Post # 1
I have decided to make a new account for our TTC journey. Sadly we have finally reached the year mark TTC 🙁 Just a little back story- I have been off birth control since June 2011. We were NTNP until Nov. 2012 when we went full TTC.
So far my Dr. has ran a few blood tests on me, they all seem normal but he did say that my progesterone was a little lower than he liked it but still at a normal level- 4.8 7 days after ovulation. He wants to run the test again this cycle. My husband’s sperm analysis came back fine. So now were trying to figure out the next step. The closest fertility clinic or Dr. is 2 hours away.
We are trying to decide if we want to do a HSG (insurance doesn’t cover it) or just to start Fertility drugs which my current Dr. who I love so far can prescribe. To be honest, fertility drugs kind of scare me (the chance of high order multiples and other health problems). But I am willing to try anything. Can any of you Bees share any infertility success stories where you used fertility drugs? Is there any drugs that you recommend and the reasons?
I appreciate any stories and advice. I’m just ready for my BFP and I’m getting discouraged.
Post # 3
@MrsRedplate: we are just starting out with our fertility doctor so I don’t have much to contribute just yet. Ivf will likely be our only option due to severe MFI. Join us on the 1+ board. There are a lot of wonderful ladies there who are extremely knowledgeable about all things fertility related. 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 4
@MrsRedplate: I can’t comment on fertility drugs or anything like that…but I can tell you that it might be worth your time to see your general practicioner and have your thyroid levels checked…its a simple blood test, but not one an ObGyn would pull….certain thyroid conditions, which are terribly common in women can result in difficulty with fertility, and can be easily managed if you get your finger on them.
Post # 5
@WillowB: +1 on joining the ladies on the 1+ board…amazing group of very supportive women.
@MrsRedplate: I was ttc for 15 months before my bfp. I had ovulation trouble and Darling Husband had mild male factor. We eventually conceived with the help of metformin, clomid, ovidrel and iui. I think it’s worth discussing clomid with your Dr if u do think you are open to fertility drugs. That usually is a first step and the risk of multiples isn’t terribly high….I’ve heard anything from 3-10%. Best of luck.
Post # 6
As someone who is 4 years into the ttc journey,I would absolutely recommend the HSG test. There is no point starting fertility medication if there is an issue with your tubes or you have cysts etc.I have blocked tubes, and our doctor was about to start us on clomid straight away, but one of his assistants pointes out that I hadn’t had a HSG. If I hadn’t had that test done, we wouldn’t have known for longer and I would have been taking medication pointlessly.
I know it is out of pocket but I would rather have a clear picture of WHY the infertility is there,and not just throwing medicine after medicine at it blindly.
best of luck!!
Post # 7
@family_girl: +1 agreed 100%. I always forget my situation was slightly different since I had a laparoscopy 6 months before we started ttc and they were able to hsg during surgery. But yes, first step – make sure those tubes are clear.
Post # 8
I’m about to hit 1 year (I did have a MC this past summer) and at this point I’ve had my thyroid checked and put on medication for hypothyroidism. My next step is to check progesterone. I was hoping getting the thyroid in line would help with that, but I’m still having pre AF spotting for a week beforehand so I don’t think it’s helped. After that I’ll look into HSG, I’ve had a few ultrasounds where they didn’t see anything, but I would like to have the HSG just to be sure. That will be something I’ll look into if we haven’t conceived before the wedding in April. If that doesn’t help, then I will look into Clomid/IUI. I do not think we will go so far as IVF. If we’re going to spend a ton of money for something that might not even work, we both would rather persue adoption, which would be our last step but absolutely something we both want to do. Even if we do conceive naturally, we will likely adopt later on.
Whatever path you choose, I wish you the best of luck and a healthy baby very soon!!!
Post # 9
So sorry your TTC journey has been a long one. I wanted to agree with PPs that the HSG may be completely worth it, and I can say that from personal experience. My husband and I have been trying for 16 months, and all of our tests came back great. We almost bypassed the HSG (also because it’s not covered by insurance) and I had no reason to think I had any tube issues. I ended up having the HSG done a week ago and was shocked to learn that my tubes are blocked and it’ll be very difficult, if not impossible, for us to conceive without IVF. If we hadn’t done the HSG, we would have wasted more time trying naturally or taking fertility meds, all for nothing.
One other thing – when I had my progestrone draw at 7dpo, I was told that the level should be around 15 or higher. Maybe we’re talking about different measurement units because the 4.8 at 7dpo being considered normal surprises me.
Feel free to come join us on the 1+ year thread. The group is a fantastic support system. Best of luck and I hope you get your BFP very soon!
Post # 10
I have nothing to add other than wish you good luck! I see a lot of ladies have suggested the HSG. (That I might also be doing for myself. I had no idea!)