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IF Treatment and Testing- Week of 10/29

This is a place for those of us who have already started TTC, but have started infertility testing and/or treatments. You can express your thoughts, feelings, and frustrations on infertility. TTC can be a long journey naturally, then add in the difficulties associated with infertility, and it becomes a whole new ball game. The road to infertility can be lonely, frustrating, and complicated, so let's make this a place where we can vent, ask questions, and support one another. Feel free to resurrect this thread at any point in the week if you have something to say. Treat this as an ongoing conversation. 


Diagnosis (if you've been): 

Status (WTO/TWW/TTA):

What are you doing this cycle? (Testing? Treatment?): 

How are things going?: 

Any questions?:

GTKY: What is your favorite Halloween costume that you’ve dressed up as?
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  • @kobrien827 ; I  didn't have any side effects from the pill.  I'm on lots now with the patches and i think my biggest side effect is drowsiness.  Not debilitating, but i'm going to bed around 9:30 and struggling to get up 6:45.  Normally I'm a morning person but it's just so hard to get up.  
    kobrien827
  • Diagnosis (if you've been): 1% morph, unexplained at this point

    Status (WTO/TWW/TTA): TWW

    What are you doing this cycle? (Testing? Treatment?): this is our last cycle of naturally trying before my blood work and planning

    How are things going?: Feeling good. Might be on a work trip next week and debating if I should bring a HPT with me. If it's not meant to be naturally I'm really looking forward to having a plan to make it happen!

    Any questions?: has anyone been put on letrozole even though they ovulate on their own? What benefit does that have? I think the RE might put me on letrozole right away after my blood work has been done but she might have said that at our consultation because I was hoping we could try an IUI next month meaning we would move way faster than normal. I've calmed down a bit since then so if we don't do anything for this next cycle I'm okay with it.

    GTKY: What is your favorite Halloween costume that you’ve dressed up as? For a number of years I dressed up as a bride although when I was that young I considered myself to be a princess, not a bride. The dress was white and there was a veil. I don't really dress up so I don't really have a favorite, but I definitely had that bride costume for a few years.
    TTGP October Siggy Challege - Hocus Pocus, Beeches!


    Me: 30 DH:32

    Together since 2007
    Married 7/2/16

    TTC #1 since 7/2017
    Dx: unexplained but low morph

    IUI #1-3 all BFN

    IVF #1 - 6/11/19
    24R, 17M, 15F, 6B, PGT-A tested - 5 normal, 3 girls & 2 boys

    FET #1 - 9/10/19
    Best male not viable after thaw, used boy #2 (both graded 5BB)
    Beta 9/20/19....BFN
    "I know you, but we've never met. I'm with you, but I don't know your name"

    FET #2 - Tentatively January 2020 after loss, ERA, and Receptiva testing 


    whatsbumpinpumpkincelticknotfireelle-0409
  • @Swiftlet hello! I was a mixture of emotions myself after my 1st RE appt 2 weeks ago. We went home with a folder of some informational articles and after reading them I felt really good. I learned some things and have become more accepting of our situation. Everyone we spoke with during our appointment was really nice so I feel like we are in good hands and I hope you will be too!
    TTGP October Siggy Challege - Hocus Pocus, Beeches!


    Me: 30 DH:32

    Together since 2007
    Married 7/2/16

    TTC #1 since 7/2017
    Dx: unexplained but low morph

    IUI #1-3 all BFN

    IVF #1 - 6/11/19
    24R, 17M, 15F, 6B, PGT-A tested - 5 normal, 3 girls & 2 boys

    FET #1 - 9/10/19
    Best male not viable after thaw, used boy #2 (both graded 5BB)
    Beta 9/20/19....BFN
    "I know you, but we've never met. I'm with you, but I don't know your name"

    FET #2 - Tentatively January 2020 after loss, ERA, and Receptiva testing 


    crookshanks10
  • @inthewoods23 thanks! I’m glad you left your appointment feeling more informed about things. I always feel better when I have a better understanding of things and a plan in place. Step by step!
  • @Avrilmai any and all advice is much appreciated, thank you! :)
  • Diagnosis (if you've been): Lupus with anticoagulant anti-bodies

    Status (WTO/TWW/TTA): WTO

    What are you doing this cycle? (Testing? Treatment?):  Temping and Charting, waiting on Nov 14th for my appointment with my specialists. 

    How are things going?: Really struggling actually. 
    TW in the spoiler - Really. Don't open this if you are in a bad way - TW on my TW
    - Other people's babies, pregnancies, people asking snoopy questions, previous child mentioned. 
    This weekend was especially hard. I saw a bunch of my "mom" friends - people who have children the same age as my son- and they are all having new babies. One had just given birth, another is due in December, another was talking excitedly about trying again - for her fourth. Then they turned to me "When are YOU having another!" - all the pokey "he needs a sibling! you need a little girl to spoil!" questions. 
    Super awkward to be fighting back tears trying to explain the complexity of lupus on fertility in the middle of a little kids halloween party. 
    My closest friends either already know what is going on, and / or are in different stages of life so it (thankfully) is not something I run into super often. I just feel awful I am avoiding my son's friends because their mom's and siblings are hurting my heart right now. 
    It just put me in a bit of a tough head space, when I was still reeling a little bit from the second positive, so positive confirmation last week. I guess I hadn't realized how much hope I had invested in getting a negative on the antibodies back. Not only for TTC, but it also means I can't take birth control ever again, so it has some long term fertility implications as well, which I am still coping with to some degree. I wasn't really ready to air it in a public forum, and hadn't really figured out how to explain why I started nearly crying either. 


    Any questions?: 

    GTKY: What is your favorite Halloween costume that you’ve dressed up as? My first name is Allison, so I was Allison in Wonderland one year! 







  • @beachbunnyxo123  That's exciting!! Good luck this week!

    @kobrien827 No experience with that, so just solidarity on the crazy med side effects! I hope they don't impact you too much

    @blackhottamales  Good luck tomorrow! I swear I am nervous for you, so I can only imagine how you feel! Eek, so exciting!

    @nomangos23 Sometimes you don't need one reason to be struggling - it can be all the reasons. Sending love and strength your way. 

    @crookshanks10 That costume is amazing. My husband's nickname at work is Sheldon because he kinda is. He is an engineer, and super awkward and shy. He's gotten better since we've been married, but some days ... whoa. 

    @Avrilmai Don't knock "easy" costumes. I had grand aspirations of making costumes this year. Nope. I didn't even buy them in a store. I ordered them online. And, actually my husband is a reindeer because christmas "costumes" were cheaper. 

    @Swiftlet I am sorry you are here, but glad you found us! I have been here about a month? now I think. These women are a wealth of support and knowledge. I second what was said about writing things down, bringing someone with you, and I think prior to an appointment is the one time I do google - and I write down a list of questions. I have been through a LOT of specialists getting to my diagnosis, and the first appointment is as much and interview for them as anything else. If you leave feeling like they are willing to work with you when you have questions, ideas about your treatment, etc - that will likely (hopefully) be what you are experiencing as you continue. If they take the "I am the doctor, I am seeeew busy, just trust me, you are in good hands" approach... in my experience - get another opinion, and better to find that out after appointment one or two than ten and not getting anywhere, 

    @inthewoods23 I feel like if you don't bring a test, you might drive yourself crazy symptom spotting, and that is not fun. If you don't - would you be able to get one while you are there, or is it one of those trips where you fly into a hotel for a conference and don't have a car? Because if it's the later I would bring one.

    @nitnat007 A friend and neighbor of mine actually recently moved back from South Africa, she was working there as a lawyer. It sounds like a beautiful place. 







    nitnat007crookshanks10Swiftlet
  • @beachbunnyxo123 good luck with your upcoming FET!

    @kobrien827 I totally understand about not wanting to wait because I'm not always a patient person either.  Good luck on your IVF!

    @blackhottamales That's awesome you have a plan in place.  Good luck!

    @nomangos23 This process is so emotional sometimes it's hard to determine exactly what is setting things off at any given time.  I can't imagine dealing with all of this and the health problems you are facing as well.

    @crookshanks10 My only advice on the progesterone suppositories is to stock up on liners.  I don't know what color yours are but mine were red so if yours are too don't be alarmed if you see some red discharge.

    @nitnat007 That's so great you are close to starting stims.  Good luck!

    @inthewoods23 I took letrozole for two cycles but I didn't respond so I don't think I'll be much help.  I did notice fewer side effects than with Clomid

    @Avrilmai FX for good PGS results!

    @Swiftlet I totally understand about the mixture of emotions.  I'll echo everyone else in recommending writing down any questions you may have.  For my first appointment I was a little overwhelmed and I was happy I had written down my concerns and questions otherwise I would have forgotten some things.

    @whatsbumpinpumpkin I am so sorry you are dealing with all of this right now.

    @purplg8r That is so cute you wanted to be Rainbow Brite to spread happiness!

    @KristoKekerooni I had no idea that was even a thing.  I am amazed by your strength.
    Me:37 MH:37
    TTGP since 07/2017
    **TW** in spoiler
    DX: PCOS, anovulatory, AMA
    Femara X3: no response
    Clomid X3: BFN (cyst and thin lining)
    IUI (Dec '18) MMC
    IVF (April '19) 9 retrieved, 7 fertilized, 2 normal PGT-A
    FET 06/12/19 - BFP! EDD 02/27/20




    nitnat007crookshanks10Swiftlet
  • @blackhottamales Good luck today!! I am watching New Girl on Netflix right now and it is hilarious. I am also a huge fan of friends which always makes me laugh. 
    @nomangos23 Tentative ER for 11/30 but could change with how I respond to stim. I'm sorry to hear you are struggling lately.. take extra care of yourself during this time.
    @crookshanks10 Hoping the progesterone is the thing that is missing for you. Keeping my fx!
    @nitnat007 Good luck for stims starting on Thursday! Are you nervous at all or just wanting to get it started?
    @Avrilmai Do you have an idea when your PGS results will come back? Hoping for good news!
    @Swiftlet Welcome! Good luck at your appointment next week. I would recommend going in with any questions you may have. Our doctor answered alot of our questions and I felt better leaving there.
    @whatsbumpinpumpkin Welcome as well! People suck and sometimes dont know questions they might seem as innocent are hurtful. I'm sorry you are going through that. 
    @purplg8r Glad to hear you didnt have any side effects from the Estrogen. I am hoping I have the same luck! 
    @KristoKekerooni Thank you for updating us! I am so sorry to hear you are going through that. Although it might not be the answer you wanted, I hope you find peace knowing you are beginning to have answers. We are here for you!
    @celticknotfire Welcome! I am sorry you find yourself here but this is a great group of supporting women. 
    @lulu1180 I have nothing to distract myself, which is making it worse! Work is super slow. I think I am going to try to get into a show on Netflix, just dont know which one! Are you having headaches from the clomid?
     
    TTC journey in spoiler
    Me: 29 | DH: 31
    Married: 08/2016
    TTC: 10/2017
    IUI #1-3 BFN
    IVF 11/2018- 23 eggs retrieved, 16 mature, 14 fertilized with ICSI with 7 embryos making it to freeze
    FET #1 02/2019 BFN
    FET #2 4/19 BFP!!!!! EDD 1/4/20  <3


    crookshanks10Swiftletcelticknotfirenitnat007
  • @KristoKekerooni It is so good to hear from you. That sounds like a great experience with the new RE. I'm glad it exceed your expectations. Finding an answer can be such a relief. I hope you get the answers soon and that baby in arms. 
    @kobrien827 the results take about 2 weeks. 
    @lulu1180 is femara an option for you? those headaches sound miserable. 
    @celticknotfire I'm sorry you find yourself here, I know it is hard, but remember you and your DH are a team and it is not your fault. (Your DH is right!) I also understand not wanting to sit out, but if there is a concern for cysts, it is better to get those taken care of now and not feed them. I always think it is important to advocate for yourself and have the conversations with your doctor.
    Me: mid 30s DH: early 30s
    TTC 10/2016

    "Some days are diamonds, some days are rocks,
    some doors are open, some roads are blocked" 
    BusinessWifejrm_14celticknotfirenitnat007
  • @kobrien827 Yep, the headaches are from the clomid.

    @Avrilmai I hope so; I know the literature they sent me when I told them I decided to move forward with IUI said "If side effects are severe, alternative medications are available."  So I'm assuming they mean femara.  But from what I gathered they don't seem to use it as a primary option because it's not technically approved by the FDA to be used for infertility even though it is incredibly common.  


    "It's time to try defying gravity."

    Me: 38  DH: 38
    Married 6/11/16
    TTC Since 6/2016
    12/2016 RE appt; 1/2017 SA & HSG results - all normal
    3/2017 Dx Hyperprolactinemia; 5/2017 Prolactin levels normal; 8/2017 Low Ovarian Reserve
    8/2017 TTA for personal reasons; 10/2017 NTNP; 12/2017 Re-start TTC
    7/2018 Clomid+IUI
    11/2018 Letrozole+TI
    12/2018 Letrozole+IUI
    2/2019 NTNP
    5/2019 Stopping all TTC efforts; living Childfree
    BusinessWifeAvrilmainitnat007
  • @zamora_spin Thank you! You would think they would come with an applicator, or am I just being extra? I suppose the more I do it the better I'll get haha. The things us women have to do!! I'm glad you're getting better sleep now a days (:
    Me:  31  DH:  32
    TTC #1: October 2017
    Clomid Cycles 1-3 BFNs
    RE: 08/2018
    IUI 1-4: BFNs
    IVF + ICSI = 2 Embryos
    FET#1: BFN
    FET#2: 7/01/2019
  • @beachbunnyxo123 Yep, they don't monitor if you generally O on your own.  So I just do OPKs and call them to schedule when I get a positive.


    "It's time to try defying gravity."

    Me: 38  DH: 38
    Married 6/11/16
    TTC Since 6/2016
    12/2016 RE appt; 1/2017 SA & HSG results - all normal
    3/2017 Dx Hyperprolactinemia; 5/2017 Prolactin levels normal; 8/2017 Low Ovarian Reserve
    8/2017 TTA for personal reasons; 10/2017 NTNP; 12/2017 Re-start TTC
    7/2018 Clomid+IUI
    11/2018 Letrozole+TI
    12/2018 Letrozole+IUI
    2/2019 NTNP
    5/2019 Stopping all TTC efforts; living Childfree
    beachbunnyxo123
  • Thanks ladies for all your input!

    I cantc keep up with all these posts! Hopefully I'll have time at some point to get up to speed with where everyone is at! Sounds like a busy week for everyone!
    TTGP October Siggy Challege - Hocus Pocus, Beeches!


    Me: 30 DH:32

    Together since 2007
    Married 7/2/16

    TTC #1 since 7/2017
    Dx: unexplained but low morph

    IUI #1-3 all BFN

    IVF #1 - 6/11/19
    24R, 17M, 15F, 6B, PGT-A tested - 5 normal, 3 girls & 2 boys

    FET #1 - 9/10/19
    Best male not viable after thaw, used boy #2 (both graded 5BB)
    Beta 9/20/19....BFN
    "I know you, but we've never met. I'm with you, but I don't know your name"

    FET #2 - Tentatively January 2020 after loss, ERA, and Receptiva testing 


  • @zamora_spin I was lurking in ttcal and didnt want to hijack the thread to post this... 

    Season 3 of serial is out now and its soooooooo good. Also +1 for the mfm reccomendation. 
    Me: 28 Husby: 32
    Married May 2014
    TTC #1 Since April 2015
    Currently pursuing domestic infant adoption

    Our journey so far...
    (tw loss)
    Diagnosis: Poor Egg Quality 
    Working with an RE since March 2016
    2 failed TI cycles
    3 failed IUI cycles

    IVF Feb - April 2017
    23 eggs collected, 20 mature, 14 fertilized with ICSI, 4 day 3 blasts, 3 day 5 blasts, 1 PGS normal
    Transferred 1 PGS normal embryo 4.12.17
    BFP 4.21.17
    MMC due to small gestational sac 6.8.17

    Our adoption journey:
    12.25.18 Agency picked and apps submitted!



    zamora_spinjrm_14wabash15
  • @beachbunnyxo123 We are going to try a natural cycle transfer. My RE says studies don't show a difference in success rates between natural and medicated but the clinic sees a slight bump for natural cycle transfers. I like the idea because I won't need to do PIO. I'm supposed to stop BCP on 11/17. No firm date after that because it will depend on when I ovulate but my RE and nurse think something like 12/7 - 12/10. I feel like the unknown is how my body will respond to being on BCP for 6 weeks... I'm hoping it wakes back up quickly. I'm also not sure whether to expect ovulation based on when I have a breakthrough bleed or from my first day off BCP so hopefully that will become clarified. 
    Me: 37 | DH: 35 
    BFP #1 5/14/17 (EDD 1/24/18) MMC Confirmed 6/13/17
    BFP #2 8/12/17 ended in CP 8/20/17
    BFP #3 10/12/17, EDD 6/27/18, hCG drop and no fetal development at 6w, D&C 11/3/17
    BFP #4 4/21/18, EDD 1/3/19, mc due to Trisomy 22 after HB stopped at 8w 
    Sept 2018 ER - 15R, 10M, 10F, 9 blasts, 5 PGS normal
    Transfer of 1 PGS normal embryo leading to BFP #5, baby boy EDD 8/29/19 


    lulu1180Avrilmainitnat007suzycupcake
  • @tamalahoops Ooo. Now that I hear an endorsement of season 3 I will have to listen. MFM is my current obsession. Are you a true crime junkie? I didn't think I was and then I took a hard look at my podcast and documentary choices and realized I'm at least a novice level true crime junkie... 
    Me: 37 | DH: 35 
    BFP #1 5/14/17 (EDD 1/24/18) MMC Confirmed 6/13/17
    BFP #2 8/12/17 ended in CP 8/20/17
    BFP #3 10/12/17, EDD 6/27/18, hCG drop and no fetal development at 6w, D&C 11/3/17
    BFP #4 4/21/18, EDD 1/3/19, mc due to Trisomy 22 after HB stopped at 8w 
    Sept 2018 ER - 15R, 10M, 10F, 9 blasts, 5 PGS normal
    Transfer of 1 PGS normal embryo leading to BFP #5, baby boy EDD 8/29/19 


  • @zamora_spin I'd love for my timing to line up w/you and @purplg8r ; !
    @beachbunnyxo123 waiting for AF, last cycle it took about a week and a half. I'll then go for a baseline. I'm trying to stay optimistic, but after my first IVF I had 2 cysts. But if they plan for bcp to prep for the FET cycle, that would be the same thing to "treat" the cysts, so I'm hoping I'm not delayed a month. 
    @crookshanks10 someone here,(maybe @jrm_14) ordered an applicator from Amazon. 
    Me: mid 30s DH: early 30s
    TTC 10/2016

    "Some days are diamonds, some days are rocks,
    some doors are open, some roads are blocked" 
    zamora_spinbeachbunnyxo123crookshanks10
  • @zamora_spin The plan is fresh and freeze any remaining. I am also on Isibloom BCP and havent had issues with insomnia but definitely having the vivid dreams. I didnt think to connect the two, thank you for that! Do you have a timeline for this cycle? Sounds like we may be close, I have 14 days left to take the bcp, not that I am counting or anything  :D
    TTC journey in spoiler
    Me: 29 | DH: 31
    Married: 08/2016
    TTC: 10/2017
    IUI #1-3 BFN
    IVF 11/2018- 23 eggs retrieved, 16 mature, 14 fertilized with ICSI with 7 embryos making it to freeze
    FET #1 02/2019 BFN
    FET #2 4/19 BFP!!!!! EDD 1/4/20  <3


    zamora_spin
  • @zamora_spin yasss I have always been a true crime junkie and I am obsessed with mfm. 
    Me: 28 Husby: 32
    Married May 2014
    TTC #1 Since April 2015
    Currently pursuing domestic infant adoption

    Our journey so far...
    (tw loss)
    Diagnosis: Poor Egg Quality 
    Working with an RE since March 2016
    2 failed TI cycles
    3 failed IUI cycles

    IVF Feb - April 2017
    23 eggs collected, 20 mature, 14 fertilized with ICSI, 4 day 3 blasts, 3 day 5 blasts, 1 PGS normal
    Transferred 1 PGS normal embryo 4.12.17
    BFP 4.21.17
    MMC due to small gestational sac 6.8.17

    Our adoption journey:
    12.25.18 Agency picked and apps submitted!



    suzycupcakezamora_spincrookshanks10
  • @lulu1180 The first time (after I demanded a monitored cycle)  my lining was 3.4mm and this last time it was 7.8 so I was happy with that.  We added Estrace this last time so I think that's what made the difference.  Thanks for the link I always love learning as much as I can about this whole process.  I totally understand about the Clomid headache and I am grateful mine weren't too bad.  Hopefully they can give you some alternatives.

    @Avrilmai I am so lucky to have a supportive DH to help me/us through this.  You are so right about being a team!

    @zamora_spin No they didn't do an U/S and I'm not sure why.  To be honest when the nurse called I was in such a state of shock I didn't even think to ask.  I have an appointment with my RE on 11/28 so I'm going to ask about it then.

    @beachbunnyxo123 We have been doing TI for now but I'm going to ask about IUI because I feel something needs to change.  The only thing I don't know is if it'll help because there were no problems with DH SA.

    Thank you everyone for the warm welcome.   I lurked for a long time and I learned so much from all you wonderful ladies and I am so grateful to you all.
    Me:37 MH:37
    TTGP since 07/2017
    **TW** in spoiler
    DX: PCOS, anovulatory, AMA
    Femara X3: no response
    Clomid X3: BFN (cyst and thin lining)
    IUI (Dec '18) MMC
    IVF (April '19) 9 retrieved, 7 fertilized, 2 normal PGT-A
    FET 06/12/19 - BFP! EDD 02/27/20




    lulu1180crookshanks10AvrilmaiSwiftlet
  • @emmasemm oh no I’m sorry to hear that. Are you still thinking of doing one more retrieval or are you gonna address the thyroid and move to transfer? You are a real champ I have no idea how you did back to back cycles like that!!

    @blackhottamales glad everything went well today!!

    @celticknotfire many people do IUIs without MFI. They wash the sample and put it right into the uterus so that can help in itself MFI or not. If anything meds plus TI were a waste of time for us since we knew I was already ovulating regularly so the meds were doing what I already was. Maybe talk to your doctor and see what they’d recommend! It definitely couldn’t hurt, especially if your insurance would cover it. If you do move to the big guns with injectables I would do an IUI over TI. 
    celticknotfirejrm_14Avrilmaiemmasemm
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