Post # 1
Me again…..many of you have probably read my posts. My daughter and her husband are trying to conceive now its been 15 months and it breaks my heart each month when she it is negative. It is heartbreaking knowing there is nothing I can do for them but be supportive. It took me almost two years and my mother over two years so it definitely runs in the family. Well, she has had all the tests done and they say she may have slight pcos but has been diagnosed with unexplained infertility. After over 13 months of trying she finally got in to see her RE and he was happy that she had already been through so many of the tests already and found no reason they could not just go ahead and proceed with an IUI. Well, she had that on Tuesday – two days ago – just curious about a couple of things –
1. When will symptoms start appearing if at all?
2. When can she test?
3. Is there anything she can be doing during this waiting period to help improve her odds?
Thanks so much for everything – I love how supportive you are of each other – so sweet!
A few facts:
daughter – teacher 27
husband – retail mgr 26
ttc since wedding day 9-1-2012
did 3 doses of clomid and then switched to the letrozole and metformin
negative hystersalpingraom – spelling is horrible sorry
had ultrasound prior to IUI and had 4 follicles on left side that were around 14 and 3 on left side about 13. That was on Thursday…..had a trigger shot on Sunday and IUI on Tuesday morning. I was a little concerned as it seem like alot of good size follicles – I dont want her to be the next Kate plus eight (her name is Katie….lol) and from what I have read I would have though iui would have happed on Sunday. Son in law had sa and all is good.
Thanks for any info you can give us…
Happy holidays to all of you!
Post # 3
@wowweddings20000: It breaks my heart to read your posts. I’ve been TTC for 10 years and I never thought about how painful it was for my parents. BTW my parents are the only ones their age w/o grandkids….my sis is 31 and is single so no kids either. It didn’t bother my mom until she diagnosed w/cancer a few years ago (she’s doing well) and now she’s constantly asking about our TTC.
I’m not sure when symptoms will appear as I’ve never been PG. She should start testing 2 weeks after the IUI but knowing us TTC/love to POAS girls, she’ll probably start around 10 days after the IUI. I’m sure her doc will schedule a blood test 2 weeks later too.
Did they give her progesterone suppositories? My RE gave me a ton to do after my IVF to help build it up in case I did get PG.
Otherwise I’d tell her to take it easy. Although I can dish out that advice but never follow it. FX for a Christmas miracle!!!
Post # 4
I hope she had another U/S before the IUI…as you say you dont want too many mature follicles. Usually mature is 20mm+ I seem to remember. It is more than likely possible that a number of them stopped growing after measuring 14, this happened on my cycles. My doctor also would not go ahead with IUI if I had more than 2 mature follicles.
It is also strange that they waited so long between trigger and the IUI, usually it is a day apart.
I have been in this situation having our 3rd IUI (also unexplained infertility) and this round worked and we are 10 weeks in . I had one 24 follicle (and smaller immature ones measuring 14-17). I had trigger on Thursday and IUI on Friday. They said the shot would make you ovulate starting 24 hours after, but they didnt wait a full 24 hours before doing the IUI due to timings of the day/office hours but they said it was actually better for the sperm to be there waiting for the egg as they live up to 5 days and the egg only lives one.
I had no sypmtoms and tested 2 weeks after the IUI and it was an obvious positive. You cant really do anything to improve the chances, except make sure she takes care of herself and gets enough rest and eats properly.
Post # 5
@jennifer_nz: Thank you so much for your reply. No, they did not do another ultrasound – I also thought that was strange that there was so much time. According to her RE that the follicles will increase by 1-2 every day and doing it on Tuesday would make it perfect. Her trigger shot was at 8p.m. on Sunday and they wanted it to be 36-38 hours prior to the IUI. He was not concerned that there were so many follicles (though I was scared too death) because he said not all them would mature….but what if they do? I hate this hurry up and wait and i feel so helpless. I try not to talk about it around her as I know it is driving her crazy as well. As far as her diet, I am fixing her breakfast, lunch and dinner and her husband has insisted that she stay in bed or just not doing much for the first week -even though the MD said she could do anything but no hottubs or saunas. Her husband is very protective of her. I dont know how they will handle it if this one does not take. I know I will be crushed and not because I want so desperately to be a grandmother but because it rips my heart out to see my little girl want something so desperately and I cant do anything…..she will make an amazing mother – as I am confident you ladies will as well. Thanks again! Prayers for all of you!
Post # 6
@texasbee: Thanks for your reply – Nope no progesterone suppositories. However, her doses of her fertility meds I think are through the roof. She is taking a ton of Metformin too. as you know, it messes so much with her emotions she is a walking hormoe outof control. I just dont think there is anything more devastating than seieing your child wanting something so desperately and there is nothing we can do. My husband and I are trying to help out financially – she is a school teacher and every extra penny she gets goes into her school children – she is always buying them gloves and hats and school supplies, etc. So this is the least we can do.
I am praying for a happy holiday – more than anything I just want a daughter that smiles again. Thanks Ladies – I pray your dreams come true very very soon.
Blessings from Wisconsin
Post # 7
Based on the trigger shot alone it is possible to get a false positive 10-14 dpt.
Post # 8
@wowweddings20000: I think they waited so long because the follicles were rather small. When I had an ultrasound, my doctor said they look for 18-20mm being mature (in his words, “ready to pop”). I had a 20mm one that he said would release in the next 48 hours, and I had a couple 13-14mm ones that he said would not release. Since your daughter’s follicles were only at 13mm, they had a little while longer to wait until they were mature. It sounds like that’s what your daughter’s RE told her too, so I would trust the doctor’s timing.
Post # 9
Also, I’m surprised her doctor didn’t explain any of this to her. The trigger shot would show a false + HPT at 10DPO (or longer), so she really shouldn’t test at home at all, and just wait for her RE’s blood test. (I’m assuming it should be around 14DPO?) I have not done a IUI, but I have a few friends that have and they explained this to me.
Post # 10
@wowweddings20000: I am sorry for your daughters struggles. It sure isnt a fun road to take. However, because i had three IUIs before getting pregnant, it sounds to me like your daughter’s follies were too small for the trigger shot. At least my doctor waited until they were around 16 to 18 before doing trigger, also before RE even decides to trigger, RE goes by what b/w shows as well and how many follies one has. I dont know your daughter’s RE protocol, but my RE would stop all treatment if they were more than 3 mature follies. No one wants to end up with their own reality show. Your daughter’s RE should have explained all of this to her, before even starting the process. They go through the protocol of medicine and all the good stuff that comes with it. Are you really talking to your daughter about this or is this just coming from you? There really isnt much that your daughter can do to speed up the process. However, I did try laying down and taking it easy, but it didnt help. The one cycle that i didnt care because i had no more faith or hope, i got pregnant. GL to your daughter.