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Hi all,

Sorry I've been totally absent for the past almost-two-weeks. Just needed to take a break from the daily checking in and reminding myself about everything. Sometimes I get to a phase where I can kind of push all of this to the back of my mind, and when that happens, I take advantage of it.

CD16 today; monitoring tomorrow; IUI possibly Tuesday or Wednesday. We'll see.

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Hi all,

Sorry I've been totally absent for the past almost-two-weeks. Just needed to take a break from the daily checking in and reminding myself about everything. Sometimes I get to a phase where I can kind of push all of this to the back of my mind, and when that happens, I take advantage of it.

CD16 today; monitoring tomorrow; IUI possibly Tuesday or Wednesday. We'll see.
Hey you got to take the mental break when you can get it!

I've had a nutty week. U/S on Tues and Thurs. Our house showed 3x on Wed. Nothing on Friday. Friday night 10PM find out there are two showings for Sat. Sat get ready for showings & leave house for two hours. Sun open house. Mon morning will be IUI, showing Monday afternoon. Please, please, please could I ask so much as to finally get pregnant and finally sell my house this week! I know its asking a lot, but this house needs to go!

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Thank you for the welcome Leslie and Brandy!

GrapesBunch I also meant to ask, would you mind telling me your husband's clomid routine? How much is he taking and at what times? My husband's prescription is for 50mg every other day.

Brandy, probably because it's a soapbox issue of mine hehe, I have to ask about something you said in your post. You said " I may not be the skinniest person on earth but i get cold really quick....i can't help that he's a walking heater!!!!"

Have you had your thyroid properly checked including Free T3, Free T4 and antibodies? It took me 12 years and 13 doctors to get one to check antibodies. While my TSH was within range (well, the outdated range all the labs still insist on using), my antibodies were off the charts. I used to be freezing all the time despite being overweight. I used to feel freezing cold when the thermostat said 72. After going on meds I was comfortable most of the time with it at 68. My husband noticed the same thing when he got treated for his hypothyroid.


yes maam...my RE checked everything and he thinks i'm a freak of natrue lol ha. All of my levels are nornal and i'm healthy other than my weight which i weigh about 150-155 depending on the day and i'm only 5 foot tall....(which i had gotten up to 180 right before me and DH started trying and i've lost 25-30 lbs over the past 3 years) My goal is to lose at least another 30 lbs over the next year or two but if i get pregnant i'll have to put that on hold for a little bit. The time before last when i went for my U/S the nurse asked me if i had lost some weight and i told her maybe a couple of lbs and she said she could already tell it in my ovaries....so i'm guessing my PCOS is cause from my over weight.

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Hey you got to take the mental break when you can get it!

I've had a nutty week. U/S on Tues and Thurs. Our house showed 3x on Wed. Nothing on Friday. Friday night 10PM find out there are two showings for Sat. Sat get ready for showings & leave house for two hours. Sun open house. Mon morning will be IUI, showing Monday afternoon. Please, please, please could I ask so much as to finally get pregnant and finally sell my house this week! I know its asking a lot, but this house needs to go!


Gosh, you have been a little busy bee!!!! I hope that the IUI goes good And i've got my FX that you will both get pregnant and sell your house hehe that would be wonderful for you guys!!!


I have been taking care of my aunt's 18 month old for the past 3 days and i'll have her until friday. I really can't believe what all is going into taking care of her. See, she had a stroke in-utero and her right arm and right leg don't work right so she can't walk yet and i don't think my aunt has been taking her to her PT sessions. I'm really worried about her...my aunt still hasn't gotten her off the bottle yet and she still takes one at nap time and bed time. I've tried to use the sippy cups that have the handles on them but she just throws them back at me. My aunt also gives her mountain dew all of the time and that's what she wants at my house...and i hate to break it to her but um....i don't drink regular sodas. (other than sprite) And when i tried to give her sprite she just threw the cup back at me. So she got to drink milk all weekend. Whether she wanted it or not. DH has never had children before so this is a real test to see if he's going to be able to handle the waking up in the middle of the night and the dirty diapers and bath time and stuff like that. He finally admited to me yesterday that it's harder than he thought it would be and he gives it to me for being a full time mommy, a full time student, a full time wife, and a full time server when i was 20 right after i had DD with my first husband. Anyways, sorry, i needed to come get a couple of things off my mind because it really bothers me that my aunt isn't helping my cousin any more than just getting her by in life. She's already been labled as disabled because even with the PT she still will NEVER regain full control of her hand and foot and she will always be at risk for more strokes and they ar4e taling about putting her on a baby asprin everyday for the rest of her life. That just scares me because that won't help if she gets any significant cuts. She'll have to be watched the rest of her life. My husband was like isn't the 18 months and shouldn't she be ready to potty train...well, yes, there are several kids who are potty trained at 18 months but amber is still just crawling and she's just now learning how to pull up on stuff and stand holding on to something. ANYWAYS, sorry for the rant...i am just really mad at my aunt right now for smoking the entire 9 months of her pregnancy (and when i say smoking i mean like 1 or 2 packs a day). That is the reason the baby had a stroke while she was still in the womb.

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I hope nobody minds if I jump in here, I could really use the support! A little background on me..my partner and I are currently TTC #1. We are dealing with infertility due to PCOS which was not diagnosed until just a few months ago. Previously I have had three miscarriages. I had normal cycles since I began, until 2.5years ago when they stopped completely. I took Provera this past month and finally had AF, and now I'm waiting to see what will happen. I'm also on 1000 mg of metformin daily.

I am especially frustrated right now after a GP appointment that went badly. My prolactin levels were raised (for the past several blood tests although it was not mentioned to me), and my doctor spent most of the appointment trying to convince me it was because I was pregnant. Of course, when I poked around I realized that it is actually nearly impossible to get pregnant with elevated prolactin levels because it blocks hormones needed to conceive. I'm waiting for an endocrinologist appointment, and hopefully will be seeing a fertility specialist after that. For some reason my GP refuses to refer me to a fertility specialist even though she is not experienced enough in that area to help me. If my endocrinologist wont send me I am going to go on my own, even if it is more difficult without doctor cooperation. I am so tired of getting this run around!

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Thoughts: Trying to stay positive, but am frustrated.

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I hope nobody minds if I jump in here, I could really use the support! A little background on me..my partner and I are currently TTC #1. We are dealing with infertility due to PCOS which was not diagnosed until just a few months ago. Previously I have had three miscarriages. I had normal cycles since I began, until 2.5years ago when they stopped completely. I took Provera this past month and finally had AF, and now I'm waiting to see what will happen. I'm also on 1000 mg of metformin daily.

I am especially frustrated right now after a GP appointment that went badly. My prolactin levels were raised (for the past several blood tests although it was not mentioned to me), and my doctor spent most of the appointment trying to convince me it was because I was pregnant. Of course, when I poked around I realized that it is actually nearly impossible to get pregnant with elevated prolactin levels because it blocks hormones needed to conceive. I'm waiting for an endocrinologist appointment, and hopefully will be seeing a fertility specialist after that. For some reason my GP refuses to refer me to a fertility specialist even though she is not experienced enough in that area to help me. If my endocrinologist wont send me I am going to go on my own, even if it is more difficult without doctor cooperation. I am so tired of getting this run around!

Weekend Wrap-Up
Name: Nikki
Age: 26
TTC #: 1
CD: 12
DPO (if applicable):
Testing: n/a
Trying Since: 2007
Plan for this Cycle: Took Provera to induce AF, otherwise just hoping!
Link to Chart (if applicable): n/a
Thoughts: Trying to stay positive, but am frustrated.


welcome nikki...it's always sad to see new faces here but we all totally understand what you are going through. I've found all of the women here a great inspiration and they help me stay saine when i think eveything is crashing down around me. You know a lot of people try to debunk us younger girls because they don't feel like we should be having problems...but in truth we can have as many problems as women in their 30's and 40's who are trying. Heck i know a woman who will be 40 in just a couple of years who is due within the next few months with her third child. So yes, there are many of us out there who are having problems and i really don't think age should be much of a factor. PCOS has been very hard for me to deal with but i'm happy that with close monitoring with my RE i am finally in my second 2ww since we started ttc with assistance. I think that once you have your appointment for your prolactin levels you totally should go see an RE because there are SEVERAL tests they can do for you and your OH that other doctors might not know to ask for. Keep your head up and like dory says "just keep swimming, just keep swimming swimming..." lol sorry i love Finding Nemo... If you would like for me to add you to the list on the main page of this thread just bold what you would like added and i'll get you put there I really pray your stay here is short...then off to a DDC thread

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Wooooooo IUI #3 tomorrow!

... I have to admit, I kinda don't get excited anymore.

Laura , wife to Jeremy : since 7-23-06. MFI caused by a Robertsonian translocation; starting DIUI cycle #5, this time with injectables. Trying to hang in there.
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Thanks so much brichole1214. I'd love to be added to the front page. I am so glad you are here for support.

26, TTC #1 since '07. Have lost three. Taking Metformin for PCOS. Finished one cycle of Provera. Waiting to follow up with Endocrinologist.

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Well ladies, I wasn't too active here this month but I did lots of stalking. AF showed up for me this morning but you can just go ahead and remove me from the list, at least for now. I have the meds for one more round of Clomid but it would be a very inconvenient time to have a baby so we won't be going for it the way we did this month. I won't be avoiding but we just won't be actively trying anymore either. We have a nice big stack of foster adopt paperwork we are going to start filling out now and just see where that takes us.

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Nikki~ I got you added And i'm happy to be able to be here to talk to all of you ladies!!! I know we all need the support during these hard times of our lives!!!


SimplyRochelle~ I hate to see you go but you will be in our thoughts. I really hope everything works out for you in the furter.


Everyone else...it's coming the end of the month and I was going to see if anyone else wanted the thread for the month of April. Again i don't mind being thread keeper...but i thougt i would give someone else a chance at it. Just advise me on the thread or send me a PM and we'll get things moving for April!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far. I know i'm still about to go crazy having at least 8 days left in my 2ww and i don't know why i'm really worrying right now. If we didn't get pregnant this month it will be a while before my new insurance will cover my treatment since it's "pre-existing" so we will just do the temp monitoring and try it that way for a little while. I really don't want to have to put this off any longer because my DD from my first marriage is already going to be 7 at the end of the year...so too many more years apart and they will totally hate each other i'm sure. Well, time to go handle 5 children real quick (i'm at my brother's house and he has 3 then my 6 yo is here and i still have my aunt's 18 month old..so me and my SIL are about to go crazy!!!) TTL G/L to everyone!!FX

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I really need to vent a little.

Does it drive anyone else crazy when your friends and family act like what you're going through is no big deal because 'so and so said that she knows 395935 people with your condition and they all got pregnant'? Yeah, I'm sure that many women who are facing infertility have gotten pregnant with help, but there are others who have been struggling for 10+ years and are still struggling. It is a scary thought and I can't even imagine being there. I'm sure they mean well, but how many of us are really sitting here without knowing anything about what we're dealing with? I'm sure most of us have information on infertility coming out our ears!

For me it's also the age issue. I'm 26 and my loved ones think I should wait to have a child even though my partner and I been ready for a long while. I keep hearing "age doesn't make a difference with PCOS, you can still get pregnant when you're 40" and telling me I'm making a mistake by having a child now when I don't know that I wont be able to have one several years from now. Maybe I will be able to, but that doesn't change the situation we're in now. I feel like a spoiled brat complaining about this at all. I probably should be appreciative, especially if they are trying to help, it just comes across more like judgement and an effort to prove me wrong than support.

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For me it's also the age issue. I'm 26 and my loved ones think I should wait to have a child even though my partner and I been ready for a long while.
I'm also (almost) 26. My family's okay with the idea, but my in-laws think we should until we're, say, 82. So we've stopped giving them updates. Or anyone, actually. Lots of good friends and our families knew for awhile, but then we took a break and just didn't tell anyone, save two friends, that we were starting up again. Much better this way!

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shesaidboom: I have decided to keep most of what we are going through from my family and DH's family because they all say the same thing. "if you just give it time it will happen" and "stop worrying about it and you'll get pregnant". Well, if that were the case i'd been pregnant 3 years ago when i went off my bc!!!! Anyways, i've only got you galls and a couple of friends IRL that understand and support the choices that I make. I don't want to have to wait any longer to have a baby with my husband. He's been a wonderful step dad to my DD but he wants his own child and I understand that.



OMG on another note...lol i've been sooooooo emotional today. I turned on CMT to watch some music videos and had to turn it because i started crying like with EVERY song that came on lol. I am just an emotional wreck. The song "The Call" came on and i just boo-hoo cried when the girl's boyfriend calls and stops her from having an abortion and they get married and have their family. BLAH!! Anyways, i'm 7 dpo today and so i am trying to hold out until i'm 14 or 15 dpo to take a test because i don't wanna get down and out if i take one early and then it's neg...I just hope that things finally start working out for us. Especially now that i have this new job...i feel like we are getting a fresh start

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Hello, ladies!

I just wanted to report that DH's surgery went well last week. I was off work for a couple of days to help him out and we really enjoyed the time together. DH went back to work on Monday and is feeling well. The doctor said they found two very large varicoceles that they were able to fix. The doctor decided to go ahead and do a biopsy on the testicles as well since his original count was so low. The doctor called me yesterday to tell me the results. Apparently, DH is completely normal, healthy, perfect! The doctor even told me we didn't have to come back for another SA...just send a picture of the baby! He said there is no reason for another SA unless I am still not pregnant in four months.

I immediately called my doctor and scheduled my Clomid consultation for Tuesday, April 13. I have already met with my doctor once about it and he plans on prescribing it, but wanted to wait until DH had better numbers. I was bummed because I ovulated late once again so we missed this month completely...however, it works out perfectly as my consultation will be 15dpo or around CD1-2 so I should be able to start it next cycle! Woohoo!

As for those who asked about DH's clomid...he was take 25 mg every day. The doctor said DH could take it for three more months if we wanted and could either take 50 mg every other day or 25 mg every day like the past three months. We have decided to hold off on the Clomid for the next few months so they will be able to determine if the varicocelectomy or the Clomid did the trick.

Anyway, I have been walking around with a stupid grin on my face since yesterday afternoon. I'm so happy and hoping we are nearing the end of this journey.

Thanks for all the thoughts and well wishes. We are both off to Florida for spring break next week so I will not be on. Good luck to all!

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Wow, Congrats GrapesBunch I can't even imagine how deliriously happy you must be!!! I so hope it all works out well, and quickly.

Do you think there is a benefit to taking 25mg a day vs 50 every other day? I will have to look into that.

Can I ask more about how you got the varicoceles diagnosed? My husband has in the past had testicular pain, feeling like things are twisted. He also has a small lump that the doctor said he thought was nothing. And the urologist just did a quick manual exam and said he has nothing wrong.

I have also read that even if varicocele surgery does not cause an increase in numbers it can make the sperm healthier. I forget what it's called, but it can fix abnormalities, corruptions sort of.

I am wondering if something like that could be part of our problem. We get such perfect fertilization rates but then none of the babies make it past day 5. So I am thinking they may just not have the genes they need to go on, even with the few sperm we find that are "good".

I can also relate to what everyone else is saying about people being frustrating to deal with! I can't even tell you how many times I've heard "But you're young, you have time" and "just relax". The thing is yeah...I'm 31 now. But my husband is 44, and if I do manage to get pregnant I don't plan to wean early, and we want a big family. So really, how much time do we have? Even if things were perfect I think the most I could wildly hope for is a baby every 2 years.

Also like everyone else says, infertility is a medical condition. No amount of "relaxing" is going to solve it. All that would do is prolong the time that we didn't know what was wrong to try to fix it or find other solutions. If I "just relaxed" I'd still have unmedicated hypothyroid and low progesterone too.
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Just wanted to stop and say good morning...

congrats to grapesbunch and invite everyone to come on over to the april thread...i am so excited about the great response we got in march and i want it to continue in april!!!

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