Post # 1
Hi, Bees, it’s been a while. I haven’t been back since our medicated cycle (femara + trigger shot) in July. It’s been a hard a really hard time for me, but I’ve started therapy and it has made it a bit more bearable.
Anyway. After the failed medicated cycle (I triggered on CD10, so I think around CD12 I ovulated — I started my period on CD 23 with spotting two days before), I needed time away from trying. I called my RE’s office and told them that I wouldn’t be trying the next month. I didn’t even make it to the day that they said I was supposed to wait to test on! I started three days before that day. Blah blah, whatever, back to the point. I called my RE’s office two weeks ago to set up and appointment. Apparently he is just so busy setting up a new office in the next city over that he can’t see me until December 8, which will be right in the middle of my cycle so we won’t be able to start anything until the cycle after THAT. But…here’s my problem: I don’t even know if I really need to be on a medicated cycle at all. Without the femara, my cycles are the same. I ovulate. Then I spot for about 2-5 days before I start my period. My LP is never longer than 10 days without spotting. Never. This month? I started spotting by 9DPO and spotted all the way until 13DPO, then I started today.
I don’t know what the problem is. My RE is super against just prescribing progesterone because he said that he thinks that there are underlining problems that cause the short LPs and blah blah blah blah. But is “fix” with femara didn’t work, obviously. And on top of that, my lining was super thin while on Femara. My lining is PERFECT without it.
The point is, I want to know what you bees would do. Do I try to get him to prescribe progesterone when I see him again? Do I try another medicated cycle? It just seems like a waste of $900 since last time it did the EXACT same thing that my body does while NOT medicated. On top of that, I’m spending $900 to not even see the doctor. I was in the office maybe 20 minutes out of that whole cycle…and $900. Has anyone had any similar issues? After 20 months of trying, I’m starting to feel like my hope is dwindling. We haven’t managed to get pregnant at all. Is there hope?
Post # 2
Peffy: I would get a second opinion and see a different RE. I didn’t think Femera would thin the linig like Clomid did, I learn something new everyday. But if you have a short LP and spotting, but “normal” ovulation and good linig otherwise, I don’t see why he wouldn’t just try progesterone for a cycle or two on it’s own. I would personally push for that if you think it would help despite what he thinks. Have you had CD21/7DPO progesterone blood tests? How did those look?
Don’t give up hope. There’s always hope. I just had a failed IVF cycle a month and a half ago, I didnt even have any eggs to trasnfer on day 3… but I’m still holding on hope. Some sort of miracle or medical intervention will prevail!
Post # 3
pinkshoes: I had a progesterone test a few cycles ago (not on the medicated cycle which I thought was stupid) and it was 11 on 7DPO. They told me that was normal, but I’ve noticed that my temps ALWAYS drastically fall right after 7DPO. I have to wonder if my progesterone is just dropping off way too quickly for anything to happen.
Post # 4
Peffy: I second what pinkshoes: said. Get a second opinion. I also think that at this point the RE should have a better opinion on what might be going on. It sounds like your RE is not doing everything he/she can do. Heck, you’re paying so they should listen to you. Best of luck. If you want extra support, feel free to join the 6+ months TTC thread. The ladies there are very supportive and understand the frustration that TTC brings.
Post # 5
Peffy: Have you tried B vitamins? Some people say that they lengthen the LP. It seemed to help with mine a bit. Have they examined for other reasons you might be spotting? I was told that uterine polyps could cause spotting so my doc did a sonohystogram (I ended up having a uterine septum — I can’t remember if they thought it might be related to the spotting). Also, I think endometriosis could cause spotting too — not sure if you have any other symptoms of endometriosis (it’s a hard thing to diagnose as there are no good “tests” for it aside from laparoscopy, which is quite extreme).
Post # 6
nyckitten: I tried B vitamins but all it did was destroy my cycles. They were super long and it didn’t do a thing for lengthening my LP. I have no symptoms of anything. Aside from the spotting and shortish LP, I have normal cycles, normal bleeding, and normal cramps. Everything seems to be just plain ol’ normal. I’ve had ultrasounds that showed awesome uterine lining, I’ve had an HSG that came back perfectly fine, and they’ve ran all the blood tests that didn’t show a thing wrong. I’m at a loss.
Post # 7
I was exactly the same way, spotting up to two weeks before AF would show up!! I had a MC at 8 weeks last year, this year a CP, and then I miraculously finally got pregnant and immediately asked to have my progesterone tested and lo and behold it was low and dropping. I would have lost this pregnancy for sure had I not pushed for testing and then supplementation. If I were you, and I essentially was at one point, I would find a new doc that will prescribe progesterone. Yes there is some reason that you’re having an issue with progesterone but since it’s really hard to figure out what exactly that issue is, what is the harm in prescribing it to strengthen your luteal phase?!