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  1. bhbee

    cantaloupe / 6060 posts

    @crazydoglady: I’m so excited for you!!!! Congrats!

  2. LabradorLover

    kiwi / 548 posts

    @crazydoglady: CONGRATS LADY!!!! Yay!!!!

  3. periwinklebee

    grapefruit / 4462 posts

    @PeaceLily: I think it is really inspiring that you are prioritizing taking care of yourself and your relationship. Definitely the most important thing, and I'm sure in the long-run will make the entire process more bearable. I really hope that you feel better soon.

  4. crazydoglady

    nectarine / 2431 posts

    @periwinklebee: @bhbee: @LabradorLover: @peacelily: Thank you! 💕

  5. Marfi

    clementine / 794 posts

    @crazydoglady: OMG YAY! Congratulations!

  6. crazydoglady

    nectarine / 2431 posts

    @Marfi: Thank you! How are things going with your first IVF cycle?

  7. Marfi

    clementine / 794 posts

    @crazydoglady: First IVF cycle officially started on Thursday and my first day stimming was today! This is going to be a super long month but I am so excited!

  8. bhbee

    cantaloupe / 6060 posts

    @Marfi: so much for you! Keep us all posted!

  9. crazydoglady

    nectarine / 2431 posts

    @Marfi: Yes, keep us updated! So many good thoughts for you! 🍀

  10. crazydoglady

    nectarine / 2431 posts

    @Marfi: Hoping everything is still going well!

  11. Marfi

    clementine / 794 posts

    @crazydoglady: Thanks for asking! Yep, everything is going well! I triggered tonight with retrieval Wednesday morning! I'm hoping that I can do a fresh transfer and if I can it'll be either Saturday or Monday!!

  12. afc061018

    apricot / 301 posts

    Hi, everyone, I'm a little intimidated to post over here (everyone seems so knowledgeable!), but I have my first meeting with my OB to discuss fertility treatments coming up and I'm so nervous. I thought this might be the place to talk about it. My apt is on 1/29 and I'm curious what I should expect and what your experiences were like. I'm guessing it'll be mainly discussion and my dr telling me what tests they'll need to do to diagnose us. Are there any questions I should ask? I gather from the reading I've done that they won't be interested in any of my temps or information I've compiled while tracking. Part of me feels so emotional about this next phase, but another part would be relieved to know what's going on.

  13. crazydoglady

    nectarine / 2431 posts

    @afc061018: Don't be intimidated! This space is for anyone who has been trying for over 6 months. I'm glad to hear you don't have to wait long for a fertility consult. At mine, they mostly asked questions about cycle length, ovulation day, if you've had any live births etc. It wouldn't hurt to have your info available, but they may not ask. Then they will probably have you do some bloodwork on cycle day 3 to test your thyroid, estrogen, FSH, and AMH (which gives them an idea of your egg quality and quantity.) They might also have you do an early cycle ultrasound to check out your uterus. They might also have your partner do a semen analysis. Based on all that testing, they will come up with a protocol. Hopefully you have a doctor that wants to go at your speed and do what you are most comfortable with. Anyway, that was my experience, may not be the same for everyone. I ended up getting pregnant just using femara (our third try with it) the cycle before our first IUI.

  14. afc061018

    apricot / 301 posts

    @crazydoglady: Thank you! This is all great info and makes me feel a little more prepared.

  15. mrskansas

    nectarine / 2813 posts

    How is everyone doing? Been a little quiet around here
    @Marfi: Best of luck with your retrieval tomorrow!!

    I'm on CD 25 and still haven't ovulated yet. Annoying. My past few natural cycles I was ovulating between CD 16- 20 so I have no idea what's going on this month. Ugh

  16. mrskansas

    nectarine / 2813 posts

    @PeaceLily: Thinking of you

  17. Raspberry

    kiwi / 598 posts

    @mrskansas: I’ve seen you on the weight loss support thread, do you think that could be it? My last cycle was 49 days (ugh). I just would not ovulate. Ended up decided it was because I was somewhat successful losing a lot of weight in a short period of time.

    AFM, I want to put a halt on TTC because my husband was laid off last week. We aren’t really worried about it but I would feel irresponsible continuing to try. So much wasted time, gah.

  18. Marfi

    clementine / 794 posts

    In the car on the way home from my retrieval! Wound up with 12 eggs!! Now to wait until tomorrow to find out how many fertilized!

  19. bhbee

    cantaloupe / 6060 posts

    @Marfi: that’s awesome! So much !

  20. crazydoglady

    nectarine / 2431 posts

    @Marfi: That's so great! Thinking lots and lots of fertile thoughts (you know what I mean ) for you. Keep us updated!

  21. crazydoglady

    nectarine / 2431 posts

    @Raspberry: I'm so sorry about your husband's job loss. I hope there is something even better waiting for him!

  22. crazydoglady

    nectarine / 2431 posts

    @mrskansas: Have you started acupuncture or anything like that that might delay O?

  23. Raspberry

    kiwi / 598 posts

    @crazydoglady: thank you!

  24. mrskansas

    nectarine / 2813 posts

    You guys I'm pretty upset. I went to the RE today to see if I would be ovulating on my own this cycle and fortunately I did have a perfect sized follicle and my lining was great so I should be ovulating any time now.
    However, when I asked the nurse if it was normal to ovulate so late she said "well when you have PCOS it is". I asked her what she meant and she said that I have the classic PCOS ovaries. I've been going to the same clinic for over a year, I've seen two different REs and have had countless ultrasounds by the REs and the nurses. NO ONE has ever even mentioned PCOS to me. Granted, I don't have the other symptoms but if my ovaries are obviously polycystic why in the world would they not at least check my blood work or even mention it to me?? I just feel like all the stuff I've done over the past year has been for nothing if I have this underlying condition making my hormones abnormal. I'm going over all the money we've spent on testing when it really could have been this obvious the entire time.

    My nurse spoke to the RE and they are going to do the cycle day 3 labs if I get my period in a couple of weeks. I feel like they weren't doing their job at all and I feel really defeated. Granted, I don't know if I actually have PCOS but I just have a feeling that they completely dropped the ball on this.

  25. crazydoglady

    nectarine / 2431 posts

    @mrskansas: What the heck?! I can't believe they never mentioned this to you! You obviously would have been pushing for a different protocol other than treating unexplained infertility! I'm really sorry you are dealing with this and that they didn't keep you informed. I hope that changing your protocol will help you get pregnant really quickly.

  26. PeaceLily

    apricot / 360 posts

    @mrskansas: Thanks.

    We are taking a break this cycle, so I've managed to stay off the internet for weeks now since anything ttc and pregnancy related just stresses me out. It's been so nice! I plan to carry this over to next cycle when we do plan to try again, either using herbs, ntnp, or another iui. We're undecided, but not looking things up online about any of this has been great for me.

    I just saw your post about your appt. I'm so sorry you're dealing with this! How can they not have told you about the possible PCOS?! Ugh, I'm so frustrated for you.

  27. snarkybiochemist

    nectarine / 2174 posts

    @mrskansas: I'm sorry you got the diagnosis in such a callous offhand way. It was hard to hear when I knew it was coming. I must say in terms of actually fertility treatments it was either Clomid or femera to start, so they might not have screwed you up so much. For the underlying PCOS I was on metformin for the minor insulin resistance along with CoQ10 for egg quality and I was supposed to take myoistinol but never pulled the trigger on buying it. Hopefully you can come to peace with this and figure out your next steps.

  28. mrskansas

    nectarine / 2813 posts

    8 dpo tomorrow and I'm sure I'll start testing like a crazy person. I just want to be pregnant. As of this month it has been a year since I was "clinically" pregnant and I just can't believe that. It really sucked to have 3 losses in a row but now it's been a year and I can't even get pregnant?! Ugh. Infertility sucks.

    I hope everyone is doing well

  29. crazydoglady

    nectarine / 2431 posts

    @mrskansas: How are you doing?

  30. afc061018

    apricot / 301 posts

    Hi, everyone, I'm hoping someone here can answer a few IUI questions I have. We've met with our RE and really like her. U/S showed I had a lower follicle count, but my hormone levels and DH's analysis both came back within normal levels. I had a HSG done that found one, possibly two, fibroids that they're going to leave be for now. We've decided to try a medicated IUI this month—our first step into help getting pregnant. For those of you who used trigger shots, did you still use OPKs? I've heard of testing until the trigger leaves your system, but I'm hoping someone can elaborate on that. Is that so that you don't test too early and get a false-positive BFP? Thanks so much!

  31. Ajsmommy

    pomegranate / 3355 posts

    @afc061018: When I was under re care I did not use opk's and I didn't poas either. I waited for my blood test results.

  32. Sams Mom

    grapefruit / 4492 posts

    Cycle Day: 28

    TTC Cycle #: 11

    Ovulation: Feb 28

    POAS Date: I POAS 12dpo and got what I thought was a super faint pink line, my friend looked too and thought she saw it as well. Tested this morning at 14dpo and got a negative. So now it is just a waiting game most likely.

    Baby #: 2; Son will be 2 next month

    Your plan: This was my first cycle on Clomid 50 CD 5-9, from the testing I have had so far, I have plenty of eggs but they're not the best of quality. Our son was a surprise baby, so it's really hard on me that we haven't conceived #2 yet. I will know more on what we plan to do at my next appointment once AF shows. :\

    I also have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (auto-immune thyroid) and I feel like its not helping me any either. I had regular Hypothyroidism when I conceived my son, and developed the Hashis after he was born.

    Favorite Fall Activity: I think I'm late to the party on this one, so we will do Spring. I like to take our son on walks through the Botanical Garden.

  33. muffinsmuffins

    persimmon / 1023 posts

    @afc061018: de lurking to say we’ve done a total of 9 IUI’s: 6 non medicated, 3 medicated with Gonal F and Ovidrel trigger. We used OPK’s for the non medicated ones and confirmed with blood work and ultrasound for timing, and did not use OPK for medicated cycles at all. We did not test out the trigger even though a lot of people do that. I hate seeing negative tests so try to minimize that. We waited until 12 days past trigger to POAS so trigger would be gone by that time. IUI didn’t work for us but we had blazing positives our 2 successful IVF cycles by that time.

    ETA: Yes people test out the trigger to make sure it’s not a false positive as the trigger is the same hormone as early pregnancy(Hcg) so you would see your pregnancy tests get lighter as the trigger leaves your system and then get darker if you are pregnant.

  34. snarkybiochemist

    nectarine / 2174 posts

    @afc061018: I did an IUI with femera and ovidrel trigger, so lightly medicated IUI. I did not use OPKs or temp any cycle I was under my RE's care, they were monitoring my hormones, follicles and uterine lining and telling me when to have sex and when the IUI would be so I felt no need to drive myself crazy. I also never tested out my trigger, in fact my IUI cycle I didn't even test I just waited for the blood test results because I was sick of testing and seeing negatives. Yes testing out your trigger means taking a pregnancy test every day from trigger until you get a negative and then when you get a positive again you know its a real positive and not the trigger still in your system since everyone metabolizes it slightly differently.

  35. afc061018

    apricot / 301 posts

    @Ajsmommy: @muffinsmuffins: @snarkybiochemist: Thank you all so much! This is very helpful. I've never gotten a BFP, so I'm a little afraid of seeing a positive and not knowing if it's a real one or not. We've been off-and-on trying since 2016 and I just don't want to do that to myself. So I'm thinking I just won't test unless AF doesn't arrive. (I've gotten to the point now where I don't test every month anyway bc I never see a positive.)

  36. snarkybiochemist

    nectarine / 2174 posts

    @afc061018: If you are on progesterone support you might not get your period until a few days after you go off of it and you don't normally go off of it if you get pregnant until 10-12 weeks, is your doctor doing a blood test?

  37. bhbee

    cantaloupe / 6060 posts

    @afc061018: i think you’re smart not to test out the trigger. I did it in the past but it’s so dicey and drives you crazy ... Tests aren’t made to be super precise for very low hcg so you can get a blank white test one day and a faint pos the next day when both days you still had a very low amount of trigger, if that makes sense. If you wait until af or beta day there will be no question! Good luck!

  38. afc061018

    apricot / 301 posts

    @snarkybiochemist: I'm doing femara/letrozole for cd 3-7, then the trigger shot. Nothing else this time around. I asked about whether to test, and my RE said to test after the TWW and then call them. Maybe they'll do a blood test either way? We're unexplained infertility, so they're hoping to learn some things by monitoring my cycle this coming month.

    @bhbee: That's what I'm afraid of. I think that'd be so hard. Thanks for the luck! We'll take all we can get.

  39. snarkybiochemist

    nectarine / 2174 posts

    @afc061018: that was my treatment plan and it worked. Good luck I'd wait to test until 14 DPO

  40. afc061018

    apricot / 301 posts

    Hi all, back with another question for you. We're doing our last IUI, #3 with Clomid, Gonal-F, and Pregnyl trigger. I just ordered Gonal-F for the first time—and holy moly was that sticker shock. $700! I've seen overfill mentioned but I'm not finding a good explanation for how it works. If we move onto IVF after this, I'll need to figure this out asap as our insurance covers nothing. For now, I sucked it up and ordered it because I need it to arrive for Monday. Are there any good sites/resources that explain overfill and how to save on meds? There are lots of posts here on the boards I'll be reading through, but I thought I would ask too. Thank you!

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