(Closed) Bees that are ovulating regularly–but still going 6+ cycles TTC

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Peffy:  we haven’t had any testing yet. I have an appointment with the gyn on April 7 for an exam, and to talk about testing. I really hope your new Gyn will take your short LP seriously and you get answers. 

Post # 48
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Well, here we are on cycle 10.  My OBGYN was very supportive of starting testing, so I’m going for an HSG tomorrow.  I’m super nervous =T  Any words of encouragement??

She said it was ‘normal’ to spot for 5 days leading up to your period though, which I wasn’t so sure about.  She didn’t recommend doing CD21 bloodwork.  Maybe I should push her on that?

I got my day 3 blood work back and everything was in the ‘normal’ range so that’s a good start!   Darling Husband has to schedule his SA.  I’m suppose to schedule an appt with an RE, but I’m very hesitant to do that – its like we are admitting we have a problem at that point, and i’m still a little in denial.

Post # 49
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

CityBearBride:  Best of luck to you for your HSG tomorrow! I wrote an account of how mine went earlier this month on the 6 months + thread, I believe. Mine was painful, but I was told that I had (or have, the doctor was not sure if the HSG cleared it or not) a partial blockage in my left tube (right tube was normal). Despite the pain, the test went quickly for me and really wasn’t a big deal. If you feel any pain, just focus on your breathing and think of your “happy place” (that’s what helped me!). The test will be over before you know it!  As for your question about testing, I would really encourage you to continue asking your doctor for a progesterone test. Five days of pre-period spotting seems like a bit much to me (although I’m not a medical doctor!), so it might be good to get that checked out, just in case.  Good luck to you tomorrow, and good for you for being proactive and getting the HSG done! It’ll be great to have that information going forward!

 

As for me, I began cycle 10 last Saturday, so unfortunately I didn’t benefit from any increased fertility during the HSG cycle. My first RE appointment is tomorrow, so I will have to check back in about how that goes! I’m really nervous but also very excited. I have very regular cycles and appear to be ovulating, plus all of the initial testing (Day 3 test, thyroid panel, progesterone test, ultrasounds, and DH’s sperm analysis) came back normal, with the exception of the “partial blockage” in my left tube on the HSG, so I’m curious to see what the RE has to say and am eager to move forward.  I’m 30 and my husband is 32, and we’re motivated and ready to do whatever we need to do to achieve our dream of starting a family!  

Post # 51
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

CityBearBride:  I agree with Peffy if  you feel the need for some sort of testing, totally push for it and probably look into switching doctors if they fight you on it and don’t listen to your concerns.  Peffy, my OB also argued with me that I HAD to do 21 and that every normal woman should have 28 day cycles… uhh no.  The good thing about her was that she was willing to do any bloodwork I wanted (then I’d just schedule my “CD21” bloodwork 7 days after when I knew *I* ovulated), but I ditched her pretty fast to see an RE.  For the initial work ups, your OB can order them all, so if you want to avoid an RE for a bit you can.  But if you want to be proactive and take Clomid or anything else, you should do it with an RE since they will monitor and make sure it’s working for you.  (My second cycle of Clomid didnt work and I wasn’t being monitored, so I just rode it out an had my regular 45 day cycle anyways.  I took it to shorten my cycles since I ovulated on my own, but it was on the edge of “too long” according to her and my RE). 

As for the HSG, mine was a breeze!  I have period cramps worse than what the HSG did to me.  I took an Advil 30 minutes before it, so that probably helped.  It went so well, I went right back to work afterwards.

Post # 52
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

CityBearBride:  Good luck on the HSG. Spotting for 5 days before your period is not normal. That doctor has no idea what they are talking about. If your progesterone turns out fine, keep in mind that Endometriosis can also cause pre-period spotting, FYI. I would look into a new doctor for sure. It took me years to figure out what was wrong with me because my doctor brushed me off. When he finally sent me to a specialist they ended up not really fixing my problem. It has only been since I searched out my own specialist (based on reccommendations of others) that I have been truly happy with my doctor and feel like I am moving forward.

Post # 53
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Thanks everyone.  The HSG came back normal – tubes are all clear!  

So here’s my overview of the HSG:  It was done at a radiology center, not at my doctors office, and with a radiology dr, not my ob-gyn.  After getting checked in, I had to undress waist down, but kept my bra & shirt on.  They have a table underneath the xray machine.  You scoot down to the end of the table and the dr puts in a speculum, does a cervix ‘wash’ (rubs iodine on your cervix to prevent infection), and inserts a catheter into your uterus.  This all took two minutes or so and felt like a pap smear, no big deal at all.  Then she injected the dye through the catheter, and that caused some pretty strong cramping.  It was worse than my period cramps, and hurt more than I anticipated, but was still bearable.  Thank you DrBaseball  the ‘happy place’ thoughts and some deep breathing got me through it!   I had to roll to my left and to my right, and that was it.  As soon as she took the catheter out, the pain went away.  The whole appt lasted 5 minutes tops which was good.  I kinda freaked out because the iodine they use to wash your cervix and the dye are dark colored.  When I got up off the table there was a puddle of dark liquid, which I thought was blood, but they reassured me it wasn’t.  I had some heavy spotting, but its pretty much over now and I’m back at work with some light cramping.

Thanks everyone for recommending to push my doc on CD21 testing.  My doc did order a vaginal ultrasound to check for polyps because of the spotting, but I will ask again about the progesterone tests, I didn’t really push for it last time.  I really like my doc, she’s usually pretty proactive other than this one thing, and I’m going to stick with her until we get our RE appt. 

DrBaseball:  Hope your appt went well!  FX for you!! I’m curious to say what your RE said.  Assuming DH’s SA comes back normal (he’s very healthy so I don’t see why it wouldn’t), sounds like we are in a similar spot.  I’m 32 and Darling Husband is 37 though, so we’re a little bit older.

Post # 54
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Peffy:  Sorry you’re struggling with TTC.  It’s such a tough road.  I also ovulated every cycle, so that wasn’t our issue in TTC.  I ovulated like clockwork (cd 12 or 13) for 19 cycles.  After over a year of TTC, we found out through an HSG that I had a blocked tube.  Once it was removed, I got pregnant that cycle.  I hope you get some answers soon.

Post # 55
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

CityBearBride:  Yay!!  I’m glad to hear that your HSG went well and that you got good results!  Great news!  I’m glad you’re going to ask your doctor again about a progesterone test.  Being armed with information is always helpful!  🙂  

 

We just got back from our first appointment with the RE (I say “our appointment” because my Darling Husband has been feeling left out of all the TTC testing/appts, so he wanted to come along with me to this one!).  Since DH’s sperm analysis was normal, the RE zeroed right in on me.  He wants to monitor this cycle with ultrasounds (to triple check that I’m ovulating) and do a postcoital test just before ovulation.  I’m on day 5 of my cycle now, so I’m going to go in this Sunday for another ultrasound to make sure the follicles on my ovaries are growing (he said everything looked normal on my ultrasound today).  Our plan after that is most likely going straight to IUI, either with Clomid or injectables.  I had a LEEP procedure to remove dysplasia on my cervix in January, so the doctor is worried that I may not be producing enough fertile cm due to the cervical changes, so he thinks IUI is a good route for us.  Also, even though he believes I’m ovulating, the doctor thinks my fallopian tubes may not be “picking the egg up” every month, so he wants to boost the number of eggs I produce per cycle to give us a better chance.  At least, that’s the gist of what I think he said.  Everything happened so quickly!  🙂 

I’m not sure exactly how I feel about all of this.  My mother had endometriosis, so I know I’m at a higher risk, plus my periods have been very clotty the past few years.  I’m really worried about potentially having endometriosis and I let him know my fears, but the doctor told me he’d rather that I NOT have a laparoscopy at this time.  He feels that I will be “pregnant much sooner” by starting with his interventions right away, rather than having surgery to check for endo and delaying fertility treatment.  I’m going to do more research and perhaps look around for an endometriosis specialist in my area.  I just want to make sure we’re going down the right path!  Anyone have any thoughts on this?  I’ve never been diagnosed with endometriosis (and, whenever I ask about it, my gynecologist has told me repeatedly that she does not believe that I have it), but it worries me that I could have a mild case that’s interfering with conception.    

Post # 56
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

DrBaseball:  I don’t see how checking for it would delay fertility treatment? If you don’t have it, you’ll know and can begin fertility methods accordingly. If you do have it and don’t know then those treatments could all be for naught and then you’d be wasting your time. *shrug* The laproscopy isn’t that bad and they can remove it right then if you do. Also, clomid is an estrogen and can exacerbate Endo, so I’d want to know if I had it before taking clomid (Femara is much better for those with Endo) and the success rate of IUI’s with Endo isn’t very good, so you could potentially be wasting lots of money. Just my thoughts.

Post # 57
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

cycle 7 this month, I O within a couple of days of each other every month, we’re on cycle 7, and no sign of a BFP – our timing is *usually* really good – except this month, this month was terrible, so I have low hopes this cycle!

Post # 58
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Aqualov:  Thank you for your helpful and well-worded reply!  I appreciate your input!  You described my concerns much more eloquently than I could!  I plan on continuing to discuss my concerns with the doctor, and I’m interested to see what he has to say after this “monitored” cycle.  I want answers NOW (don’t we all? haha), but I also need to learn to relax and trust my doctors.  

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