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August 8th, 2011, 09:31 AM
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Nice lookin' chart!!! Sounds like you felt your very first O pains! It can be wild when you first feel it, but I think it's kinda neat when you can actually feel what your body is doing!

So sorry to hear about your friend. Binge & purge eating is not healthy... and if I were her friend, I'd be concerned about the example she's setting for her 12 year old daughter. Her unhealthy body image and behaviors surrounding it can very easily be passed along and burden her daughter with similar issues.

I'm glad to see you back on JM.

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August 10th, 2011, 11:13 PM
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Infertility treatments: When is it time?

I'm a little curious as to when I'll say enough is enough regarding TTC. I mean what is the usual length of time for couples to start seeking help? A year, several years, or at a certain age. Or is it any time they please?
I mentioned earlier that my mother who is now 57 had her fallopian tubes tied in the 1980's and then at 43 years of age had her tubes untied and then conceived my half sister at the ripe age of 43. So maybe I can wait it out until my 40's? Not that I'd want to!

I have been trying to conceive since 2007 ( some months I sat out) without success and I'm starting wonder if I should look into other options. The thing is I'm clueless when it comes to IVF, IUI, and more. I see women talking about their levels of this and that and their Beta and I have no clue what the heck they are talking about. It could be a Beta/VHS tape for all I know, part of the Greek alphabet? I am a complete novice. All the names and types of drugs go right over my head. I need schooling in all this. I have not looked into to it yet or researched any info. I'm not familiar with all the terms. Mostly because I have been denying myself other options as of yet. Why? Because I always thought it would be easy for me. That's why I waited until my thirties to have a child. Boy was I wrong, I guess I should of started earlier. But it's easy to say that now!
There's nothing wrong with using the technology made available. It's just, I thought I would conceive naturally and now it's looking like that may not be the case.
I think most agree it's t's up to the couple when to opt for infertility treatments. But I'm not sure if I ready to see a specialist yet. However, I don't think I can handle losing another little guy at 7 weeks again. It will crush me!
Especially because I do not know why it happened! I can't even prevent when I don't have any idea as to what went wrong!
There's infertility that's cut and dry and there's infertility that's unexplained. Some feel that they are ready to try IVF immediately, some will never opt for it. I 'm not sure what I will do. Maybe I will give myself a few more years...I would like to learn more about it and be fully educated as what my options are though. I think that would be a smart move.

I think what scares me the most as of now is that I 'm afraid of having another miscarriage.

Today I am 7 dpo and feeling hot! Matt keeps putting his hand on my head checking for a fever. I don't have a fever though. Chalking it up to my post O hormones. My temperature is 98.4 and is looking good. Having heart burn, weird tastes in my mouth, and I'm super tired, and constipated today( sorry). Hopefully I'll make it to 9 dpo before i start wasting tests. I'm a self professed POAS addict! So I'm trying to control my self! The waiting game is no fun that's for sure.
I'll be hanging out in the Am I Pregnant (2Weekwait) board and the Trying To Conceive boards if you want to catch up with me later!

Will try to update each date until AF comes or I get my BFP!

Baby dust to all!

Me 35, DH 38
First began TTC- Start 2007
1st BFP Oct. 2008- M/C in Dec. 2008 - D&C in Jan. 2009
Took break for a year.
Started TTC again in May 2011- TTC for my 1st baby
BFP July 29 2013!

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August 11th, 2011, 07:31 AM
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The general rule of thumb is if a couple has TTC on their own for at least a year without success, then they should see a Dr. That time frame is cut down to 6 months if you're 35 or over. Now, that's not to say that you have to follow those guidelines. They are exactly that... guidelines.

If you felt, for example, that you didn't want to wait a year... I'm sure with your history of previous m/c, you'd be able to find a dr. willing to work with you. On the other hand, if you get to the 2 year mark and still don't feel like you want to go that route, there's nothing saying you have to.

Perhaps a good compromise would be to ask your regular OB to run some blood work during your next visit. He/She can run simple tests to verify that all of your hormone levels are within the normal ranges. If everything comes back normal, maybe that would be enough to alleviate some of your worry while you continue to TTC naturally.

As for all the verbage (IUI, IVF, Clomid, Met, Betas, etc)... Hopefully you never have to learn what anything other than Betas are! When you see someone posting "My betas were..." they're pregnant and talking about the level of HCG in their system. Obviously, you wanna see them increase, so people will post their numbers to show they are increasing at a proper rate over a proper amount of time.

All the other stuff is if you need actual "help".

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August 11th, 2011, 06:55 PM
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It's definitely up to the couple and like Nikki said there are guidelines which Doctors will follow when deciding what kind of treatment they want to perform... I decided to opt for medical assistance fairly early on in my journey for a few reasons. First, my age, I'm almost 35 now and DH is almost 40. Second, when we started ttc and I went off BCP I had a whole lot of changes that weren't normal! I found out I had PCOS and after much research learned that our chances of conceiving on our own were low because of that. When they tested DH's sperm, we found we were also dealing with male factor, which lessened our chances even more. IVF will be our next option, after 7 IUI's, 6 rounds of clomid, 3 rounds of injectables and 2 years and 4 months of ttc.

So for us, had we kept trying, our efforts would have been wasted. We have made some changes to DH's habits and I'm working on things to lessen my issues with PCOS, but we wouldn't have known we had to do that without the tests.

I'm not trying to sway you into getting help, I just think at least getting some tests run would be a huge benefit and might help you make your decision on whether or not you need to seek medical assistance

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