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#1 of 4 Old 04-06-2013, 08:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I only see a few familiar faces from the last time I was around here - which is good!  DH and I took a bit of a hiatus from anything "treatment" wise on the IF front for a bit, but we're back trying again...

 

This cycle, I took Letrozole on CD 3-7, with no noticeable side effects... maybe a little fatigued and dizzy around CD 8, but nowhere near as much as I was on the Clomid.  Ultrasound on CD 12 showed at least two big follicles, so did the trigger shot (Ovidrel) that night.  I went jogging yesterday afternoon + noticed that I had that "golf balls in my belly" feeling that I've had a time or two before.  Today (CD14) did an IUI.   When I headed home from the IUI, I thought that I just wanted to lie down because we didn't get a ton of great sleep last night and the RE only had me lie there for about 5 mins after the IUI, which made me a little antsy (lots of things are making me un-thrilled about them right now... but, I hear "irritability" is a side effect, soo...)

 

After a bit of a nap, I went out to run some errands and just felt awful - woosy and a little nauseous and sitting down was REALLY uncomfortable on my belly.  

 

I've spent all day laying low in bed, and I think I'm feeling better - my belly doesn't look overly bloated, I don't have any edema in my hands or feet, my mild trouble breathing this morning (probably due to asthma + my jogging yesterday) seems to have improved.   

 

Did any of you have similar side effects?  How long did they take to go away?   I mean, it's not like I can stop taking the medication.

 

..And, we don't actually have too much hope that this will work, due to a motility issue.  When I asked the Dr. about what we could do for that, IVF seemed to be the only thing she had in mind, but I was more looking for causes/treatments for the motility issue itself.  Anyone else working with that?  DH does take some supplements for it... he's not the best about eating very well, and he's been under tons of stress lately.  After spending all day worrying about OHSS, I'm honestly even less thrilled with the idea of IVF... 


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I don't know much about OHSS and haven't taken Femara. Did you ask your RE about the side effects?
 

As for the motility issue, has your husband been evaluated by a urologist who specializes in infertility (I think sometimes they're called andrologists rather than urologists)? They can look for a hormonal or physical cause. My husband has low everything from low testosterone, so he was put on Clomid. It didn't change his count unfortunately, but did improve his motility and morphology slightly. I think sometimes they are willing to try Clomid even without hormonal problems. My husband also takes a multivitamin for men -- Puritan's Pride Ultra Vita Man (you can buy it online). It has mostly the same ingredients as FertilAid, but it's cheaper. I know some people who have seen significant improvement with vitamins alone.

 

Oh, he should have his vitamin D checked too. The lab will probably say you aren't deficient unless you're below 30, but actually you don't want to be below 50.


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I think I'm mostly over that set of side effects now - except maybe for the fatigue.  But I start the progesterone tonight, so that'll be a whole new set!!

 

Thanks for the suggestion about the Urologist/andrologist... the Dr. seemed unenthusiastic about it, but we'd really like to know what's going wrong!  And I wouldn't think it would necessarily stall our IUI/IVF path to see one...

 

The Dr. also was unenthusiastic about Clomid for him (maybe just because they mainly just treat women?) - but I thought that was mainly for some issue that he didn't really have...  In general, he's had a good count and a good % alive, they're just not so into swimming...  (Although, we've talked about how it probably wouldn't hurt to improve count, either...). 


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Finding a doctor that specializes in male infertility (andrologist) may be a "stall" as you put it well worth it. Unfortunately they are harder to find since male infertility is not as researched as female infertility is. 


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