February 2013 TTC

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    February 2013 TTC

    I was hoping for better news in February, though AF arrived today.  It is only day 22 so it took me by surprise.  I don't think it could be implantation bleeding as it is much more than just spotting.  Off to the dr on Wednesday to start round 2!  Good luck to all this month. 

     
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    How regular are you, generally?  Day 22 is really early, and often people do experience bleeding that mimics a period the whole nine months.  I'm anti false hope so hate to mention it but if being a week early is odd for you there might be a tad of a reason to wonder.

    best wishes!!!

     
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    Re: February 2013 TTC

    Wow, CD22 is early. I'm sure our doctor's office does a standard pregnancy test before starting new treatment though, right? Like Kar said, not to get hopes up...What are your next steps for the new cycle? 

    I'm in the 2ww so naturally I'm analyzing every twinge. Being neurotic is tiresome and tedious sometimes.

    DH's 30th birthday is coming up and I'd like to do a surprise party or something because it's a milestone. SIL's baby is due a month before, though, and I don't know if it's a good idea because the baby will be so young, SIL will be recovering from the birth, and MIL will likely be helping her out. Very hectic. I don't want to ignore DH's birthday, though. I'm going to talk to SIL and MIL and see what they think.

     
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    Re: February 2013 TTC

    Plan the bash you want to throw for DH and whomever can attend will.  There are always conflicts no matter when a party is such that probably not everyone who really wants to be there can be.  Or, forget about the surprise part (men don't care about surprises, anyway) and talk to DH about celebrating The Big 3 0 this summer sometime.  But, either way, conflicts are a fact of life so plan the party for whenever and let the chips fall where they may.

     
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    Re: February 2013 TTC

    I have had the implantation bleeding vs AF hopes recently as AF keeps arriving early, unfortunately for me it seems my cycle is just trying to prevent any sort of false hope by having AF arrive before I can talk myself into being PG and taking a test!

    I have been lurking but don't have much to contribute.  After a couple of months using OPKs and thinking we "nailed it" timing wise, we have decided to kick those OPKs to the curb and just try without "trying", if that makes sense.

    Wishing everyone good luck for some good news in Feb.

     
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    MG, sorry for that repeated trick!  I wouldn't ditch the opks, though, simply because you haven't gotten pg; it doesn't mean that you didn't nail the timing perfectly.  You probably did because of the strips.  There are MANY factors other than perfect timing that go into getting pregnant so if you ditch the timing tool you might be reducing your chances.  And, given that your cycle is varying in length your ovulation times are random, as well, so the opks are your best chance of getting the timing right, pretty much the only part of the process that is in your direct control.

    that being said, I ditched them when I got tired of peeing into a cup for a week every month.

     
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    Re: February 2013 TTC

    I thought I had implantation bleeding this month, too.  Nope.  It was definitely AF.

     

    I went in this morning for a baseline ultrasound and will start the next round of clomid tonight.  I'm also starting dexamethasone.  Has anyone else been prescribed that?  I'll admit, I didn't take good notes on why she was prescribing it for me - I believe it's related to some of the thyroid issues I have and excess hormones.  So much fun, isn't it?

     

    If anyone's used it, did you have any of the side effects?

     

    Good to luck everyone this month!

     
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    Re: February 2013 TTC

    Sorry to hear about the early AF, MissGirl. Since you get AF so early, could you have a shortened luteal phase? Have you been trying for a couple months total or longer?

    KMMZ, is the dexa..for fertility or more for thyroid (related issues?) Is it a pill or a shot?

    I've been really crampy (all anterior, both sides of pelvis) and bloated lately, it's weird. And I talked to SIL; she's all about throwing the party for DH so that works out. 

     
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    My cycles have been 26-28 days, so 22 is definitely short.  Waiting for my insurance company to approve this round so I can order the medication.  Hopefully they approve early tomorrow.  I am not expecting any issue, it's just an annoying formality to approve each cycle individually.  I would assume they will confirm I am not pregnant before we start the next round of drugs, though I am not sure.  I will definitely have to ask how they ensure that when I go for the u/s on Thurs.  I am not sure if it would be too early to see anything on U/S at that point or not.  

    Sorry KMMZ!  

    WPP, I hope this is your month!  

     

     
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    The doctor said it was to level out my androgen levels. I've had thyroid and PCOS and endometriosis issues pretty much since I was a teenager, but that's a new one for me.  I looked it up and it's a steroid.  I'm taking an incredibly small dose, so it's not too bad, but I'm still not really sure what androgens have to do with anything.

     
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    I have PCOS too and from what I understand, androgens impede estrogen production (that's where the acne, hair growth, and thinning hair comes from). Maybe when those levels balance out you'll have better news :)

     
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    Re: February 2013 TTC

    Hang in there ladies. That's my mantra for right now. I'm trying to wait patiently for next week, which is my next u/s and some genetics blood tests.

    It's been 3 weeks since my last u/s. I had a mini freak out last week (week 9) and really wanted to call the Dr. and have an ultrasound and not wait. I know it's because I had 2 miscarriages at 9 weeks. I wasn't feeling any different than I have been, so I managed to talk myself out of it. It's tough though!

    I will be almost 11 weeks by next week's u/s and blood tests. If everything comes back ok, I'm probably in the clear. It just so hard not knowing, given what I've been through. I wish I could relax, but I know I won't until I get the thumbs up from the Dr. I'm not even looking at the pregnancy boards on here yet. I am so afraid to get my hopes up, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I'll let everyone know how it goes.

     
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    Hib, so happy for you you've gotten this far and praying you sail right on through to having a healthy baby.  10 weeks...you're almost out of the big danger zone.  Best wishes and hugs!!!

     
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    Re: February 2013 TTC

    I was suppose to have another appointment with the RE doctor tomorrow but I just rescheduled it with the storm coming. If I have to work, I'm not going to want to walk over in the middle of a storm and if I stay home, I don't want to cancel the day of. I got my genetic testing back and because my body enjoys being extra special apparently, they were able to isolate the probable cause of my disorder but it's not the most common presentation. I also tested positive as a carrier for another disorder so DH just sent out a saliva sample of his own. If we're going to do PGD, we might as well making sure he doesn't have the same recessive disorder. We're not going for perfection, because that's never a guarantee but if we both test positive for the same thing, we're going to rule that out as well.

     
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    Hib, that's so great that you're doing well and almost out of the high-risk time!

    Northern, even though you present in an uncommon manner, that's good news that they can isolate the cause, right? Hopefully your DH isn't a carrier for the other issue and you don't need to worry about that. It sounds like you're doing everything you can to make sure you have a healthy baby. 

    I really hope this storm clears up tomorrow; we're supposed to go to NH for FIL's birthday. I read on BDC that the T "hopes to resume service by Monday," which sounded pretty crazy. Glad I did grocery shopping earlier this week!

     
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    Re: February 2013 TTC

    Hibernian - good luck with the wait, I know how hard it can be. After 3 losses I am now at almost 26 weeks, and it took until around 22 weeks when I was consistently feeling baby movements before I could stop the constant cycle of "I'll stop worrying so much after I pass X milestone". Hopefuly we will see you soon on the pregnancy boards. And good luck to everyone else. 

     
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    Hib - I so hope everything goes well for you!

     

    My husband and I switched insurance companies on January 1st.  I didn't realize Harvard Pilgrim had stricter standards than our previous one (which didn't have great coverage for fertility treatments and DH's new insurance provider from his company didn't provide any fertility coverage AT ALL, so we switched back to my co's plan).  Just as I'm starting the new cycle of meds for IUI, my dr's office called.  The approval from the IUI has been denied due to DH's volume - apparently it's too low for IUI; we have to go directly to IVF.

    Of course this call comes at work.  Of course this call comes as I've already started the clomid and dexamethasone.  They apparently approved the last IUI cycle because it was considered transitional care.  My dr's office is trying to appeal it, but they're pretty sure it's going to be denied.

    Dr said to keep trying through "traditional methods," this month, but I'm so sick to my stomach all the time.  I've literally made myself physically ill over it - upset stomach, migraines, and I'm constantly irritated.  I know that health insurance companies are a business, but it always feel so callous and so personal when they tell you no.  So I have a call into my dr's office today to find out if I still need to come in for blood and u/s this week since the IUI's office.  Then I have to schedule another meeting with the dr for a pre IVF consult.

    I am extremely grateful to have insurance.  Extremely.  Between DH's ongoing health issues, my own specialists that I see and DS's frequent ENT visits to keep his hearing monitored, we would be broke without it.  But sometimes, it's a huge PIA.

     
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    Re: February 2013 TTC

    KMMZ I am really sorry. That is extremely frustrating. :(

     
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    Re: February 2013 TTC

    Sorry KMMZ.  I hear what you are saying.  I posted something last week about being frustrated with my insurance.  And I need to remember that its great that the product exists.  However, when you are in the heat of treatments and have your mind set on a plan... what a major blow to get denied.  Chin up and just keep believing that you will have a second child.  Power of positive thought... sounds corney but I do believe it really works (in addition to all that other stuff too :-)

     
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    KMMZ, sorry to hear that. I'm also concerned for your making yourself ill with stress over it.  I understand that's somewhat out of your control, but it somewhat is.  Cortisol will work against your conceiving.  I strongly suggest getting counseling through this process starting right now to help you learn and employ relaxation and destressing techniques to immediately reduce your stress hormones - they work completely in opposition to your reproductive system.  I learned yesterday that vitamin C (and antioxidants in general) reduce cortisol.  Of course, this is an inherantly stressful situation and you are entitled to feel how you feel, but physically speaking, it's imperative that you do whatever you can to take control of how this is affecting you.  

    ETA, yes, like IPW said, positive thought is within your power - and, it will help you acheive the ultimate goal.  Temporary therapy (6 - 8 weeks) can make a big difference in your ability to do this imo.

     
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    Re: February 2013 TTC

    You guys! BFP!! Holy crap! I've been feeling really weird for the past week--exhausted and going to bed by 8 pm, constant lower abdominal cramps, sensitive boobs--and I was getting really mad about it because I thought I was inventing psychosomatic symptoms. AF is supposed to come on Thurs (go in for blood test that day) but of course I've been testing anyway. The FRER I got today had two lines, the second one not as dark as the control, but you can definitely still see it!!!

    I just read up the thread and KMMZ, I'm so sorry about the crap your insurance company is pulling...MA is supposed to be a better state for all of this. If you don't mind saying, which insurance company do you have? Hopefully the upswing of this is that IVF will have better chances and you'll go through fewer cycles before getting your BFP. 

    Also, like Kar said about therapy--I just started going and it's been helping. I'm going to keep going, especially while I panic about this one sticking...a lot of insurances cover a certain number of visits per year and they keep these records separate from your medical records. 

     
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    Re: February 2013 TTC

    WPP--hooray!!  Congratulations on your BFP!  I hope you have a great 9 months ahead! Remember it's not about how dark the line is...  My BFP this time was a total squinter.  I took photos of it and showed them to DH to try to convince myself I wasn't hallucinating it.  (That's what I get for testing 11DPO, haha.)

    KMZ--I'm sorry you are dealing with insurance frustration.  It definitely adds sting to be stressing about finances and medical care at the same time.  Ugh.  I hope they cover your IUI cycle and whatever you need.  

     
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    Re: February 2013 TTC

    Congrats WPP! Happy early Valentine's present! I'm so glad the Femara worked for you!

    KMZ - Your insurance cancelling at the last minute is awful! I would be devestated too. If there is a bright side, they are covering your IVF, right? So the worst that can happen is you lose one month? The doctor is fighting for you and you've done all you can with the meds you're on.   You've nailed everything you can control. It just sucks that there's so much out there that you can't control. Hope you start feeling better about it. 

     
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    WPP! So happy for you! We'll sorta celebrate this next week.

    I got my report back from my visit with the genetics doctor. This isn't the results of my test, just the overall evaluation of my visit with my health history. It's kind of funny to read a report on yourself written in the third person.

     
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    Congrats and sticky thoughts, WPP!!!!!!

    and, thanks for the thumbs up for therapy.  it really shouldn't affect anything negatively at all - I got my Top Secret clearance AFTER being treated with drugs and therapy for major depression.

     
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