April TTC

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    I wasn't monitored with ultrasound while I was on clomid either, but I did meet with the RE at the end of each cycle.  He looked at my charts and we discussed any OPK results/non-results, "activities," and based on that info, he tweaked what days to take it and the dose.  I definitely wasn't left on my own for 3 months to just hope that it worked.  It's been so long now that I don't remember the details, but cycle 1 was the minimum dose on whatever the standard days are; cycle 2 he increased the dose and took it on the same days as cycle 1; on cycle 3 he increased the dose again and had me take it starting a couple days earlier.  Whatever it was he did on cycle 3 worked.  Anyway, just FYI.
     
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    Siena,
    Hope your feeling better.  I also had an ectopic inbetween both my children.  It was actually about 2 years ago to the day.  I was given the methotraxate and it was not fun at all.  It happened the day before easter and I remember going to easter fine, but that night and the two days after were horrible.  I actually remember saying to my husband that if this every happened again I would elect for the surgery.   I called the on call doctor on muliple occasions because I thought it was not working and my tube had ruptured.  It took about a month but the numbers finally went down to zero and we were cleared to try again. 

    Keep your head up, I went on to have a perfectly healthy pregnancy/baby.

    ETA: I agree with the signs you should be aware of.  I did not know I was pregnant at the time but I had pains in my side and bleeding that I thought was my period.  
     
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    Siena, glad you're feeling better! Chiclet, enjoy your massage this weekend! You could also ask for some abdominal massage to help with the cramping. It's a little weird at first, but can be very soothing. Make sure you let the therapist know about the clomid. And hopefully your dutiful BD-ing works this week! Jleighla, the acupuncturist recommended coming back once a week until I get my period and then he said I shouldn't have too much trouble getting pregnant. I tend toward believing him because he guessed some of my medical and personality traits (without me telling him) just by palpating my abdomen and feet. Stuff people don't know until they get to know me pretty well. The experience was incredible, too--it felt like I left my body and was kind of hovering over it. I know that sounds like I'm all, "Hi, my name is Rain and my skirt is made is sunshine and I own a kiln," but I felt so alert, calm, and clear afterward. I'm going back to the acupuncturist this week...and that's my plan for awhile because I feel like allopathic medicine has forsaken me.
     
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    In Response to Re: April TTC:
    I know that sounds like I'm all, "Hi, my name is Rain and my skirt is made is sunshine and I own a kiln," but I felt so alert, calm, and clear afterward.Posted by WhirledPeasPlease


    That just made laugh out loud!  I hope that he's right and able to get your period to start.  While I've never done acupuncture it does amaze me what a masseuse can tell you about yourself.  WPP, is that something that you are able to do during massages?  I really love that part! I had one lady that told me what type of job I had, that I was left handed, my most comfortable sleep position and which shoulder I carried my laptop/purse on.  She was amazing!  She also recognized that I sit too far away from my desk when using a mouse and suggested how I should rearrange my desk.

    Sorry I still lurk over here but I'm pulling for all of you ladies to receive your BFPs soon!
     
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    Haha, clc, I think I stole part of that from a Friends episode. Actually, yeah, as a massage therapist I can tell your dominant hand, whether you're a desk dweller, how you wear your purse, how you sleep at night, etc. Oh, people get really freaked out when I say, "You don't drink much water, do you?" or "Do you get headaches?" the body holds many secrets!
     
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    Rain, I mean, WPP...also LOL. Very funny, but I've heard that from many of my friends about acupuncture who are also surprised by the feeling. I'm going to try it. You have inspired me. Tomarra, how are you feeling?
     
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    WPP - I also want a skirt made of sunshine! lol. Your experience sounds amazing. Did you go to a fertility specialist acupuncturist (if there is such a thing)? I wish I could try the person you went to, but I'm not in MA.

    Stefani - It's reassuring to hear that you weren't closely monitored on Clomid (and it worked for you!), as my doctor just said to call if/when I'm pregnant, and if Clomid doesn't work, she'll refer me to an RE.
     
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    Acupuncturists generally list a few specialities that can include infertility.
     
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    WPP- I love acupuncture.  By the time the puts the last needle in I’m in total relaxation.  I have fallen asleep many times.  Good luck with it I found it very helpful.
    Jleighla, I was referred to my acupuncturist by my RE.  You could ask your doctor office if they know one local to you that specialties in infertility.Siena, I’m glad you feeling better and I hope to see back in those boards soon.  Sending you hugs.
    Chiclet, Not everyone need to monitored while on clomid.  Your doctor is actually doing a favor and saving time & money.  I was just curious.  I did found the US helpful because I could associate the cramps to what was going on in the ovaries.  I had US every other day starting on day 12 to measure the follicles growing in both ovaries.  During the US I would see both my ovaries racing against each other to release the largest follicle.  Once a follicle is measuring 18mm up, it’s likely to be released with the next 48 hours.I think I took clomid on day 3-7 and did OV on days 16-18.  I agree with you doctor that you should BD days 10-12 but continue to BD every other day for a couple more days.  Just in case you OV later like me.  I hope this helps.  Good luck.
    IPW, I‘m feeling good and graduated for the RE office on Monday.  I was really happy with the services I received at Mass general and really did not want to leave them.  I’m still having a hard time getting excited about being PG.  I keep feeling like something bad is going to happen and my dreams are not helping.  I’m looking forward for the next resolve meeting on Thursday and thinking about making an appointment with a counselor.
     
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    quadgirl--thanks for sharing your experience.  I was not well prepared for the aftershocks of the methotrexate treatment, but then again my doctor said my experience was not typical.  It's reassuring that I'm not the only person who found it miserable, though I'm sorry that you had to go through that.

    Anyway, now that the physical symptoms are mostly over, I'm trying to refocus on other things, since we are under doctor's orders to TTA for a few months anyway.  I'm going to sign off the board for now because I'm trying to take a break from what has been for me an emotional rollercoaster.  I'm wishing you guys all the best and I have my fingers crossed for all of you.
     
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    Siena, I'm sorry your doctor didn't prepare you; I think your reaction is more typical than she let on.  Best to you and DH as you recover emotionally.

    Chicklet, I think that link I posted will answer your questions about your body's ovulation process.  Did you see it?
     
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    Kar - I did see it, thank you. I guess I'm just confused because you had said that an LH surge isn't necessarily indicative that ovulation actually occurred. I also wasn't sure if the follicles getting bigger would indicate that ovulation will happen.

    WPP - Thanks for your massage advice. I would never have thought to tell the therapist about the Clomid.

    Tom - Thanks for your advice. It is helpful. I'm a little down on my doctor's office because I feel like an idiot every time I call there, but you're right. I don't think my insurance would cover the ultrasounds and where the doctor doesn't expect the Clomid to work, it's probably not worth it. I am doing the OPK in case I do ovulate later, but I'm not going to rely on that for timing's sake. I'm mostly doing the OPK's so we don't stop too early.

    Siena - Not sure if you'll get this, but I just wanted to wish you well. I hope you enjoy this time with DH. Hope to see you back soon!

     
     
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    The LH surge is a necessary piece of the ovulation process, but it does not guarantee ovulation.  You need an LH to ovulate, but an LH surge does not guarantee ovulation occurs.  Does it make sense now?  
     
  14. You have chosen to ignore posts from Chiclet831. Show Chiclet831's posts

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    That makes sense but what is the Clomid supposed to be doing to help?

    Ugh. I hate science. I swear if I could somehow see this in a spreadsheet format, it would make perfect sense.
     
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    Here's something that explains Clomid pretty well.  Clomid

    And, an exerpt (the original has everything spelled right, by the way - BDC made me change something):

    Clomid is a potent and complicated medication.  Clomid is reacts with all of the tissues in the body that have estrogen receptors, such as the hypothalamus, pituitary, ovary, endometrium, vaggina, and cervix.  Clomid influences the way that the four hormones required for ovulation, GnRH, FSH, LH and estradiol, relate and interrelate.  While we do not completely understand the mechanisms by which this drug works, in essence it appears that Clomid fools the body into believing that the estrogen level is low. This altered feedback information causes the hypothalamus (an area of the brain) to make and release more gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) which in turn causes the pituitary to make and release more FSH and LH. More follicle stimulating hormone and more luteinizing hormone should result in the release of one or more mature eggs - ovulation. 
     
  16. You have chosen to ignore posts from Daisy75. Show Daisy75's posts

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    http://www.babyhopes.com/articles/clomid.html

    This is a pretty good, easy to understand article about how clomid works.

    The follicles getting bigger means that the ova are developing, but it's not until one (or more in the case of multiples) egg(s) burst out of the follicles that ovulation actually occurs.  In PCOS, the follicles develop, but often, no egg is released, so the follicles then become cysts on the ovaries (hence poly-cystic ovarian syndrome).
     
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    Also...Kar's link reminded me...I was advised to take Mucinex or Robitussin (no letters like DM after the drug name) while on clomid b/c it can help counteract the negative affects of clomid on cervical mucous (actually all mucous, but cervical mucous is the important one if you're TTC).
     
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    Interesting posts about how clomid works. You guys are more informative than my doctor.

    jleighla, like Kar said, you can just tell your acupuncturist that you're there for fertility problems and they'll have a plan. I didn't know your RE could refer you (and maybe it's covered?) like tomara said, so there's something to look into!

    Tomarra, I'm sorry that you're anxiety is interfering with your excitement about pg. There was a conversation about this on the pregnancy boards (maybe you've already seen it). I've always thought that talking to a counselor is an excellent step and I hope you see someone who can help. I think finding a therapist you resonate with is really important.

    This is OT, but I'm having some friends over Friday night and was planning on doing a bunch of appetizers (because my house is way too small to facilitate a whole dinner situation for everyone). One of my friends has dairy and gluten allergies and I want to make sure I have enough for her to eat. I'm planning on some veggies and gluten-free hummus, sweet potato fries, gluten-free, dairy-free coconut macaroons...does anyone have any other ideas? I'd like something hearty too, and the internet is overwhelming me with this one. Maybe stuffed mushrooms? What can I stuff them with? Cheese is kind of a food group in my life so I have a hard time with this!
     
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    Thanks for the info Kar and Daisy! What would I do without you?! Daisy, my doctor didn't mention anything about doing anything for my mucous. Is it too late for this cycle or should I start taking some now? I've been using Preseed.

    Tom, sending you happy thoughts! I can completely understand why you're feeling anxious. I hope you're able to talk it out with the therapist. Hugs!

    WPP - Have you checked Pinterest for recipes? I found this one for risotto stuffed mushrooms that looks pretty tasty: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/risotto-stuffed-mushrooms/. I think arborio rice is naturally gluten-free. I would also think that anything you wanted to make with cheese in it would be fine if you stubstitute dairy-free cheese. I can't even imagine a world where cheese is off-limits. I think you can buy gluten-free pizza crust at Whole Foods and then maybe you could do a veggie calzone or something? I also think scallops wrapped in bacon would work too, right?
     
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    WPP, I'd just ask your friend what she wants to eat.  She must have some suggestions. I have dairy and wheat sensitivites [but no gluten issues - but gluten is in all wheats, so it's pretty much the same thing, but my reaction is much less severe than that of someone w/ celiac disease] too,  but I just eat whatever is there [or eat ahead of time], knowing that if I eat too much dairy or wheat based stuff, I"m going to have a reaction later.  Sometimes, it's worth it based on what I'm eating [icecream!].  Also, some dairy allergies will allow you to eat cheese from a milk other than cow [think sheep's milk or goat milk, so manchego cheese and feta].  So ask your friend if she has any suggestions. 

    What about wings for something hearty?  You can bake them in the oven pretty easily, so you avoid the whole wheat or dairy in the sauce or whatever is coating them.  Coat them in some olive oil and go to town on spices. You can also make oven baked potatoes this way [I use red potatos, coat them in olive oil, and then add spices - you can also do this in the microwave]. 

    ETA: also find out whether your friend has gluten issues [celiac disease] or whether she is allergic  to wheat. They are NOT the same animal.  This should help you figure out what to have. 
     
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    Chiclet--I'm definitely not an authority, but I would think that Preseed would do the trick, too.  Preseed is sperm-friendly and would act in the place of/in addition to mucous, so I think you're ok. :)  Your RE should be able to tell you more-definitively, though.
     
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    Actually, WPP, not to be contrarian, per se, but I only answered that some do specialize in infertility.  I wouldn't recommend seeing a general acupuncturist even if they can dig out a chart on where to put the needles for infertility if you ask.  Before making an appointment with anyone, I'd call and ask, "What are your health areas of expertise?" (NOT "Do you treat infertility?" which they will likely answer yes.)  If they volunteer that infertility is one of their areas of expertise, I'd then ask what percentage of their infertility patients get pregnant within 6 months?  Within a year?  After I'd called around and found at least one infertility specialist I'd go to the one I found or compare the more than one and pick the most successful.  Of course, I suppose they can lie about their rates of success, but what can ya do.

    ETA:  Got a long phone call before I posted this and missed the food question.  Meat on a stick is great.  1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbl fresh grated ginger makes an awesome marinade.  Marinate chicken tenders overnight and grill or broil approximately 4 minutes on each side.  Soak sticks in water overnight, too, so they don't burn.  Frozen shrimp cocktail from BJs or Costco would be super easy and not too expensive, too.  You didn't say vegetarian did you?
     
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    Don't use 'gluten free' products.  They taste like wet cardboard and have the same consistency.  Make something else rather than substitute in 'dairy free' products or 'wheat free' products.  The end result never tastes the same after the substitution.  I tried gluten free flour for chocolate chip cookies and it was revolting. DH said he could not tell a difference, but I could - different texture and taste.  Never again!  I just eat them very sparingly and know I'm going to have a reaction.  If you have sensitivities to certain foods, you learn over time what foods to eat instead and don't try to replace the food w/ an allergy-free facsimilie.  If I had known that in advance, I would have saved a ton of money and disappointment when my favorites no longer tasted anything like what I loved. 

    Also, beware of any prepared foods that contain a sauce - like shrimp cocktail [sorry Kar!]. Most prepared sauces use a wheat based product as a thickening agent for the sauce. 

    If you wanted to do baked spaghetti casserole [easier to eat in this form than regular spaghetti b/c it cuts like lasagne], there is a type of pasta made w/ quinoa. It tastes really good [it's bright yellow when it cooks, but it tastes great].  It's in a green box and is called Ancient Harvest.  It's a bit pricey and there is much less product in the box than in a box of Barilla, but it's tasty. My version doesn't include cheese, so I don't know how appealing that is for most people.

    Another option is something I eat for lunch on a regular basis - I cook quinoa in advance and have it cold w/ a hardboiled egg [cut w/ an avocado slicer], along w/ some diced cucumber, red pepper and other veggies. If you are having a veggie tray, you could serve this along w/ that. It's very filling and takes about 15 minutes to make. 
     
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    Ladies, has anyone read the book Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility?  Going into 7th month of TTC, feeling pretty defeated, and thinking I need to try something new.  It had really good reviews so I ordered it on amazon. 

    Probably a long shot that I'll learn anything my hours of web searching and reading your posts hasn't taught me, but figured it may be worth a try.  Also thinking this month I'll finally try giving up coffee and alcohol (this will not be a happy month for me I'm sure).
     
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    Whoops, ALF, you're right - cocktail sauce is a hidden danger.  I'd still get the frozen shrimp, though, and make the sauce from scratch.  Easy, yummy, and fits the bill.  And, I couldn't agree more about "gluten free" and "dairy free" versions of stuff.  YUCK.  You can do things that are both that don't pretend to be something they aren't.
     
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