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November POAS: TTC 6+ Months

  1. delight

    pomelo / 5326 posts

    @AmeliaBedilia: good luck with IUI #3!
    @LibbyLou: I love your 1 day pregnant outlook too!
    @Crystal: sorry for your strange results. It does sound like your new doctor is a good fit though. I hope you have some answers soon.

    My HCG came back this week at 12. Still positive. Grrrrrrr. Just let me be at zero so I can feel normal again! :

  2. Crystal

    grapefruit / 4028 posts

    @MaryM: I completely understand. ❤

    @delight: thank you. How frustrating about your hcg! What did the dr say?

  3. delight

    pomelo / 5326 posts

    @Crystal: they just said I have to go back for another draw in 2 weeks. At that point I'll be 8 weeks post mc!

  4. Kitkat

    apricot / 325 posts

    So I've been quiet around here because I've just been waiting for AF to start so I can get going with the clomid, but now fertility friend is saying I ovulated on CD 47 (I have not been ovulating on my own). We had sec on CD 46, so decent timing, but now I'm assuming I'll have another week or so wait before AF (I'm 6dpo/CD 53). So yay for ovulating on my own, boo for the longest cycle I'll have had since going off BCP

  5. doxielove

    persimmon / 1388 posts

    @Crystal: I'm sorry about AF. I completely understand about being crushed every month. Your new doc sounds great. Good luck with all the testing!

    @delight: How annoying! I'm sorry the betas are still coming back positive. Hopefully your next draw is - so you can move on

    @Kitkat: How do you know you O'd on CD47? Are you temping? (Forgive me, I forget who is doing what around here!) At least you can expect AF soonish so you can get on with the clomid!

    As for me, I took my 1st clomid pill of round 2 today. Feeling optimistic!

  6. sslm

    cantaloupe / 6397 posts

    @delight: that's so frustrating. When I mc'd at 8.5 weeks, it took 8 weeks for my HCG to go to zero. I also did misoprostol. I did two doses. I got AF back at 10 weeks. Hang in there

  7. Kitkat

    apricot / 325 posts

    @doxielove: yep, temping 7dpo today, so hopefully only another week or so

  8. doxielove

    persimmon / 1388 posts

    @Kitkat: Bless your heart. When I was temping, I got frustrated if I O'd into the cd 20's. I can't imagine keeping up with it all the way into the cd 40's!!

  9. Kitkat

    apricot / 325 posts

    @doxielove: I was going to give up when my doctor told me I wasn't ovulating, but the idea of having incomplete data for a cycle drove me nuts

  10. AmeliaBedilia

    nectarine / 2192 posts


    I feel more discouraged than I have since my low AMH came back (0.2, repeat was 0.27, FSH 6, I'm 35 and follicle count has gone from 10 to 20 over the past 4 months). I had a second opinion consult with a new RE. He was very concerned about my low AMH, and is concerned I won't stim well enough to do IVF. I explained that the current RE thinks I stim well and estimated 10-15 eggs. He said with my numbers, he'd be happy to get 6-8 eggs from IVF, and wants to see how I stim for himself. He thinks due to my low AMH, I need to stimulate more eggs to have a shot, and that I haven't been given enough meds to stimulate me enough to get pregnant. He also had concerns that 2/3 IUIs were too early. The current RE says the pregnancy rates are the same from 12-36 hours after trigger, the new RE says postwash sperm only live 16 hours. His recommendation is clomid/menopur/IUI for 1-2 cycles and see how I stim. If I stim ok and it doesn't work, then probably IVF. Since my current RE has always been happy with my response, I think I will respond fine. New RE is very unlikely to cancel a cycle for too many follicles, as opposed to my current RE who was ok with 2-3 because the first two didn't work. New RE works 7 days a week, and while he is 45 minutes from work compared to 20 minutes (and near my house), seems to be better about getting people in, and is an acupuncturist as well as RE. Prior to this appointment, I figured that I needed IVF if this third IUI didn't work, but that I had decent odds for IVF. Now I don't know what to think.

    My questions:
    1. What would you do? Go with IVF at the current place, or try the new place?
    2. Where is the cheapest place to get menopur?

  11. LibbyLou

    kiwi / 739 posts

    @AmeliaBedilia: no real ivf advice as I haven't opened that door yet. I would go to the doctor that I felt most confident about. From reading your post I would guess the second one (but could be wrong). It sounds like he will do more to get you pregnant- more follicles, etc. I feel like the odds would be in your favor with him.
    💗 Hang in there

  12. delight

    pomelo / 5326 posts

    @sslm: I'm just so annoyed that it is taking this long. Thanks for sharing your experience. It's helpful to know others have taken this long to get back to zero too. I don't even know when to expect AF. I still have some spotting and my temps have been wacky. I think to myself that this was all a huge waste of time. There goes another 5 months down the drain. Then I feel guilty for feeling that way. Sorry for the vent. I hope everything is going well with you!!!
    @AmeliaBedilia: hmmm I also don't have experience with IVF, however, judging by your post I think I'd be willing to give the new doc a try. Especially since he works 7 days a week. Maybe a change of scenery with this new doctor Is the answer. Have you done research into what he is saying about post washed sperm? If what he is saying is valid, maybe you'll have better chances with the IUI timing that he would do.

  13. sslm

    cantaloupe / 6397 posts

    @delight: I had all those same feelings! It was so frustrating. I was supposed to have an October baby and I ended up with an April one, so it wasn't tooooooo bad. I hope you're experience is similar! I also had spotting basically right up until I got my period. Such a pain in the ass.

  14. mrsjd

    clementine / 777 posts

    6 dpo in the TWW and time is crawling. My husband won't let me even drink one glass of wine because I "could" be pregnant. Annoying. Is being starving all the time and craving sweets a pregnancy symptom? I'm mostly kidding, I think it's a metformin side effect for me, but I was curious if anyone else has experienced it with that drug. I'm not overweight at all and I'm very active, so I'm not sure if it's throwing me off.

  15. LoveHope

    kiwi / 689 posts

    Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

    Hosting Thanksgiving was a great distraction for me especially because it kept me from POAS every single day. Unfortunately, AF arrived today
    We were supposed to begin our journey into our first IUI but I haven't done the genetic testing that's required in order to proceed with IUI. I'm going tomorrow but the results take about 3 weeks. We will hopefully be ready to begin IUI in January 2016. I'm not doing the Clomid anymore as it messed with my cycle. I only get my period for a day which has me really worried.
    Still praying/hoping you all get your BFP's.

  16. LibbyLou

    kiwi / 739 posts

    @LoveHope: boo on AF! New year, new plan though I like that!

    I started this month clomid without consulting DH. He of course is traveling during my fertile window (this week). I'm praying for a one day later ovulation so we at least have a shot!

  17. LoveHope

    kiwi / 689 posts

    @LibbyLou: last year I remember toasting and wishing that 2015 would be our year but life had other plans for us.

    Hoping you get your BDing on

  18. doxielove

    persimmon / 1388 posts

    @LoveHope: I'm so, so sorry about AF Good luck with the genetic testing. Here's to 2016!!!!!

    CD12. Just BD EOD and waiting for O. So far ZERO side effects from the clomid this month (woo hoo!) I'm hoping that's a good sign...

  19. LoveHope

    kiwi / 689 posts

    @doxielove: Yay for no side effects on clomid. I get the worst ones. I haven't felt like myself in a bit. Good luck!

  20. AmeliaBedilia

    nectarine / 2192 posts

    @LoveHope: I keep thinking the same thing.

    My beta is Thursday. I'm trying to convince myself it's not going to happen so that I don't get as disappointed. If this isn't it, we will be starting IVF at the end of the year.

  21. delight

    pomelo / 5326 posts

    @LoveHope: My family writes out 5 goals every New Year's Eve and then read them the following year aloud to our family. I know I wrote down last year that I hoped to have a baby or be pregnant by this new year. I am tossing my goals into the fire. I don't even care what my family thinks. 2014 and 2015 have sucked. On to the next one!

    @AmeliaBedilia: good luck with your beta Thursday!! How are you feeling?

    I am in a weird state of limbo. I have another blood draw Wednesday to make sure my HCG is still going down. It better be at 0. It has now been 7 weeks since my MC. I haven't had any bleeding for a couple weeks which is nice. Now I'm just twiddling my thumbs and waiting for AF to arrive. I'm hoping she comes soon so we can get a couple shots in before our appointment Dec 21.

  22. Crystal

    grapefruit / 4028 posts

    @delight: for serious. Sayonara 2015!

    @AmeliaBedilia: fx for you!

    My phone is having a hard time letting me push "respond"- how strange!

    I'm hanging out at cd11. Still waiting on more blood work, so just hanging out for now. I don't have any more OPKs left, so I'm guessing as to O day this month.

  23. LibbyLou

    kiwi / 739 posts

    @Crystal: I was out of opk too! I thought it was a sign I would be pregnant last cycle. I always struggle how many opk to buy. SURELY I only need one month supply not 3 right! 😁
    Ended up buying one month supply and surprise- I ovulated a day early (today). DH has been gone since Saturday so looks like we only hit -4dpo. He's not home until Thursday which will be too late. Boo. Gonna assume I'm a cheerleader the rest of the month.

  24. doxielove

    persimmon / 1388 posts

    @Crystal: @LibbyLou: Too funny, I used my last opk last cycle, too!! I ordered 50 (!!) wondfos on CD 2...it's CD13 and I still haven't received them. Damn you, Amazon!! Usually their standard shipping never takes this long.

    DH has severe stomach flu. We're supposed to BD tonight to keep up with EOD timing. Keep your fingers crossed for us that he's up to the challenge, lol. Because, who ISN'T turned on by being intimate with someone barfing their brains out?? Ugh, and I really don't want to catch what he has. But I also don't want to waste this clomid cycle.

  25. LoveHope

    kiwi / 689 posts

    @doxielove: Oh boy. I know that feeling. It's happened a few times to us and DH was such a champ lol
    Good luck.

  26. AmeliaBedilia

    nectarine / 2192 posts

    @doxielove: Been there, and I feel your pain. Hope he's feeling better!

  27. mrsjd

    clementine / 777 posts

    Anyone wanna weigh in on whether I'm nuts for seeing something on this Walgreens early results test (photo taken within timeframe)?

  28. LibbyLou

    kiwi / 739 posts

    @mrsjd: I see a shadow on the first one! I don't have any experience w the blue dyes though irl.

    Hope this is it!!

  29. LoveHope

    kiwi / 689 posts

    @mrsjd: I do see a blue spec of something. FXing for you!!!!

  30. LoveHope

    kiwi / 689 posts

    Should we start a December board?

  31. mrsjd

    clementine / 777 posts

    @LoveHope: Thanks! I feel no symptoms so I'm thinking its nothing. Especially because I feel like if I don't test positive by 12 dpo (yesterday when I took that test) then I'm probably out. When I had a chemical pregnancy exactly a year ago, I tested clear positive, but with FRER, at 13 dpo.

  32. LoveHope

    kiwi / 689 posts

    I need to vent about something....
    One of my good friends started ttc around the time I did and was successful after about 2 months. What upsets me is the fact that she started smoking cigarettes again and is breastfeeding. I'm not judging her in any way but it upsets me. I'm trying everything in order to have a baby and she does have one and can't even give up smoking for the baby. I think I'm just picking at everything. We started getting holiday cards last night from friends/family and babies are everywhere. I've decided not to even look at them.

  33. AmeliaBedilia

    nectarine / 2192 posts

    @LoveHope: It is so unfair! I told my RE that the problem is he gives femara rather than cocaine, which seems to be more effective.

    I'm having a freak out and am extra moody. If this IUI didn't work, the plan is IVF. I'm dreading everything about it, and having issues with the clinic over whether I need estrogen. (Contraindicated due to atypical migraines) my beta is tomorrow at 14dpIUI/13DPO. So hoping for a positive! I don't feel good about any option and prayed to God he would make it clear what I should do. I then googled "freak out before IVF" and stumbled onto a blog that sounded like me, with twins. Turned out she got pregnant on third IUI as they were planning IVF, and I keep hoping for boy/girl twins so we could be done. I hope it's a sign. Still freaking out.

  34. LoveHope

    kiwi / 689 posts

    @AmeliaBedilia: Seriously! Seems like crackheads are having children. Why can't we?!!! Ughhhh

    Hopefully, the 3rd time is the charm for you. Having a freak out is totally normal. We're here for you. Lots of good luck to you in tomorrow's beta.


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