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June 14th, 2009, 01:06 PM
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I just recently started reading people's journals....after being on JM since August 2008, I have never really frequented the journals sections (ttc or preggo) so I've decided to start this one.

So I'm Lee Ann and I'm 28. DH will be turning 41 soon....at the end of June to be exact. I have to say though, men age differently. When I was dating DH, I would have never guessed that he would have been in his late 30's and even now, he could easily pass for 35. My dad is the same way, so it must be a guy thing! DH and I have the absolute best marriage ever! We are so much alike, it might be scary....but we do not fight; we've had about 3 arguments in our life together and we decided that we wanted to live happily, so although we may get in a pissy mood for a minute, we usually laugh about it shortly after.

Before I wanted to have a child, I wanted us to be financially secure. I had graduated with my masters degree in 2006, but I have a very unique degree and it caused some trouble in me finding a job. I found one in 2007, but I had to commute and hour there and an hour back; so finally in December of 2007, I found a job in the town we live. So not thinking that we'd have a problem conceiving, we waited 3 months to start trying to make sure that I could claim FMLA from work. So I officially went off BCP at the beginning of the month - March 2008.

So fast-forward to now! We just entered our 15 month mark for being off BCP. As far as we know we have no problems.

It just so happens that the ob/gyn I go to is also an infertility specialist, so I went to her on June 5th and we are starting testing to try and figure out what the problem is.

DH did his s/a last week...and I go for an HSG and pelvic ultrasound this week (mon & wed respectively). The doc says that those are the three tests that are going to give us the best answers.

I'm praying that we've just been unlucky. I guess we'll know this week. I'm very concerned about the cost of receiving medical intervention.

As for this cycle - June 2008 - I will be temping and using OPKs. I still have a pack of Answer OPK's but I'm going to supplement the positive one's with digitals just to make sure that I am reading them correctly (although I'm sure I am). I bought Pre-seed this month and I'm awaiting it's arrival....we've never used "lube" before, so I'm hesistant to see if dh will notice.

I was told we could not have relations before my HSG on Monday and then I have the pelvic ultrasound on Wednesday....and because AF came 2 days early....all the testing will be done just prior to ovulation. We will definitely be getting busy during that time as of both of us are sexually deprived!!!

And now, for those of ya'll who missed the thread, here is the African Fertility Goddess doll that I ordered from an imports store. It is supposedly handmade from Ghana. The story behind the doll is that villagers pray to the doll for prosperity and health, namely,strong, healthy babies to be born. So here it is (dh laughed when I showed him):



Enjoy! And I welcome all comments/feedback to this journal.
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June 14th, 2009, 02:32 PM
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I hope your tests go well next week!! I start mine the 22nd.
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June 14th, 2009, 05:17 PM
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I love your fertility doll...that is super cute...

Hope that all of your tests come back normal, and that you get the BFP before medical intervention is needed...

And yea for starting your journal so that I have another one to stalk
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June 14th, 2009, 06:26 PM
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Hey Lee Ann! YAY for starting a journal I really hope that all of your testing goes well ( I am getting tests soon also) and that your get your BFP soon!!!!! Good luck sweetie and thanks for sharing the pic of the doll!
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June 14th, 2009, 07:41 PM
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I'm so glad that ya'll look at the journals unlike me who have neglected them in the past!

On another note, I love Pottery Barn Kids and I saw this very cute quilt on sale, so I bought one......I guess I'm starting my baby stash!

Here is the link:

Pottery Barn Kids | Hayden Nursery Bedding

They only had the red/navy available, but that will work great for me. It could be a perfect floor blanket or outside on the grass blanket!!!
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June 14th, 2009, 08:36 PM
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Yay for starting a journal Lee Ann! Hope the testing goes well and you don't need the medical intervention. I think the fertility doll is so cute! The quilt is adorable as well. If they are doing the testing prior to O time maybe they can look at your ovaries and let you know that you have a great big follie ready! Best of luck this cycle!
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June 15th, 2009, 07:59 AM
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I'm really hoping that she can see some follies on the pelvic ultrasound. I will be on CD11 because AF came 2 days early, so I'm ahead this month.

The great thing about this is that the doctor said her office has had some really good results with non-medicated IUI's, so I'm thinking she may have mentioned that for a reason.....
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June 15th, 2009, 08:05 AM
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We are so much alike, it might be scary....but we do not fight; we've had about 3 arguments in our life together and we decided that we wanted to live happily, so although we may get in a pissy mood for a minute, we usually laugh about it shortly after.
Jason and I are the exact same way! We want to live our lives to the fullest and there is no need for fighting. We mesh so well we just dont fight.

I hope all your testing goes well and, like you said, youve just had bad luck and there is nothing wrong. And if that is the case I hope your bad luck soon turns into good luck!!!
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June 15th, 2009, 09:36 AM
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Thanks Ashley. I'll post my HSG results when I get back. Hopefully radiology will tell me the results.
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June 15th, 2009, 02:25 PM
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HSG

Well last night I made sure that I was very groomed in the bikini region because I didn't know who to expect to see me 1/2 nude when I went in for my hsg.

So, there were two females and I couldn't have asked for better technicians. I made alot of jokes and they seemed very humored by my whole perspective on having this test done.

After they take a picture, they call down the doctor and in walks this small, petite male. He was very nice and seemed nervous. Although he said he has done alot of HSG's, he seemed to be alittle uneasy and even forgot the words to some of the stuff, such as stirrups and feminine napkin/pad.

He was telling me how the iodine might leak out and I could wear just a feminine thing...and he kept saying "you know, one of feminine things that they have"....and I finally said "you mean a diaper" and after he laughed, he said "they are not really a diaper...you know those feminine hygeine things."

Ya, I knew exactly what he was talking about! Unfortunately, I do not wear pads, pantiliners, etc. I think they feel like a diaper....I only wear tampons. So he told me to just go home and shower and it'll be fine.

Well I may have told some of you, but I had a meeting at 2pm that I could not reschedule, so I had to go from the hospital back to work. So right after my meeting, I feel this "gush" of liquid and I run to the bathroom and the crotch area of my pants are soaked....but it was like water....there was no color whatsoever to this liquid. I should know, I'm wearing very light colored pants today.

Back to my HSG results.....MY TUBES ARE CLEAR!!! I thought they would be. I had been diagnosed 5 years ago with pancreatitis and was hospitalized and had gotten a CAT scan because they thought at first it was an ovarian cyst causing me all that pain, but turns out it was pancreatitis, or at least that is what they say. So anyways, the scans from 5 years ago all came back normal, so I was pretty sure that they wouldn't find anything.

So I have my pelvic ultrasound on wednesday to look for PCOS and such and then we decide on the treatment, if any. I will find out the results of dh's S/A, also.
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June 15th, 2009, 02:57 PM
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Feminine "things".. too funny! And thank Goodness that gush of liquid didn't have a color!!! I had brown down there from the icky soap they use to "clean" the cervix and some spotting.. *whew* I'm so glad you got good results from the HSG though, and you can check that one off the list!
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June 15th, 2009, 03:48 PM
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I'm so glad it went so well! How funny your doc kept callling pads feminine things! Men! I'm glad that liquid was clear and didn't ruin your clothes! Yay for no blockages! Woohoo! Can't wait to hear the results of your u/s and the s/a. Hope those results come back just a good as today's.
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June 15th, 2009, 05:41 PM
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My doctor was not present for the HSG.....this guy was the radiologist or the doctor in the radiology department at the hospital. I think he was just nervous....I don't know why, maybe he thought I was a "good looker" or he was jealous of my nicely groomed pubes!

Like you said Jackie - one thing to check off the list. And I was expecting that fluid to ruin my clothes, I really did, but I was surprised that it was more like a clear fluid than anything. And I haven't had any cramping, so I guess that is good.
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June 16th, 2009, 11:51 AM
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Unbelievable!!!

Tell me how retarded this is:

I work in a transportation research institution and there is one lady in another department that conducts surveys. Now what I mean by surveys is that.....people stand on the side of the road and collect data. It is normally child safety seat or adult seat belt surveys for statewide statistics...such as Click It or Ticket. Well needless to say....this is a miserable job. I had helped the program manager out last year because all three of her surveyors quit within about a month of each other....and standing out in the heat, at all hours, in the most filthiest of places is not the dream job, so I no longer help out. I'd quit to if I had that job!!!

So a wife of one of the surveyors had a baby 3 weeks ago. He comes into the office with his wife and new baby yesterday and I walk over to his office and ask him what the heck he is doing at work, he is suppose to be on paternity leave.

Well he tells me that the program manager expressed how important these surveys were to her and that he just couldn't say no...SO HE NEVER TOOK HIS PATERNITY LEAVE!!! He has basically been travelling around Texas for the past 3 weeks conducting surveys. These surveys are not something that you do in an hour and come back home....the program manager makes these surveyors travel to 27 different cities in Texas and usually they are gone for weeks at a time.

I was flabbergasted! And I told him that he needs to take his paternity leave and it didn't matter how important those surveys were....his child is important too. He told me that he will be quitting next month and that it was his choice not to take his leave. Needless to say, he was at the office getting stuff ready to go on another surveying trip.

I don't know about anyone else, but my husband will definitely be taking his time off!!! I just could not believe that he would forgo his leave to conduct surveys. Miserable 100 degree humity ridden surveys!!!
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June 16th, 2009, 11:56 AM
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at the "feminine things" Im SOOOOO glad your tubes are all clear! Woot!!

And OMG about the poor guy who didnt get his paternity leave! I would quit that place! I feel bad for his wife for being all alone right now! And bad for him for not being with his new baby!
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June 16th, 2009, 03:32 PM
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YAY for good HSG results!!! That is ashame for that poor guy.
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June 16th, 2009, 10:17 PM
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Yea for clear tubes, that is great news...and that really is funny about the radiologist...I mean, he does these every day...I think it must have been your perfectly groomed pubes (omg, I swear, I never thought I'd ever write those words on a message board - yipes!)...

ANyway...hope that it was just the flushing out that you needed so that eggie can meet up with the spermies...GL!!
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June 17th, 2009, 12:27 AM
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How sad for that guy. I feel bad for him, the wife, and the baby. That is such an important time for bonding. My DH will definately be taking his leave! Hope you are having a great week!
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June 17th, 2009, 06:53 PM
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Casey....my week has just gotten extra GRRREAT!!!

I agree Tonya....there are things that I've written on JM that I don't even say to my husband......but oh well, we only live once right!

The Doctor

Let me tell you all, that I am really pleased with my doctor. I had a LEEP procedure done 7 years ago for an abnormal pap. Well, I brought the records to my doctor and she reviewed them before our consult today and told me that he was wrong in even recommending a LEEP surgery, let alone doing the surgery based off of what the biopsy showed. She said that all research shows that you do not do that.

Now of course, I know that NOW. But I didn't back then. I was young and trusted a doctor and within 6 months of doing the LEEP, that doctor wanted to do laser surgery for the same problem - - - an abnormal pap. And that is where I said no and we got into a little argument about me getting a second opinion. Well this doctor makes the third one who has told me that the arrogant SOB that basically told me that was my only option was WRONG!!!

I just had to get that OUT!!!

Pelvic Ultrasound

I went in to get the pelvic ultrasound done and we didn't do it. After going over the HSG results and dh's S/A results....it was come to the conclusion that the pelvic ultrasound probably wasn't going to show us anything that we didn't know AND since my insurance was not covering it because it is considered infertility, we opted not to do it. I have regular cycles and so my doctor says that alone is a good indicator that I am ovulating. I have no classic signs or symptoms of anything.

Semen Analysis

The s/a turned out great, in my opinion. DH had a count of 101 million - - there were a few glitches. His viscosity was high, meaning the semen was thick and there were abnormalities with the sperm tails. I think this is the motility. So what this meant was that there was an increase in the number of sperm that basically went in circles or swam sideways rather than swimming upwards. Even though we have that minor minor problem, there were enough sperm that swam correctly that would allow us to get pregnant naturally.

I was told that we would be perfect for an IUI. Although the doc said she was not against doing an unmedicated IUI, she said since we are paying out of pocket, we should get the biggest bang for our buck...and get medicated. And I agree with her. She said it would increase the chance of multiples, but we will welcome whatever we have.

The Plan

We are going to try for 2 more cycles. If we are not pregnant by August, we are going to schedule an IUI. At that point, I will have to have the pelvic ultrasound to monitor things, so us not going forward with it today, was basically a money saver in some sense.

I'm so extremely excited. I can't believe my doctor is really onboard with the whole IUI thing. I guess I just thought it would be a little more difficult for her to want to do an IUI but because of the two things that came back with the s/a, she thinks we'd be perfect for the procedure.

It seems so surreal that there is a great chance that I will be pregnant in 2010! I'm so grateful right now that we got the testing we did because I had alot of horrible things going through my head about what might be wrong with us and now they are ALL GONE.

I pray that each one of you ladies receive some good news today! And that any ttc related issues that you may be experiencing get washed away soon.

Bless you all!!!
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June 17th, 2009, 07:08 PM
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YAY Lee Ann I am soooo happy for you!!!!!!!!!! I really hope that you don't need IUI and that being more assured and relaxed brings you your BFP Good luck girl and congrats again!!
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