May 2012 TTC

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from cicirose. Show cicirose's posts

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    WPP - I totally understand your reluctance. This was the cream that I was going to try. It says it is made from wild yams.
    Chiclet - If the clomid works, could you go to the doctor to test your progesterone as soon as you get a bfp? I'm hoping the cream works for you!
     
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    Cici - That's the plan. If I get pregnant, it's considered high risk for the first trimester until my progesterone evens out. I think I'll be pretty closely monitored.
     
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    Oh, I know you're not hounding, Kar, no worries. I didn't realize that Plan B and the cream do the same thing, so that's good information. This is more of my own internal struggle. :) Just trying to decide what I'm comfortable with. I might wait to see how the new PCP is and then go from there. 

    Chiclet, is this round two of clomid? Do they expect your progesterone to even out on its own or would you take supplements for the duration of the pregnancy?

    Also, and this is a little OT, but how do you guys make healthy meals? I know the whole "buy produce, eat plants, avoid the center of the grocery store" philosophy, but I'm just not good at transforming those ideas into actual meals. It seems like everything has weird additives and even when I think I'm eating healthy (chickpeas! But no, they're in a can!) I'm really not.
     
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    Email me at kargiverbdc @ gmail and I'll talk to you about healthy meals.  My husband has a condition where if he eats processed food he gets arthritis type pain and inflamation, and I'm a SAHW who cooks all our whole food from scatch including brownies made with whole spelt and date sugar that are tasty, moist, chewy, and chocolately enough to "trick" anyone into thinking they are terrible for you, lol.

    ETA:  And, there's nothing wrong with canned beans if you buy the BPA-free cans like those from Eden and if they are (essentially) sodium free.
     
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    Hey how is everyone doing? I've got 4 days left in the TWW, but I just don't feel optimistic. I sat next to a pregnant lady on the train this AM and I feel like I am seeing pregnant gals everywhere nowadays.  I know it's a factor of no winter coats and all...but... :(

    Hope everyone is doing well.
     
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    So it looks like I’m taking some next steps sooner than expected.  I had a regular exam with obgyn yesterday and mentioned something about DH she thought was high risk enough to warrant a few tests.  She said she wouldn’t be surprised if we still got pregnant the old fashioned way, not to worry, and to obviously keep trying, but is getting us started on SA test, bloodwork, etc next cycle.  I’m actually excited that there’s something we can do now other than wait.  In the meantime, expecting my window soon for this month so fingers crossed this is the one for us.

    MissWolf, don’t give up on this cycle until AF shows!  How’s everyone else doing?  These boards have been really quiet this week.
     
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    SS- Good for you! It always feels good to be pro-active. I think if this month is not the month I'm going to head in to see my GYN.  I just kind of want to know what the next steps would be and how to prepare. Next month will be Cycle 9...I know, not crazy, but getting to that one year mark!
     
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    SS - Glad you're able to get some testing done. I hope that's painless!

    MW - Hang in there. Fingers crossed that AF stays away this week!

    AFM, Today is CD 10 and we're gearing up for Sex Week - lol! I haven't really been bothered too much by the Clomid this month. A few sad/anxious days, some cramps/twinges here and there, but nothing like last month. I'm probably borrowing trouble, but it makes me a little worried that it's not going to work this month and that I won't ovulate. Last month, I could literally feel my ovaries with my fingers, but not this month. I'm hoping that my body is just used to the kickstart from last month and is operating more smoothly this time around, but who knows...
     
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    Hi all. Glad to hear everyone is keeping at it, so to speak. My OB has been encouraging but that's about it. As you know, I've been nervous about giving the pregnancy thing another shot,

    I went to my PCP today and asked for her thoughts. She went through all my records. She said that there's missing info from the tests they did during my D&C, there's no details. She said we're missing really important info on what happened during my m/c. So she's trying to hunt that down. She said there are lots of options that can be explored for someone like me, who can get pregnant but can't maintain it for some reason. She is helping me get into the Brigham & Women's fertility center to see the same specialist she went to after having a m/c while trying for her second child. She's also going to coordinate all my medical info and get it over to them.

    I'm a little pissed at my OB about the missing test info. I obviously didn't know about it, but I feel like she should have and followed up on it. And the only thing she said about specialists was that there's nothing that anyone could do for me, since I can get pregnant on my own and don't need fertility treatments, per se.

    I appreciate that my PCP shared her personal experience, it's maybe even more valuable for me than her professional experience. I really like my OB, but now I'm afraid she's out of touch. I feel hopeful though. I already called the specialist, and I have a phone appointment with their new patient administrator tomorrow so we can set something up. I probably won't get in there until July, but at least it's something.
     
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    Hiber, I cannot blame for feeling the way you.  I would feel the same way if I were in your shoes.  Fertility doctors are there to treat all kinds of fertility issues even multiple mc.  I hope you get the answers and help you need soon so that you can move forward.
    Chiclet,  I had strong symptoms the first cycle of clomid and then they got less with each other cycle.  Good luck.
    WPP,  It wouldn’t hurt to try the glycemic diet if you want too.  It may help shorten your cycle.  It worked for one of my cousins who also had PCOS. The RE tested my sugar level earlier on and it was in the normal range.  DH and I still opted to do metformin, which used to regulate the sugar levels for type 2 diabetes for 6 months.  It brought my cycles from 70+ days down to 32 days. 
    Miss and SS,  I hope AF stays away for good (or at least 9 months).  If not, I wish you the best of luck moving forward with testing.
     
  11. You have chosen to ignore posts from siena09. Show siena09's posts

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    ...ok, I'm coming out of lurkdom to reply to Hibernian--I can't keep myself from checking on you guys I guess.  I'm still rooting for you ladies even if I'm not posting...

    Hibernian--I'm glad you are getting a referral for further workup after your repeated m/c.  I have a bunch of thoughts on this topic, so this may get a little bit rambling, but hope there is something useful here for you.

    -As far as working up repeated miscarriage, some docs will pursue testing after 2 consecutive losses, and some only after 3, so that might have something to do with why your OB did not recommend a further workup.  The thing is that the great majority of women who have 1 m/c are in the "normal risk" category for future m/c and there are no known medical interventions that will help prevent a second m/c for these women.  With every additional m/c a woman has, the more likely it is that there is some underlying problem that is contributing to make her at higher risk for m/c.  In my OB's practice, they offer testing after 2 losses, but may not strongly recommend it until 3.

    -For post D&C testing, the most common test would be a karyotype of the fetal tissue to see if a genetic abnormality may have caused the m/c.  I asked if I should pursue a D&C for my 2nd m/c in order to have this testing done, and my doctor pointed out if they DO find an abnormality (which is the most likely scenario, since that is the cause of most m/c's), then they won't really know if it was a "random" occurrence or a sign of an underlying problem w/me or my DH. They would have to do a karyotype on both of us to understand what the risk is of recurrence of this problem.  So he didn't see a great benefit to testing the fetus, and said we could just move directly to testing us if we wanted this information.  Maybe that is a little reassuring to you, if that is the test you are thinking of?  

    -As far as what they typically test for after repeated m/c, the most common three groups of tests are:
    1. Blood clotting tests (on the mother): there are several of these, and if they come back abnormal, blood thinners may help.
    2. Chromosomal analysis of both parents: there are some chromosomal abnormalities (e.g. balanced translocations) that can leave the parent completely healthy & normal, but make it less likely that embryos will have a full, normal set of chromosomes.  In this case, the parents can keep trying and hope to eventually conceive with healthy chromosomes, or they can sometimes pursue IVF w/pre-implantation genetic screening.
    3. Imaging of uterus: might come up with an abnormality (e.g. uterine septum) that contributes to m/c's and can be surgically treated.
    4. Other tests depend on the patient history but might include testing for thyroid disease or diabetes or hormone levels at different points in the cycle.

    -often (my doctors said at least half the time) these tests don't come up with anything treatable for patients with recurrent m/c.  And some of the interventions that are done when the tests do come back positive don't have very good data behind them.  So that contributes to the hesitation some docs have to order these tests.

    ...Okay, I hope that helps a bit.  My DH and I are getting some of this testing done in 2 weeks to see if we can learn anything helpful, although we know it is very unlikely to turn up anything.  In my case, my 2nd pg was eventually diagnosed as ectopic.  As it turns out, none of these tests really deal with ectopic pg risks, so they are probably less relevant to me, since I've only had one true miscarriage. But OB offered to let me pursue this workup if I wanted to just to help reduce the set of things we have to worry about the next time.

    This article is a little technical, but I found it really helpful.  It's a "clinical practice" overview from the New England Journal of Medicine:

    I totally get your nervousness and stress.  This repeated pregnancy loss thing is SO NOT FUN.  I hate it.  I'm sorry that you are going through it.  If you ever want to chat off-messageboard let me know. Good luck with everything!
     
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    tomarra - what is your status???  are you PG???  i think so?

    hib - i went to the BWH fertility center and it was good.  also, i don't remember your history (eek, sorry), but a good friend of mine suffered from multiple m/cs and then had IVF, twins, and then a third w/o any medical assistance.  so, there are still treatment options/things to be done even if you CAN get PG w/o fertility treatments.  GL.
     
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    Thanks, Kar, I'll email you prob next week! MissWolff, sorry this month doesn't look promising. :( its so hard to see the evidence of other ladies' happy news on the T and whatnot and just be...waiting. :( SS, that's great that they're being proactive for you! Chiclet, enjoy Sex Week, lol. It'll be fun no matter what. Hib, I'm pissed at your OB on your behalf. How can they miss important info like that? Not okay. I hope your new doc can round it up for you. I'd prob start looking for a new OB, but I've been in Rage Against Doctors mode lately. Tomarra, thanks for the glycemic index support. I swear I'm not a stupid person, but I find it really confusing. I need to sit down with it and maybe expend more effort. How have you been?
     
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    Any time, WPP - I'll work with you.  My DH has lost 30 lbs in 3 1/2 years since we got married, and he enjoys his meals and snacks.  He's only 10 lbs from his ultimate goal, and before he met me he was gaining about 3 - 5 lbs a year thinking he was "eating healthy."
     
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    This is just unreal. My Last FSH test was 21, and DH has low to not good SA with an RE telling us we need IVF with ICSI for any chance to conceive. But, I'm sitting here staring at a BFP. I could not be more bummed That I only had one test in the house as I'm thinking it must not be real. But, two pink lines on a frer. It's the end of CD28, and my last 4 cycles were 26 or 27. And after 3 days of ridiculous period cramps, I said "just take it, it's going to be negative and we'll just move on". Yikes. Well at least it sorta explains my skin looking like I'm just hitting puberty this month. So 10 months of TTC and a secondary infertility diagnosis from an RE, and my only guess is that we literally stopped trying. I wrote down CD1 in my calendar, but other than that, nothing. Well, and some fun BDing! Shock, pure shock... Now of course all I'm thinking about is my old/bad eggs not sticking. I wonder if high FSH has anything to do with mc?
     
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    Congrats!!  I don't feel silly for offering the hope based on the fact that you got pg before so why not, now?!

    High FSH, unfortunately is a risk factor for a higher rate of m/c because the quality of the eggs could be genetically less than stellar.  However, just like with the BFP itself, you didn't know this fact the first time around and you have a gorgeous, healthy LO so try not to stress any more than you would when ignorance was bliss. :)
     
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    AHH IPW! Congratulations! I'm so excited for you!
     
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    IPW - you made my night and thank you for your well wishes for tomorrow.  I am unaware of a link between FSH and miscarriage and remember the elevated FSH is more a marker of response to IVF than odds of natural pregnancy.  I wish you the best and super sticky thoughts! 
     
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    Congrats, IPW.  One of my good friends had IVF to get pg [she ran through quite the gauntlet] w/ twins. She had been told IVF was the only way she'd conceive b/c of similar issues w/ her DH and herself.  Then, she spontaneously got pg by 'accident' much like you did when the boys were 3ish and had a healthy baby.  Good luck and try not to worry.
     
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    IPW, congrats...goes to show miracles happen all the time.  Sending you sticky vibes!
     
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    Holy cow IPW!!!! Fantastic.  I am so happy for you!
     
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    Oh my goodness, IPW!!! Sending sticky thoughts your way!!!
     
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    I just called the RE I was working with.  They are thrilled, and offered to monitor me for the first month if I want.  I asked about the high FSH and mc, and she said it can be a bit of a higher risk.  So she said they'll treat me just like a full patient.  I'll do two blood draws, Thurs and Sat, to check for betas doubling and then they will do two ultrasound appointments I think around 6 and 8 weeks.  And then pray to whomever made this happen, be able to "release" me to my OB. While I'm incredibly nervous, I'm so thankful that they want to still see me as a patient as I just really, really loved this doctor.
    Thanks everyone... I'm still in total shock. 
     
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    Congratulations, IPW!  Sending you lots of sticky thoughts.  Hope your blood draws go well and those numbers are on the rise!
     
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    Holy Moly!  Congrats IPW.  We'll all be thinking good thoughts for you!  How exciting!
     

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