picked out a couple of friends to sort of unload on, and I found it enormously helpful. There is a huge tangle of issues and emotions, and it's really shocking how helpful it is to talk them all out with people you trust.
post #59 of 118
to all those that had a visit from af. I wish she's just stay away from everyone in this thread!

: Welcome, Needle in the Hay. My dd also gets dragged to all my appointments. She always holds my hand when I give blood. Once they even had her sit on my stomach during my ultrasound hoping that the extra weight would help them located the shy ovary. :

Well, the test on Friday was bfn and on Sunday af arrived. Next cycle is 150mg clomid and hcg trigger. They asked is we wanted and iui, but I don't think we are quite ready for that yet.
post #60 of 118
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Well, I'm on cd2. I'll call in tomorrow am to get another rx for femara. Hopefully the timing will work out to do an iui at the end of next week. Trying to be hopeful, since I feel like this is my last shot before I take a long break from ttc....

here's my changes for the first page: another round 5mg femara with hcg trigger and iui
kristen I'm sorry AF showed up. : for your next IUI.

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Originally Posted by Aly22681 View Post
Well after a super early m/c this past cycle I am now on CD 4

Can you please change my info This cycle I am doing Injectibles (Follistim) and bding naturally while we get the ball rolling on IVF.
Oh, Aly, I'm so sorry for your loss, super early or not, it still has to really hurt.

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As for me, I don't meet with the RE for the first time until next Thursday. I'm trying to decide whether to hold out any hope that I'll ovulate on my own in the meantime and bd accordingly, or just assume I won't and not stress about it (and risk missing an egg). Trying to remember that the RE might come up with a relatively non-stressful treatment that might work, and we might not have to move to anything very invasive. Or I could ovulate on my own and conceive and none of this will be necessary. It's possible.
I'm kind of at a similar place, we have a phone consult with an RE tomorrow and I'm a bit nervous to find out what her recommendation will be (IUI, IUI w/ clomid, IUI w/ injectables, IVF). This past cycle, we tried, but I didn't stress as much about the timing-- I just don't think this is going to happen on it's own at this point (though miracles do happen).


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My dd also gets dragged to all my appointments. She always holds my hand when I give blood. Once they even had her sit on my stomach during my ultrasound hoping that the extra weight would help them located the shy ovary. :

Well, the test on Friday was bfn and on Sunday af arrived. Next cycle is 150mg clomid and hcg trigger. They asked is we wanted and iui, but I don't think we are quite ready for that yet.
about your shy ovary, but about AF.
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