Early Journey of Infertility (pre-IVF) – Part 2

posted 4 months ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Helper bee

Silly question… but how do I copy/paste the roll call questions?

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Helper bee

Roll Call!

Cycles TTC: 4

CD/DPO: CD25 waiting for AF.  The fertility clinic missed my surge this month we we had to cancel our cycle 🙁

Age/SO’s Age: 30/30

Link to chart (if you want to share): I use FF to keep track of days but don’t temp 

What testing have you already had done or have scheduled? (HSG, SA, thyroid bloodwork, etc).  Any issues coming up from those?: SA, HSG, AMH, CD3 (FSH, E2, etc), TSH all normal.  The RE says I’m in good shape fertility wise… just lacking all the proper parts.

Any other known issues?: I’m in a same sex marriage so we use donor sperm, my cycles are really unpredictable and long (last month was 42 days, this month will be aroun 28 days). 2/3 cyles we’ve tried they have missed my O and we’ve had to cancel our cycle.  OPK’s don’t work for me so the earliest day I might be surging I start daily LH bloodwork at the fertility clinic.  They wait until they catch the surge then book the IUI for the next day.

What is the next step in your BFP plan?: We had one unsuccessful IUI and are adding clomid next cycle to make my O more predictable and so that we don’t miss it!

Fun Question! What is your favorite holiday tradition? We always try to do a holiday craft, this year I think DW and I will be making a wreath for our door!  Oh we also love craft shows and holiday markets.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Roll Call!

Cycles TTC: This is the end of number 11, but we only got a proper shot at 10 of those cycles. 

CD/DPO: CD 27, waiting for my period to start (took a test two days ago and got a BFN).

Age/SO’s Age: 31/31

Link to chart (if you want to share): I stopped charting halfway through this last cycle, and I don’t think I’m going back (that feels so freeing to say!)

What testing have you already had done or have scheduled? (HSG, SA, thyroid bloodwork, etc).  Any issues coming up from those?: Husband’s SA came back normal (still waiting to see the numbers) and my AMH, prolactin, CD 20 progesterone, TSH and Free T4 all came back normal (my TSH is slightly elevated at 2.35, but I don’t think my RE is going to want to treat it). Waiting for my period to come and then I’ll schedule an HSG.

Any other known issues?: I was concerned I had endometriosis, but the RE put that to rest with a vaginal ultrasound and checking around there himself. He’s a specialist in endo, so I trust him.

What is the next step in your BFP plan?: Once I have the HSG, I imagine we’ll sit down with the RE and make a game plan. As I mentioned on the last thread, I live in Turkey and have to pay for any treatments out of pocket. If we are unexplained, which it’s looking like we are, then I think we may try two more cycles on our own and jump straight to IVF in the new year (feels crazy to type that, but I’m not too impressed with the success rates of IUIs for unexplained couples and I think this will be the only time that we’re in a country with good but affordable IVF). If we are unexplained, I’d rather just keep trying for another six months. But we’ll be leaving the country next July, so time is of the essence. As I’m sure you all can tell, I’m still conflicted and wish that we didn’t have to make this decision. To be honest, I’m sort of sick of trying – it’s taking up way too much brain space. I may be in and out of this thread, as sometimes I need a break from it all. Does anyone else feel that way?

Fun Question! What is your favorite holiday tradition? We always make a Thanksgiving dinner for a big group of friends. It’s my favorite holiday!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

sejf83 :  That’s great about your first Christmas in the new house!

twodresswedding :  I’m really glad to hear that they’re finally adding Clomid to your IUI – waiting so long to O and all those blood draws sound like a pain in the bum!

Post # 9
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Helper bee

sejf83 :  This morning I started spotting so depending if there is some full flow or not today will be CD1 and I will start on CD3.  Have you used clomid before? I’ll definitely share my experience on here.  Thanks for the positive vibes!

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Helper bee

I will definitely let you know how it works, we’re doing CD3-7 and will do blood and an US starting on CD10 to check out how many follicles there are and go from there.  She said if the follices are big enough but the blood work isn’t showing an LH surge and it looks like I’m not ovulating quickly enough on my own we’ll do a trigger shot.  We won’t know though until we start.

We were just really glad to get somthing to regulate things for at least predicatability sake.  Especially considering my cycles are so wonky, they’ve been 47, 42, and now 30 days.  Way too unpredictable to plan a successful IUI.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

Cycles TTC: Almost 3 years (started TTC in January 2013)

CD/DPO: No idea…got my first BFP in September, found out it was ectopic in early October. Ended up having surgery mid-October.  HCG finally back down to 0 about 2 weeks or so following surgery.  Not sure when I’ll have a period, but hoping that my cycles resume soon. 

Age/SO’s Age: 33/32

What testing have you already had done or have scheduled? (HSG, SA, thyroid bloodwork, etc).  Any issues coming up from those?:  We’ve been working with our fertility clinic for some time.  My lining is thin, but I ovulate regularly and seem to be otherwise pretty healthy.  I was diagnosed with borderline PCOS, so I’ve started myo-inositol to help with egg quality, etc.  DH has low morphology and anti-sperm anti-bodies (his body attacks its own sperm).  He is on a vitimin regimen that has shown improvement in both areas.  I’ve had two HSGs and both came back clear…so we don’t know why I had an ectopic.  My Doctor said that most of her patients who’ve had ectopics don’t show any risk factors. They chalk it up to “bad luck”.  But on the positive side, she says most of her patients have had subsequent normal pregnancies. 

What is the next step in your BFP plan?: Meeting with RE tomorrow to review the circumstances of my ectopic (it was a natural pregnancy, not a result of IUI or IVF) and make a plan for moving forward.  I’m going to request a follow-up HSG to ensure both tubes are open and I’m learning toward a medicated IUI in early 2017 once I’ve healed fully from my surgery. 

Fun Question! What is your favorite holiday tradition? For Christmas, my siblings and I pull names from a hat instead of buying gifts for everyone.  Each year the gift is a theme (funniest onesie, ugly christmas sweater, themed slippers, etc.).  Best gift gets a prize, usually in the form of a board game that we play together as a family that night.  It’s a fun way of celebrating together withouth spending a fortune on expensive gifts. 

ETA: I realize we have been at this a long time and some may not consider us to be “early” in our fertility journey…but we are pre-IVF.  Most people in our shoes are typically at that stage by now but we move slower than some, and the cost of IVF is prohibitive for us at the moment, so we are trying to make improvements naturally and doing IUIs, which are mostly covered where we live.  Hoping it’s ok to post in this group even though it’s been a long road for us already! 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

sejf83 :  Thank you! It’s nice to be able to talk to people going through something similar, even if the circumstances are different.  

Post # 15
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Helper bee

BeeBlake :  Welcome!  I followed your story, your ectopic pregnancy sounded really difficult, both emotional and physically.  I was definitely sending you good vibes.  I think chatting with folks who are doing similar procedures as you are helpful in this process.  The general boards are way too frustrating, I saw on the POAS board someone mention that they had spent $100 on TTC and that it wasn’t fair because it should be free.  It took all I had to not be snappy and say they should be glad they didn’t have to spend $5000 on sperm lol, I can only imagine how devestating it would be to not have the finances for IVF. 

I can chat with you about IUI if you’re interested, let me know!  There are lots of experienced bees on this board who have lots of good advice. 

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