I have never had regular periods, but I can't remember how frequent they ever were b/c I got on BCP when I was 17(I started my period at 16). So, after a few years I would stop taking BCP occasionally(just to see if Imy body worked) and realized I wouldn't get AF for up to 9 months. Well, in January 07 I got married and we knew that we wanted to start trying just in case it wouldnt happen easily for us(and I guess we were smart in doing so). My obgyn did blood work and gave me a perscription for clomid. I started clomid last April and have done 4 rounds up to 200 mg with no 0. I have a dr appt on oct 15th and I am going to request U/S and no more clomid. That is my story
I don't even know where to begin... I have a DS who came as a surprise 4 years ago. We wanted to wait to have another until he was more "independent". I didn't think it would take long to have another.We started TTC in June of '06. In Dec. I went to the Dr. for my yearly and he said my cycles weren't long enough... Like clockwork but only 23 days. So he put me on Clomid. 50mg, 2-6. My prog. was I think 11 something. So the next cycle he doubled it to 100mg, 2-6 and PL jumped to 24, but my cyles were still only 23 days, Sooo long story short it took Clomid 100 mg 2-6 and prometrium 3x a day added with estrogen 2x a day to get my cycles to normal and trigger on day 14. After a PL of 140 he quit doing them. THANK GOODNESS!!! But still no BFP...After 6 months of Clomid he did a LAP to check for Endo and a possible blockage, but everything looked great. He says after you find something that works, sometimes it takes a few times to get it right. I sure hope so. This is my first cycle after my LAP and I wasn't medicated b/c a nurse told me that I hadn't started and it was all part of the surgery. WRONG!!! So, I am hopeful for this month, but even more so next when I can get back on my meds and monitoring. Oh and not to mention, all of the time I have been TTC, I have 4 girls in my SS class who just had babies last week, a new niece and a 2nd cousin. I feel like everyone is preggers but me... Sometimes I hate to leave the house for fear of who else will have an "announcement". I just realized how long this was, Sorry!
I just wanted to start out saying I love this board! I love that we can get together and share our stories and support each other.
I am 21 and my DH is 24. He was my high school sweetheart and even before we got married in Sept '06 I knew that I wanted to have a baby.. and soon. In Nov. 05 I was diagnosed with PCOS. At the time I didn't realize how important that really meant. Immediately after I was diagnosed, my DH and I quit using protection (And to think of ALL the times I was sooo careful!!). We both agreed that if it happened.. great, if not... it can wait. When we got married that is when we really started trying. I set up an apt with an obgyn for my annual exam and also to discuss my irregular cycles. Since being diagnosed in Nov '05 to my initial obgyn apt in March '07 I had a total of 3 periods. It had been 8 months since my last period when I had my apt. While talking with my obgyn I expressed our desire to conceive. She recommended Clomid. I took Provera to start a period in March 07, first round of Clomid 50mg... No O. I was bummed but not surprised. I took Provera again & 100mg... still no O. At this point, I was a little frustrated that I was spending a lot of money on a drug that was not working. So I went in for an exam, which everything was normal so she started me again on Provera then Clomid 150mg. This time I O'd!! I was soo happy. Not pg...but happy nonetheless. Then to my 4th round 150mg... this was August '07. I really thought that this cycle epitomized the perfect cycle. DH and I timed BD'ing perfectly (or so I thought), I had the symptoms and I took a HPT on 10DPO and there was a line! I swear it.... there WAS a line. It turned out to be an evap line So now I am on my 5th round of Clomid 150mg. I went in for an u/s on CD13; results were bad. I had one small follie on my right ovary and I have not received a positive OPK. Doc started me on Metformin 850mgs and DH has an apt Oct 8th for a SA. I don't have high hopes for this cycle, but I am hoping for my BFP next cycle!!
Hi ladies! I thought I'd share my story. I am 31yrs old and dh is 28yrs old, I have a 10yr old dd from a previous relationship and have always wanted a big family. I married the love of my life in June'04 and we immediately started ttc our first together. My cycles were somewhat regular 24-26 days with the occasional longer and shorter cycle. I knew in my gut something wasn't right. But I waited a year and at my annual appt I brought it up to my gp. He wanted to test dh first as he assumed all was fine with me because I have dd. Unfortunately dh was dx with male factor, low count and motility. I was so devastated! I still felt that something wasn't right with me though and pushed for my gp to have someone see me and he eventually referred me to an endocronologist. Turns out I have PCOS. I was put on Metformin and in the meantime dh was seeing a urologist. There was no medical reason for dh's male factor. We were then referred to a RE. Through standard testing we discovered both my fallopian tubes were blocked. Could it get any worse??! 2005 was not our year! The RE insisted I lose weight before he would do a lap on me, I wasn't even that big! Anyhow, I did as I was told and came back 4 months later 16 pounds lighter. I had my lap and he was only able to clear out my right tube. Finally in Sept'06 I did my first cycle of clomid! I did three cycles in a row, unmonitored, but I was charting my bbt, and I ovulated all three times but no bfp. Our dr wouldn't do IUI with us telling us our only way for success was IVFw/ICSI. So I went on bcp's and we found another RE. In Feb'07 we met our current RE. He is amazing!!! He suggested some vitamins for dh to take in the hope that it will help a bit, even if it didn't increase his count if he could increase his motility we'd have a good chance. I took clomid again and we did the IUI in Feb'07, bfn. I was bummed and at this point dh was emotionally drained. We agreed to take a break. Finally in Sept'07 we went back and did another IUI, resulted in a possible chemical pregnancy. I had a repeat hsg dye test and thankfully my right tube is still open! Yeah!! I am currently on cd11 and we're planning on doing our third IUI. Our new RE has been honest with us though and said that our male factor is our biggest obstacle right now. Our best chance of a bfp is IVFw/ICSI but that he's seen pregnancies occur with less sperm than dh has so if we want to continue doing IUI's he will continue to help us. He even had me take 7.5mg of Femara on cd3 along with my 50mg of clomid cd3-7 in hopes of producing more follicles aka targets! for dh's soldiers! We pray every day for a miracle!!
After that IUI in October 2007 we took a very long break. In July 2008 we decided to move on to IVFw/ICSI. We made 3 attempts (Oct/2008; Jan/2009; May/2009) all cancelled due to poor response. We never even made it to retreival. We took the summer off while I waited for a second lap. We were going to add ovarian drilling this time. In Sept/2009 I had my lap and was fortunate enough to get my blocked tube opened! I was diagnosed with endometriosis (you know because we haven't been through enough right?!?) and it was all cleared out. My ovaries appeared normal but the dr still did some ovarian drilling, doing 4 spots on each ovary. We resumed IUI's in Nov/2009 to use up the remaining meds from our IVF attempts. Skipping back to Aug/2009 we found out dh has a balanced translocation of chromosomes #14 and #21. This is apparently the cause of his male factor. We did 3 IUI cycles with injectables (Nov/09; Jan/10; Feb/10). All resulted in bfn's. After redoing my cd3 b/w (March 2010) we discovered my FSH was super high (at 50) and I was diagnosed with POF (premature ovarian failure). Our RE said he wouldn't suggest doing any more cycles and he recommended donor eggs or embryos (especially due to dh's sperm issues). We simply cannot afford this having a loan for our IVF still to pay and a daughter to raise. Plus emotionally I don't think we have it in us anymore. 6 grueling years of heartbreak after heartbreak. My RE will continue to monitor me as he can treat me with HRT when I do go in to menopause. Very devestating to say the least!
I have been cycling on my own since we stopped all treatments. A cruel joke played by fate perhaps!!?? We've been trying to catch one of those magical eggies but no such luck. Trying really hard to move on and accept our family as it is.
Last edited by dreamchaser; 10-24-2010 at 04:23 PM. Reason: Updating my journey
Hi girls! I figured I'd share my story too
I stopped taking BCP's on Jan 1st 2005 because DH and I decided we really wanted a baby. I conceived in Feb, then miscarried a few days after getting a BFP. That first cycle off BCP's was my first and only normal, un-medicated cycle I've ever had (I'd had irregular cycles since first getting AF at 13 yrs old). I was ignorant then and thought my 3 positive tests were just false positives. After that I started charting my temps religiously and didn't get AF again until June, then again 3 months later in September. I was getting a lot of positive OPKs, which the girls on the TTC 0-12 mo board suggested could be due to PCOS (I'd never heard of it before finding this site). I was given Clomid by my GP (without being tested for anything) and conceived, but lost that pregnancy in late Sept 05.
It was so frustrating to be TTC for almost a year and to have long cycles. Especially when all my close friends were getting pregnant the first month TTC. I finally got AF again in Nov, and I went in the see my OB/GYN who is also a Fertility Specialist. All the tests, blood work and ultrasounds confirmed PCOS and due to my hormone levels, my Dr said it would be next to impossible to conceive on my own and if, by some miracle I did, I'd likely m/c due to horrible egg quality. Since I was on CD1 when I saw my Dr, I was able to start Clomid right away. I conceived that month, but lost the pregnancy at 5 weeks. DH and I were devastated because we m/c on Dec 17th and we were going to surprise our families at Christmas since no one knew we were TTC. My blood test showed that my progesterone was only 2 the day before I started bleeding, which is way too low. So it took losing 3 pregnancies before my progesterone was finally tested (because I demanded it!) and we think that, along with PCOS, is why I have trouble sustaining a pregnancy.
My Dr didn't make me wait to TTC again after m/c in Dec. He wanted to go with IUI as he didn't want me on Clomid anymore (I had 20+ cysts on each ovary). I begged him to let me go 1 more round, so I started my next round of Clomid (100mgs again). I O'd late that month, but we conceived again! I was put on progesterone supplements after Oing, but wasn't hopeful about having a successful pregnancy. This pregnancy resulted in my beautiful DD (my little Clomid miracle) born healthy on September 30th, 2006.
I never started BCP's after having DD and started charting my temps at about 8 weeks postpartum. My cycles were very long and annovulatory, but DH and I kept hoping for a natural conception. We went on vacation in August and I decided not to bring my thermometer since I was on CD72 and it felt like AF was about to show. We BD twice while on vacation. When I got home, my temp was 1 degree higher than it was before leaving--I'd O'd on my own on CD74-ish! I tested at 12 DPO and it was positive! It felt like a miracle and like it was meant to be, but at about 5 weeks I lost this baby too. I was so angry to be given the gift of natural conception just to have it ripped away from me like that. DH and I decided we couldn't go through that again and made the decision to go the Provera, Clomid route again. So I'm finishing up my Provera and will start the Clomid again in the next week or so. We're hoping for the best!
Last edited by cutiepie27; 10-05-2007 at 03:37 PM.
DH and I decided to stop preventing anything in May 2007... my first cycle of TTC and being of BCP was the longest (96 days!) and had to induce AF with Provera... my second cycle was basically the same - I didn't ovulate and my cycle lasted 65 days and had to induce AF with prometrium.
I'm on my third cycle of TTC and this time it's with 50mg Clomid and today is CD 29 and it looks like its a BUST. I don't think I'm going to O with just 50mg...
Through temping we discovered I do not ovulate on my own and so the doctor put me on this Clomid but now he's hesitant to increase my dosage... we'll see... I'll have to take Prometrium again to induce AF before any Oing can begin again...
Hi ladies, I thought i would share my story too. I am 31 and DH is 30, we've been together for 10 years and been married for 1.5. I've always wanted to have kids and couldn't wait to get married to start trying right away. So in May 06' we got married and started trying right away....but my cycle that month ended up being 76 days and i don't even know when or even if i O'd so i don't coun't that cycle....I ended up getting AF in August and decided that was going to be the first month. I didn't think i would have trouble getting preggers cause my mom had 4 of us, and she never had to try, i was even concieved while she still had her IUD in....and i have two sisters that got pregnant with no trouble, so i figured it would happen right away for me too....
Well a year into trying, we decided to go visit an RE and see if something was going on. Both DH and I were tested and the tests came back fine for both of us, except my thyroid is a little underactive, and i have really irregular cycles, but she couldn't figure out why. So she decided to put me on Clomid for 3 cycles and if that doesn't work she would do clomid with an IUI. So, right now i am on my first cycle of clomid and i am going for b/w tomorrow.....prayin for a BFP
Hi, ladies. I'm 29 and my dh is 29. We have a beautiful almost-2-year-old thanks to clomid. I've never had regular periods and was eventually diagnosed with PCOS in 2005 when we were ttc. My "cycles" were usually around 90-120 days without BCP. It took over 6 months to get my system where it needed to be (the right amount of lining, that kind of thing). I'm sure I took Provera to start my periods at the right time. I was put on 50mg of clomid and conceived the first cycle after 8 months of ttc. In March '07 I started going to an RE and she immediately put me on Provera then Femara and progesterone then the trigger shot. I conceived my first round of Femara in May '07, but miscarried around 8 weeks. As far as m/c goes, I guess I had it pretty good. Absolutely no pain or cramping and I didn't have to have a d&c. It was extremely frustrating because we had seen the heartbeat just a week before. Anyway, we're ttc again. I had an allergic reaction to Femara so I'm back on clomid. I took it on CD5-9. Three follies were ready at CD14. I had my PL checked last Thursday and it was 43 so I don't need progesterone this time. I find out this coming Thursday if I'm pregnant or not. I don't have any symptoms, so I'm not too confident. But at least I know I do ovulate with clomid, so hopefully next month. It would probably work out better if we had more time before a baby arrives, but when you have trouble conceiving, you take what you can get as soon as you can get it!!!! (That's just me trying to make myself feel better.) : )
10/18/07 LMP thanks to Provera.
10/31/07 3 Follies ready thanks to clomid.
11/8/07 PL 43 -- definitely o'd
11/15/07 BPT -- the waiting game is underway.
My journey.. OK, here we go.
10/06 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism during a routine physical. I started taking synthoid every day and got it under control, but have to monitor it frequently bc it effects ovulation.
02/07 First cycle off BCPs. The beginning of temping. It was so fun back then to see what my body was doing! Boy has that changed! Anyway, this was a 50 day cycle. I actually O'd on my own on CD35! If I had known then what was about to come, I would've thrown myself a party, bc it was going to a LONG time before I ovulated again.
04/07 Second cycle off BCPs. After 66 days, I still had not even O'd. I was still temping every day and getting frustrated.
06/07 I went to my gyn for an annual exam, and while there I told her were TTC but that my cycles were not regular. She did bloodwork, that all came back fine. So she prescribed Provera, but not clomid. She said hopefully the Provera would trick my body into being regular again. I was skeptical but tried it. This was my third cycle off BCPs, and again I did not O, even after 45 days.
08/07 I saw a new gyn and told her my issues. She prescribed me clomid immediately. This was my first Round of clomid, 50mgs. I was so unbelievably excited and hopeful that this would be the first month after 6 months of trying that I would pop an egg and we'd get a CHANCE to catch it. Hmm.. nope, didn't happen. No O, again! I had several major stressors going on in my life that I believe may have hindered O. Also, I was so obsessed with OPKs, CM, etc, that I was driving myself nuts. Provera to induce AF.
09/07 Second Round of Clomid, 100mgs this time. Praise the Lord, I actually Ovulated on CD19. I could not believe it. I had the most beautiful chart I've ever seen and we timed BD perfectly. Surely this would be the month, if ever I would get a BFP. Um.. Nope! BFN. I was so depressed I cried for three days. What was wrong with me/DH? I did not understand what we could have done differently. It was nice, however, to have a "real" period that was not induced by Provera for once! I hadn't O'd in 6 months?!
10/07 Third Round of Clomid, 100mgs. Infinitely hopeful. My chart was all over the place. I was stressing about OPKs, CM, BD, etc. By the end of the month, I was sure this month was a bust again so I saw an RE for the first time. The RE did more bloodwork including a glucose intolerance test to see if I had PCOS. I find out that my testosterone is elevated slightly, but all else looks good. No PCOS, or "borderline," if anything. I was about to start popping Provera to start the next cycle, when all of a sudden, AF showed! Turns out I did O afterall. OK.. I guess this is a good thing, but still BFN. Why? At least I didn't have to go through the TWW to be devastated again. I tried to be grateful for at least that. On to the next cycle.
11/07 Fourth Round of Clomid, 100mgs. DH finally had an s/a done, which I wish we would've done sooner. Turns out that while his count and motility are good, his morphology is low. I am currently on CD16 of this cycle and am FINALLY being monitored. I had an u/s today which showed three nice follies so they gave me the trigger shot. This will be our last cycle of BDing.. If no BFP this cycle, then it's onto the IUI next cycle. We shall see where it all leads...
I am giving it to God. I never in a million years thought it would be this difficult for us, because we're both young (27) and "healthy" on paper. This is the first time in our lives that we have no control. Everything else, we can acheive if we work hard enough. Not this.. only God can bless us with this miracle. So I am trying to relax and enjoy the time that DH and I have together. It's hard not knowing whether I'll ever be pg, but I know it's in God's hands and when we're ready to be parents, we will be. I love all of the girls on this site and would be lost without you.. but you all know that already. Babydust to all!
Well, I guess I'm going to tell my story too. My DH and I started trying for our first child in 2003 and got a BFP of trying the first time. We were blessed with a beautiful son June 2004. He is our pride and joy. We thought it was time to start trying for baby #2 in Feb. 2007, thinking that we'll get pg as quickly as we did with DS. Well, a couple months had passed and nothing. DH was not feeling well for a few months and we could not figure out what was wrong with him. He went to his doc and had blood tests and his doc referred him to an endocrinologist. DH was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and was put on medication in March. We kept on trying thinking nothing of it. By five months of TTC and no BFP I decided to go see my doc to have my annual exam and also discuss what is going on. We found out that with male hyperthyroidism it's extrememly difficult to conceive. Male sperm count go way down. So my doc put me on Clomid to make up for my DH low sperm (even though he has not had a s/a yet) He just assumed DH is low. I took the Clomid for two months and hated it and decided to quit it b/c I'm fine and this pill is making me into a crazy person. I took it July and August. September to November I did not take it, but I was having lots of bleeding problems during my luteal phase. I go see my Doc again and he said I'm not ovulating. What??!! I was ovulating fine b/f I even took this stupid pill. It messed me up. So I had to go back on Clomid. Since then DH has gone back to his Doc twice in the last four month and all his levels are right where they should be, so we're hoping that his sperm count is getting better, but still hasn't been tested. If we dont' get a BFP this cycle I'm making a phone call to my doc to have DH get a s/a. I feel like my doc is just dragging his feet with us. I think I'm going to start getting bossy now! It's been long enough for me.
However, I have really enjoyed having you ladies here. It's so nice to know that there are some ladies who are experiencing the same thing as me. Thanks for being here despite our circumstances.