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December 27th, 2011, 03:20 PM
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I don't know if this has been done recently, if it has I missed it and am sorry, but I thought it might be nice for everyone to post their brief TTC(MA) history here. I know as a n00b it would help me understand everyone's story better. I'll start with mine:

I spent something like 6 years on various types of birth control, mostly the pill. I came off of it when DH and I decided to TTC. It took us 13 months, but we got pregnant on our own. I carried to term, but due to complications, he spent his five days in the NICU and never made it home. About seven months later, I was pregnant again, only to have a very early miscarriage during the fifth week. A few months passed and I started the period from Hell -- I'd been bleeding 5 weeks and finally went in to see an RE, hoping he could help regulate my body (my cycles had always been irregular) and speed this process along. I mean, January marks three years we've been waiting to have a family. He prescribed 100mg Clomid, 2mg Estradiol, Ovidrel for trigger, and 200mg Progesterone suppositories 2x/day for 14 days. This seemed to work, as I got my BFP! But it turned out to be chemical. Right now I'm waiting for AF and doing the same regimen in hopes I get my sticky bean soon.
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(Thank you Natasha for this beautiful graphic of Andrew, and to the ladies of the Nov 10 PR who help me in carrying on his memory.)


Jan. 2009: Came off years of BCP and started TTC
March 2010: BFP -- finally!
Oct. 22, 2010: Drew is born, but has to stay in the NICU because of cord complications resulting in oxygen deprivation and brain problems =(
Oct. 27, 2010: I held him in my arms while Daddy, Grandma, Great-Uncle and I sang him to sleep =( Hardest thing I've ever done...
June 14, 2011: Drew's baby brother or sister waved hi to us with a BFP!
June 25, 2011: Natural miscarriage... Can we please catch a break here?
Nov. 2011: 100mg Clomid followed by 2mg Estrogen, Ovidrel trigger, and 200mg progesterone suppositories 2x/day 14 days. BFN.
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.
May 2012: 75 IU Follistim starting CD 3. Waiting to O. Timed intercourse. Likely 5 follies to mature.




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December 27th, 2011, 03:34 PM
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I've got mine on my blogt, but we've never seriously prevented in the time we were married. DH has a vasectomy shortly after his son was born, but it was reversed around the time we were married and was deemed successful for quite some time. His counts now are so incredibly low and messed up that we have been told that we have a less than .01% chance of conceiving a healthy baby on our own. I have PCOS & endo as well, adn have had a lot of issues with that. We've had numerous losses over the years(mostly chemical pregnancies) with two this year on donor sperm cycles(what was supposed to be our magic fix). 2012 marks year 6 of us being open to having a child, 5 years since we really started trying. We've done 6 medicated cycles so far and will hopefully do more in 2012.
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December 27th, 2011, 06:45 PM
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Good idea, Erin!

I was on the pill for several years after we got married and hated it, so I had a Mirena IUD inserted in 2004. It was removed in July 2007 so we could TTC, and I figured I'd be pregnant by Christmas. After a year of no BFP I saw an OB/GYN who did a few tests, an HSG, and an SA on DH. All our tests came back normal. We did 3 natural IUIs, and they all failed.

I switched to an RE in 2009. We did more testing, DH had more specialized SAs, I had a lap...all normal. We failed the post-coital test, but my RE even said it didn't mean anything. We did 3 IUIs with Clomid and a trigger over a 6-month time period. No BFP. We decided to move ahead with IVF at my RE's suggestion, and our first fresh cycle was in Oct/Nov. 2009. We transferred two 5-day blasts and froze 5 others. It worked!

My betas were completely wonky and I was told at different times that I had a non-viable pregnancy and an ectopic, but Claire was born full-term and healthy in July 2010.

Our first frozen embryo transfer is Jan. 20, 2012.
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December 27th, 2011, 07:02 PM
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I had been on the pill since I was 14. At 18 I switched to the depo-provera shot and was on that for about 2 years. I then went back on the pill and ended up having an unplanned pregnancy at age 21. Unfortunately at 8 weeks during a routine ultrasound it was determined that the baby never grew past a fetal pole. I had a D&C a few days later. After that I tried again with the guy I was with, but wasn't successful. I eventually left him due to mental abuse (and I found out he was using drugs...long story short, he worked nights, I worked days...never knew he was doing coke during the day while i was at work).

I met Jesse through Eharmony when I was 25. We got married on Sept 18, 2010 and knew we wanted to try to get pregnant right away. Our 2nd cycle officially TTC we got pregnant. I spotted at 6 weeks and went in for my first appointment. I had an ultrasound and saw the baby with a heartbeat of 101 bpm. Unfortunately at 10w4d I miscarried naturally at home. I continued to bleed for about a month before it finally stopped and about 10 days later I had my first AF. Ever since my miscarriage, Jesse and I have not been able to get pregnant. After moving to Delaware we decided to seek the help of a fertility specialist. This is our first cycle of TTCMA, and are basically just doing testing right now. We plan on trying this cycle in the hopes that the HSG will have cleaned some stuff out of there so an egg can latch on. If we don't conceive this cycle, we have our next step consult scheduled with my specialist on the 17th of Jan.
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December 27th, 2011, 10:15 PM
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It truly breaks my heart to hear what some of you here have been through. I hope that 2012 is THE YEAR for everyone here who is working so hard to expand their family.

My husband and I began TTC two years ago at the age of 31, and after a year without success I was told by my (former) OB/GYN and an endo that the reason I couldn't conceive was my weight. I was 280 lbs at the time. After crying all night I got to work the next day losing weight, and 5.5 months and 70 lbs later I got a BFP. A few days later I began bleeding and had some pain on my left side, and later that week had a D&C. 10 days after the D&C I began experiencing severe pain on my left side, and - long story short - a week later I had surgery to remove an ectopic pregnancy. The surgery began as a laparascopy but went poorly due to extensive adhesions in my pelvic cavity, and I ended up hemorrhaging and needing blood transfusions during a 4-hour laparotomy. When I woke up my surgeon/new OB/GYN told me I had "moderately-severe" endometriosis, that the likelihood of another ectopic pregnancy was high, and that it would be unsafe for us to continue to TTC the usual way because another surgery would be dangerous.

So IVF it was. We began seeing an RE in September, and just finished the first cycle. It wasn't successful, but we have six snowbabies and are starting an FET right away. I am so much healthier than I was two years ago when we began TTC, and despite the past 6 months I feel stronger emotionally and mentally than I did a year ago. I am feeling very hopeful that we'll be more successful this time around.
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December 28th, 2011, 08:13 AM
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My DH began TTC in Nov 2008, that very first month we got pregnant and miscarried at 4w3d, it was absolutely the most terrible thing I have been through, in the few days that I knew I was pregnant I formed a bond and had so many plans for the future, to make that sting worse my sister was in the hospital giving birth to my nephew. A day after she came home I was back there for serious bleeding and found out my hcg was very low. Walking out of that hospital knowing there was nothing left of my pregnancy was difficult to say the least. Over the next year I had 3 more very early losses and in Jan 2010 we started seeing our first RE. I had the entire book of tests done (23 vials of blood drawn!) and the only thing found was that I was hetero for the MTHFR mutation and was told to just take baby aspirin everyday, Jasons SA was slightly low for the morph and motility numbers, I had an HSG done that I was told was completely normal. We were rushed into an IUI and it was a BFN, long story short I didn't feel I was getting good care there and most of the people in that office treated me like a young child. I met with a new RE and she was very concerned about my HSG results, she took my dvd (my previous RE recorded the procedure) to a radiology convention (she claims she did at least) and they all agreed that my right tube was definitely blocked. We did 3 cycles of Clomid and one with IUI all BFN's. This RE was treating me, sorry to be so blunt, but like absolute ****. I never saw her it was always the nurses and when I did see her she acted like a stuck up snob, she brought me in one last time and said its time for IVF and sent us on our way with all kinds of paperwork. I won't lie, we were so desperate we thought about moving forward with her, but I came to my senses and realized I don't think we were to that point yet, and she wasn't the person we would trust with that anyway. We took a break from MA and really really tried on our own for awhile. I started to do some research and another woman on this board from Missouri like me, recommended me a new RE. We went to go see him and he was so wonderful, his first plan of action was laprascopic surgery, he couldn't believe after all this time TTC (2 and a half years at that point) that I hadn't had one done yet. He did a quick ultrasound and found a very large cyst in (what he thought) was my ovary. I had my surgery and the cyst turned out to be a 5cm tubal cyst blocking my left ovary, I had endometriosis that he removed, and also a small uterine septum. All serious issues when TTC and I wished they could have been taken care of right away back in Jan 2010 when we started seeing our first RE. After the surgery he gave me SO MUCH hope that I would be pregnant within a couple of months. So much hope that when I wasn't pregnant 3 months later (Nov 2011) I was absolutely devastated, I mean CRUSHED. I decided I can't do this anymore and we decided to stop completely, this has taken over my life in every single way imaginable for not only the past 3 years of TTC but for at least a couple years before that when I started wanting children but we weren't yet ready to TTC. We feel that we will think about it again in maybe 3-4 years but for now we are finished
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Cycle #10-11 - Met with first RE, diagnosed with heterzygeous MTHFR mutation & slightly low SA on all counts. -BFN, Cycle #12 - First IUI+Trigger - BFN, Cycle #13 - BFN
Cycle #14-15 - Met with new RE, diagnosed with a blocked right tube that previous RE completely overlooked or didnt care to mention. Soy (120mg) - BFN
Cycle #16 - Clomid (100mg) - BFN, Cycle #17 - Clomid (100mg)+Trigger+IUI - BFN
Cycle #18 - Acupuncture+Clomid (100mg) - BFN
Cycle #19-27 - 2 Soy (160mg) cycles, the rest all natural also 30lbs lost!! - BFN's
Cycle #28 - New RE is GREAT! Put on bcp 7/6/11, Lap surgery 8/1/11- Tubal cyst (5cm) found and removed, Uterine Septum removed, and Stage II-III endo removed. Cycle #29 - All Natural - BFN, Cycle #30 - All Natural - BFN, Cycle#31 - All Natural - BFN, DONE TTC FOR NOW




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December 28th, 2011, 08:59 AM
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It truly breaks my heart to hear what some of you here have been through. I hope that 2012 is THE YEAR for everyone here who is working so hard to expand their family.
ITA...may 2012 bring much happiness & success for everyone TTC here!

My own journey...

DH & I started TTC in 2008, he had just turned 36, I was 35 almost 36. We got pregnant 1st cycle trying (much to our surprise, i was braced for difficulty based on our age) and the pregnancy seemed to be going great - I even ended up in ER b/c the m/s was so strong. No signs of any trouble at all until we went in for 8wk u/s...and saw a beautiful hb - we were in love immediately & so excited. So excited (and so new to u/s) that we didn't realize that the u/s technician left to get our OB, who told us that the hb was "a little slower" than they liked to see, so she was concerned it was a theatened m/c. We were devastated and spent the next couple of days going in for u/s watching the hb fade until it was gone. Ultimately the pregnancy ended in a D&C at just past 9wks.

At first I wasn't sure I could even try again I was so crushed...we waited a few months & healed emotionally. Then we tried again and after a few cycles became pregnant with Savannah

We TTC #2 in August 2010 and again surprised ourselves getting pregnant immediately...but problems started almost as quickly. Bleeding on & off for weeks with odd HcG pull results that made OB think we might have suffered a vanishing twin...eventually an u/s at 6wks gave us hope because despite bad doubling and all the bleeding a hb started anyway....but by 2nd u/s the hb was still there (against all odds b/c HcG levels had frozen, neither increasing nor decreasing) but hadn't increased in rate as it should and again m/c was inevitable. We spent another week more dealing with bleeding and told to wait b/c the hb hung on and thus no discussion could be had of how to handle the m/c. I eventually m/c'd naturally and OB agreed because of my age (now 39) and some of the unusual aspects of the hb with both losses that she'd run RPL testing on me even though having had 1 successful pregnancy she didn't expect the tests would turn anything up.

But then they did...I'm positive for a Factor II mutation as well as elevated levels of anticardiolipins, both increase risk of blood clots and pregnancy complications. So OB immediately shipped me off to RE to develop a treatment plan for next pregnancy...not necessarily thinking I'd otherwise need RE assistance. However in meeting with RE, he feels the clotting disorders are a significant risk for later stages of pregnancy (2nd/3rd tri) but unconvinced they're the cause of my loss issues...he thinks i'm ovulating in a less than ideal manner and recommends a clomid/trigger shot/progesterone regimen.

Since we met with RE mid cycle, we proceeded with path of trigger shot & progesterone this month but trigger shot had to be abandoned when we missed ovulation over the holiday weekend.

I am hopeful that with combination of RE approach plus progesterone & baby aspirin (which i take throughout cycle) and Lovenox (which i'll start once pregnancy is confirmed with 2 betas doubling) that we'll have covered all bases and hopefully can avoid additional losses.
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December 28th, 2011, 10:54 AM
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Here she goes!

I am 41 DH is 32. We have been together for 10 years. I have a 13 year old son from my first marriage. In the last 10 years I've been ready ttc the entire time. DH not so much. In fact, not at all. So Feb 1st 2011 DH decides he is ready.... this is right when I turn 41 and he is 31.

Well cuase of my age we have troubles and after he gets a SA done he has abnormal morphology so our chances of our own are only 1% each month. Well Obgyn gives me one month of clomid and refers me to RE since my age is a huge factor. So total with first RE is 3 rounds of clomid and a trigger shot and pushed to IVF/icsi/donor egg. I changed RE and had HSG, and on second round of IUI. As of now, we decided to do three rounds of IUI and than either IVF of adopt.
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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 28th, 2011, 10:57 AM
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Wow! So many stories on here of so many different TTCMA!

DH has wanted children since we met 7.5 years ago. My sister is married to his brother & they have 4 kids without every trying. We got married in July 2010 and started trying right away. I thought that since our siblings had no problems having children, it would be just that simple for us. I planned on a honeymoon baby. Well, after a year of TTC my annual exam came up with my OB/GYN. I told her we'd been trying and she recommended that we see an RE.

A woman that I work with donates eggs to one of the clinics on the list my OB/GYN gave me, and she told me how great they are. I made an appointment & with my co-worker's influence we got in the very next week!

We had all the bw and tests done. Seems like everything is okay with me.

DH has a low count (about 12 million usually post wash), which isn't terrible, but could be better. We've had 3 IUIs that didn't result in pregnancy so the RE has suggested we move on to IVF this cycle. I go tomorrow for CD3 bw & u/s to start the birth control pill for 2 weeks or so and then move onto the injections & the whole process. Really hoping for a BFP soon!
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December 28th, 2011, 01:11 PM
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I'm new to the neighborhood. DH and I have been TTC for a year. I had been off birth control (which I was on for only a bit over a year because it really disagreed with me) for 3 1/2 years by that point. I have regular periods and am generally healthy, but I am 35, which means the medical community has rung an infertility bulls-eye around my neck.

When went in for fertility analysis DH's SA came back great and my Clomid Challenge blood tests came back normal. And here we entered what seems like common territory with a few women on this board: the sucky RE.

Even after asking we received no more testing (not even a physical exam) and were shoved into the IUI 3-cycle loop to be followed by IVF. (Presented to us as if A) we don't need to think about this and B) of course everyone can afford to pay for all of this.) In the end it was my own fault; I didn't listen to my gut. I wanted to believe so badly that IUI was the magic bean for us. We did only one. The experience -- from mannerisms to the physical treatment of my body to a total lack of concerns about my overall health at the time and thus readiness -- was terrible. And it failed.

The RE retires on Saturday. But we had already decided to not move forward with the next IUI, unconvinced that it really addresses what might be our problem. We have an appointment for a new RE in January but because there is only one place to go around here, it's just a new guy in the same place with, I fear, the same attitudes, a conception assembly line, so to speak. As we get closer to the appointment, we will reconsider whether to wait out MA until we move elsewhere.

So, for at least a few months, I am shifting to acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I am also taking a few nutritional supplements, eating better and getting regular exercise. And I'm trying hard to relax about it all. A little ironic, that sentence, isn't it?

My heart goes out to each and every one of the ladies so strongly fighting for their dream of a family.
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December 28th, 2011, 02:47 PM
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Wow so many heartbreaking stories. You ladies are so strong!!

DH and I have always wanted a baby but we wanted to wait until we felt "ready", financially mostly. So we finally got on a good insurance in 2010 and got pregnant on our first cycle of NTNP in June 2010. I miscarried in August 2010, naturally at home. I have always wanted to be a mom, more than anything I have ever felt. It was devastating to lose the pregnancy since we had already started planning so much.

Spent several months at the obgyn who is great, but I always felt like I had to suggest what I wanted to try next... My progesterone was low and my LP short so I spent 3 months on clomid with no results. I finally requested a SA (should have done that WAY sooner!) and it showed DH had a low count but even more importantly, his white blood cell count was extremely elevated, over 20 million (should be 0-1!). We went to see a urologist who put him on a broad spectrum antibiotic for 7 days. The next SA showed WBC had gone down to about 13 mil I think and the third showed it was at 1-6 mil, so almost normal.

Several more months of trying and still nothing so we finally decided to go see an RE. Our first appt is tomorrow and I feel great about it! We are also both taking FertilAid this month and using instead softcups.
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December 28th, 2011, 02:52 PM
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It's so great to read everyone's stories....Not great that we have to be here, but great that we can read about each other, support each other, and so on

Let me preface this with my mother in law always said that when my DH had a hernia repair as a child, that the doctor said he might have a hard time having kids. Not that he couldn't, but that it might be difficult. I was always hoping there wasn't much to that, since how could they tell that when he was so young, but in any case...here where are.

Both DH and I will be 30 in 2012. We started TTC 4 months after we were married, Jan. of 2010. I have always had regular periods, but used OPK's right away to know exactly best time for trying. Since I was using those, and wasn't pregnant within 6-7 months, I was thinking there might be some truth to what that doctor said, while also wondering if something could be wrong with me. I had also had an idea that I might have a septate uterus, but never went for confirmation. Sooo, Jan. 2011 rolls around, no luck at all, we start the appts, etc.

I had all bloodwork done, all normal. I had an HSG, tubes all clear, but the septate showed again but I had to be sent for a 3D u/s, which confirmed the septate. I would need surgery to remove it. My husband went for SA, which was not good to the point he had to have the TESE procedure to remove sperm surgically. We were very lucky for the doctor to be able to find sperm and we have 9 vials frozen for future use. So, we both had our surgeries to prepare for IVF with ICSI...

July was our first IVF, to which I was pregnant, but m/c and had a D&C in Sept. Unfortunately, we have not been able to try again yet due to scar tissue from the D&C procedure that did not dissolve on it's own, so I need to go back in a couple weeks to have that removed. Once completed, I am hoping to move on with a Feb. frozen transfer and hope one our two frozen embryos survives the thaw. It's been hard, since all this waiting is a result from the m/c, so just when I think we can move forward from this place, we have been getting pushed back so I still like I am in the m/c phase....

It's been a long road......

Jan. 2010 - Jan. 2011 = BFN's
Feb. 2011 - June 2011 = Not trying, had surgeries
July 2011 - IVF #1 = BFP
August 2011 - pregnant
Sept. 2011 - m/c D&C
Oct. 2011= long cycle to return post D&C/post check up showed scar tissue
Nov. 2011 = Wait to see if tissue dissolve on own
Dec. 2011 = tissue still there
Jan. 2012= tissue to be removed
Feb. 2012 = hopefully start meds for FET

I hope 2012 brings many BFP's the ladies on this board <3
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December 28th, 2011, 06:17 PM
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Mostly a lurker now..but this used to be my home away from home =)

On bcp until I got married at 20..went off..no issues with my cycles. ttc for a year, went to the OB, then on to an RE. No issues found besides my husbands low sperm counts (3 million) tried IUI BFN. 2.5yrs and we finally got a BFP naturally. Miscarried at 12 weeks. Heart broken. another IUI and 2 IVF cycles that resulted in poor embryo quality and BFN's we were told to adopt or use Donor Eggs....I was 23. We gave up..by this time we had been ttc for almost 4 yrs...6 mths later we got a BFP on another natural cycle...we got our DS.

When DS was 3 mths old we started TTC using clomid..and when he was 10 mths old we tried IVF #3 and again BFN. 4 months later we got another natural BFP that resulted in our daughter. I'll be 28 in a month..so in 8 yrs we did 3 IUI's, 3 IVF's all BFN....3 natural BFP's and 2 children.
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December 29th, 2011, 05:46 AM
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Thank you so much to everyone for sharing your stories. As someone else said, there are so many strong women here!

Here's my long story...

DH and I got married in Sept. 2008. I started temping and tracking my cycles in April 2009 and in July 2009, we officially started TTC. By June 2010, after a year of regular cycles and well-timed BDing all we had were BFNs. We went to see an RE in June 2010. Tests showed that my tubes were clear, BW loooked good except for slightly elevated FSH and DHs S/A looked perfect. They said we had "unexplained infertility" and suggested medicated IUI cycles. We tried three IUI cycles - all BFNs. After this I was really feeling broken and ready to give up. I took a break from traditional MA and instead started acupuncture and Chinese herbs and kept TTC naturally for several months.

In early 2011, we decided to pursue IVF. I found a clinical trial in NY which was comparing traditional IVF (lots of meds) to mini-IVF (minimal meds) and I was accepted to the trial. This felt like an amazing break because, even though I would have to travel from DC to NY, the trial covered all of the costs of IVF including the meds. I was placed in the traditional IVF group and started all the meds. About 10 days into my cycle, I went from having 6 follies to 1 follie and was told that I was not a good candidate for traditional IVF. I was kicked out of the trial. I was completely devestated by this and felt like I had run out of options. I had a follow-up consultation with the RE running the trial and he said that I had diminished ovarian reserve and that I might do better with mini-IVF. We decided to continue at the clinic in NY as paying patients and give it a try. We did three cycles of mini-IVF and retrieved a total of six eggs and ended up with 5 snow babies. We did multiple cycles because we wanted to have extra embryos for future children so that we won't have to go through another retrieval when my eggs are even older (and more diminished).

In July 2011, we did our first frozen embryo transfer and got pregnant. But the baby never grew past 6 weeks and I had a D&C at 8 weeks.

We did our second frozen embryo transfer in early November and I got another BFP. I will be 11 weeks tomorrow and so far everything looks perfect!
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Aven Robert - Born August 4th 2012





My History
Jenn in DC=37 DH=46
TTC #1 since July 2009

Cycles 1-12 = BFN
Cycle #13 - 15= IUIs with Clomid & Gonal F - All BFNs
Cycle #16 -21 - Natural Cycles, started acupuncture and chinese herbs - BFN
Cycle #22 - IVF Clinical Trial. Cycle Cancelled.
Cycle #23 - Minimal Stimulation IVF #1 - 2 eggs retrieved, fertilized and frozen on Day 3.
Cycle #24 - Mini-IVF #2 - 2 eggs retrieved, fertilized and frozen as expanded blasts on Day 5.
Cycle #25 - Mini-IVF #3 - 4 eggs retrieved (two mature and 2 immature), one egg made it to blast and was frozen. Five snowbabies in all!! Hysteroscopy.
Cycle #26 Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP and then miscarriage
Cycle #27 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP!!
Due Date: July 20th
Aven Robert Born on August 4th
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December 29th, 2011, 07:18 AM
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Man - what amazing stories. I am so sad to hear about all these losses. I do love hearing the success stories too! It's like just when it can't get any worse a BFP comes out! That is what is keeping me moving forward.
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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 30th, 2011, 07:28 AM
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We got married in October 2007, have never prevented, no artificial BC and conceived our son naturally 6 months later. We figured since it took 6 months we weren't super fertile, but never dreamed we had any major fertility issues. We never prevented after our son's birth in January 2009, and were hoping to have our first 2 kids really close together. I did not get AF or ovulate the entire time I was BFing, so finally weaned him at 10 months in November 2009 to bring on AF and get the show on the road.

7 months later I was still not pregnant, in spite of hardcore TTC, charting, etc. (When conceiving #1 the first few months were more like NTNP, and once we started really trying it happened pretty quickly, so we were hopin it would be quicker this time). My doctor recommended a SA as a first step in testing, and well, that one test pretty much gave us the reason why I wasn't pregnant, and reason to believe that I might never be again. His count was 1.3 million/ml with 36% motility and bad morphology. He was reffered to a urologist, had varicocele repair(Sept 2010) and went on a vitamin regimine (which he is still on). His counts 3 months later (December 2010) were much improved 12.8 million/ml with 50% motility, and his total count was 48 million which is within normal range. I conceived that month, but sadly went on to miscarry a week after my BFP. Also that same month I had my Day-3 bloodwork done and my FSH came back high (12.6) at the ripe old age of 26! Although subsequent FSH test have all been normal, as well as a repeat AMH test, I have been labeled Diminished Ovarian Reserve.

We have tried 3 IUIs, 1 with clomid and 2 natural, and I'm not sure if we will pursue any further treatment or not. IUI is very difficult to time for us, and the clinic is over an hour away. IVF is not an option for us, we simply cannot gamble with that much money and have our dreams crushed if it fail or I miscarry. We are in the domestic adoption process currently, but still TTC while we wait (although I don't really expect anything to happen at this point- the 2 times we have actually conceived HAVE been naturally).
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December 30th, 2011, 12:24 PM
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I don't really have a very exciting story to tell...

I was on the BCP for 6 months due to being put on accutane. Started TTC in October 09 and have had really irregular cycles the entire time. Finally lost 30 pounds and my cycles seem to have regulated but I'm going to move forward with MA next cycle and try clomid...
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December 31st, 2011, 10:26 AM
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Manda- I was on accutane almost 15 years ago. I sometimes wonder if that has something to do with my infertility.
Our story....TTC#1. We tried for a year On our own and at my annual ob/gyn appt i mentioned that we had been trying for a year. And also noticed I had a short luteal phase. So my gyne did a hsg which came back normal (according to him)and DH had a normal SA. so in jan '08 we started with clomid, hcg trigger and double iui. We did 4 cycles (one of which was cancelled). I continued to have short luteal phases even with an increase in clomid dose. So against my Ob/gyn I decided to seek advice from a RE. We met with him in may '08. He reviewed the hsg film and thought my right tube was blocked. So he decides to do a salinehysterogram bc I had very heavy periods. Sure enough that showed I have a uterine polyp. July '08 I had a lap which removed the polyp, also removed a large cyst on my right tube (which is why on the hsg it looked like the tube was blocked) also removed some endo. So after that our RE felt that he corrected so many things that we had a **** at getting pregnant on our own. So we did 2 natural monitored cycles and realized I had low e2 and progesterone levels on 7dpo. So we went to Follistim 75 iu with hcg trigger. First cycle was cancelled due to weird progesterone levels. And we got pregnant on our second cycle in nov '08. And our miracle baby, katie, was born aug 2009.

TTC #2. So in April 2011 we decided we would try again. I really never thought we would try again but was excited at the idea of Katie being a big sister. Since I had a c/s our RE wanted to repeat the hsg. That showed that my right tube was blocked and dilated and he thought my left tube was coiled because of adhesions. So in may I had another lap. Showed both tubes were open. Just a little endo which he removed. So we started with Follistim again. He gave us a 70% chance of conceiving in 4 cycles. But 5 cycles later we still weren't pregnant. I still don't understand why it didn't work this time but just proves to me that our DD truly is a miracle. We are NTNP for now and I'm going to work on losing some weight and we may revisit TTC in the future and if not I'm happy to have my Katie!!
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DD - Kaitlin 8/15/2009 ( our Follistim miracle)
DS - Brady 3/4/2013 ( our menopur miracle thanks to the AMIGOS study)
And now we feel like our family is complete!
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December 31st, 2011, 01:06 PM
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Hi ladies!!! Glad to join you all over here.

Here's my story...been on (and off) but mostly on the pill since I was about 21 years old. Never really had a serious boyfriend until I met my husband when I was 27 (although I did live with my 'fwb' for a year...he was the most 'serious' mate I had this was when I was 25/26)...so that was 6 years on the pill - and then I stayed on the pill for 3 more years after DH and I met until I was 30. We were legally married in April 2009 (for insurance reasons to get him on my insurance...) but our wedding wasn't until June of 2010.

I decided to go off of BC in March of 2010 (and would have been ok if we'd have gotten pregnant before the wedding...) and I started charting in September 2010.

By May 2011 (1 year/1 month after stopping BC) we still weren't pregnant, so I went to my doc for my yearly...and we also had DH have his first SA, since on my end, I tend to ovulate on the 14th day and my cycles average 28 days...

I did have an hSG test done, which showed one possibly blocked tube...but nothing was ever really done about it.

DH started seeing a Urologist in June 2011 and his doc put him on clomid. His first SA's showed low everything - and 0% morphology.

His third SA done just last week showed an improvement in the morphology (by 5%!!!! as well as a huge improvement in motility (from 30% to 66%!!) but still low volume and count.

His urologist suggested having the varicocele surgery done, but I have called my doc to see what else we can do on my part first before jumping into surgery. Since I do have fairly normal cycles with positive OPK's - but I also have the one blocked tube.
So the nurse at my doc's office sent over a referral to Midwest Fertility.

So that is where we are at right now. Literally waiting as we speak for the fertility specialists to call and set up an appointment - hopefully for the end of next week / beginning of the week after.

As of right now, his doc says our only option is IVF - which I would have no problem with, but my insurance (which is normally great insurance) won't pay for diddly squat when it comes to fertility...at least not IVF nor IUI...

His doc said that IF the varicocele surgery is successful then IUI could possibly be an option, but it's only got like a 60% success rate...but if he doesn't have it done then IVF is the only option...

but I still want to talk to a fertility specialist first before he has surgery.

Either way (unless a miracle happens) we will have to have the assistance of modern medicine help us start our family.
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TTC since March 2010 (too darn long) - 4 years, 2 months and counting... / Severe MFI / Stage 1 Endometriosis

IVF=ONLY option

October 2012 = Fresh IVF #1 - retrieved 8, 6 fertilized. Transfer 2. Fail.March 2013 = Frozen #1 - Transfer 2 of 4 left. Fail.
February 2014 = Frozen #2 - Transfer remaining 2 - IMPLANTATION!
8 weeks, D&C - blighted ovum - Triploidy


July 2014 = Fresh IVF #2!


"Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us!"

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December 31st, 2011, 01:25 PM
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We were married March 4th 2005 (3-4-05) at the ripe old ages of 19 and 21.

We started trying about a year after marriage ( I had really irregular cycles so I knew it would take a long time) I temped, used opk's but it was just so irregular and unpredictable. I started clomid, did about a total of 9 cycles with my OB ( I was so clueless at the time) all BFN. I took a break for more testing. A lap and HSG, all were normal. I took a break from clomid and on the second month of the break I got pg naturally.
I ended up having a missed m/c around 11 weeks. Baby stopped growing around 8 weeks. It was horrifying.
I tried naturally for 5 months after. Nothing happened. I finally went to see an RE. He told me I had PCOS (first time i ever had an u/s) We did 4 rounds of clomid/ IUI. Nothing. I did a cycle of injects/ iui... nothing, the second cycle of injects/IUI we FINALLY got pg again and got our DS. who is now 2.

When we wanted to try for #2 we went straight back to injects/IUI. We did 3 cycles but became frustrated because I was over stimming every time. We made the decision to move onto IVF in hopes that we would also have some frozen embryos to complete our family later too.
Thankfully our first round of IVF worked, and we are expecting baby #2, and #3.
and we have 2 blasts frozen and waiting for us later.
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