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AF and update

I just thought I'd post a little update here. Since this was my first cycle off of Clomid I wasn't really sure what I expected my cycle to be like. I was pretty sure I O'd since I had some serious O pains just like I did on the Clomid and then I just wasn't sure how long to expect my cycle to be. Thankfully AF showed two days earlier than she usually does on Clomid and I'm happy for that because that longer LP made for a seriously long 2WW. Especially when I didn't have LP problems to begin with. So I'm a little sad that AF showed but I'm proud that I went through the whole 2WW and didn't test. And while I'm sad, I'm way less emotional and upset than I would have been if I'd been testing and getting BFNs the whole time. That's a lot more frustrating. Hopefully I can keep this trend up and save a lot of money on tests.

I think I'll probably go out sometime this week and get some more OPKs and tests for next month or whenever I do need them since all I have is a FRER...might just buy the OPKs though since I'm thinking a test comes in the box with them. Anyway, we go to the RE on the 9th which seems like so far away right now but I know the time will go by quickly. I'm super nervous about the appointment since I'm sure they'll want to do an HSG which sounds positively awful but I'm so desperate for that baby right now that I'll brave anything. I just hope that we don't have to waste a whole cycle with testing. When I go to the appt. it'll be right around O time and I'm not sure if we should try or wait or what. I doubt they would expect us to show up having not tried at all no matter when the appt. is. Anyone have any advice about this? That was the first available appointment so I took it.

I just hope we're back in the game soon and that we find out what it is we need to do and that we can afford it. The longer it takes to get pregnant the less it seems like a possibility sometimes.

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Sorry AF showed, but glad you didn't drive yourself batty with testing.

If they want to do an HSG they will have you do that early in your next cycle. Depending on the bloodwork they want done, they might be able to do your progesterone test after you ovulate. Most of the other tests are ones they do early in your cycle. At our first appointment, I took an abbreviated version of my bbt charts. Some RE's will look at that information (ours did), others don't seem to care. Our RE wanted to know cycle lengths (average, shortest, longest), LP lengths, etc. I would spend some time putting together a list of questions to make sure you get as much information from your RE as possible. Take your list with you and make sure you write down answers. Trust me. If you don't do this you will have a hard time remembering everything!

And for opks...I ordered 50 opks and 10 hpts from Amazon (wondfo ones) for something like $10 last month.

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"Leah261" wrote:

I'm super nervous about the appointment since I'm sure they'll want to do an HSG which sounds positively awful but I'm so desperate for that baby right now that I'll brave anything. I just hope that we don't have to waste a whole cycle with testing. When I go to the appt. it'll be right around O time and I'm not sure if we should try or wait or what. I doubt they would expect us to show up having not tried at all no matter when the appt. is. Anyone have any advice about this? That was the first available appointment so I took it.

I just hope we're back in the game soon and that we find out what it is we need to do and that we can afford it. The longer it takes to get pregnant the less it seems like a possibility sometimes.

I've had an HSG and it wasn't too bad at all, no worse than a pap for sure. I would definately continue to try, as long as the RE knows and could hold off on the test if it's unsafe to do so close to O time. I did read that there is a slightly higher chance of pregnancy immediately after the test Smile

I totally understand your frustration too, some days it seems like it'll never happen. There's always hope though, I have a friend who is pg with twins after 5 years of TTC and unexplained infertility! Sometimes it just takes a little longer I guess.

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I have had a few Hsgs, most were quick and painless, but one was very thorough, lasted over 30 minutes and was painless during the procedure, but an hour later I was in horrible, worst period type pain ever. The next day I was fine and week later we conceived our DD!

I will also echo pp, the RE will do an hsg before cd 12, as they want to be sure to do it before you ovulate.

Speaking from experience, I would rather have a lot of testing before starting on any meds or procedures. Any RE that will put you on meds or anything without giving uou thorough testing is just guessing and giving you what worked for someone else, and you want personalized treatments

Good Luck on the 9th!

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Thanks for the info. ladies. I'm thinking they'll wait to do the HSG next cycle if I don't get pregnant this time which I doubt it. It does kind of suck though to know that my chances aren't great this cycle either. I'm thinking I'll be lucky to be pregnant in February. Oh well. I just never thought it would take this long and it feels so weird sometimes and honestly kind of scares me because we had a plan. We hoped that I'd get pregnant soon enough that I could have the summer off from work and now things are going to be all weird. I guess on the upside DH should be done with school in December of next year and will be starting a new job around that time too. He'll start with full benefits and he gets paternity leave with this job too so if I had a baby after that it really wouldn't be the worst thing...maybe that's why I haven't gotten pregnant yet. Maybe it's just supposed to happen a little later because somehow it'll be easier on us when it really counts. I believe things happen for a reason and DH really thinks that could be the case. Either way at least we're moving in the right direction with the RE. The 9th can't come fast enough now.

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Oh and what's the worst part of the HSG? The cramping part or the catheter? I have an extreme fear of catheters because I have kidney stones and have had some pretty bad experiences. Seems to me that a catheter in your girl areas wouldn't hurt as bad as one going into your bladder OUCH! Any info about the experience would be great! Smile Thanks!

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for me it was the cramping after, but I am one of those who has no issues with getting a pap done

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The cath part really feels a lot like a pap. I would describe both as a little uncomfortable. I didn't have any blockages so the dye moved through fast and only caused intense cramping for a few seconds. I didn't like having to get from the table to the bathroom to get dressed because I didn't have a pad or anything until I got to the bathroom (remember this is early in your cycle). The residual cramping afterwards was similar to menstrual cramping I had as a teenager. It's not something I'd like to do every month, but it's not that bad either. It's such an important test, too. At least after the HSG I knew that if I had any good eggs they had a chance to make it to my uterus. Your fertility rate is higher for a couple of cycles after the HSG, too. Smile