Regular periods/positive OPK's, could something still be wrong??

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Is it possible? Sure. Is it likely? No. 

You could have a uterine abnormality that prevents an embryo from attaching, or an autoimmune issue or hostile cervical mucus or a chromosomal issue… But all of those things are pretty rare, and the strong likelihood – if your husband has already been diagnosed with MFI – is that fixing his low sperm count will fix the issue. 

For me, I don’t think it would be worth spending the money for all the testing it would take to uncover the unlikely possibility that you have one of those issues until after you have had a chance to see what happens with DH’s treatment. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I, too, am worrying like you.  DH and I have been TTC for 14 months now.  He is 28 and I 27; however, both of our b-days are very soon!  Around the one year mark, I saw my OB with my conception concerns.  They ran a lot of blood work on me and found out my progresterone was slightly low, but I think it was slightly low because I usually O around cd 18/19, and I had my progresterone checked at cd 21 because that’s what I was told to do.  After research, I should have gotten it checked 7 days after O.  Despite knowing that, my doctor put me on Clomid.  First month on clomid, no baby.  Tried a second round of clomid (this month), and I think my AF is coming.  My husband also got a semen analysis done, and it showed that swimmers move just a tad slow, but to really assert that, my DH would have to give two more specimens.  Case in point, my OB was not worried about my DH’s sperm whatsoever.  

So here I am now.  Testing, clomid, and no baby.  Like you, the women in my family have had no problems getting pregnant.  My sister got pregnant on the first shot.  I feel like there is something terribly wrong with me….like I have endo or PCOS and don’t know it.  DH and I just moved recently, so I found a new doctor to go to, but my appt. isn’t until the end of March.  I feel like I really want some answers now.  

How do you find a RE?  Are they different than an OB?  They both deal with fertility, right?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I should also add that my periods are fairly regular, too.  I used to have a 30 day cycle, now it’s closer to 32 days.  That’s normal, right?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@FutureMrs.Wood: @wandering_gypsy:   I’ll jump in this convo. I’m right there with you guys. We’re on cycle 10 (11 months, though–I just have longish cycles.) I’ve had a ton of blood work done and next week I find out the results, but my doctor only did it because I asked. She doesn’t seem to think anything is wrong with me. My husband is doing his SA next week, and we’ll find out the results for that, too. But my doctor is wanting to do an HSG, the test that will show if my tubes are clear or not. I. Am. Terrified. No one else in my family has struggled to get pregnant, either, so I feel sort of at a loss as to what to do or what is going on.

Simply, it blows. 

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@wandering_gypsy:  Have you had an HSG?  That is the one test I would spring for.  The HSG will show if either of your fallopian tubes are blocked/damaged.  You wouldn’t be able to tell that based on regular periods/ovulation as those aren’t affected by blocked tubes.  Tubal infertility was my issue, and we were TTC for 2 years before I had surgery to get it fixed.  Now I am pregnant on my first cycle after the surgery! 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Peffy:  The HSG is scary – but I totally recommend it!  It is uncomfortable, but is over very quickly and the amount of info that you can get from it is huge. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@misshydra:  I’m so scared they’ll say something is really, really wrong. I’m scared of the implications of that and then the COST of doing something about what they’ve found.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Peffy:  But isn’t knowledge more powerful?  If there is something wrong, wouldn’t you want to know about it so you don’t go down other expensive avenues that may not work?

They found something really wrong with me.  I had a hydrosalpinx, which is a blocked and swollen tube.  The hydrosalpinx is filled with fluid, which actually prevents any implantation from occuring on the good side.  Though this diagnosis is pretty bad in fertility terms (you aren’t allowed to do IVF if you have a hydrosalpinx because it makes your chance of pregnancy practically nothing), the solution was actually quite easy.  All I need was a laporoscopy procedure to have the tube removed, and then BAM, next cycle I was pregnant. 

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Peffy:  I remember seeing you on the boards when you first started your TTC journey, because I was right there with you! (only I had like 2 months under my belt already).

When I go to my appointment in my new city, I’m going to ask about the HSG test.  I can’t think of any other reason why I’m not conceiving, other than my flippin’ tubes! Is that the test where they cut an incision in my abdomen and put a camera inside?  SO SCARY.  And you’re awake for it?!?!?!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@wandering_gypsy:  I am in a pretty similar situation.  Here’s my novel:

We have been ttc for 8 months/10 cycles (short cycles). DH just has 1st SA done about a month ago and the results came back with low count, motility and morphology (triple threat in MFI).  At the same time my family doctor had started hormone testing for me and I’ve now had day 3, 21 & and an ultrasound.  At the same time he sent me for these tests, he referred me to an OB/GYN who is also an RE.  I have my first appointment with the specialist next Tuesday so see my results and determine if more testing on my part is needed. 

While my cycles are very consistent (26-29 days), I get +opks, lots of ewcm, my temps show a thermal shift and my luetal phase is normal, I still want to continue testing to a point on my part. 

Since we are dealing with DH’s MFI, I would absolutely hate to find out later on down the road that I have fertility issues as well. (ETA: My sister had problems as well and had to have a lapocraspy and finally fell pregnant after 6 months of failed clomid and finally via IUI, 16 months into ttc).  IMO, it’s better to find out earlier than later. 

But I’m also not sure at what point my health care will cut off coverage….Have you talked to your doctor about getting simple bloodwork done?  That’s usually the first step of testing that should be covered under basic healthcare. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@FutureMrs.Wood:  The HSG is where they push dye into your uterus and see if it goes through your fallopian tubes and spills into the abdominal cavity.  Its kinda like a pap, in that your cervix gets a bit of a pinch, but it is really cool watching on the X-ray machine and seeing the dye go through your system!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@misshydra:  Wait, wait.. I get to watch it?! Okay, THAT is cool!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Peffy:  Yeah, its super neat!! You get to see all of your organs! And it only lasts as long as it takes for the dye to go through – so all together it lasts less than a minute. 

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