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The MAY 2008 Infertility One Thread

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MAY all our dreams come true!


The Infertility ONE Thread
A monthly thread to talk about all of our various journeys through the difficult, trying, and often heartbreaking world of infertility. This thread is a place to chat, vent, get support, cheer each other on, and hopefully occasionally laugh!



Trying to Conceive

airmide_m
: TTC with MFI.

Aly22681 TTC #1 since January 2007, 3 MCs. After TTC 4 cycles with Clomid, 1 Femara/ IUI, 1 with Injectibles (Follistim) now on a June IVF cycle.

angel1895 : TTC#2 since February with PCOS (treated with metformin).

avocada TTC for 2 years. TTC with Vitex, Pre-Seed, Mucinex, and Progesterone cream.

barose : TTC since 1999 (with intermittent breaks), 1 30wk MC, PCOS (treated with diet/ lifestyle) and Hypothyroid.

baturay TTC#3, DC#1 and 2 conceived with Clomid. Began FET process May 27, should be doing the transfer in early July.

biomama : TTC since November 2007 with non-medicated IUI for MFI .

blueRhino TTC #1 since June 2007. Currently doing very preliminary diagnostic testing, and Chinese herbs and acupuncture.


BurtsGirl
TTC since Aug 2007 with low progestrone. TTC using Femera/HCG Trigger/IUI with frozen donor sperm, as well as TCM and acupuncture.

CalebsMome TTC#2 for 18+ months with PCOS (treated with Metformin). After 3 cycles of TTC with 50 mg Clomid, now on 100 mg of Clomid.

coome TTC since September 2005 with unexplained infertility. After TTC with Clomid/IUI and Injectibles/IUI, now starting IVF process.

crazyrunningmama TTC #2 with MFI, DC#1 conceived with IVF/ICSI. Weaned dd in order to do IVF, doing weekly acupuncture and gearing up for another cycle of IVF/ICSI.

Criolla12 TTC #2 with tubal infertility and diminished ovarian reserve. TTC through IVF.

EastbayK : TTC #2 since June 2007 with unexplained infertility and while treating cancer (DH). TTC with clomid/IUI.

frog TTC intermittently since June 2006 using frozen donor sperm and at-home IUI with a midwife. Final IUI with injectibles and monitoring in May. After this, we're done trying with me and on to whatever's next on our journey to parenthood.

gemasita TTC since August 2006, ovarian infection in 4/2007 resulted in loss of one ovary and eventually both tubes. 1st IVF cycle 12/2007 (BFN), 2nd IVF cycle (FET) 2/2008 (BFN).

Gillian28 TTC#1 Since April 2007 and starting fertility tests June 9th

gumby74 Waiting to be ready to TTC #2.

hope4light TTC since March 2006 with MFI and slightly low progesterone. Currently TTC with IVF with ICSI, cycle 1 round 1 canceled due to hyper stimulation, cycle 1 round 2 antegon cycle canceled as ovulation started due to high e2 levels. Round 3 to start after re-evaluating treatment protocol.

ItyBty TTC since September 2005 with unexplained infertility, now post- surgery to remove uterine septum and adhesions, on round 2 of Injectibles/ IUI.

jeannineb TTC#2 with currently unexplained secondary infertility, appointment with RE in April.

Julia'sMom TTC#2 with PCOS. DD1 conceived with met, clomid & hcg. No response to clomid, starting IVF.

KittyPaws TTC 2.5+ years with PCOS and bicornuate uterus. Scheduled for laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and ovarian drilling mid-April.

kristenok18 TTC#2 since 2004, 1 MC in 2007, Non-traditional PCOS (treated with Metformin) and MFI. Femara/HCG and IUI cycle canceled due to non-response. Next cycle moving on to femara and injectables with an IUI. Recommended IVF, but that's not an option.

kristinc Grieving after failed IVF w/ ICSI attempt #1. Trying to figure out a new game plan and find a new RE who doesn't think my 27 year-old eggas are too old.

LiamsMommy31905 TTC#2 since July 2007, 1 MC, with diagnosed LPD. DC#1 conceived with Prometrium to correct LPD. Currently TTC with Clomid/ progesterone supplementation/ IUI.

mermay1677 : TTC since January 2005, Tried Clomid, now TTC with Femara.

mischievium : TTC since February 2007 with MFI (antisperm antibodies) and currently being evaluated for non-classical Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. TTC naturally while waiting for initial appointment with RE May 15th.

momoftworedheads
TTC #4 since Nov 2005, 4 MC. Currently TTC with acupuncture, mayan massage and meditation. Seeing midwife and RE.

NishaG :
TTC#3 with PCOS (treated with Actose), DC#2 conceived with Femara and Pre-Seed. Ectopic pregnancy 16 years ago resulted in the loss of one tube and ovary. Currently TTC with Actos/Clomid/Naltrexone and PreSeed.

Needle in the Hay TTC #2 for 5+ years, recently diagnosed with hypothyroid.

ourdomicile : TTC since October 2006, 2 MC in 2006, one blocked tube and possible MFI (improving). TTC with acupuncture and naturopath, starting IUI March 2008.

Perdita_In_Ontario TTC#2 since December 2007, started TTC#1 in 1999, MFI (CBAVD) diagnosed in 2002, DC#1 concieved via IVF/ICSI in October 2004. IVF#3 - BFN - Consult w/o June 1 for next steps

poetgirl : TTC since October 2006 with low progesterone, possible LPD and hypothalamus dysfunction. Removed polyp 3/08. Using 100 mg Clomid+IUI+progesterone supps w/ weekly acup. and chinese herbs starting April.

Puffnstuff TTC #1 since early 2007.

Seedlings TTC#3 since September 2006 with anovulation, low progesterone, and slight hypothyroid. After 2 cycles of Clomid (with no ovulation), now on 3rd cycle of Injectibles/ IUI.

songbird45 : TTC #1 with PCOS since January 2007 - 2 failed Clomid cycles and no longer a candidate for Clomid. Now trying Femara for the first time...

Stealthee : TTC #1 since September 2007 with MFI (less than 1% motility, normal count) and AMA. First IVF/ICSI consult is on 4 April.

WeasleyMum TTC since October 2006, 3 MCs, seeking specialist help for recurrent MC.



Taking a Break or On Hold with Trying to Conceive

trying for #1
Waiting to TTC#2 with donor sperm (DH post vasectomy).

laralee16


Graduates (May everyone who passes through this thread find their way to this section)

GreenFlower : TTC#2 since Spring 2007--> MARCH 2008

LoveMyJonah TTC #2 with Endometriosis since 11/2007. 1 MC 1/2008. Laproscopy scheduled for 4/23, HCG shot 3/29 to increase chances of getting pregnant prior to laproscopy MARCH 2008.

Stacymom : TTC since March 2006, 1 MC (2007), recently diagnosed PCOS (treated with Metformin), TTC with Clomid --> MARCH 2008

soulshine TTC since June 2005, full-term unexplained stillbirth (2005) and MC (2006), with unexplained secondary infertility. After TTC with Clomid, then Clomid/ IUI, and one canceled IVF cycle, 2nd IVF cycle (ER/ET) planned for April. Also used western herbs & supplements, tcm herbs, & fertility acupuncture APRIL 2008

kJad29 TTC since July 2006 with possible MFI, TTC naturally MAY 2008





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Thanks for the new thread Eastbay! I just wanted to let you all know that I tested this morning and I got my BFP!!!! I'm so excited! : DH and I have been trying for 22 months and this is the one that it worked! I'm basically making my rounds today to all the boards I belong to so this is my second stop. We're so happy that we got to do this without any additional bells and whistles. I didn't know how we were going to pay the midwife after that. The funny thing was that DH went to the urologist on Monday and he sent us home with an SA kit in the case I wasn't pregnant. Now we don't need it! We know that his boys can swim!!! What we did basically was

Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chiropractic
Mayan Abdominal Massage
Dh was taking Maca this month
Prenatals
Vitex (very small amt)
Vit. B complex
I got a Cheri22 prediction and she was right that I would find out I was pregnant in May!!!! Now I wonder if she's correct on the gender--she predicted a girl for us. So much baby dust to you all!!!


Oh yeah, could I please be moved to the Graduates list? Thanks!!!!
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i wanted to update that we got a + beta on april 21, (i've been posting on the april ivf thread), after 2.5 years of unexplained secondary IF.
i guess i can graduate from the ttc list! i've been reading along this past month, just not posting very much.

kemi, that is a great way to start the thread for may! congratulations! i added mine too, for lots of bfp momentum for this month.

best wishes to everyone on this challenging, frustrating journey. its so good to have a place like this to go for support.
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Congratulations, kemi and soulshine!! What fantastic news!!
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Thread Starter 
Well, we're certainly off with a bang aren't we. Hopefully we'll have lots more BFP's this month and some threadkeeper's luck will rub off on me.

Kemi- That is such great news for you! I hope all goes well. I wonder if Cherie22 is going to have a rush of prediction requests now...

Soulshine- Congratulations to you too! Happy and healthy 9 months!

As for me, I had an ultrasound yesterday that showed at least 3 follies, but I wasn't ready for a trigger yet. Follow up ultrasound on Friday (at 7am, yikes!) and probably my IUI for Saturday morning. Yeah
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Originally Posted by EastbayK View Post
Kemi- That is such great news for you! I hope all goes well. I wonder if Cherie22 is going to have a rush of prediction requests now...
Yeah, well if you want to get a prediction from her you had better hurry because she's due in a few weeks with her second baby. I'm sure that she'll be very busy with her new LO so make your request and do not delay!

Also CONGRATULATIONS Soulshine!!!! I guess we may be in the same DDC huh?

Also, I would like to start a PG after TTC12+ months Thread for those of us who have been ttc'ing for a long time. We come with our own emotions on the topic and it's different than the lady whose DP just breathed on her or she got an insem (for my lesbian sisters) and got pregnant right away. It's way different. So if anyone would like to join that thread, I would be very happy if you would. I feel that it's important...
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Congratulations to the bfp's! If I ever get pg I would definitely appreciate a PG after Infertility thread. I agree that there is so much that's different about how we would process a pregnancy.

EastbayK, can you change my description to match my signature? We're still on a break, and will be for a few more weeks, but I'm hoping to get things moving asap.
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Congratulations to all of the BFPs!

I’m still here, but I guess that’s to be expected. I’m in the process of looking for a new ND for myself – sometimes I just don’t know which direction to move into.

I’m taking a break from temping because its driving me crazy. It’s a relief, but at the same time I have no idea where I am in my cycle.
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Hi everyone!

Congratulations to the first two BFPs for the month! I hope you both have great pregnancies and beyonds, kemi and soulshine.

Good luck to everyone this month, with testing, treatments, and babymaking. Let's hope it happens for all of us!

I'm in the home stretch of my TWW... testing on Monday (8dpo today, Monday is 12dpo and when AF is due). This was our first IUI cycle, and we're hopeful but I'm starting to prepare myself for what happens if it's another BFN.

EastbayK, could you please change my description too? We are currently doing non-medicated IUI for MFI, and have been trying since Nov 07. Thanks!

I feel very good vibes on this thread, do you all too?
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CONGRATULATIONS SOULSHINE & KEMI !!!!!!!
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Thank you to EastbayK for the beautiful new thread!

And, now, to finish up some business from the old thread...

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Originally Posted by songbird45 View Post
How do you all deal with the totally irrational sense of personal failure? What I mean is, it's my body that's broken, and that makes me feel like I am somehow failing... or maybe not as much of a woman as I should be... totally crazy, I know, but I'm sure I'm not the only one.
I hear you, songbird. For me, it plays into a lot of my other issues about feeling "less than" in one way or another. I'm not sure I have found a great way of dealing with it, other than finding other women who are dealing with IF and reminding myself that IF strikes all types of women and it's not a comment on our femininity.

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The procedure yesterday was quick and mostly painless. There was one pinch/cramp and nothing other than that. I'm sore today, but nothing that will bother me, I don't think.

And the best news: Everything's fine! The doc actually said that there's nothing better he could have seen. I'm very pleased! Even if I don't get pregnant, at least I know that I haven't blown many, many dollars on swimmers that could NEVER have made it to their destination. And that's something, for sure.
YAY!!! I'm SO glad your HSG results were good, frog! Mara, how did your HSG go yesterday?

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Originally Posted by hope4light View Post
I realized the other day that the more I go through the treatment, the more that I, and my body, is getting used to it. Now that's sad... and almost scary... I don't want to be used to it, I still want the needles and the meds to be as foreign to me as Laos!!!
I get what your saying-- after awhile you slip into this "new normal" where conceiving naturally seems foreign and miraculous, not because the creation of life is miraculous, but because you've been exposed to all the myriad of things that can prevent it from happening.

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Originally Posted by Masel View Post
mischievium - that's awsome. When I had my HSG many years ago I started laughing. My concerned DH in his lead apron though I was in pain. I had to tell him later that I thought I must have been kidnapped by aliens.
I was laying on a table with a wand up my hoohah and up there on a screen, turned considerately so I could see, was an alien with antenas.

We superwomen have many different origin stories - probed by uterus shaped aliens, bitten by a radioactive speculum.
That's a good way to describe what it looks like. I had my HSG today and the doc said everything looked perfect, so yay!
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HEAPING CONGRATULATIONS TO KEMI AND SOULSHINE!!!

I'm still here *lurking* a bit mainly because I can't quite keep up with all my wonderful threads while DH and I are remodeling our townhouse to sell and move. Nope, not stressed at all. I took 100 mg of Clomid this month and had an IUI with great timing, now 12 dpiui though today's test was neg.
BTW the HSG superhero trio bit really had me and I'm glad to know that Frog and Mischievium checked out w/ flying colors.
Lots of : and : to all the women here for a fruitful month.
Thanks EastbayK for the new thread and GL! for your IUI! (my dh came in with me and if yours can, it's so great to have him there)
post #12 of 162
Thread Starter 
Updated to here

Hooray for everyone having good results for HSG's!

I got my trigger shot this morning and have at least 2 good size follies ready to burst. We'll be reporting in to the clinic Saturday morning at 8am sharp (really, it's Saturday, does it need to be so early? Is this prep for early am wake-ups with a baby?) for an IUI.

Today I'm calling around trying to find a babysitter so that Kidzilla doesn't have to accompany us. I can hear him now, knocking on the door of the "sample collection" room while I'm in there trying to help DH- "Mom, are you almost done? Mom, what are you doing in there? Mom, why can't I come in? Mom, I have to go potty..." Mmm, romance!

TGIF

Kim
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Hello. Let me introduce myself......My name is Tricia. I am currently a SAHM mom, looking to start graduate school in the fall. I am the mother of a beautiful, co-sleeping breastfed son named Andrew. He was conceived via IUI and hormones to stimulate ovulation. DH and I spent years trying to get pg once only to become pg twice and then have two miscarriages. After trying several cycles of clomid and IUI's with my regular OB, we were able to get pg the first cycle with the infertility doctor. This doctor was able to determine through some simple blood tests that I am missing a gene that metabolizes folic acid. Essentially, my body attacks the baby. Andrew will be two in a couple of months and we are now thinking about going down this path to parenthood again. We are still in the waiting category. I am nervous and excited at the same time.

In addition to Andrew, we adopted my brother(13) and sister(17). Andrew couldn't ask for a better aunt or uncle

I'm looking forward to this journey with everyone!
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Hi All,

I'm going to be joining you here. I'm on day 2 of our 13th month of TTC and, to the best of my knowledge, I have never been pregnant (sounds like the sequel to a Drew Barrymore movie!). Even though I'd rather not us all be here, I'm still looking forward to meeting you all!

For the list:
I've been TTC #1 since May 2007.

We aren't and I don't think will be pursuing any conventional medical interventions, but I am very interested in natural health and nutrition. (Also, I am very interested in adoption, although I know it's not a feasible option for us right now.)

And yes, I know...I don't temp and I know how it works and why/how it can be useful (I've been called out on this before). Maybe someday I will. For now, I do monitor CM and check my CP (it usually doesn't tell me much) and also use OPKs and according to all of that, I appear to be ovulating monthly (how well, I do not know). I know I could definitely stand to have a longer LP (I tend to get pink CM a few days before my period begins), and have started on B6 for that (I am a supplement queen) and have been on vitex for quite a while (although, I took this last month off from all supplements besides my multi).

Again, I'm looking forward to getting to know you all and find support here through what sometimes feels (to me, I know) a rollercoaster of an experience!
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Originally Posted by EastbayK View Post
Updated to here

Hooray for everyone having good results for HSG's!

I got my trigger shot this morning and have at least 2 good size follies ready to burst. We'll be reporting in to the clinic Saturday morning at 8am sharp (really, it's Saturday, does it need to be so early? Is this prep for early am wake-ups with a baby?) for an IUI.

Today I'm calling around trying to find a babysitter so that Kidzilla doesn't have to accompany us. I can hear him now, knocking on the door of the "sample collection" room while I'm in there trying to help DH- "Mom, are you almost done? Mom, what are you doing in there? Mom, why can't I come in? Mom, I have to go potty..." Mmm, romance!

TGIF

Kim
Funny about the baby beating on the door..lol I can actually see him doing that..lol Good luck with your IUI. I had 2 eggs also and I ended up pregnant with my daughter. I am sending you tons of::

Hello Tricia.. I am in the waiting category also. I am hoping not to be there too long though and I hope you won't be there long either. wishing you the best of luck!!:
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I'm here. We thought we were heading for clomid to conceive dc #3, which is how the other two were conceived, but instead found (after my HSG) that both of my tubes are blocked. so we are starting IVF for the first time this sunday. i'm both excited and nervous, and totally feeling overwhelmed by the mini-pharmacy i have in my refrig.

hoping it works on the first time!
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baturay, so sorry about your tubes... good luck with IVF. I hope it works right away for you!

puffnstuff and Tricia, welcome! I hope you graduate right away!

EastbayK, how did it go this morning??? GL!

poetgirl, sounds like you have your hands full. Any updates? Good luck with the townhouse stuff, and with POAS!

everyone else, any updates? what's new?

for me, my temp was low this morning, and I feel PMSy - I have cramps and that kind of acidy feeling in my vagina that I usually have before I bleed. I'm in a very bad mood really.
post #18 of 162
baturay: sorry to hear about your blocked tubes but I am happy to hear that you can try another method! I will be praying for you..:

biomama: He you head up. I had pms symptoms with both of my pregnancies so maybe it is a good thing!

I WISH THE BEST OF LUCK THIS MONTH TO ALL OF THE FUTURE MOTHERS ON MDC!! HAVE FUN
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Sorry I accidently posted this in the April IF thread...

Well AF showed, so I guess its off to IVF for us, I'm really excited bc they got me into a June cycle YAY!!!!!!!!!!! However I am really nervous about the whole process!!!
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Sorry I accidently posted this in the April IF thread...

Well AF showed, so I guess its off to IVF for us, I'm really excited bc they got me into a June cycle YAY!!!!!!!!!!! However I am really nervous about the whole process!!!
Aly, good luck with IVF! I hope it's a breeze and works right away. GL!
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