Trying to Get Pregnant

IF Testing & Treatment w/o May 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 ballgame. 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 (TI/ICI/IUI/IVF/FET/benched):

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

How are things going?:

Any questions?:

GTKY: Did you do anything fun over the long weekend?

Re: IF Testing & Treatment w/o May 29

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    Diagnosis (if you've been): unresponsive uterus, some autoimmune stuff

    Status (TI/ICI/IUI/IVF/FET/benched): technically benched

    What are you doing this cycle? (Testing? Treatment?):waiting for a call back to schedule my consultation

    How are things going?: The RI's office finally got back to me on Friday! I have been accepted as a patient woohoo! I have to wait for them to get back in touch to schedule my consultation. So happy that stress is over. And I guess since I said I accept their practice policies I need to truly make sure we are not having sex anywhere near my FW. I think he kind of drops you as a patient if you get pregnant before receiving the "green light". I think I read my lexapro can reduce your libido so maybe it's all a good thing haha. But yeah, now it's a bit of a waiting game. Oh the joys of IF!

    Any questions?: does anyone know how to build a time machine to make time go by faster?  :D

    GTKY: Did you do anything fun over the long weekend? we had DH's family over on Sunday for dinner, yard games, and a bonfire - which never ended up happening. I guess SIL is on a new medication that's making her a bit of a cranky b*tch and she wanted to leave early. Normally she just is a cranky b*tch though. I wanted to be nosy and ask what it was for but thought better of it.
    *TW* History:
    Me: 34 DH: 36 | Together since 2007 | Married July 2016

    TTC #1 since 7.2017
    Dx: low morph (1%), ANA positive, low decidualization score, high TSH and testosterone, histone antibodies

    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 | BFN "I know you, but we've never met. I'm with you, but I don't know your name"
    RPL, Receptiva, & ERA testing | all normal/negative, recommended going on gluten and dairy free diet for next FET
    FET #2 | 3.31.20 | Opted to cancelled due to pandemic, continued diet and tried naturally over the summer
    2nd Opinion with another RE | 8.20.20 | Not immune to measles (received 1 dose); SA results similar to 2 years ago; decided to move forward with FET #2 redo at start of next cycle
    Surprise natural BFP! | 9.22.20 | MC 10.23.20 at 8 weeks
    TTCAL naturally | starting 11.22.20

    Initial consultation with Reproductive Immunologist | 9.14.21
    Decidualization score biopsy | 10.1.21 | abnormal - low score of 1; endometrial scratch recommended and progesterone supplementation
    Saline sono | 10.15.21 | normal
    Bloodwork | 10.21.21 high TSH, high testosterone, positive for anti-nuclear antibodies and histone antibodies, high protein S, multiple genetic mutations
    BFP! | 11.3.21 | EDD 7.14.22 B) | biopsy provided same effect as endometrial scratch; added supplemental progesterone and estrogen, prednisone, levothyroxine, and MTX Support to maintain pregnancy
    DS born 7.19.22 after induction

    TTC #2 begins 6.2023
    Consultation with RI | 6.6.23
    Saline sono, endometritis biopsy, skin & eye check | all normal
    Labs | high TSH, Factor XIII mutation, high %CD56
    Follow up | 8.8.23 | prescribed metformin, prednisone, plaquenil, and levothyroxine
    Repeat labs after 3 weeks on meds
    Follow up | 11.9.23 | Green light!, increase in prednisone, added lovenox
    Repeat labs in 8 weeks
    Follow up | 1.16.24 | Green light continues
    TTC put on pause indefinitely
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    Diagnosis (if you've been): Unexplained

    Status (TI/ICI/IUI/IVF/FET/benched): Natural cycle w/ acupuncture

    What are you doing this cycle? (Testing? Treatment?): H is doing acupuncture and I’ll be starting next cycle

    How are things going?: Going pretty well. Originally we were going to stop trying after this cycle and go back to NTNP and pursuing adoption. But we can’t actually start a home study for adoption for a few months anyway, so I figure I may as well give acupuncture a shot this summer.

    Any questions?: Nope

    GTKY: Did you do anything fun over the long weekend?
    H and I celebrated our anniversary with dinner at a fancy restaurant. Then we also had a big family get-together.
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    Diagnosis (if you've been): unexplained

    Status (TI/ICI/IUI/IVF/FET/benched): on our own? 

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

    How are things going?: so this last transfer was a bust. After how much they talked it up, advised us against transferring our two at once, etc, I was not expecting both to not work. So, they’re going? Trying to figure out next steps and things. 

    Any questions?:  I’ll attempt to spoiler this one, for talk of children

    So, how do you decide to go ahead, or how far to go, in terms of treatment when you already have two awesome littles? The unexplained is what really gets me - it’s back to the “well, there’s no reason it should work other than it hasn’t yet” which is not my fav space to be
    GTKY: Did you do anything fun over the long weekend? It was actually a great weekend, aside from the negative result. Weird headspace, for sure! 
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    @inthewoods23 Great news that you got in with your RI! And about that Time Machine, at 40 I am looking for the kind that slows things down lol

    @britters314 Happy Anniversary! How long have you been married? 

    @halfanewt *tw* LC, loss

    This is such a hard question and something we’ve been struggling with recently. For us, the answer was not very far, but of course it’s different for everyone. I often feel guilt over how hard IF/pregnancy loss have been for me. I feel like I have no right to complain because I have been blessed with 2 children. At the same time it still hurts to let go of that dream of another baby, especially after losses. I hope you can make a decision that feels right for you and brings you peace, regardless of how you decide to move forward. 

    Diagnosis (if you've been): RPL, DOR, Asherman’s 

    Status (TI/ICI/IUI/IVF/FET/benched): benched

    What are you doing this cycle? (Testing? Treatment?): benched this cycle to let my lining heal after surgery to remove scar tissue/adhesions

    How are things going?: Okay. Got my pathology report back from surgery and besides the scar tissue all is well in there. Feeling a bit down about this whole TTC thing right now and trying to find my hopeful heart again. I know it’s in there somewhere. We won’t be moving forward with IVF but I am thinking of discussing other treatments at my follow up. I have read some (admittedly anecdotal) successes in women my age with letrozole and progesterone, but I’m not sure if my RE will go for it without monitoring (appts are minimum 90+ minutes away). I know that statistically speaking these things will not improve my chances but I also know that it feels good to be doing something

    Any questions?: NATM

    GTKY: Did you do anything fun over the long weekend? Got the rest of my garden planted, hosted a dinner for the family, housework, laundry, and some general R&R. Also lots of much needed sexy time after time off for the surgery and recovery. 
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    @maggiemadeit We have been married 9 years! It feels weird that it's been almost a decade lol
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    @maggiemadeit For what it's worth, my RE never did monitoring when I was on clomid/letrozole (and progesterone), even though I kind of expected it. Maybe because they figured my chances of success (let alone multiples) was already low? I didn't ask the rationale, but just know that it might be possible to try medication without monitoring depending on their clinic procedures.  
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    Thank you @abjm0325! I was thinking the same thing. I think the other concern is hyper stimulation which also seems extremely unlikely in my case. 
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    Diagnosis (if you've been): N/A - Just two literally sterile people hah.

    Status (TI/ICI/IUI/IVF/FET/benched): IVF

    What are you doing this cycle? (Testing? Treatment?): Husband just had his sperm extraction last week and I’m still waiting for the results if they survived freezing, how many, etc.

    How are things going?: Good! Sorry I was absent for a month. I switched phones over and forgot about re-downloading the Bump. I also officially set up my own business for mobile massage and it’s been time consuming getting things ready.

    Any questions?: None at this tine

    GTKY: Did you do anything fun over the long weekend? I’m in Canada so my long weekend was the previous week, but no. We’ve had some very bad fires here so there was a province wide fire ban. I mostly just worked :)
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    Diagnosis (if you've been): Unexplained/ Multiple Miscarriages

    Status (TI/ICI/IUI/IVF/FET/benched): FET

    What are you doing this cycle? (Testing? Treatment?): 1st FET was May 31. Day 5 hatching "good-good" PGT normal boy embryo.

    How are things going?: Going crazy waiting!

    Any questions?: My doc had me do 1 50mg PIO injection 5 days before FET and then Endometrin 100mg twice a day after that. It seems weird that I only did 1 PIO shot. Anyone else with this experience? Anyone have a clue why this would be? 

    GTKY: Did you do anything fun over the long weekend? nope. Literally NOTHING. I was a huge couch potato. 
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