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post #41 of 95
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Hey everyone!!! I have been kinda following along with this thread trying to learn as much as I can from you IUI ladies. I will be joining you all come the July IUI thread so I figured it would be good for me to start paying attention to what is going on. First off, good luck to you all!!! Hopefully the BFP will be coming your way fast!!! : Secondly, my question for you ladies is...when you have to give yourself the trigger shot to make yourself Ovulate does it have to be at a certain time of the day or just on a certain cycle day morning or night??? I know it is kind of a weird question, but I'm just starting to think ahead. Also, do they always check your Progesterone levels after having an IUI? I know I have read that sometimes they will put you on Proges. suppositories right afterwards is that right??? Is that a precautionary measure or just depends on what your P levels after the test. Sorry I'm so clueless here. Thanks!!! to you all!!!!!!!!!
hey Blueyezz, I'm sorry you didn't get your BFP and have to do this instead...

The trigger shot for me has been done in the doctor's office, after the U/S monitoring. The first time they did it when my follicles looked really big. This time they gave the the shot after my natural LH surge (on Sunday) and after my U/S showed I already ovulated. The reason was to increase my prog levels (hCG keeps the corpus luteum alive and producing progesterone).

I haven't had to be on supplemented prog because my levels are okay at 7dpo. I get checked each time though, so if it's low this time, I'll get the supplements.

Good luck! And feel free to keep asking your questions! We'll do our best to help you through it.
post #42 of 95
I just got back from an RE visit. So I am told Oing on day 9 on Clomid is "not normal." I used to cherish being "not normal" as a teenager, but now, not so much. Now I'm 7 dpo (barring we did not get a false positive opk). We all assessed that clomid is screwing me up and I already O on my own. So we are just going to do IUI with prog. for a few cycles. Then if that doesn't work maybe try a round of inject, then ivf. The RE did say he really couldn't see any "red flag" on me or major reason why I can't get preg. esp. since we can supplement the prog. He's not sure if my early Oing is a problem, but he thinks the Clomid might be making me release immature eggs. Bad Clomid.

This whole half of 2008 has been such a bust with the polyp surgeries and wonky clomid attempts. It will honestly be a relief to go au naturale for a few. I'm better off, at least I know I O and there's no "false positive" worry. And, the left cyst is now gone too. Phew to that.

Of course, DH the eternal optimist said that none of this will matter because I'm preg. right now. He says that every month. Hopefully, soon that will be true!

How's everyone else?
post #43 of 95
Thanks everyone for your wishes.

poetgirl - here's hoping DH is right. My DH was also so optimistic. It's wonderful to have that hope and support!

DH and I have decided to take a month off and try au natural. I also want to go for the ultrasound / scan thing that checks if my tubes are clear and not blocked, so we've decided before we continue with IUI, we should check that, and therefore going natural this cycle.

A question for those who've already had an IUI before, was your AF much more than normal? (sorry if TMI), but this has been the heaviest I've ever been before. Thinking it's from all the hormones.

Good luck to you all and maybe see you in July IUI - but hopefully not I'll keep tracking this thread to see how you all do.
post #44 of 95
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poet, sorry to hear about your clomid experience. I hope your DH is right, though! Are you feeling pg?

DLT, good luck with the natural cycle... I hope it works for you!

I hadn't noticed anything different about my flow after IUIs... I did have longer luteal phases in my IUI cycles, by 3 days! I used to have 11 day LP, and with the IUIs it's been 14 days. Who knows?

I'm 3dpo, not feeling any different. I'm trying to set up our next cycle already now, since it will be the HSG (and other diagnostics?) cycle. We are getting our insurance coverage on July 1, and it will cover infertility diagnostics, yay!!! BUT, it has to all be in network and pre-approved. So we can't go to our current RE and I have to go in and see an internist first to get the referral for pre-approval. The timing will have to all be just right, so that I can get the HSG between CD6-10. So much to keep track of!

GL everyone! Any other updates from y'all?
post #45 of 95
Well mystery over, I definitely O'd day 9 on Clomid! It IS possible ladies! My P level was the highest yet, 18.8, and my RE said yesterday prog. supp. don't really effect blood level progesterone because they are so local but they will "keep" a pregnancy. Hehe! and Phew! I have been mildly crampy in the 2ww (presumably from the P) although I've never had that before, and chart is looking good. We shall see. At least I know I didn't waste this cycle!
post #46 of 95
Great news, Jen! I thought by the looks of your chart that you had in fact Oed on CD 9. Chart looks really good!

DLT - sorry to hear about AF. I understand how you must be feeling. GL with your natural cycle...it's been known to happen! I'm on another board with a woman who had been trying 2+ years to get pregnant with the help of Clomid, IUIs, and other meds...she took one month off and it happened!

bio - congrats on getting infertility diagnostics covered! Lucky you...our insurance covers absolutely nothing. Gah. This cycle alone cost us $1000.

blue - welcome! My RE always supplements with progesterone after an IUI regardless of past levels...just an extra procaution, I suppose.

So, I'm 6 DPIUI and feeling a bit crampy on & off. I was so nauseous the past few days and now all of a sudden I'm starving. I'm inhaling Smartfood popcorn as I type this. I have this atomic yellow creamy CM which really freaks me out (I'm assuming it's from the progesterone supplements.) My cha-chas aren't tender, which worries me...but my chart looks pretty, so I still have hope. I hope to hold out to test until 12 DPIUI - 6 days from now. UGH!
post #47 of 95
Thanks everyone for the info. You ladies are such a wealth of knowledge!!!!!!

LiamsMommy
- your chart looks good. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!!!

poetgirl - Fingers crossed for you too!! Your Prog. levels are looking good.

biomama - Insurance coverage for fertility issues... Does that cover IUI/IVF cost or just diagnosis? That is great!!! So you have never had an HSG done before??? I'm kinda surprised they would do an IUI before doing an HSG. My RE said they wouldn't do an IUI until they made sure there wasn't a blockage. Good luck. Hopefully this cycle will be your BFP and you won't have to have the test done!! I've had it done and it really wasn't too bad at all. I just felt a little cramping during the procedure, but it might compare to what you feel when you have an IUI (don't personally know but I think I remember you saying that you had mild cramping with the IUI).

DLT - so sorry to hear about AF! Good luck with your au natural cycle!!
post #48 of 95
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biomama - Insurance coverage for fertility issues... Does that cover IUI/IVF cost or just diagnosis? That is great!!! So you have never had an HSG done before??? I'm kinda surprised they would do an IUI before doing an HSG. My RE said they wouldn't do an IUI until they made sure there wasn't a blockage. Good luck. Hopefully this cycle will be your BFP and you won't have to have the test done!! I've had it done and it really wasn't too bad at all. I just felt a little cramping during the procedure, but it might compare to what you feel when you have an IUI (don't personally know but I think I remember you saying that you had mild cramping with the IUI).
So the insurance is supposed to cover diagnostics only, nothing for actual treatment or monitoring. So we're hoping it doesn't get too much worse, but we're preparing for IVF if we need to do that. We've been researching going abroad, since clinics in Europe are cheaper and meds are much cheaper there too. DH is originally from Europe, but since he doesn't work there, he's not on the national insurance plan anymore. He might be able to get back on it, but then to get me on it too would be an ordeal. But even paying cash is cheaper than here, even if you include flights! Crazy.

We didn't do the HSG because we are paying for everything out of pocket... we were waiting for insurance to kick in. Plus, we have a documented male factor problem, but nothing (so far) with me. I have no reason to think my tubes are blocked, I've never had an infection down there... but of course there are congenital things, or random freak accident type things that could cause a problem with the tubes.

At the time, it made sense to try a few IUIs (at ~$500 a cycle) than to fork out $1500 for the HSG AND pay for the IUIs. Especially since we know we'll get it paid for in July. I was also secretly hoping we wouldn't need it, that I'd be pg by now. sigh...

LiamsMommy31905, your chart does look pretty! wooo! And sorry your insurance is worthless for this stuff. It's so unfair.

poetgirl, yay for not wasting a cycle! You are a special girl, ovulating so early on clomid.

Kim, you still around? I'm thinking about you...

everyone else? Blueyzz, how are you doing?
post #49 of 95
So maybe you all can help me figure this one out... I actually talked to my RE today and was able to ask her about the whole "what is the reason you decided want to start me on 100mg of clomid instead of 50mgs" question and she said that normally they start women that are not ovulating at all on 50mg and the ones that are ovulating and have been trying for awhile like myself on 100mgs. I kinda took that answer and then after I got off the phone I thought about it some more, and I thought that it seems like it is backwards, wouldn't be the other way around???? Anyone understand that?????????

The other good news is that i asked her again about checking my progesterone levels before we even do the first IUI in July and she was like "sure, that would be fine". Not sure why it was like pulling teeth when I asked her in the office several weeks ago and she didn't seem to think it was necessary. It just seems like it would make sense to check that out before we even try to do an IUI, but that might just be my weird thinking. So I guess on CD 22, 23 or 24 i'm suppose to go and have the blood work done. I'm so excited b/c i feel like we are getting somewhere now. Even if my level is fine I will mentally feel better knowing that. I would be kicking myself if our first IUI wouldn't even take to begin with b/c my levels were off. Oh, and my DH had to have his "swim test" or "M&M" (medical masturbation - as he likes to call it) this morning for a semen culture. Won't get the results of that one until next thurs. I feel like we are moving in the right direction after these last 2 yrs.

Biomama - I'll continue to keep my fingers crossed for you that you don't have to go across the sea to get your BFP!!! I guess i really can't complain b/c our insurance does cover diagnostic testing but nothing else. They didn't even pay for my DH semen analysis which I didn't really understand. We pay all this money for insurance, but they won't pick up a $150 bill for that???!?!?!?! Maybe after you do have the HSG it will kinda flush out the tubes and they always say the next couple of months you are more likely to get prego. It didn't work for us but hopefully will work for you!!!!!!!!!! Take care.
post #50 of 95
Here is another IUI question.... Anyone know why some drs give you the clomid for CD 3-7 and other do CD 5-9???? What is up with that?? Mine script is 5-9. Didn't think about asking that question while i had her on the phone either.

Just thought I'd add that I just went to the mailbox and found a script in there for my progesterone level to be check. I'm so impressed!!! I just talked to her yesterday about even getting it done and now i have the script in my hand!! I thought I was dreaming, but it is real.
post #51 of 95
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blueyzz, yay for getting your prog script! That's great. I just had my blood drawn today for my 7dpiui levels. I hope they are high enough!

How is everyone else? This thread has been pretty quiet... Liam's mommy, how are you? what day are you at now?

DLT, I haven't noticed a change in AF since starting IUIs. I have had longer LPs (even in my unmedicated IUI cycle. )

Poet? how are you?

Kim? how has the clomid been?

everyone else?
post #52 of 95
I'm here, coming over from secondary infertility.

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So you have never had an HSG done before??? I'm kinda surprised they would do an IUI before doing an HSG. My RE said they wouldn't do an IUI until they made sure there wasn't a blockage...
Mine is doing this, too. When you're old - they don't wait. I just saw the RE for the first time today. I will do the 7 DPO test Wednesday or Thursday. We'll test my baseline hormones on day 3 of my next period and do the IUI whenever I ovulate (so far natural - my periods are regular). Then we'll test again after ovulation and see if I need drugs for luteal phase defect. If not pregnant we'll do the HSG? (x-rays for fallopian tube blockage) and another IUI.
post #53 of 95
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blueyzz, yay for getting your prog script! That's great. I just had my blood drawn today for my 7dpiui levels. I hope they are high enough!
Biomama- be sure to let us know how they turn out!! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you that they are high!! When will you find out your results??? What exactly do they test for at 7 dpiui????
post #54 of 95
Hey girls!

I'm currently 10 DPIUI. Tested this morning in a moment of sheer weakness after DH left for work so I didn't have to listen to the whole "It's too early! You're wasting tests!" schipel.

It was BFN. Freaking typical.

Right after I recapped the test to scrutinize it, I spied a spot of pink blood on the TP. You've got to be kidding me.

I called my RE and told her about the spot. She said she thinks that AF is around the corner. Thanks for the optimism, lady. Just to be sure, she's giving me a blood hCG, progesterone, and estrogen test tomorrow am. We'll hopefully know something by the afternoon.

I'm just so cheesed off that the progesterone isn't doing it's job (lengthening my luteal phase.) Although it's doing a great job at making me exhausted and nauseous.

Pardon my sarcasm tonight...I'm feeling a bit bitter.

Hope everyone is doing great!
post #55 of 95
:Hi Ladies,

I typed a whole reply, only to find it didn't post...

LiamsMommy31905 - I hear you about the optimism : I hope AF stays far away and good luck with your blood tests tomorrow. Here's hoping it's good news!

biomama - my AF was the worst ever, so I must have had a different reaction to the injections. But anyway, that's behind me now, and I'm looking forward.

When I spoke to the nurses they said I couldn't do IUI this month because I'm going for the HSG tomorrow, and the 2 can't be done in the same cycle. SO, after reading a few posts, I decided to ask them if I could do an un-medicated IUI and they said SURE! So, I'm a little irritated that they didn't present me with this option, as we thought we'd have to go completely natural for this cycle.

So I'm going tomorrow for the HSG, and depending on the results (hoping it's all clear), I'll chat to DH and see if we're going to go with unmedicated IUI this month. I'll keep you all posted.
post #56 of 95
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When I spoke to the nurses they said I couldn't do IUI this month because I'm going for the HSG tomorrow, and the 2 can't be done in the same cycle.
My RE nurse said we absolutely will do a treatment cycle when I do the HSG, because the HSG itself can be therapeutic! ?? Maybe it will be unmedicated though... I'll have to ask about that. I'm amazed at the differences between what our REs tell us. GOOD LUCK at the HSG! You'll have to tell me all about it. Oh, I've read on other posts you should bring a pad to absorb the dye as it comes back out.

Liamsmommy, I hope it isn't AF! Keep us posted. hugs!

Ellien, welcome!!! good luck with your testing. What you're doing sounds like a reasonable plan. Keep us posted.

blueyezz4, I got my progesterone level checked yesterday... I should find out today, since they ordered it STAT, but they can be kind of slow. From what progesterone supplements sound like, I really hope I don't have to get them! But I will if I need to.
post #57 of 95

Checking in

I've been MIA lately.

Things are going fine for us- I finished round 3 of clomid and am waiting for IUI #3 around Saturday. Both of the last two rounds of clomid have led to massive hot flashes and hysterical crying episodes (over crazy things like running out of cleaning products...) so hipefully I won't have to go that route much longer. AF was slow getting started, but was heavier and longer than it has been in the last year, so I'm obesssing over what that might mean too.

Kidzilla has been gone for 2 weeks with another 3 to go, so DH and I have been dating and enjoying our time alone.

Fingers crossed for everyone in the 2WW, looks like we have some that should be getting BFP's soon!

Kim
post #58 of 95
[QUOTE=biomama;11540204]My RE nurse said we absolutely will do a treatment cycle when I do the HSG, because the HSG itself can be therapeutic! ?? Maybe it will be unmedicated though... I'll have to ask about that. I'm amazed at the differences between what our REs tell us. GOOD LUCK at the HSG! You'll have to tell me all about it. Oh, I've read on other posts you should bring a pad to absorb the dye as it comes back out.QUOTE]

Thanks biomama, I'll take a pad with me. I'll let you know how it goes. The one they do here is apparantely not the xray, but rather a type of ultrasound, so I'll see what it is and give you details. And yes, I've also heard that the 1-2 months after HSG can actually be 'more fertile' showing higher pregnancy rates. I'll do ANYTHING at the moment
post #59 of 95
Hello Ladies,

I'm new to the site but I've been reading the threads for a week or so now. I normally don't post messages on forums but I had to say that it is so nice to see all of you so positive. My husband and I have been TTC for a year now. We are not very patient people and after 8 months we decided to go see a specialist. Turns out I have PCO - no S and decided to put me on Clomid anyway seeing as it's the first step. We did that for 3 cycles all with IUI's and all three have failed. Before that we did a non-medicated IUI which also failed. The last cycle my lining was too thin and they didn't expect the follicles to take hold, and they didn't. I am starting injectable's in two days, Bravelle I believe it's called. Has anybody else used this? I'm a little scared to have to give myself a shot every night for god only knows how long. I've had a shot given to me by the nurses at the office to stimulate ovulation, but never had to give it to myself. I'm sorry for the long post...this whole process has me soo down, it's nice to know that I'm not the only one.
post #60 of 95
Okay, girls...here's a quick update on me: temps still high. CM is clear.

Got my blood results back. BFN...but I knew that. My progesterone level is still high and she said that I'm not out of the game yet since she thinks that yesterday could be implantation bleeding. Retesting on Friday (14 DPIUI)...hopefully my body will know to begin to produce hCG.

Welcome, Kiki.

Will BBL tonight for personals.
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