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Today 06:58 PM
tinytina Any changes to make? Updated to here
So excited to change my status to TWW for the first time!
Today 06:55 PM
tinytina Thanks everyone for all your support. Everything went well today. Having to wait for the doctor was the worst part- full bladder and a 20 minute extra wait. LOL! Bad combo. No restrictions for activities and we just have to wait --they call this the Two Week Wait- I go for a blood test on August 11th. I know I will probably take a test a day or two before that

Thanks @adiejan

Glad your appointment was so successful @chuord . Fingers crossed dear. Thanks! Also thanks for all your helpful and useful information.

Thanks @radiowave , sorry that you are not feeling it this month. Fingers crossed that your appointment and blood test goes well. Sorry to hear you are not feeling well.

Thanks @tracyamber . I am so excited and nervous all at once.
Today 04:24 PM
tracyamber Good luck tomorrow tinytina!!!!!!!!
Great news @chuord !!!!!!!
Today 03:39 PM
chuord Radio- hugs on feeling awful on progesterone! Hopefully they will be able to check your levels and balance it out a bit...
Re ivf - it's one of those things that's an optional extra, you pay more for it - and depending on your fertility issues history the doc will either recommend doing it or not, of course if you want to do it regardless it's your choice - we've never done it.
Re 'embryo' I think it's just the easy term that most people understand, strictly speaking a 3 day transfer would be between a morula and a blastocyte, while a 5 day transfer should have progressed to a blastocyte getting ready to hatch and implant. (Blastocyte is when the cells tissue in the fertilized egg separates into two types /groups - one becomes the embryo and the other the placenta. Lol yep I read up way too much detail
My doc told me that the point where the two types of cells develope is a big stepping stone and a point where many fertilized eggs fall by the wayside - which is why if you have multiple options by day 3 they prefer to grow them out to day 5. Re which egg is best - aside from genetic issues (which the extra testing usually picks up) they rank the blasts fairly thoroughly - search for ivf blastocyte ranking to get a good idea. Essentially they give a number indicating what stage it's at, then two letters I can't quite remember but one is for cell uniformity of size and I think the other is for the way the cells are grouped. Aa being the best and down to dd which they call a dead duck or no hoper. Anything between has some chance... Hope this helps!
Today 03:15 PM
radiowave Tina-good luck tomorrow!
Chourd-great news!
Adiejen-How are things progressing?

And hello to everyone.

It has been up and down with the progesterone side effects…a few ok days, a few bad days, but I have not felt like myself since I started. I am going to see if they can check my levels when I have my blood test on Thursday. AF expected Weds. Took an early response this morning and it was negative. Feeling pretty sure this is not my month. Appt with the RE on next steps on Friday.

An acquaintance of mine did IVF recently and they did genetic testing on the embryos (are they embryos then) before implantation to make sure they were using the healthiest ones. Is that standard?
Yesterday 08:17 PM
chuord Tina - we must've crossed posts, that is great news!!! Good luck tomorrow!!!
Yesterday 07:05 PM
adiejan
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Hi everyone,

AFM: CD 14 and I got 2 positive OPK today! Super excited and nervous all at the same time. Called the clinic and we have an appointment for 12:15 tomorrow for our insemination procedure!!!

Thanks @alivewithyou and @chuord

Yeah @adiejan glad you can do a cycle this month too! I never did figure out when I O'd last month (this will be our first month trying IUI). I had a faulty test this morning, so I tested again 2 hours later and got a positive. Got hubby to check too. LOL! So we decided to try another test 2 hours later and it looked just as dark so we are feeling pretty confident about it.
Yay!! So excited for you! Good luck tomorrow!
Yesterday 05:41 PM
chuord Ok back from appointment - all good! I'm actually stimming faster than I did on a higher amount of fsh... There's around 14 follicles (one 15, a few at 14, and a few smaller) and I'm going in on Wednesday to check, but likely collection on Friday - seems soo fast I'm grinning like an idiot - soo happy with my body and ovaries right now lol.
For anyone who like numbers, first successful (retrieval) cycle I took 187.5 gonal f, this time same med but only 162.5 and retrieval will likely be a day earlier this cycle... On the cetritide now - yay I don't want to lose any of those follicles.
Adie, Tina, radio, Oxford - any news?
Yesterday 05:40 PM
tinytina Hi everyone,

AFM: CD 14 and I got 2 positive OPK today! Super excited and nervous all at the same time. Called the clinic and we have an appointment for 12:15 tomorrow for our insemination procedure!!!

Thanks @alivewithyou and @chuord

Yeah @adiejan glad you can do a cycle this month too! I never did figure out when I O'd last month (this will be our first month trying IUI). I had a faulty test this morning, so I tested again 2 hours later and got a positive. Got hubby to check too. LOL! So we decided to try another test 2 hours later and it looked just as dark so we are feeling pretty confident about it.
Yesterday 11:10 AM
adiejan @tinytina - I'm sorry the opk isn't coming along. Did you catch your o last month? Are you testing twice a day? I wonder if you should try that.
@chuord - your 'pimping' cracked me up!! How are those injections coming along love? What are you doing this time?
@tracyamber -ok...so isn't the core hard to eat?

AFM: going ahead with FET this cycle! Yay! I'm on estrogen patches. Has anyone had them before? I'm feeling quite emotional but not sure if it's AF or the patches or both haha! My sister had her baby on Friday. She is beautiful! I'm so happy and love being an aunt but just praying I'll be next on the mommy train!
Yesterday 10:57 AM
adiejan
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@adiejan - Just curious, what's the plan with your frosties? Will they defrost them all and grow them out? What day are they thinking or will that just depend in how they're doing?

To all: I'm always reading along and cheering you guys on! Good luck everyone!!!!


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Hi @Xerxella ! It looks like we will thaw 4 and see how they progress and then decide what to do from there. He said we could do a 3 or 5 day transfer. I am kind of miffed that they put 4 in one straw and 1 in the other. Oh well, it is what it is. I'm just glad we have some!
07-26-2014 02:23 PM
chuord I'm with alivewithyou Tina... Try and stay relaxed, if the opk gets darker but you can't tell it's positive - ask them for a blood test... Over monitoring will be less stressful for you... Did you end up with an idea of what day you o? My regular is day 19, trust it's going to happen xxxx
07-26-2014 09:55 AM
alivewithyou
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Hi everyone,

AFM: CD 13. Another negative OPK this morning. Trying to stay positive but finding it a bit difficult.
Don't lose hope. In my experience the day that I started crying and losing hope I would get a positive opk lol. It will happen before you know it.
07-26-2014 05:13 AM
tinytina Hi everyone,

AFM: CD 13. Another negative OPK this morning. Trying to stay positive but finding it a bit difficult.
07-25-2014 08:12 AM
tracyamber No, I ate pineapple core starting the day of a 5 day transfer . Then the next day,next day,and next. 0
07-25-2014 05:06 AM
tinytina Hi everyone,

AFM: No positive OPK but the line was darker today than yesterday.
Tomorrow we are going to a mutual friend's wedding.

Hi @adiejan

Hi @chuord , I think I am just looking for anything I can control.

Thanks for stopping by @Xerxella , how are you doing?

Wish I had some advice for you @radiowave , have you called your doctor?

Hi @tracyamber , thanks for the good advice about the pineapple core

Hi everyone!
07-24-2014 11:46 PM
chuord Thanks Tracy - so you eat it before transfer and on the day of transfer? I just started on transfer day last time - whoops!
Xerxella - great to see you here too I follow you all on the grad thread but don't feel I can comment... Lol maybe I don't want to jinx myself. Are you actually relaxing into everything being alright? Tracy are you? I miss you two being here all the time
Radio - just do the best you can, if it's incredibly bad ask your doc for bloods to check the progesterone level - if it is really high then maybe he'll let you wean off a bit.

Afm day 4 injections, nothing exciting just that slow increase of tenderness and slight irritability. Been out 'pimping' my husband lol (dropping off referral pads to dental practices) sales is hard work not my thing at all
Anything new?
07-24-2014 06:31 PM
Xerxella @radiowave - It always took me about 10 - 12 days to work out the trigger. So, 8-10 dpo. Your mileage may vary.


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07-24-2014 05:28 PM
tracyamber
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Hi,
How is everyone today?
Quick question. I started on the progesterone suppositories a week ago (the day after my iui). The first few days were rough, but then I seemed to acclimate. And then today it got really bad again..worse than it had been on first few days. So dizzy, foggy, nauseated, hands shaking etc. What I'm wondering is whether this could be a sign that I am pregnant…that maybe now that my body has started producing its own progesterone, the side effects are worse? What do you think? I want to take a hpt tomorrow morning, but I am concerned that the trigger shot from last week could cause a false positive...
Yeah I dunno. @Xerxella might know about testing out a trigger.
07-24-2014 05:27 PM
tracyamber
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Tina - apparently a few people have had issues, I didn't but it was lonely here yesterday lol. I don't know any food for an iui - probably healthy and high in protein again...
Adie - that sounds pretty good, low level meds... But obviously they need to tweak your cycle slightly to get it to receive the blast - Tracy did you have to take more on your donor cycle than a normal fet? Also sweetie can you remind me when to do the pineapple core? When is your next scan?
My cycle was similar to a FET as my eggs were not being retrieved.
Yes, I did cut up a pineapple took the core and divided it in 4ths. It's a bromeliad and can help with implantation. I have done it every cycle so if I didn't do it this cycle I didn't want to jinx anything. Anyway, my cycle was a 5 day so I ate a piece every day including the day of transfer.
I have a doctors appointment in 2 weeks but I do not know if I will have a scan, I imagine I would though.
07-24-2014 04:29 PM
radiowave Hi,
How is everyone today?
Quick question. I started on the progesterone suppositories a week ago (the day after my iui). The first few days were rough, but then I seemed to acclimate. And then today it got really bad again..worse than it had been on first few days. So dizzy, foggy, nauseated, hands shaking etc. What I'm wondering is whether this could be a sign that I am pregnant…that maybe now that my body has started producing its own progesterone, the side effects are worse? What do you think? I want to take a hpt tomorrow morning, but I am concerned that the trigger shot from last week could cause a false positive...
07-24-2014 03:25 PM
Xerxella @adiejan - Just curious, what's the plan with your frosties? Will they defrost them all and grow them out? What day are they thinking or will that just depend in how they're doing?

To all: I'm always reading along and cheering you guys on! Good luck everyone!!!!


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07-24-2014 02:08 PM
chuord Tina - apparently a few people have had issues, I didn't but it was lonely here yesterday lol. I don't know any food for an iui - probably healthy and high in protein again...
Adie - that sounds pretty good, low level meds... But obviously they need to tweak your cycle slightly to get it to receive the blast - Tracy did you have to take more on your donor cycle than a normal fet? Also sweetie can you remind me when to do the pineapple core? When is your next scan?
07-24-2014 05:35 AM
adiejan
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Originally Posted by chuord View Post
That's strange aidie, maybe your uterus is on holiday
I've done 3 days of injections... Lol so proud as I've been doing them myself... Already a little tender.
When you start your cycle do you need to take meds?
Good job injecting yourself!!! I did it my last cycle since hubs was away a lot. It is hard! 1-2-3...I mean 4 maybe 5 ok...now! Haha! Once I start I will do a baseline u/s then estrogen patches. Just excited to get the ball rolling!
07-24-2014 05:26 AM
tinytina Hi everyone,

Glad the forum is back up today. I couldn't get the page to load yesterday at all

AFM: Negative OPK this morning. Today was CD 11

Hi @tracyamber - what diet changes would you suggest/recommend?

Hi @Autumnlaughing

Hi @Tear78

Hi @chuord , I keep trying to think that way- one step at a time....one step closer.... So proud of you and your injections.

Any diet ideas for doing an IUI/conception/implantation etc? So nervous....

Sorry to hear AF hasn't found you yet @adiejan
07-24-2014 01:03 AM
chuord That's strange aidie, maybe your uterus is on holiday
I've done 3 days of injections... Lol so proud as I've been doing them myself... Already a little tender.
When you start your cycle do you need to take meds?
07-23-2014 10:53 PM
adiejan Following along! Loving all the advice about a diet. Still no AF for me. Don't know what is going on since normally I a start two days after no birth control. Now it has been five.
07-22-2014 11:25 PM
chuord Thanks! I'll make sure I keep it up and the fibre... After all it's not a permanent thing! I also find that i need to go with gMO free foods (organic is the only way I know to ensure it) otherwise the chemicals throw my hormones out and stuff doesn't happen correctly... Day two of meds and my ovaries feel like they're working!
07-22-2014 09:06 PM
tracyamber @chuord
Then staying away from dairy sounds like a good idea!
In 2010 when I was cycling to get my eggs I ate lots of almond butter, boiled eggs, brown rice, barley, seaweed, yams and fruit. I also made sure I ate lots of fiber, fiber , fiber because as you know some of the medication= constipation , and water
I also did lots of accupunture.
You sound like you are doing everything right though and I know you will get to the retrieval and they will get many eggs!!
07-22-2014 08:24 PM
chuord Tracy - I generally eat a fair bit, protein shake for breaky, eggs or meat with lunch and dinner... Why? Is there a pregnancy trick I don't know
I'm finding if I have dairy my saliva and everything gets thick and yucky so avoiding that...
What did you do re diet?
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