(Closed) How many of us are using fertility medications?

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Thanks for posting! I had and HSG on Wed and plan to start Clomid next month. I am scared but hopeful at the same time. Would love to hear how people felt taking Clomid and learn of any other options we may have. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I am fascinated with this thread, and I hope more people post.  I have an appointment with my doctor in two weeks, and I’ll hopefully soon know what the problem is.  We’re on month six, but my periods are so erratic, the doctor wants to see what’s up.  I’d love to hear more stories from others!!!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Here is an update on us…

I just finished 5 days of 150mg of Clomid.  I go back for blood and ultrasound Wednesday.  So far, 50mg and 100mg doses seemed to get folicles going, but not quite big enough.  And my estrogen rises then falls.  All of this is in the same cycle.  I have not had a “period” yet. 

On 50 mg, I had one follicle measuring at 11, then it shrunk back down.  On 100 mg, I had two follicles, a 10 and an 11.  They stayed there, but my estrogen dropped.  So we will see what we have on Wednesday.

If it looks like any follicle is big enough to drop, I may have to do an injection to get it going.  It is sitting in my fridge giving me the creeps everytime I look at it!

I’ve had some ovary pain, so I am feeling optimistic about Wednesday.  But I learned the hard way not to get my hopes up too high.

My sister is pregnant, and now my neighbor is pregnant.  My neighbor really pissed me off as she was talking about what a shock it is and how surprised she was.  She had this whole coy “oopsies!” act.  I said “congratulations!”  She says “HAHA, I think!!”  Sorry, but that is just not the thing to say to someone you know is going through such a hard time conceiving.

Miss Green, I am glad your tubes were clear with your HSG!  When I started Clomid, the 50 mg and the 100 mg did not have many side effects (except ovary pain, which they tell you is good!).  But now that I am on 150mg, I notice headaches and an odd feeling in the roof of my mouth…I don’t get that at all.  Plus, I seem to wake up in the middle of the night to pee a lot. 

Best of luck to everyone on this thread.  If I can answer questions for anyone based on what I have done so far, feel free to ask. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am so glad to see this board!  I’ve also noticed that there are several of us having trouble with TTC.

I was finally diagnosed with PCOS this summer.  My GYN thinks it’s a mild case of it.  She did bloodwork, but no ultrasound.  I’ve never had painful periods or anything to make her think there could be cysts there.  Just absent periods w/o the use of BCP.

She started me on Metformin a few months ago and a round of Provera to start a period (I hadn’t had once since January!).  After nothing happened with that, I went on my first round of Femara (an alternative to Chlomid) and a second round of Provera in September.  I went in on day 23 (supposed to be day 21, but it was a weekend and I was out of town) to test my progesterone levels.  They should be at a 10 or so.  Mine was at a 0.9 – very discouraging to say the least.

I just finished my third round of Provera yesterday.  AF should show up tomorrow.  Once she does, I’ll do Femara days 3-7.  This month she doubled the dose.  I’m hoping something will come of it this month – even if it just raises my progesterone so that we know we’re on the right track.

Here’s hoping ladies!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Hey everyone,

I’m not quite on meds yet, but expecting to be… I have PCOS (diagnosed at the age of 14/15,) and it’s a bad case of it, from what I understand.  Hormones are off the charts, and I have most of the yucky symptoms.  

My husband and I are trying to take a relaxed (hah!) approach to TTC for the first year, and if nothing is happening by August next year we will start seeking medical assistance.  Just bought Taking Charge of your Fertility, so hoping it will help me understand my cycle, (and lack of cycle!) much more.

Wishing you all baby dust!  

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@sweetkate:  I am really surpised you haven’t had an HSG.  That was the first step for me.  Just curoius, did AF come on its own?  

I go for bloodwork and ultrasound Wed. AM.  It can’t get here fast enough.  And if it looks like I will ovulate then I will probably have an injection. 

I am so glad we have this board.  It helps to talk about what we are going through.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@sweetkate: My Provera side effects aren’t too bad.  The first month was kind of awful – I was a crazy b!*%h with the hormones and had pretty bad cramps (which I’ve never really had_.  I chalked that up to not having had a period in 7 months and going through the stress of buying our first home.  But, the second and third rounds have been pretty harmless.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@sweetkate: That was excatly my symptoms – no period w/o help.  I always knew I’d have trouble too.  Did you see your GYN first or go straight to the RE?  It seems like you and @heathaah are going through more advanced treatment than I am.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

We have been TTC for over a year now.  I’ve been  through all the tests and bloodwork and they really didn’t find anything wrong.  I was dx with PCOS due to absent periods, but I’m not insulin resistant.  My periods are completely absent unless I use provera and I am also being monitored for elevated prolactin levels.  I’ve done four clomid cycles (with TI) and got no response, and now my RE wants us to move on to IUI.  We are on a forced break due to me losing my health insurance (and my job).  Not that my insurance covered IF treatments, but it is nice to have coverage for some of the prescriptions, most of the office visits and some bloodwork.  My new insurance will kick in soon, but I’m not sure if we can afford to move on to an IUI cycle at this time.  I’m hoping we can start up again after the first of the year.

TTC gets more and more difficult with every passing month or every pregnancy announcement I see on facebook.  🙁  I think this thread is a great idea.  It’s good to know that we aren’t alone. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Welcome to the board @deviledegg!

Ok, ladies.  I have a question that I’m sure you’ll all know.  What is considered your first cycle day?  Is it the day you first see blood (I feel gross just typing that.  Sorry) or the day you would need more than a panty liner?  Yesterday was a panty liner day and I counted that as my first day.  Should I have?  I already scheduled my day 21 bloodwork and wonder if I should push it back a day.  Plus, I don’t want to start Femara a day early.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Excellent news today!!!!!

I have two follicles…a 18 and an 15!!!!  This is so great.  Previously I hadn’t had anything more than an 11!!!

I got teary on the ultrasound table!! 

I still need to see what my hormone levels are at…I will update!!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!  🙂

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