Trying to Get Pregnant

TTA/Benched Check-In Week of 7/31

*please notice*

This thread is for those who have started TTC but are now TTA or Benched. (There is also a TTCAL "sister" thread.)

***General TW that this thread can and will mention MC and loss.***

This is a place for those of us who have already started TTC, but have hit a roadblock and are delaying for whatever reason. You can express your thoughts, feelings, and frustrations on not TTC and connect with others who are in the same boat. TTC can be a long journey, and having to wait makes it feel even longer -- even if it is for a good reason. I invite you to resurrect this thread at any point in the week if you have something to say. Treat this like an ongoing conversation.

Benched = involuntarily not NTNP/TTC and "out of the game," usually due to medical reasons
TTA = avoiding pregnancy by using protection or FAM, usually for non-health-related reasons __________________________________________________________________

Are you benched or TTA? 

What brings you here? 

How long do you think you'll be here? 

How have things been going?

Any R/R/CS/Q? 

GTKY: What's your go-to dish to cook when you are having guests over?
Me: 34 DH: 27
TTC since June 2016

Azoospermia diagnosis (zero count) Dec 2016

AZFc chromosome microdeletion discovery March 2017
Unsuccessful TESE for DH in August 2017
October IVF scheduled with donor sperm
~*~*~Nevertheless, she persisted~*~*~

Re: TTA/Benched Check-In Week of 7/31

  • @rachelg777 I hope all goes well with the process of switching over to a new doctor and finding a great job. You might want to ask your question about the LH surges on the TTCAL board as well, since you might have more eyes on your question there.
    Me: 34 DH: 27
    TTC since June 2016

    Azoospermia diagnosis (zero count) Dec 2016

    AZFc chromosome microdeletion discovery March 2017
    Unsuccessful TESE for DH in August 2017
    October IVF scheduled with donor sperm
    ~*~*~Nevertheless, she persisted~*~*~
    izza2BusinessWife
  • @AlohaKumu Thank you, I will do that.

    falling down GIF

    Me: 28  DH: 28
    BFP #1: April 22, 2017 - MMC June 16, 2017 
    BFP #2: August 21, 2017 - hoping for our rainbow!


    izza2BusinessWife
  • @hezzer78 you deserve time to whine and recover! Also, I hope you poop soon!  :D I'm glad they found and removed the polyps- saves you a different surgery right? woop! 

    falling down GIF

    Me: 28  DH: 28
    BFP #1: April 22, 2017 - MMC June 16, 2017 
    BFP #2: August 21, 2017 - hoping for our rainbow!


    BusinessWifehezzer78
  • @BusinessWife You can check in with us but you can't come back to the bench! :P I'm so happy your ER is this month! I'm sorry about the polyp, but hopefully it's just a small bump in the road with no lasting issues.

    falling down GIF

    Me: 28  DH: 28
    BFP #1: April 22, 2017 - MMC June 16, 2017 
    BFP #2: August 21, 2017 - hoping for our rainbow!


    BusinessWifehezzer78kbamomma33
  • suzycupcakesuzycupcake member
    25 Love Its 10 Comments Name Dropper Photogenic
    edited August 2
    Are you benched or TTA? Benched. Complete pelvic rest was what Mrs. RE ordered due to 4 cysts. My body was sensitive to all they gave me. I told them I'm a 10 percenter but they didn't believe me. 

    What brings you here? I don't know. I enjoy snark I guess and I like places where I don't have to feel anything other than pissed that my body won't work properly. 

    How long do you think you'll be here? Who knows. 

    How have things been going? Well I have MS, trying to have a baby, and I'm taking care of my Dad who has lung cancer (healthcare POA and caregiver; just diagnosed at the end of May). He is in a different state than I live in. The smallest amount of stress possible. 

    Any R/R/CS/Q? Af arrived last night and she has had a lot to say. I keep shouting at her to expel these cysts or else I'll annihilate her with a hysterectomy. 

    GTKY: What's your go-to dish to cook when you are having guests over? Delivery. I'm not doing all that. The heat bothers my MS big time. H just built a deck. We will be getting a grill soon to help with that. Then I'll be a backyard grillin' machine.  
    hezzer78zamora_spin
  • @businesswife I'm so happy for you, sweet friend! <3 So glad to see you're moving on soon.
    @suzycupcake GIRL. Yes! I'm all about that delivery life.  My H loves to cook or we'd be getting takeout (or eating crockpot meals) almost every day.

    suzycupcakeBusinessWife
  • @hezzer78 I'm sorry you had to do a hysteroscopy. I had one a few months ago and it was a horrific sight; contractions and all. I hope you have a good and stiff adult beverage in front of you right now. 
    BusinessWifehezzer78
  • Hey guys! I don't really fit into WTO to TTA, so here I am

    Are you benched or TTA? 
    Benched

    What brings you here? 3 giant cysts from Clomid. Currently on BC to (hopefully) shrink them down

    How long do you think you'll be here? 2-4 weeks

    How have things been going? Eh, just annoyed. Hoping my next cycle I can discuss with my RE switching up meds so maybe I won't develop dumb cysts

    Any R/R/CS/Q? Nope

    GTKY: What's your go-to dish to cook when you are having guests over? I don't know if I have a go to...I always switch it up
    TTC #1 
    Diagnosed Unexplained IF 
    Attempting medicated IUI cycles
    Cricket648BusinessWifesuzycupcakekbamomma33
  • I'm temporarily benched for a non-ttc issue, so I hope it's ok to be here!

    Are you benched or TTA?
    Benched

    What brings you here? Just a few days pre O I developed intensely painful muscle cramps in my neck and shoulders that landed me in the ER. Ibuprofen, narcotics, and muscle relaxants don't mix well with ttc, so here I am.

    How long do you think you'll be here? I think just the rest of this cycle. Hopefully I'll be off the meds soon.

    How have things been going? I was feeling very hopeful about this cycle, so I'm very disappointed to be benched.

    Any R/R/CS/Q? Nope.

    GTKY: What's your go-to dish to cook when you are having guests over? MH and I love to cook! It depends what meal we have guests for. For breakfast/brunch I like to make popovers and MH makes amazing chorizo and potato breakfast burritos. Otherwise, a favorite dinner treat is raclette. It's a little oven that you set up on a table top, and you melt raclette or emmentaler cheese over various toppings and then eat them over potatoes. So tasty!
    September Siggy Challenge

    BusinessWifekbamomma33
  • @kiwi2628 I'm sorry to hear about your cysts! :( I hope they quickly clear up with the BC!
    @darkstar42 Sorry you find yourself here! That cramping doesn't sound very fun, I'm glad you got treated but it sucks it delays TTC. Your cooking has my mouth watering over here!

    falling down GIF

    Me: 28  DH: 28
    BFP #1: April 22, 2017 - MMC June 16, 2017 
    BFP #2: August 21, 2017 - hoping for our rainbow!


    darkstar42BusinessWife
  • @kiwi2628 ;@darkstar42. Hey ladies - so sorry to see you both here.  Fx the time passes quickly and the issues that have you temporarily Benched resolve soon! (((Big hugs)))

    @LeilaK9288. Thank you so much!  It has been such a long haul here, I can hardly believe we could finally be so close!

    @hezzer78. How are you feeling, love?  Resting up and starting to heal I hope? ❤

    @suzycupcake Welcome!!!  Sorry you find yourself here.  Sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now!  Wow.  We dealt with DHs late SF's lung cancer stuff a few years ago... it's so hard watching them struggle.  Make sure you are taking care of YOU through all this. ;)

    @rachelg777. Thank you so much!  I am trying not to be too mad about it.  Ugh.  Just after all we went through to get here so far, a part of me figured the rest might be fairly smooth sailing... but of course I know that might not be the case, and it's such a small hiccup in the grand scheme of things.  Maybe I'm really just being a bit of a baby about it (in my head) lol Stamp stamp! Lol


    @icecubeinthedesert. Ooh!  Wanna send me your spin dip recipe?  I will be happy to carry the torch.  ;) @hezzer78. Didn't you say you have an awesome buffalo chicken dip recipe?
    "Perky Sassy Sugar Socks"

    Me: 33 | DH: 40 ~ Married / NTNP #1: 05.30.2015 ~ TTC #1 November 2015

    5/16 - Began Creighton Method CM Tracking / Napro Fertility Medicine | Progesterone + various abx cycles - all BFNs
    8/16 - SHG: ute good, at least one tube open | Adrenal saliva test: chronic stress cortisol levels -> started adaptogens
    10/16 - azoo dx confirmed. more bw + TRUS to determine differential dx. 3/17 - genetic labs, renal & repeat scrotal u/s.
    No known genetic cause found. Vas tubes appear absent on repeat exam. DH started Clomid in prep for MESA/TESE
    4/17 - Initial RE Consult for me. | DH's F/U bw shows great T response! but also elevated FSH, making the possibility
    of a successful vas reconstruction less likely, IHHO. | Waiting for DH's exploratory/retrieval attempt till after 06/06/17.





    kbamomma33
  • @BusinessWife I'm sorry to hear that your family has been affected by such an awful disease too. It is hard watching them struggle. It's tough not knowing when to jump and be alarmed. The balance of giving quality of life with fun activities and recognizing that the cancer is still there (ie trying to make everything normal when it isn't) is very challenging. Thank you so much for the kind words. It seems like such a duh thing. The reminder is always timely and today, I really needed to read that. 
    BusinessWife
  • @BusinessWife, I'm 99% sure this is the same recipe I use, but I've definitely been making it since 2004, so it must have been reposted on the site: http://www.copykat.com/2009/02/02/olive-garden-hot-artichoke-dip/
    And if you want a copycat recipe for red lobster cheddar bay biscuits, try this one: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/7146/cheddar-bay-biscuits/
    TTGP September 2017 Siggy Challenge:


    Me: 30 | DH: 31
    Met: August 2006
    Married: July 2012
    TTC #1 since June 2016

    ***TW***

    BFP: 7/12/16 | MC: 9/12/16
    BFP: 1/18/17 | MMC: 2/13/17
    MTHFR: homozygous A1298C
    BusinessWife
  • hezzer78hezzer78 member
    500 Love Its 500 Comments First Anniversary Name Dropper
    edited August 4
    @businesswife Thanks! I'm feeling so much better. I'm off pain meds and the bleeding has pretty much stopped. I went for a walk yesterday and I noticed it picked back up with activity, so I laid low the rest of the day. Going to try again and see if it's any better. I still am a bit crampy so I'm taking just regular ibuprofen for that. My doc prescribed me diclegis - which, upon investigation, I realize is anti-nausea medication? I'm not nauseous so I stopped taking it, and my spotting has now completely stopped. Coincidence or related - idk. 

    And my 'awesome buffalo chicken dip' recipe isn't really 'awesome' - or even a 'dip' really lol. It's just really easy buffalo chicken.  I just put chicken breasts (or thighs - they're tastier) in a crockpot with franks red hot and a packet of ranch dressing seasoning (just the spices). Cook on low for about 5 - 6 hours.  Then I shred it and use it in stuff through the week - like sandwiches, wraps, etc. I like to put it in a wrap with some bleu cheese crumbles and veggies. I'm a terrible cook, and I hate cooking - so anything that gets me a lot of food relatively easily, I'm all for :) 
    ETA: Words

    BusinessWifesuzycupcake
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