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December 13th, 2011, 08:08 AM
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Someone told me to come over here and introduce myself - I am not sure if this is the right place for me though - maybe it is, maybe it isn't!

My name is Nina (31) and my SO is Dan (29) and we have been TTC since Jan 2011. I had one ectopic prior Dan and have had 2 miscarriages since Dan (one very early and one at 7w2d).

After my last miscarriage my doctor agreed to do further testing as it was my third loss. Granted all my losses have been different (one thought to be ectopic but never confirmed, one never seen in uterus and my last one, which was definitely seen and heart was beating).... but still may as well start testing I thought!

After the third loss he told me to start taking baby asprin every day, which I am doing (note - I hate taking extra drugs).

I had to wait until CD 2 to do a million blood tests. I had a super long cycle after my miscarriage but finally CD2 arrived and I went in and gave 15(?) vials of blood to be tested.

Results are all coming back slowly....

Firstly my ANA test result came back as positive and it should have been negative. My doctor disregarded this test entirely which I though odd as my research online says it might make a different to my fertility.....

Then my doctor emailed me to tell me that my FSH levels are elevated for my age. The upper limit of normal for my age is 10 and my result was 9.5. He told me that this may indicate that my brain is working a little harder to stimulate my ovaries and that may be a reason for the RSAB (recurrent Spontaneous abortions).

The specialist had told him "The elevated for age FSH though implies diminished ovarian reserve as a cause of her RSAB" - this sounds super scary.

I am still waiting on another test but at this time the only treatment he'd (the specialist) recommend is DHEA 25mg three times a day.

He said that this is an over the counter supplement that may help decrease the chance of miscarriage and that I should start it now and continue until a positive pregnancy test as it takes at least 2-3 months to start working.

I've been reading about it online and it is a hormone - I'm a bit scared to take it!! Does anyone else have experience with this? And taking this much of it?

Also I read that there are many types of DHEA and the type you take is important (it should not come from mexican yams or something and it should/should not be micronized, and it should/should not be bioidentical)?!?!? How do I decide which brand to buy??? Please help!

I am going to see an infertility specialist when all my results are back.... but I don't have health care coverage for it, which sucks.

Any advice Ladies? Should I stay here, or go elsewhere?
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December 13th, 2011, 08:33 AM
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welcome to the board, I am so sorry for your losses.

I'm Jennifer, one of the cohosts of the board and we are TTC #1 after multiple losses. We just had the complete genetic loss panel come back normal, so our reasons are unknown.

Are you already seeing an RE or is this an OBGYN? I'd definitely get input from an RE, as their entire job is to get people pregnant and get them to stay that way. A lot of RE's do discounts for self pay patients or will work with you to do everything they can to get insurance to cover as much as possible.
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December 13th, 2011, 08:37 AM
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Hi, Welcome. I remember you from some other boards.
I don't know much about DHEA but my doctor recommended it to me as well. I did not know about the 3 month lead time though.
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December 13th, 2011, 08:51 AM
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welcome to the board, I am so sorry for your losses.

I'm Jennifer, one of the cohosts of the board and we are TTC #1 after multiple losses. We just had the complete genetic loss panel come back normal, so our reasons are unknown.

Are you already seeing an RE or is this an OBGYN? I'd definitely get input from an RE, as their entire job is to get people pregnant and get them to stay that way. A lot of RE's do discounts for self pay patients or will work with you to do everything they can to get insurance to cover as much as possible.
Hmmmm..... I have no idea what an RE is really - ha ha - I am from England, but living in Cali but still not getting all their health system stuff. I think he is an RE who works in teh OBGYN dept - is that possible? He is not a infertility specialist though.....
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December 13th, 2011, 09:15 AM
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Welcome, Nina! I'm sorry you had to come over to this board and hope that you get that sticky BFP very soon. I'm Melissa, and DH and I are getting ready for a frozen embryo transfer next month. Our inability to conceive naturally has no explanation as of yet.

I don't know much about DHEA or whether or not to take it, but this might help if you haven't already seen it :Premature Ovarian Aging, DHEA Treatment for Fertility in Older Women :: CHR

I agree with Jen...you need to see someone who specializes in infertility. The ANA test is something that should be looked into...the test is known for giving false positives, but if yours isn't a false positive it could absolutely be causing your fertility issues.

Have you had your AMH checked?
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December 13th, 2011, 09:34 AM
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Welcome, Nina! I'm sorry you had to come over to this board and hope that you get that sticky BFP very soon. I'm Melissa, and DH and I are getting ready for a frozen embryo transfer next month. Our inability to conceive naturally has no explanation as of yet.

I don't know much about DHEA or whether or not to take it, but this might help if you haven't already seen it :Premature Ovarian Aging, DHEA Treatment for Fertility in Older Women :: CHR

I agree with Jen...you need to see someone who specializes in infertility. The ANA test is something that should be looked into...the test is known for giving false positives, but if yours isn't a false positive it could absolutely be causing your fertility issues.

Have you had your AMH checked?
Yes, I did see that website, thank you. The weird thing is that I am 31 - not exactly in the older women category! Anyhow.... yes, I agree completely that the ANA test might mean something.... but it was the specialist that told the Doctor it meant nothing.... so maybe I will find another one....

AMH - not sure about this one!?!

Here are a list of the results I have had back so far....

LUPUS ANTICOAGULANT

CARDIOLIPIN ANTIBODY

FACTOR V LEIDEN, PT 20210

MTHFR GENE ANALYSIS, PCR

PROTEIN S TOTAL

PROTEIN C ACTIVITY

FSH (FOLLICLE STIMULATING HORMONE)

TSH (THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE)

ANA (ANTINUCLEAR ANTIBODY)

GLUCOSE, FASTING

THYROPEROXIDASE ANTIBODY
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December 13th, 2011, 09:41 AM
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You should stay here on this board. These ladies are just a medical degree from being Gynecologists. I get more information here than any place. Not only information, but support. So if you are looking for that stay!
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Me (43) DH(33) 12 years together - ttc our first together-I have 14yr old DS
Cycles 1-6 = BFN
Cycle 7 SA results abnormal morphology 2%, 50 mg clomid = BFN
Cycle 8 sonogram normal 50 mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 9 SA results abnormal morphology and motility. Count 200 mill, 100mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 10 natural = BFN
Cycle 11 hsg tubes clear, natural + trigger+IUI = BFN
Cycle 12 repronex + trigger + 2 IUI = BFN
Cycle 13 natural ovaries to stimulated for more meds = BFN
Cycle 14-22 natural cycle with Acupuncture and planning ivf/icsi/DE = ALL BFN
Cycle 23 Clomid 50 mg & Progesterone = BFN
Cycle 24 Natural = BFN
Cycle 25 BCP, SA result 7% morphology = BFN
Cycle 26 BCP and Lupron preparing for IVF
Cycle 27 IVF Acupuncture, DE Retrieval April 7, Transfer April 12 =
7 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 2 transferred - zero snow babies
BETA # 1 16DPO or 11dp5dt = 569
BETA # 2 19 DPO or 14dp5dt = 1078
BETA # 3 22DPO or 17dp5dt = 2414 TWINS!
BETA # 4 30DPO or 25dp5dt = 12,685 6weeks 3days 2 heartbeats! 114 & 116
Clayton and Colton Born @ 34 weeks 11/22/13
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December 13th, 2011, 09:58 AM
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Yes! I am looking for knowledge and support!
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December 13th, 2011, 10:17 AM
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AMH measures the age/health of your ovaries. Unlike FSH, which fluctuates throughout your cycle, AMH is more stable and can more reliably tell you if your ovaries are a problem or not. Here's another link (you'll have your Google PhD by the end of this!). Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Test to Determine Fertility

Also, ditto what Jen said about many specialists having discounts for out-of-pocket people. Both specialists I have seen have discounts...not huge, but every little bit helps.
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December 13th, 2011, 10:52 AM
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I found that very interesting. I have asked my doctor about it. He is getting a bit sick of me and my questions though..... sigh. I would like that test, it sounds like a good idea!
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December 13th, 2011, 11:42 AM
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Hi Nina! And welcome! You have definitely come to the right place! There are some VERY educated girls around here!

I am Jill (34) and DH is Joe (34) and we are currently TTC #3 with 1000 mg Met and 7.5 mg Femara CD 3-7.
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December 13th, 2011, 01:17 PM
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Hello and welcome!

Gretchen is right about being a degree away from being gynos I'm new here, but as far as I'm concerned, you can stay! You're pretty much just in the testing mode right now, but considering what you've been through, this is probably the first step toward actual MA. What part of California are you in? I'm in San Diego and I LOVE my reproductive endocrinologist, but he might not be "the one" for you. He's pretty med-heavy (which normally I would hate, but at this point we've been trying so long that I'll take any/all help I can get).

I don't know much about the AMH test or the DHEA, but I can tell you that I used DHEA, 75mg/day, for a few months, and I was ovulating more regularly while I was on it. However, I never ended up pregnant, and feared it may have been because I was self-RXing a hormone, so I stopped.
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Jan. 2009: Came off years of BCP and started TTC
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Dec. 2011: 2nd medicated cycle. BFN.
Jan. 2012: Took a month off to breathe...
Feb. 2012: Same regimen of Clomid and other meds, add IUI. 2 eggs and 8.5 million swimmers. BFN.
March 2012: 75 IU Follistim CD 3-11, follie scan CD 8 showed 6 follies likely to mature. Triggered, IUI on CD 14, 4 million swimmers. BFN.
April 2012: 75 IU Follistim CD 3-10. Scan showed 2 mature follies, 2 almost certain to mature, and two not likely but possible. (All 6 evenly and perfectly spaced out between the left and the right.) Triggered, IUI CD 13 with 5 million swimmers. BFN.
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December 14th, 2011, 07:19 AM
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I know my RE did AMH testing on me and said it's better than a 3 day FSH test. He also did the FSH as well. My numbers where normal, but I didn't get the actual numbers myself.

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Me (43) DH(33) 12 years together - ttc our first together-I have 14yr old DS
Cycles 1-6 = BFN
Cycle 7 SA results abnormal morphology 2%, 50 mg clomid = BFN
Cycle 8 sonogram normal 50 mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 9 SA results abnormal morphology and motility. Count 200 mill, 100mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 10 natural = BFN
Cycle 11 hsg tubes clear, natural + trigger+IUI = BFN
Cycle 12 repronex + trigger + 2 IUI = BFN
Cycle 13 natural ovaries to stimulated for more meds = BFN
Cycle 14-22 natural cycle with Acupuncture and planning ivf/icsi/DE = ALL BFN
Cycle 23 Clomid 50 mg & Progesterone = BFN
Cycle 24 Natural = BFN
Cycle 25 BCP, SA result 7% morphology = BFN
Cycle 26 BCP and Lupron preparing for IVF
Cycle 27 IVF Acupuncture, DE Retrieval April 7, Transfer April 12 =
7 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 2 transferred - zero snow babies
BETA # 1 16DPO or 11dp5dt = 569
BETA # 2 19 DPO or 14dp5dt = 1078
BETA # 3 22DPO or 17dp5dt = 2414 TWINS!
BETA # 4 30DPO or 25dp5dt = 12,685 6weeks 3days 2 heartbeats! 114 & 116
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December 14th, 2011, 07:53 AM
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Great, thanks ladies!!

I will ask for the AMH test as well - to back up the FSH results. I think I want this before I start taking DHEA!!
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December 14th, 2011, 08:10 AM
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I know they want FSH to be 10 or under.
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Me (43) DH(33) 12 years together - ttc our first together-I have 14yr old DS
Cycles 1-6 = BFN
Cycle 7 SA results abnormal morphology 2%, 50 mg clomid = BFN
Cycle 8 sonogram normal 50 mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 9 SA results abnormal morphology and motility. Count 200 mill, 100mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 10 natural = BFN
Cycle 11 hsg tubes clear, natural + trigger+IUI = BFN
Cycle 12 repronex + trigger + 2 IUI = BFN
Cycle 13 natural ovaries to stimulated for more meds = BFN
Cycle 14-22 natural cycle with Acupuncture and planning ivf/icsi/DE = ALL BFN
Cycle 23 Clomid 50 mg & Progesterone = BFN
Cycle 24 Natural = BFN
Cycle 25 BCP, SA result 7% morphology = BFN
Cycle 26 BCP and Lupron preparing for IVF
Cycle 27 IVF Acupuncture, DE Retrieval April 7, Transfer April 12 =
7 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 2 transferred - zero snow babies
BETA # 1 16DPO or 11dp5dt = 569
BETA # 2 19 DPO or 14dp5dt = 1078
BETA # 3 22DPO or 17dp5dt = 2414 TWINS!
BETA # 4 30DPO or 25dp5dt = 12,685 6weeks 3days 2 heartbeats! 114 & 116
Clayton and Colton Born @ 34 weeks 11/22/13
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December 14th, 2011, 08:20 AM
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Yes, and mine was 9.5 - so while that is still high..... I am just not certain it is the problem and unsure whether I need to be taking a hormone. I guess I will get told I should so that it doesn't get above 10 - but his response had so many maybe's in that I got a bit freaked out by it. If a specialist tells me to take it - I'm on it!
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anything under 10 they are happy with so don't worry about your 9.5 k?
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Me (43) DH(33) 12 years together - ttc our first together-I have 14yr old DS
Cycles 1-6 = BFN
Cycle 7 SA results abnormal morphology 2%, 50 mg clomid = BFN
Cycle 8 sonogram normal 50 mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 9 SA results abnormal morphology and motility. Count 200 mill, 100mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 10 natural = BFN
Cycle 11 hsg tubes clear, natural + trigger+IUI = BFN
Cycle 12 repronex + trigger + 2 IUI = BFN
Cycle 13 natural ovaries to stimulated for more meds = BFN
Cycle 14-22 natural cycle with Acupuncture and planning ivf/icsi/DE = ALL BFN
Cycle 23 Clomid 50 mg & Progesterone = BFN
Cycle 24 Natural = BFN
Cycle 25 BCP, SA result 7% morphology = BFN
Cycle 26 BCP and Lupron preparing for IVF
Cycle 27 IVF Acupuncture, DE Retrieval April 7, Transfer April 12 =
7 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 2 transferred - zero snow babies
BETA # 1 16DPO or 11dp5dt = 569
BETA # 2 19 DPO or 14dp5dt = 1078
BETA # 3 22DPO or 17dp5dt = 2414 TWINS!
BETA # 4 30DPO or 25dp5dt = 12,685 6weeks 3days 2 heartbeats! 114 & 116
Clayton and Colton Born @ 34 weeks 11/22/13
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December 14th, 2011, 01:55 PM
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I'm not that worried, but my doctor seems to be and wants me to take 75mg of DHEA to lower it - and since DHEA is a hormone.... I'm not sure I want to be taking it unnecessarily - if you know what I mean?
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December 15th, 2011, 08:03 AM
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I do know what you mean. Make sure you only do what you are comfortable with.
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Gretchen
Me (43) DH(33) 12 years together - ttc our first together-I have 14yr old DS
Cycles 1-6 = BFN
Cycle 7 SA results abnormal morphology 2%, 50 mg clomid = BFN
Cycle 8 sonogram normal 50 mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 9 SA results abnormal morphology and motility. Count 200 mill, 100mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 10 natural = BFN
Cycle 11 hsg tubes clear, natural + trigger+IUI = BFN
Cycle 12 repronex + trigger + 2 IUI = BFN
Cycle 13 natural ovaries to stimulated for more meds = BFN
Cycle 14-22 natural cycle with Acupuncture and planning ivf/icsi/DE = ALL BFN
Cycle 23 Clomid 50 mg & Progesterone = BFN
Cycle 24 Natural = BFN
Cycle 25 BCP, SA result 7% morphology = BFN
Cycle 26 BCP and Lupron preparing for IVF
Cycle 27 IVF Acupuncture, DE Retrieval April 7, Transfer April 12 =
7 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 2 transferred - zero snow babies
BETA # 1 16DPO or 11dp5dt = 569
BETA # 2 19 DPO or 14dp5dt = 1078
BETA # 3 22DPO or 17dp5dt = 2414 TWINS!
BETA # 4 30DPO or 25dp5dt = 12,685 6weeks 3days 2 heartbeats! 114 & 116
Clayton and Colton Born @ 34 weeks 11/22/13
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