I just joined this board today. I am 33 and my DH, Jason, is 35. We have been TTC #1 for 5 months. I have been off BCP for almost 8 months. I have been charting for 3 months. I am taking 100 mg of B6 a day as well as herbal FertilAid pills (has Vitrex, etc. in it). I am pretty sure I have a luteal phase defect as my cycles have been 24 days and my luteal phase is about 8-9 days. :( I go to my GYN tomorrow morning (she does not deliver babies) and I have an appt with an RE specialist on March 10th. I am CD 9 but my AF was really only 2 days this month and very light. It is usally around 5 days and starts heavy and tapers to mild. I might have thought I was PG (and that AF was actually implantation) if my temps had been higher and above coverline but they weren't/aren't. Pre-O my temps range b/n 97.3 and 97.7 and after O my temps range between 98.1 and 98.5. I do not really have a dip pre-O and my thermal shift after O is relatively small. However, I do get positive OPKs usually for 2 days (usually days 14 and 15). We've tried BD every day and every other day and use Pre-Seed when necessary. I do not drink any coffee or soda and drink lots of green and red teas. I don't drink alcohol post-O and only wine sometimes prior to O.
This month, I will try natural prog. cream after O, unless my GYN suggests something else. I am presuming that my GYN will prescribe Chlomid but I will know for sure tomorrow. I am nervous about that but also hopeful it will do the trick.
Wooh - that was a lot! Personally, we are trying to stay positive about this but it does get very hard even though we've only been trying for 5 months. All of friends get PG right away and while we are so happy for them it is hard not to be a little sad about it. Like you all, we want this so much and are so ready for children (and lots of them!) :p On a professional front, I left my very stressful job about 10 months ago so that I can start my own business (I have a home office) and to get ready for a post-baby lifestyle! So between that and TTC I am stressed to say the least but am trying to cope with it.
Thanks for listening and I look forward to getting to know all of you! I will also post tomorrow after my DR. appt.
Hi Ladies! I have been on this site for a while now but I just noticed this thread and wanted to add my story. My husband and I got married in August 2007 and wanted to start ttc right away. We were concerned right off the bat that with some of his medical history, we may need medical intervention to conceive but it turns out I am actually the one with the problem! During our first 6 months of ttc I had 4 AF's, two of which were brought on by Progesterone. DH had a SA and everythign came back fine. So last month we went to the Dr and he said the he thinks I have PCOS (which I had already known for about 6 years) and that we would try clomid to start. This month is my first cycle on clomid and I am on day 21. I haven't had any real side effects from the drug. It is no where near as bad as the progesterone. But I dont' think I ovulated either. I went for bloodwork today to get my progesterone level checked so I guess I will know for sure on Monday! If I did O then we are well on our way, otherwise we will be raising my dose of clomid for next month!
We are now on our third round of clomid, We upped the dose to 100mg this month because I did not ovulate during the second cycle. We also added in Metphormine this month, which let me tell you, has some nasty side effects! But it will all be worth it if we get a BFP!!! I have also started a weight loss program and I am hoping being closer to my ideal weight will make concieving a little easier. I really feel like we are doing everything we can so we will see what happens!
Here's my story...
With my first I started TTC in June 2005. I had just gotten off BCP and just thought it would happen. Well, I ended up in the ER the very end of July with horrible pain in my side, to find out that I had a cyst the size of a softball in my ovary. Boy did that suck. Well the cyst finally went away on it's own and I got my first AF 42 days after I stopped BCP. Anyway, it ended up taking me 6 months to get pregnant with my DD (who is now 19 months old) and I only had 3 AF's and one had been induced my Provera. So I knew that TTC was ever going to be easy for me.
Fast forward to today. We have been TTC since June 2007. I've had an AF almost every month, ovulated most of those months. However my cycles are far from regular. The shortest AF I've had was 25 days, the longest has been 46. I never know when I am going to ovulate, so I went to my OB/GYN last month (April 2008 ) took her my charts and asked what I can do next. She gave me a script for Clomid 50 mg and paperwork for my blood work on CD 21-23. So, here I am on my 11th cycle and getting ready for my 1st round of Clomid.
Thanks for reading!
I like that when I look through this there is alot of pregnancy tickers!! My name is Jessica and I'm 27. My DH is 29 and we have been married since 03. I got of BCP in Nov 04 because I had some major problems with seasonal and ended up in the hospital because of it. Then I noticed that I would go 2-3 months without a period so my ob put me on prometrium. We started TTCing in May 07 and have not had the fun of seeing any BFP.
My new specialist started me on clomid on 7/7/08 and I'm praying for a BFP. Hopefully it won't be to long until I can add a preg ticker to my signature to.
I love seeing all the pregnant siggies with these too! I had a tough time TTC DS. Got pregnant 1 month after going off BCP and then m/c at 6 weeks. And then I just never got AF on my own for about 8 months. I got pregnant with DS after I took Prometrium one month and I had an appointment to discuss Clomid. So I didn't have to go on Clomid. This time around my dr. put me on it right away so I was on Prometrium to get things started and tomorrow I will take my first Clomid 50 mg on CD 5. I'm so excited!!! We're hoping for a BFP by the end of the year!!
Ok heres my story! Married to DH May 05 (I was 19 he was 20) started ttc right away. I started going to my first real ob/gyn I loved her she was young and sweet. Well come September I had been bleeding for 9 weeks straight I didnt like her anymore. I asked her about possible endometriosis and she told me there was nothing she could do for me Id have to be ttc for a year before she would even look at anything. I switched docs immediately. I had my first consult on 9/28. I told the doc what was going on and within 5 minutes he told me he would schedule me for a LAP to see what he could find. I assumed it was endo. Had surgery on 10/4 and all he said is see him in two days. So I went in on 10/6 he told me I had PCOS and that I would need to take Clomid if I wanted to get pg. Conveniently I started af that day so we could try that cycle. At that point I knew nothing about my body. All he told me was to take my temp everyday and take my pills cd5-9 and come in for my shot on cd14. There was nothing to worry about or fret about the tww I had no idea. Well thankfully we got pg on the first try got my BFP on cd27 and I now have a beautiful 2 yr old dd. We wanted our kids to be close together so after she was born we never used protection. I was hoping that the pregnancy would trigger something in me so I could get pg on my own. No such luck. 10/07 I decided it was time to get the clomid and trigger again. Of course I had a rediculously long cycle and didnt get to start until late November. I got my BFP on 12/14 just in time to tell everyone at Christmas. We made dd these adorable big sis shirts and had my mil help her open them at Christmas and thats how we told them. Everything was perfect no sickness no nothing I felt great. I went in for my first appt and she did an u/s everything looked fine. I do remember her saying something about oh its so small. I just brushed it off. At that appt she said I had a little yeast infection to go ahead and treat it over the counter. I get yeast infections a lot and they always clear up on their own so I didnt treat it. On 1/21 I had some yuck discharge so I decided to go ahead and treat for yeast infection. After three days it wasnt going away and it was a little pink/brownish when I wiped. I called the doc on Thursday she said she wanted me in there first thing in the morning for an U/S just to be safe. Thats when I knew. I tried to stay positive. The doc was really great about telling me that there was no more baby. Nothing in the sac at all. I was devastated. He told me to take the weekend and decide if I wanted to miscarry on my own and have a d&c. I didnt have to decide my body started to miscarry on its own on Sunday. The doc wanted me to come in for an u/s to make sure everything was out and it wasnt so I had to have the d&c anyway. We started ttc again in March, but I had switched docs after I found out I was pg and the new doc would only give me the clomid not the trigger so BFN. We just let things be after that. We decided to go back to the old doc and I am currently on CD 12. I took my clomid cd5-9 and will get my shot on Friday. I am excited but nervous. Hopefully things will work for us again.
Well I just noticed this thread today and I've been part of this board since 11/07. So here's my story...
DH & I got married 4/05, we thought we would wait several years before ttc, and my doc mentioned that I might have some issues ttc so we moved that time frame up some. So in 11/07 I was put on clomid, did 5 cycles on it the dosages ranged from 50-150mg but never O'd so instead I had crazy long cycles. I started going to an RE in May and had an HSG everything was clear and proceeded to have the longest cycle (still on clomid) ever (it lasted 70 days). So I'm now CD 12 of my new cycle, I was put on Femara and follistim 100iu injections. Apparently the follies are actually growing this time so I'm just hoping that they'll get to a good size and I'll actually O this time, with the help of hcg shot of course and an IUI. DH & I are really hoping it works this cycle b/c I don't O on my own (or with clomid) and we can't afford to do too many of these cycles with injections and so much monitoring. Right now I'm just praying all the time and trying not to stress about it.
I am new to the boards, but here is my story:
I am 28 and DH is 38. We were both previously married and divorced.
In Jan 2005, I went off of depo. I had been on depo for over 7 years. My cycle was very regular prior to starting depo. It took me 1.5 years to get AF back. Once it did come back it was 14 days apart. I put up with that for several months (I can't even remember how long) It sucked!!! I went to the dr and she recommended going on BC again to see if that would regulate my periods. I was on it for 3 months and then I was supposed to start clomid. Well, the BC regulated my period but by that time I was in the middle of a divorce and starting a relationship with very close friend of mine, so I opted to stay on BC.
Several months later, my relationship with my STB DH had become very concrete (we always knew we were suposed to be together). We were discussing having children and my problems with a regular AF. We jointly decided we needed to know if my cycle would regulate by itself going off bc because we wanted children together and I had been warned that it would probably be difficult for me to concieve when I don't ovulate. I went off bc, and my cycle was back to being irregular. I decided to rough it out and we would try clomid after we were offically married. After several months of trying but not really trying an accident occurred and we were both elated. We chose to keep it a secret until I made it past the danger zone (12 weeks). Unfortunately, at my last check up, there was no hb and I had a d&c in week 10. I was devastated.
The dr then made me wait to until AF came back and then 3 more months on bc. I finally started clomid this cycle. Day #1 was 10/8/08 and I started my first clomid pill of 50mg on day #5, 10/12/08. Our wedding is scheduled for 10/21/08 in cancun, mx. Which just happens to be day #14. I am hoping for a miricale in mexico.
On a side note - in the past several years I have went through several tests. All appear to be OK. I have not been told I have PCOS, but I wonder sometimes. I have done a littel research on my own, but not too much. When we did concieve on our own, I had been on the atkins diet (no carbs) for over a month. I lose a lot of weight quickly when I cut out carbs and I feel 10 times better. Unfortuntaley I have a hard time maintaining it because I love food. To cut out all bread and sugar makes your food less appealing (at least to me). But it just happens that after a month of no carbs, I o'd all by myself after 3 years on no o. It may just be a coinsidence, but who knows.
Just getting serious...
I am 34, DH is 38. I actually quit BCP over 10 yrs ago, but we had so much going on personally, professionally, and spiritually that we just took the attitude that if it happened, it happened. I have always been fairly irregular, with long cycles that got longer as I got older. We've really begun to put down roots and settle some of those distractions over the past couple of years, and I went to an OB/GYN for my first appt in a long time. I told her we were finally getting serious, and she dx'd me w/PCOS (b/w & u/s). She gave me Provera to "clean out the pipes" and put me on BCP for a cycle to help normalize things. She was also nearing her due date, so she referred me to an RE to make sure I didn't fall through the cracks.
RE immediately had DH do an S/A in addition to proceeding w/my treatment. The first visit, I REALLY did not click w/her, so I just didn't reschedule. A few months later, I tried to switch back to the 1st OB, but she felt I would be better served w/an RE. Apparently she also mentioned the personality issue to the RE, b/c next visit, the RE was VERY friendly! She put me on Metformin ER (500mg). Because this was just before the holidays w/LOTS of travel & family events, we opted to wait on other treatment. DH had high volume, but very low motility and morphology at the test; however, he had a very serious cold/infection shortly before the test, and his body fights stuff by burning it off in his sleep. Because this could account for the low quality, RE was okay with just treating me for now, and if necessary, retesting DH later. In the meantime at her recommendation, he added a multi w/selenium, plus extra C & E to improve sperm quality. She gave me Provera to induce again since I had gone so long w/out AF. With just the met, I had a spontaneous cycle the next month, then a couple more that tapered off in duration and intensity of the actual AF--but they were each about a month apart! Not sure if I O'd, but I hadn't had any trace of a cycle that wasn't induced in so long, RE & I were happy I was responding.
After the holidays, I came back and we decided to start 1st round of Clomid. Again, she started w/Provera, then Clomid on CD3-7 (I think it was 50mg?), and OPK starting CD9, coming in for u/s CD14 if I hadn't O'd. It was time for my annual, so she decided to schedule that on CD14 as well. Meanwhile, the bureaucratic logjam that held up the approval on our first home finally let loose, so we were frantically packing! I arrived for the pelvic u/s dreading it, since the one that dx'd PCOS was rough and left me uncomfortable and cramping for a couple of days afterward. Plus, it was mid-Clomid cycle and I was feeling VERY full! Instead, the tech at the RE clinic was very gentle and explained what she was seeing. Then I had my annual about a half hour later, so more prodding. RE told me that if the follicles were mature enough, she would give me a trigger shot--had no clue this was coming, but since I hadn't been O'ing, I guess she didn't want to take any chances. I had 1 dominant follicle on one side, and 1 large and 2 slightly smaller follicles on the other, but none large enough for the trigger shot that day.
Scheduled another u/s the next day (CD15), but somehow ended up with the normal imaging clinic--the same clinic that performed my 1st u/s. She didn't have my scan from the previous day, so she had to do the whole thing again instead of just checking the follicles, and I swear she could have been playing air hockey in my uterus! I had to leave after the u/s to sign on the house, then return to see if I could have my trigger shot--sure enough, the dominant follicle was 19 (mm?), so they gave it to me w/ instructions to bd the next 3 nights. Today is CD18, and we're going to make it 4 nights just in case any of the other follicles matured enough to be fertilized--I don't know what size they were. We'd actually like twins--they run on both sides of our family, and I know that Clomid also increases the odds. I'm still a little tender from the air hockey u/s, or maybe it's just Clomid making the O announce itself aggressively. Other than that, I've had some mild hot flashes & night sweats, some fuzzy memory, vaguely lightheaded feelings, lower back soreness, and this evening just added a bit of nausea. As far as I know, this is the first time in YEARS that I've O'd, so I'm ecstatic! (Two times in years past, I'm fairly certain I had chemical pregnancies--but as you can tell, I haven't been regular in my cycle or charting. I only have the certainty of extremely unusual symptoms followed by MASSIVELY heavy cramping and bleeding.)
Anyway, I'm excited! My body is finally responding the way it should, even if DH is having to deal w/a hormonal woman for the 1st time in our marriage!