February 2019 POAS – The Infertility Edition! (6+ Months TTC + Other Issues)

posted 10 months ago in TTC
Post # 272
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1981 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

Temp drop today after a week of cramps so AF should be here tonight/ tomorrow. 

My concern is that even IVF won’t work if I cramp badly for over a week even though they supposedly got rod of all the endo when I had my lap last year. I know it’s high prostaglandins that cause the cramping and even with a lot of dietary changes it hasn’t improved.

I won’t roll call for March because D.H is away working abroad for my whole fertile window. I’m going to follow the board as want to see how everyone is doing! FX for some BFPs soon.

Post # 273
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Hi ladies  – I’ve been a bit MIA, can’t even remember if i roll called here this month (I hate the new lack of notification mails).  Anyway, I saw a fertility specialist yesterday and he took a ton (17 vials!) of blood.  The office called this morning and said my TSH lvl was 5 and they want this under 2.5 for woman TTC.  I have an appt with an endocronolgist for tomorrow (lucked out with a cancellation) but wondering if anyone has gone though this and can offer ANY insight.  Did you take meds?  Did they help with TTC?  Any other side effects?  This is brand new to me so anything helps.  Thanks ladies!

Post # 274
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Newbee

ChiTownBee27 :  I had my thyroid removed after two years on meds for Graves. I had to go on replacement hormone (Euthyrox/Eltroxin) as a result and was told that my levels also had to be under 2.5 before my endo was happy for us to TTC. She actually wanted my levels lower than that! It took us some time to get the dosage right with constant monitoring and when I fell pregnant my TSH was around the 1.0 mark if I remember clearly. My endo said that conception is not impossible with a higher TSH, but far more unlikely and there could be complications for you and baby. I had no side effects. I know it sounds scary but it will all be okay x 

Post # 275
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

ChiTownBee27 :  I have hypothyroidism. In the UK GPs don’t know much about the connection between TSH and fertility so when I was initially diagnosed a few years before TTC my TSH was about 10 I think and they just wanted it down to 5 and it stayed there until I saw a gynaecologist who said it should ideally be between 1 and 2. Apparently my TSH being over 2 would have reduced chances of conception each month from 15% to 5%. I was annoyed but I don’t think it was solely down to that as we have just finished cycle 19 TTC and will start IVF soon so for us it wasn’t likely to be the only factor. I take 100mcg of Levothyroxine.

Post # 276
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

 

EllyAnne :  just wanted to say that they wouldn’t recommend IVF if they didn’t think it’ll work and there are also lots of different drugs and levels of drugs they use for different circumstances so hopefully they will have a personalised plan for you. 

heartandstars :  thanks! I’m still so nervous, I’ve still been POAS to check it’s still there. Scan isn’t for another two weeks! 

Post # 277
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

pearshampoo : Thanks. The clinic said we were very good candiates for IVF and she thought it was more likely to work than not. Who knows! Just annoying that we had been trying for quite a long time when my thyroid levels were out of whack. The NHS system is disjointed in that we’re sent to a different doctor each time and it’s only by chance that one of them mentioned thyroid issues as a potential problem in conceiving. Can’t complain too much as we will receive three funded cycles.

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