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post #41 of 176
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I had an ultrasound and my OB found nothing but a thick lining that wont shed. ::

I guess incredibly sore, growing breasts for weeks means absolutely nothing (they have increased in size and pain over the past week). I should have temped this cycle but I am soooo bloody sick and tired of it!

Now she wants me to POAS in the AM "just in case" before starting progesterone (something I haven't had to take in several years). Why?? I dont know. If she didn't see anything in the ultrasound, there is nothing there.
I've had this happen before, and between the ultra-sensitive breasts that felt bigger and a slight change in my sense of taste, I felt pg. I wasn't, but my hormones were definitely playing tricks on me. I'm sorry.
post #42 of 176
Barose - I'm so sorry I hate that this has to be another crappy stump blocking the road for you, especially when the road is already full of potholes and hills that seem impossible to climp. GL, you are in my prayers...

poetgirl - GL this cycle, I hope the 2ww flies by and brings another BFP for us all to cheer about!

biomama - I'm glad to hear that all went well with the HSG yesterday.... hope that you continue to get good news!

crystalmommy - sounds like their office staff hardly knows what they're doing... hang in there, in the end you'll be thinking that those things were minor to what you got out of it, right?!

Tandy - here's to another month, GL!

Aly - That is SO great!! You never know though, maybe it'll still be multiple's!!
post #43 of 176
barose, I'm so sorry.

My update: I have a mature follicle! I guess we'll get busy with the intercourse and the opk's... I'm shocked, after last week's low estrogen levels that we see a follicle on day 17. I guess I just take a bit longer to respond to the Femara than most people. I'm relieved more than anything, and nervous, and ... there's that pesky hope thing again ...
post #44 of 176
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barose, I'm so sorry.

My update: I have a mature follicle! I guess we'll get busy with the intercourse and the opk's... I'm shocked, after last week's low estrogen levels that we see a follicle on day 17. I guess I just take a bit longer to respond to the Femara than most people. I'm relieved more than anything, and nervous, and ... there's that pesky hope thing again ...
That's great! I've had mature follies a little later in my cycle as well when on femara. Good luck!!!
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Oh I also really wanted to send gigantic super-sized hugs to Kristenok.
:Kristen.
Thank you!
post #46 of 176
Thanks ladies. My OB had me take a HPT this morning. Of course it was a BFN. I hate taking HPTs - it feels like stabbing myself in the heart. Last night was horrible: up half the night crying, hyperventilating and not sleeping. I look and feel like crap now (at work). I have a few options in terms of next steps, but for now, taking Provera is my next option, but I’m thinking of staring Wellbutrin and unsure if Provera + Clomid + Wellbutrin is a good idea. I didn’t think to ask my doctor yesterday, I was too numb.
post #47 of 176
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Thanks ladies. My OB had me take a HPT this morning. Of course it was a BFN. I hate taking HPTs - it feels like stabbing myself in the heart. Last night was horrible: up half the night crying, hyperventilating and not sleeping. I look and feel like crap now (at work). I have a few options in terms of next steps, but for now, taking Provera is my next option, but I’m thinking of staring Wellbutrin and unsure if Provera + Clomid + Wellbutrin is a good idea. I didn’t think to ask my doctor yesterday, I was too numb.
I take wellbutrin, and I really like it. I notice that if I miss a dose or two for some reason I am very moody and ready to kill my husband or anyone that crosses my path really. Also, I notice that I obsess more about the whole ttc if I haven't taken it regularly. Its nice too because you can adjust your dose pretty easy. My dr gave me 2 different prescriptions, I take 150mg until its time to O, and then I take 300mg from O until AF starts. It takes about 2-3 weeks before you feel the effects of the meds. It doesn't help w/ anxiety...but definitely helps w/ mood swings. AND the best part is they have generics now... so its cheap!!! good luck!!
post #48 of 176
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I take wellbutrin, and I really like it. I notice that if I miss a dose or two for some reason I am very moody and ready to kill my husband or anyone that crosses my path really. Also, I notice that I obsess more about the whole ttc if I haven't taken it regularly. Its nice too because you can adjust your dose pretty easy. My dr gave me 2 different prescriptions, I take 150mg until its time to O, and then I take 300mg from O until AF starts. It takes about 2-3 weeks before you feel the effects of the meds. It doesn't help w/ anxiety...but definitely helps w/ mood swings. AND the best part is they have generics now... so its cheap!!! good luck!!

Thank you for sharing your experience. This really helps a lot.
post #49 of 176
well, my good news couldn't last... my saline sono-histo-whatever-gram showed a polyp in my uterus. It's not super huge, I guess, but it's there... And I just read that prolonged spotting after your period can be a sign of a polyp, and guess what! I have that. I mentioned it to my RE a long time ago and he said it didn't mean anything...

he didn't say for sure if it would need to be removed. It is lower down, kind of next to my cervix. But it's possible it's blocking sperm entry, and we don't need any more hurdles for poor DH's sperm! and the first worry I had wasn't about the procedure to remove it or anything, but about the cost! I don't know if it would be covered by ins. I think I should stop worrying about money but it's been so tight lately, and we have many hundreds of dollars a month in RE costs already! Sigh.

I also only had 9 antral follicles, which is really low for my age. My FSH was at 7, and my estradiol was >200 (is that because of the clomid?). My BW was on CD7, and I started clomid on CD3.

Barose, I'm so sorry. I know it's extra hard to see the BFN when you have signs and extra hope... . It's so tough, isn't it?

songbird45, GL! I hope that follicle is the one!
post #50 of 176
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well, my good news couldn't last... my saline sono-histo-whatever-gram showed a polyp in my uterus. It's not super huge, I guess, but it's there... And I just read that prolonged spotting after your period can be a sign of a polyp, and guess what! I have that. I mentioned it to my RE a long time ago and he said it didn't mean anything...

he didn't say for sure if it would need to be removed. It is lower down, kind of next to my cervix. But it's possible it's blocking sperm entry, and we don't need any more hurdles for poor DH's sperm! and the first worry I had wasn't about the procedure to remove it or anything, but about the cost! I don't know if it would be covered by ins. I think I should stop worrying about money but it's been so tight lately, and we have many hundreds of dollars a month in RE costs already! Sigh.

I also only had 9 antral follicles, which is really low for my age. My FSH was at 7, and my estradiol was >200 (is that because of the clomid?). My BW was on CD7, and I started clomid on CD3.

Barose, I'm so sorry. I know it's extra hard to see the BFN when you have signs and extra hope... . It's so tough, isn't it?

songbird45, GL! I hope that follicle is the one!

I'm sorry about the result of your HSG. I hope you can find a resolution for the poylp.
post #51 of 176
Hi everyone. Sorry I've been MIA for a couple of weeks. Our latest attempt failed. It was a tough one to take because I kind of got my hopes up. I've been pretty down and depressed. I've decided to start some therapy and have an appointment for next week. I'm also trying to look at all my options. DW and I talked about adoption and I've done some reading. I'm also looking more seriously into IVF. I can't stay on the ride much longer, my sanity can't handle it. We're taking this month off and talking alot, then we'll make a decision and go from there.

Good luck to those in the 2WW

And to those with disappointing news.
post #52 of 176
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barose, I'm so sorry.

My update: I have a mature follicle! I guess we'll get busy with the intercourse and the opk's... I'm shocked, after last week's low estrogen levels that we see a follicle on day 17. I guess I just take a bit longer to respond to the Femara than most people. I'm relieved more than anything, and nervous, and ... there's that pesky hope thing again ...
Yay!! This gives me hope that maybe I am just going to ovulate late like I did on clomid. I am doing opk's, and there isn't even a hint of a 2nd line yet...
hopefully my second u/s tomorrow will be more "productive".

Did you have u/s every couple of days??
post #53 of 176
I had an ultrasound on day 11 that shows a bunch of tiny follicles, and one on day 17 that showed one mature follicle. Today I had a postcoital test which showed good ph and stretch CM, but they couldn't find any sperm. They said this means that the sperm are unable to swim well in the CM and that we should do an IUI instead... so guess what we're doing tomorrow? I hope dh is ok with romancing a cup. I have to admit it is a huge relief and completely takes the pressure off. We had to try 3 times before we were successful at bd this morning.
post #54 of 176
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Hi everyone. Sorry I've been MIA for a couple of weeks. Our latest attempt failed. It was a tough one to take because I kind of got my hopes up. I've been pretty down and depressed. I've decided to start some therapy and have an appointment for next week. I'm also trying to look at all my options. DW and I talked about adoption and I've done some reading. I'm also looking more seriously into IVF. I can't stay on the ride much longer, my sanity can't handle it. We're taking this month off and talking alot, then we'll make a decision and go from there.

Good luck to those in the 2WW

And to those with disappointing news.
I am so sorry. I hope threarpy will be helpful for you. I've done well with support groups myself and a combo of both support groups and individual thearpy.
post #55 of 176
Hi Everyone!

I'm so sorry to have been MIA for a whole month-- we've been travelling and buying a house and packing and moving and now are sitting in an empty house waiting for all of our stuff to come (it was supposed to be here by the 3rd and now they're saying the 13-14th... grrrrr).

I have a LOT to catch up with, but I wanted to start by saying:

: : :
: : : CONGRATULATIONS LARALEE, BATURAY, and ALY!!! : : :
: : :

I wish you all the stickiest of sticky baby vibes!!!

As for me, here is the bio to add to the first post:

mischievium : TTC since February 2007 with MFI (antisperm antibodies) and possible mild congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Currently TTC with Clomid and IUI.

This is my first Clomid/IUI cycle. Minus the hot flashes, I haven't had much in the way of side effects from the Clomid. I took it CD 3-7, then went in for an US on CD12 (which happened to be the 4th of July). The RE du jour found 3 good sized follicles (2 on the left and 1 on the right), she wanted to give my body the weekend to grow the follicles a bit bigger (they were 17, 18, and 19mm and she wanted them above 20), to allow my lining to thicken a bit, and to see if I would surge on my own. I had neg OPKs through the weekend and went back on Monday for an US. The RE du jour couldn't really get a good view of my right ovary, but the 2 follicles on the left were 23mm and my lining was now 13mm, so he said to go ahead and get the HCG shot that day and come in the next day for the IUI. So, yesterday was my first IUI AND my 31st birthday (let's hope I got what I wanted for my birthday !

So... now I'm in 2WW-land for the first time seriously in a few months. Wish me luck!

We are supposed to get internet hooked up in our house tomorrow, so I hope to be around a bit more and get to know the newer people and catch up with what has been going on for everyone else!
post #56 of 176

Update

I saw someone (alternative health - forgot her title!) who specializes in fertility. She uses a combo of Chinese medicine (not acupuncture though) and western/botanical medicine.

According to her, I have an inflamed liver and I believe (and can feel it). For the past week, just that side of my belly was a bit swollen - something I can feel. There is some pain, but I associated with PCOS though none of my cysts are larger. This explains my current estrogen dominance and all the symptoms that come with it, pain, etc.

I was given some Chinese herbs to help rid my body of this excess estrogen and eventually give me a withdrawal bleed. I will also do a short detox/fast to help with that. When my period comes, next steps will follow.

I feel so much better knowing what is going on with my body at the moment.
post #57 of 176
barose, I really hope the alternative medicine person can help you!
mischievium, I'm glad to see you! Good luck!!!

So, things I learned at the IUI this morning:
* Dh says that playboy actually has more articles than porn. He says that if you buy playboy and don't read the articles, you've wasted a lot of money.
* Dh also said that there were two check boxes for how the sperm was obtained. Obviously masturbation is one, but the other was "extraction" - he said that reading that set him back several minutes.
* IUI's are uncomfortable but not painful.
* They showed me a syringe with DH's name on it. This was supposed to reassure me that they were using his sperm. (um, okay.)

I'm calm today, but I haven't yet seen high temps. We'll see how I do once I actually have evidence of ovulation.
post #58 of 176
barose - I'm also doing TCM and herbs. I just started back after having to stop due to illness. I'm also doing acupuncture and that is just great.

Songbird - So glad the IUI went well. to you in the 2ww!

Has anyone read "The Infertility Cure" or "The Way of the Fertile Soul" by Randine Lewis. Any thoughts on those books, if you've read them. Did they help you? Make you feel better? Give you more tools, etc?
post #59 of 176
Well here's me. TTC since 2000. 4 m/c 2 kiddos adopted domestically who are awesome. PCOS w/ metformin and clomid never worked. Now we move on to Femera tomorrow. Here's hoping for baby before hubby is deployed!
post #60 of 176
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Updated to here


I'm back from vacation! We went up to Savannah, GA for a few days. It was beautiful up there and very relaxed.

Despite my super high, promising temps, I tested this morning at 13dpo and it was a BFN . Back when I had my HSG, the RE said that if we had 3 IUI's that were unsuccessful, then he wanted to do some...laprascopy? to check for scaring in my uterus. There was something on the HSG that wasn't quite right but he didn't think was anything. So I'll have to bring it up on Monday. Otherwise, it will be on to Femara for me. DH and I are still against jumping up to IVF b/c we just can't believe we need it- we've already conceived together once. WHY, WHY, WHY ???

Welcome back Mischievium- I was wondering where you had gone.

There was so much I wanted to say to everyone and so many hugs I wanted to give for all the messages I missed in the past week. It seems like it was kind of a hard week for most people (receivers of BFP's excluded) I hope that everyone is doing well in the place they are at now.

Kim
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