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Love4leon 04-30-2012 08:30 AM

Blessed with children, Struggling for more Week of April 30th
This thread is for women that have children who are trying to have more and struggling with infertility (IF). You fall into the IF category if you have been trying for more than a year or if you have known fertility issues. Some have secondary IF and some have primary IF. Some of us are TTC naturally and some need treatments of some type. All are welcome!

We also have women who are praying to make it. Due to prior losses or IF they don't feel like they should join a due date board till after the first 12 weeks. We are truly happy to support you as you transition. Please just keep in mind that we are a group of woman struggling with IF and be sensitive to that as you post. If you put a pregnancy ticker or smiley in your signature, please turn off your signature when you post in this thread. Thank you!

Please note: When your information needs to be updated, please highlight the area that needs to be updated. This will make it easier for me to update you. :goodvibes:

If you'd like to be added please post your info using the format below. Please note: I remove names if you are inactive for one month. This really helps keep the list more manageable, if you would like to be added back, just repost your info. :D

Women TTC: :ttc: :noaf:

Screen Name (Real Name): 3 Ladybugs (Jennifer)
Age: 35
Current Children and age: 3 lost children (2006), 1 living son - 3.5 years old
Diagnosis: Unexplained infertility to start with, now in menopause due to chemo, also had pelvic radiation that complicates things a bit.
Treatment and meds: Have 5 frozen embryos (my last 5 bits of hope), meds are yet to be determined, will start a prenatal in the next couple of days, on fermented cod liver oil
Next Appointment: 4/26 with RE preliminary testing, will see my oncologist on 7/18, need to schedule a nutritionist and a port cath flush.
Cycles TTC another: Got cleared to do my FET back in 11/10 pending oncologist telling my RE I didn't have cancer... turns out I did. So have been waiting since then to get to this point. So honestly, no cycles TTC right now, but 2 years 4 months in the making!

Screen Name (Real Name): doodle19 (Shaye)
Age: 26
Current Children and age: Chloe, 4 years old Ella 13months
Lost Children and Dates: 09/2009 02/2012
Diagnosis: tube obstruction, left tube 100% blocked, right tube also has blocking(not 100%) but barely functioning.
Treatment and meds: Suggested IVF, but we are trying for a yr on our own first.
Next Appointment: 4/17/12
Cycles TTC another: 7months

Screen Name (Real Name): jacquelinemarie82 (Jacqueline)
Age: 30
Current Children and age: Jasmine, 2 years old (2/10/2010)
Lost Children and Dates: N/A
Diagnosis: male infertility
Treatment and meds: I am currently in the 2ww after 2nd IUI cycle
Next Appointment: I am currently in the 2ww after 2nd IUI cycle
Cycles TTC another:

Screen Name (Real Name): ChihuahuaMama13 (Samantha)
Age: 26 (DF 27)
Current Children and age: Gabriel, 14 months (01/10/11)
Lost Children and Dates: N/A
Diagnosis: PCOS
Treatment and meds: Just started Metformin in late Fabruary 2012.
Next Appointment: N/A
Cycles TTC another: 9 months (6 cycles)

Screen Name (Real Name): Edensmomma (Jena)
Age (DH): 35 (ME) 26
Diagnosis:None yet
Treatment and meds: Nothing this cycle, as I was getting my hormone levels tested. Previously I was on Maca, soy isoflavones, fertilaid with no luck for 6 cycles. I'm thinking of trying another round of Soy Isoflavones next cycle.
Current Children and age: Girl 4 yo, Girl 2 yo
Lost Children and dates: M/C at 15 weeks on 10/23/11, baby born at home and requiring emergency D&C to stop hemorrhaging.
Next appointment: 4/11/12 to discuss fertility/clomid and test results from labs.
Cycles TTC:6

Screen Name (Real Name): Holly dolly (Holly)
Age: 31 (DH 32)
Current Children and age: ds1 Isaac 3/07 ds2 Carson 3/10
Lost Children and Dates: none
Diagnosis: We were NTNP for 4 years, was diagnosed with borderline PCOS (I have everything but the cysts) and anovulatory cycles. Found out I was pg with medical intervention...I ovulated around CD22. Started TTC when he was a year old. After almost 18 mos of trying started on Clomid. No response at CD14 u/s. I kind of gave up. A friend announced she was pg a few months later and I took a test so I could start provera. Got a positive. Dr figured I ovulated around CD 30. We've been NTNP since the end of October when I went off bc. I have cycled once (with the help of Provera).
Next Appointment: none planned at this point
Cycles TTC another: Technically on my second cycle...but 5 mos total

Screen Name (Real Name): Naturally Pampered (Amanda)
Age: 25 (DH 25)
Current Children and age: one DS age 4, 3/08/2008
Lost Children and Dates: 3/28/2005 & 10/30/2011
Diagnosis: Haven't had any testing
Treatment and meds: N/A
Next Appointment: N/A
Cycles TTC another: Implanon Out May 2011, BFP September 2011, M/C October 2011, Actively trying with no luck since loss.

Screen Name (Real Name): yellowitchgrl (Sarah)
Age: 30 (husband 34)
Current Children and age: Andrew-7, Luke-4
Lost Children and Dates: Zach (15w, 7/09), Toby (12w, 12/09), Simon (14w, 6/11)
Diagnosis: I'm perfectly healthy, so are the babies (except they're dead)
Treatment and meds: Praying and some extra folic acid (my idea, not docs)
Next Appointment: Not bothering.
Cycles TTC another: Not trying, but not preventing either

Screen Name (Real Name): ingrid5699 (Ingrid)
Age (DH): 41 (ME) 37
Current Children and age: Patrick, 5 years, Aurelia 3 years
Lost Children and dates: triplets Nov. 2004, baby B May 2006, latest little angel 2'12
Diagnosis: Me: endometriosis and immunological issues, DH: male factor
Treatment and Meds: fresh IVF #9 ahead, too many meds to list
Next appointment: May 16th for baseline u/s, start stims May 19th, retrieval the last week in May
Cycles TTC another: never prevented, 3 FET failures, 1 fresh cycle failure, one m/c this time around

Screen Name (Real Name): finleyjudemommy (Susan)
Age (DH): 47 (ME) 36
Current Children and age: B/G twins 6 and YDD 4
Lost Children and dates: M/C March 04, M/C June 09, Chemical Feb 10 and stillborn October 10
Next appointment: Need to get my thryoid under control before I can move on...hopeful that will be soon. Hopefully will be able to start Lupron as soon as next cycle starts.
Cycles TTC another: Entirely too many to count

Screen Name (Real Name): lalakiwi7 (Liesl - pronounced leesal)
Age (SO): 26 and hubby is 26, Happily married for 6 yrs. Together for 11.
Current Children and age: Noah is our oldest, not bio but almost adopted foster son (who is Ethiopian). Frances is our first born and only bio baby, she is two.
Lost child: early losses 7/2011 & 11/2007
Diagnosis: unexplained secondary IF assumed antibodies/issues from delivery complications to DD pregnancy.
Treatment and meds: baby asa, decadron, vitamins, and progesterone after O
Next Appointment: Jan for follie scan and first attempt at IUI with femera and trigger
Cycles TTC another: almost 2 yrs or more than 30 cycles :(

Screen Name (Real Name): amyltc (Amy)
Age: 28 my Dh is 32
Current Children and age: DD1 Allie, age 6, DD2 Hannah age 3
Lost Children and dates: none
Diagnosis: Endometriosis, surgery to remove 9/14/10, tipped uterus, mostly unexplained infertility, subclinical hypothyroidism Meds: Femara days 2-7, 150 iu Bravelle days 7,9,11, HCG trigger,levothyroxin (thyroid)
Next appointment: IUI April 18th
Cycles TTC another: 21 cycles of active TTC, no BC since our 3 yo was born.

Screen Name (Real Name): love4leon (Rebecca)
Age: 37 (DH 38)
Current Children and age: Winnie 5 years
Diagnosis: Endometriosis (Me) DH diagnosed with Low sperm count, low motility, and liquidation. 5/11 diagnosed with testicular cancer. Finished chemo August 2011
Treatment and meds: IUI done 1/2/2011, 2/5/2011, 3/2011, 4/2011 Clomid days 5-9, trigger shot and IUI on 2/14/2012
Next Appointment: April 5th
Cycles TTC another: 25 cycles, but well over 2 years (took a break during cancer treatments

Screen Name (Real Name): carlaross (Carla)
Age: 36, DH 39
Current children and ages: Zach 17, Jarrod 16, Griffin 2 (12-28-09)
Diagnosis: DH had vasectomy '99 (previous marriage), reversal 3/09. Immediately (9 days after surgery) and had my LO 12-28-09. Never used birth control, began TTC another immediately after 1st PPAF, 8/10. After 15 cycles, we began a fertility workup and were devastated to find out he has complete scarring of the reversal site and a zero sperm count. :(
Cycles TTC another: since Aug 2010
Next appointment: January 9 (with my ob/gyn to begin my fertility workup and discuss options)

Screen Name (Real Name): slimy72 (Laurel)
Age: 28 Dh 30
Current Children and age: DS 3yo
Lost Children and Dates: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011
Diagnosis: Endometriosis, do not ovulate regularly. Dh- MS, Celiacs, Ulcerative colitis, low count, poor morphology and motility, but that is suspected due to current medications, will be re-evaluated once off them.
Treatment and meds: Clomid, provera, prometrium, baby aspirin and a host of supplements and vitamins. Laprascope '09, lupron shots '09

Next Appointment: simmering for now, waiting for dh to be off meds before we schedule anything.
Cycles TTC another: 4 1/2 yrs for DS, 2 1/2 yrs so far for #2.

Screen name (Real Name): Melmonkey (Mel)
Age: me - 34, hubby - 35
Children and ages: girl almost 18 months
Losses: none
Diagnosis: unexplained
Treatment: Clomid 50mg cd 3-7
Next Appt: don't have one, hopefully in the next few months we'll be doing OB/Gyn appts again!
Cycles TTC another: AF showed Dec 2010....we have not prevented since then....:mrgreen:

Screen Name (Real Name): sdavis514 (Sarah)
Age: 31 (DH 32)
Current Children and age: one DS age 4 1/2
Lost Children and Dates: none
Diagnosis: We were NTNP for 4 years, diagnosed with PCOS in 2003 and put on clomid from 9/04-1/05, no results, took break and became pregnant with DS with no intervention in Aug 2006. Recent blood work suggested no insulin resistance. Clomid again 9/11-1/12. BFNs :( IUI cycle in April - BFN
Treatment and meds: Clomid 100 mg cd 3-9, ovidrel trigger shot and progesterone suppositories
Next Appointment: Call when AF shows and start clomid, u/s cd 12 to check follicle sizes
Cycles TTC another: NTNP for 4 years, Actively TTC since Jan 11

Screen Name (Real Name): JCPACandMommy (Carissa)
Age: 31 (DH 35)
Current Children and age: one DS age3.5
Lost Children and Dates: none
Diagnosis: PCOS as of Jan '12 but I am ovulating
Treatment and meds: Femara 5mg once daily CD4-8,Metfomin 500mg 2x dialy, Prenatal Daily, B6 50mg Daily, MACA Root Powder Daily
Next Appointment:
HSG March 8th then US on March 14
Cycles TTC another:
Mirena Out April 5, 2011 was NTNP till Aug, then active TTC since then with No luck we are on Cycle #8

Women Pregnant and praying to make it. :crossfingers: :preggo: :pray: If you need to be added to this list please give your EDD and the date you will be 12 weeks. Thank you! To find out how many weeks you are use this link.

Screen Name (Real Name): Psylion (Alanna)
Age (DH): 37 (ME) 38
Diagnosis:high FSH and DOR
Treatment and meds: this will be our third injectables cycle with iui, the first two were with letrozole and menopur and this one is just menopur and metformin
Current Children and age: Sequoia is 4 1/2
Lost Children and dates: early MC 2/12
Next appointment: ?
Cycles TTC another: we only prevented a few months since DD was born
EDD: 12/12/12
12 weeks: May 30, 2012[/COLOR]

Screen Name (Real Name): GracieMak'sMama (Sara)
Age: 22 (DH 23)
Current Children and age: one DD age 2(almost)
Diagnosis: Unexplained Infertility
Treatment and meds: Natural diet
Cycles TTC another: Almost a full year.
EDD: Oct 9th
12 weeks: 3/26

:hide: :cheerleader2: Lurkers/Waiting to TTC/Graduates/Cheerleaders :hide: :cheerleader2:

Screen name (Real Name): Fleece Be With You (Jessica)
Age: 24
Children and ages: Hunter, born 9-18-09
Losses: none
Diagnosis: Celiac disease (unconfirmed, but a safe assumption at this point)
Treatment: Very limited version of GAPS diet, digestive enzymes, vitamin supplements
Next Appt: Seeing my chiropractor next week to look into my cortisol/adrenal issues.
Cycles TTC another: We haven't been preventing since Hunter was born.

Screen Name (Real Name): Harmony96 (Andrea)
Age: 33 (DH 31)
Current Children and age: DD (5), DS (29m)
Lost Children and Dates: ^i^ DS 11/27/11-12/24/11
Diagnosis: No official diagnosis, but currently having short luteal phases (6-7 days). Probably is just what my body "does" for its first few postpartum cycles.
Treatment and meds: Prenatal, folic acid, iron, several other supplements. Also trying to eat right and exercise (and hopefully lose about 15 pounds, but none of that has happened yet).
Next Appointment: N/A
Cycles TTC another: Lost baby was a c-section, had VBAC consult in March '12 and was told we could go ahead and try again if we felt ready.

Screen Name (Real Name): Hannah Elise (errr.. Hannah... hehe)
Age: 23, and dh is 22
Diagnosis: non-celiac gluten intolerant, malabsorption of nutrients
Treatment and meds: Gluten-free diet. Supplementing with Metagest (stomach acids and enzymes to improve proper digestion), aloe vera gel, and probiotics. Current Children and age: Asher (aka "Wee Goon"), 12.5 months
Cycles: 12/4/11, 1/12/12, 2/11/12, 3/20/12

Screen Name (Real Name): Vegan Princess (Cindy)
Age (SO):32
Current Children and age: Child 1: 2.5 yrs
Lost Children and dates: Chemical pregnancy (11/10), miscarriage at 9.5 weeks (5/11), possible chemical pregnancy (9/11)
Diagnosis: Diminished ovarian reserve for me. Moderate or severe male factor (depending on who you ask) for DH
Treatment and Meds:Beginning 2nd IUI cycle w/5mg femara, ovidrel trigger and prometrium. Will do this cycle and one more IUI and then meet with doctor to discuss IVF or using donor egg. - Moved to IVF
Next appointment: Follicle scan on 9/ 29. IUI on 10/1 or thereabouts. Will meet with RE to discuss game plan again in November.
Cycles TTC another: Had IUD removed 4/10 but really have been trying since 6/10.

Screen name (Real Name): heatherlovesCD's (Heather)
Age: me - 33, hubby - 38
Children and ages: boy 6, Twins girl/boy 4, Twins boy/boy 22 months.
Losses: March '07
Diagnosis: severe male factor infertility
Treatment: IVF/FET, 1 fresh IVF cycle = 1 boy. FET's = 1 early m/c, 2 sets of twins, 1 BFN
Cycles TTC another: I don't keep track. We have been TTC since 11/10.
Due date: Oct 15th
Date I'll be 12wks: 4/2/12

Screen Name (Real Name): Sillyutalktome (Jeanette)
Age: 30 (DH 29)
Current Children and age: Dd - M - 6/08
Lost Children and Dates: Etopic 7/09 (8 weeks) Possible chemical 6/10
Diagnosis: tubal infertility & male factor
Treatment and meds:1st IVF 10/18/11 BFN, FET planned for January
BFP: 2/7/12
EDD: 10/12/12[/QUOTE]

Screen Name (Real Name): Wordmama (Lucy)
Lost children: 8 early miscarriages, Libi (8 week ectopic, March 2011)
Diagnosis: Damaged right tube for me, poor morphology for DH
Treatment and meds:Prayer, maca, zinc
Cycles TTC another: Over a year
EDD: June 18, 2012

Screen name
(Real Name): Ardenne (Dina)
Losses: chemical, May '10. Faith Elise, 14 1/2 weeks, Sept '10. Emily Hope, 12 1/2 weeks, Jan '11. Early loss, 6 1/2 weeks, May '11.
Diagnosis: antiphospholipid syndrome, recurrent pregnancy loss
Treatment: 81 mg. aspirin, 200 mg progesterone, 40 mg. Lovenox, and 3x calcium/magnesium supps daily
Cycles TTC another: We've been TTC a baby who survives for almost 2 yrs.
EDD: May 22, 2012

Screen Name (Real Name): Dewberri (joy)
Lost Children and dates: Dec. 2010 (6 wks); June 2011 (Kayle(e), 11wks)
Diagnosis: ANA, nonspecific
Treatment: Aspirin daily, Progesterone till 10 weeks
EDD: June 14, 2012

Screen Name (Real Name):
Liz*RN*BSN (Elizabeth)
Lost Children: 5 early m/c
Diagnosis: PCOS, Recurrent Miscarriage, Factor 5 Leiden Clotting Disorder
Treatment and meds: Lovenox, Baby Aspirin, Metformin, PNV, Endometrin
TTC: Over 1 year

Screen Name (Real Name): Meldo (Melissa)
Losses: 1
Diagnosis: DH has low sperm count/motility. Both of our kids were IVF/ICSI babies.
Cycles TTC another: It's our 8th (and last) IVF cycle.
EDD: May 1, 2012

slimy72 04-30-2012 08:32 AM

Re: Blessed with children, Struggling for more Week of April 30th
Good Morning all. Sometimes I have to wonder why I hold out hope when there should be none. Pretty sure no O this cycle, and even if there was where it should be our timing was aweful. And yet still AF is due today or tomorrow and so of course when it wasn't here this morning I tested. Why when I know it's going to be negative do I still hold out hope that it won't be.

Love4leon 04-30-2012 08:40 AM

Re: Blessed with children, Struggling for more Week of April 30th
Good Morning! Hope everyone is doing well... waiting to hear from the ones testing and I have fingers and toes crossed for you Amy and Jacqueline!

Jacqueline: Not sure your question was answered.... Mini IVF basically requires fewer medications. That reduces the cost quite a bit. It would be good for someone like me who ovulates each month, but due to male factor infertility- egg and sperm don't meet. It would give you far fewer embryos to work with. But, again, that could be a positive.

AFM: I feel pretty good about using this month to get in shape for IVF. I can't believe my husband is being so supportive of this!!! He seems anxious to get started. I've learned that the failed attempts are what is most stressful on our marriage- he hates all the crying and disappointment, plus I'm sure it is emotionally draining on him for so many reasons. In other news- my in laws move in with us this week! It should be great, but I'm a little worried about the impact it might have on our TTC...

Love4leon 04-30-2012 08:42 AM

Re: Blessed with children, Struggling for more Week of April 30th

Originally Posted by slimy72 (Post 15025381)
Good Morning all. Sometimes I have to wonder why I hold out hope when there should be none. Pretty sure no O this cycle, and even if there was where it should be our timing was aweful. And yet still AF is due today or tomorrow and so of course when it wasn't here this morning I tested. Why when I know it's going to be negative do I still hold out hope that it won't be.

I'm sorry. That is so frustrating. I never test for this reason- I mean never. I can't remember the last time I tested. I'd rather just have AF surprise me. I'm so sorry- I hope that you just calculated your cycle wrong and hopefully you get a surprise BFP instead of AF.

slimy72 04-30-2012 10:10 AM

Re: Blessed with children, Struggling for more Week of April 30th
You would think I would have learned to stop by now, but dang, it's so frustrating if I"m taking the drugs it feels like I should have a chance therefore the test is justified. But it just doesn't seem to matter.

Amy- been wondering about you all weekend. Any thing new?

JCPACandMommy 04-30-2012 11:55 AM

Re: Blessed with children, Struggling for more Week of April 30th
Hey Mamas...Im still just Waiting to O, I have my U/S for follie check Weds with possible injection with Ovadrel trigger....Hope it works this cycle, I don't want to be waisting money on the trigger if it doesn't work...KWIM?

doodle19 04-30-2012 03:26 PM

Re: Blessed with children, Struggling for more Week of April 30th
Slimy- sorry, I understand. I test each month and it's pretty heartbreaking each neg. I have to test b/c my ectopic risk is sky high, it's got so I don't look forward to it.

Rebecca- how exciting that things are getting close to happening!

Carissa- I hope the scan goes well Wednesday.

AFM-nothing exciting CD3, whoop

amyltc 04-30-2012 04:48 PM

Re: Blessed with children, Struggling for more Week of April 30th
Rebecca- are you guys doing full or mini ivf? We are leaning to mini right now. We can't afford full and don't want to wait 1-2 years until we can. If we do it will likely be in July/August.

I think I'm out this cycle I tested twice today and BFN.

Love4leon 04-30-2012 05:33 PM

Re: Blessed with children, Struggling for more Week of April 30th
We are doing full- we found a clinic that will do it for us for about $5000. They are basically doing it half price because they opened a new clinic and are trying to get clients.

slimy72 04-30-2012 09:29 PM

Re: Blessed with children, Struggling for more Week of April 30th
Amy- so sorry! I was really hoping for you.

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