Trouble TTC

New to TTTC intro and question

Ive been lurking a while and DH and I have been TTC for 14 months with no luck. Ive been charting, OPKing, cervix checking, I feel like ive done it all! lol! We went to a RE last tuesday and got some "good" news. He said Im young and there is a high change I can still get PG. I am going to be scheduled for a HSG baseline test to see if im blocked and what kinda shape im in. He told me unless I really LOVE charting I didnt need to anymore. Has anyone been told that before? I was thinking it might be because I would be monitored closely, but i still feel like I should so I can SEE whats happening. Second, what should I expect from the HSG test? 

Thank you in advance ladies for any input you can give me!

Re: New to TTTC intro and question

  • Welcome! The ladies here are full of support and knowledge!

    I haven't been to the RE yet (in just over a week; trying for 18 months), but I know a lot of ladies stop charting once testing/treatments begin. Personally, I plan to continue for at least the first month to get me through the testing. I think it will be helpful to still know exactly where I am for tests such as the 7DPO progestrone check.

    I would scroll through the board a bit for different HSG experiences. Mine was rather painful. I still can hardly bare to think about it. A lot of doctors and the ladies here suggest taking something about an hour beforehand and lot of ladies have had their DHs go with them for the moral support and just because. You can google the exacts of what they do, but you should be able to see for yourself on the screen what's going on and they will tell you right then if your tubes are good. You may or may not have spotting, bleeding, and/or cramping for the rest of the day and up to a few days after.

    Good luck!

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    TTC #1 since Sept. 2009 - DX unexplained IF March 2011 - "Surprise" BFP March 2012
    DS born via c-section 11/17/12
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  • Hi Eboom! I recognize you from TTGP. Sorry you have to be here but I'm glad you and your DH are taking steps forward! My RE told me something similar in regards to charting. She said if I like it to keep it up but if not, then there's no need since I'll be monitored closely. With my hsg, I had a quick recovery with only slight cramping/spotting for two days. 

    Good luck! 

    Little Slick
    Born 6.26.10
    Forever a Family 11.26.12
  • I'm sorry that you belong over here, but welcome and I hope that your stay is short and sweet.

    As far as charting goes, I think you can stop if you are being monitored, but you don't have to.  If you are doing treatment, you may notice a difference in your temps as the result of medications so you can't compare unmedicated cycles to medicated ones, but if it gives you piece of mind to chart, go for it.  I continued to chart on oral meds since I was only getting a couple of u/s per month on those, but once I switched to injects, I stopped temping.

    As far as the HSG goes, it is really variable. Some women report a lot of pain, some say that it was virtually painless. Either way, it's quick and you will get a lot of useful information, so it's worth it. I would recommend taking 2 or 3 ibuprofen at least 30 minutes before the test and bring a maxi pad because you might leak the dye for awhile after.

    Good luck!

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  • Welcome! I also recognize you from ttgp.  Charting is definitely not necessary once you start the monitoring with an RE, but I still do it cause I have issues letting go.  As far as the HSG goes, some women say it is miserable but I personally didn't think it was any worse than a pap.  I had no cramping despite them having to push through a blockage.  Definitely take some ibuprofin about an hour before and bring a pad.

    TTC since 2010

    lots of IUIs and 1 IVF all BFNs

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  • I just wanted to say welcome and I'm sorry you had to make the move over here. I was told the exact same thing by my RE about charting. My HSG was pretty uneventful, just slightly uncomfortable, but it really varies from person to person. I recommend taking some motrin before the test. Good Luck!
    DX w/ PCOS 10/2002
    Started TTC Oct 2009
    SA Results=2% morph
    11/2010 Miscarriage
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    Sep 2011- Follistim+B2B IUI+progesterone=BFP!!!!
    Beta #1, 9/28=40 Beta #2=32 Beta#3=4=C/P
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  • I continue to temp/chart even though we are seeing an RE.

    My HSG was quick and pretty painless. I had some cramping for about 15 seconds when they released the dye. I took an Advil before the procedure. And I would take a liner b/c you'll have dye leak out. You don't need the huge pad they give you.

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  • Welcome. I had my HSG about a week ago. It was very painful for me, I was not prepared for it. Like the first poster, I still can't bear to think about it. However, it was very quick. I took 3 Advil 1 hour before and it did not help. Good luck.
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  • Welcome!  I actually never have charted.  My RE asked if I did and when I said no, he replied that it wouldn't be needed since I would be getting monitored so close while on Clomid.  My HSG went well.  I had no pain, maybe a little cramping later that night. Good luck@
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  • thank you ladies! i really appreciate you guys taking the time to answer my questions! This whole process is really crazy and stressful, so I hope this forum will help me connect with ladies going thru the same things! thanks again!
  • Welcome and good luck!

    My RE said to throw away the OPK's and to stop charting- but I can't... I finally got in the habit of charting, and I really want to see a shift and a +OPK!

    I haven't had the HSG yet.


    TTC since 5/2010

    Diagnosed PCOS 8/2010

    Cycle 1-3 Clomid= No O

    Cycle 4 Clomid (200mg AND 250mg) 3/2/2011- BFN

    2.5mg, 5mg, AND 7.5mg Femara 5/22/2011- BFN

    Femara + Menopur + IUI 7/1/2011= BFP!!!

    Beta 1, 12dpiui=49, Beta 2, 15dpiui=153!!!

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  • welcome!  i wrote about my hsg experience in my blog (link in my siggy).  i hope your stay here is short & sweet!
  • Welcome! My HSG is Tues so I don't know how it feels yet. Actually glad I read this post b/c I didn't even think about bringing a pad. Thanks ladies!

    Honestly, its like everyone else said, it really just depends on the person...I imagine a little bit of cramping will occur...and I was told to take Advil an hour before (also taking doxycycline to prevent infection).


    ETA: oh they also told me to have a semi full bladder as it will help in the ease of the procedure.

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    **TTC since 04/09, C/P 02/02/10; 4 weeks, 3 days**
    **Dx: Anovulation, Hypothryroidism, Mild Endo, Pituitary Adenoma (prolactin issues), PAI-1, MFI **

    **7/10: Clomid + TI= BFN**
    **3/2/11: 1st RE appointment**
    **DH= Morph= 2%, Motility= 30%**
    **HSG= All clear!!**
    **3/11: Femara + Pregnyl + TI= BFN**
    **5/17/11: Laparoscopy / hysteroscopy = mild endo**
    **7/11: Novarel + IUI #1= BFN (7mil, 75% motility, 2% morph)**
    **8/11: Femara + Novarel + IUI #2= BFN (11mil, 35% motility, 1% morph)**
    **11/11: Femara + Novarel + IUI #3= BFN (9mil, 2% morph)**
    **Jan 2012: Follistim (75ius) + IUI #4= CANCELLED due to cyst -put on bcp**
    **Feb 2012: Follistim (75ius) + Novarel + IUI #4.2= BFFN (2.5mil, 13% motility, 1% morph)**
    **Mar 2012: Follistim (100ius) + IUI #5= CANCELLED due to 35mm & 14mm cysts**
    **On med break indefinitely...IF Sucks!**

    **Jan 2013: Follistim (100ius) + IUI #5.2= CANCELLED due to high prolactin level, MRI scheduled, pituitary adenoma found, put on Dostinex**
    **Mar 2013: Follistim (100ius) + IUI #5.3= CANCELLED due to uterine polyp, surgery scheduled for polypectomy and D&C**
    **03/22/13: Hysteroscopy, polypectomy and D&C**
    **May 2013: Finally got to start a cycle!!! Follistim (100ius) + IUI #5.4 = BFFN (6mil, 74% motility, 2% morph)** 

    **Jun 2013: Decide to start IVF**
    IVF w/ICSI #1 (Long Lupron Protocol)
    06/26/13: Start BCPs
    07/02/13: HSG #2= all clear
    07/15/13: Start Lupron 10 ius
    07/25/13: Suppression check
    07/28/13: Start stims (225IUs Follistim + 75IUs Menopur) drop to 5 IUs Lupron
    08/01/13: Monitoring: 12 follicles all about 10mm, E2- 313
    08/04/13: Monitoring: 18 follicles (15mm, 13mm, a few 11mm, rest 10mm or below) E2- 1,505
    Start Augmentin- antibiotic prep
    08/06/13: Monitoring: 13 follicles (18mm, 17mm, rest b/w 15mm-16mm!) Ready to trigger!! E2- 2,248
    08/08/13: ER-- 14R, 13M, 10F 
    08/11/13: One fertilized late, we now have 11 embryos!
    08/13/13: 5dt-- 2 blasts (Sheldon and Penny) 3AA and 3BB, none to freeze
    8/23/13: BFFN... Sheldon and Penny didn't stick**

    **8/29/13: Follow up... bad fragmentation issues. Changing protocol to Antagonist for round #2 coming soon! Also started on 81mg Aspirin after getting blood panel done and found out I have PAI-1**

    **Oct 2013: After large cysts, finally starting IVF #2**
    IVF w/ICSI #2 (Antagonist Protocol)
    BCPs started back in Sept due to cysts
    10/27/13: Start stims (225 IUs Gonal-F + 75 IUs Menopur)
    11/03/13 - 11/05/13: Add Ganirelix to the mix
    11/06/13: 3 follicles at 18mm-- Ready to trigger!
    11/08/13: ER-- 17R, 13M, 8F
    11/13/13: 5dt-- 2 blasts (Luke and Leia) 5AB and 4AB, 1 frostie
    11/20/13- 11/23/13: light positives on FRERs and Wondofos
    11/22/13: BFN per RE office (under HCG of 10)
    11/27/13: CP ::sigh::

    *12/03/13: Follow up...great response and quality this time, was given 50% chance of it working, just didn't stick. Great plan for 2014! 

    **Jan 2014: Last IVF of our SRP**
    IVF w/ICSI, freeze all, then FET
    12/27/13: Start BCPs
    01/19/14: Stims (375 IUs Gonal-F + 75 IUs Menopur)

    Congratulations Cutebride!! --TWINS!! Congratulations, Luvie, on your sweet boy! Congrats, Jess! So happy for you ladies! <3 <3  
    ~~Also best of luck to Kati, illinigal, and youngin!~~


  • Welcome to the board. Best of luck to you.

    After TTC w/ PCOS for 17 mo.s, we finally got our BFP!
    First u/s 5/19/11 showed: ♥Twins!♥ Second u/s 8/12/11 showed: Girls!
    12/20/11 & 12/21/11: 2 Little Girls, 2 Birthdays, and 2 Very Different Personalities!


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  • Welcome.

    Yes, my RE told me that once I have confirmed that I do ovulate regularly, I don't have to chart anymore.  So, now I start temping on CD12 and then stop when I get cross hairs.

    Your RE is doing more tests than just the HSG right?  You should get CD3 blood tests, 7dpo blood tests and your husband should get a semen analysis.

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -Philo

    Baby N conceived after 1 miscarriage and more than 2 years of TTC. Diagnosis was low sperm count. We found success after 3 months of anastrozole to increase DH's testosterone and one IUI.
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