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4/4/17 8:34 A

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Good morning everyone, I hope you are having a good week so far.

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3/26/17 10:14 P

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Yeah we have used no birth control since I was 29. I will be 37 on April. He has low testosterone and is on T-therapy currently, but that causes the body to not produce the real stuff and makes him have less count. But we've agreed this summer, once we both get a little more weight off we will talk to an actual fertility doctor and not just my endocrinologist.

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3/22/17 2:38 P

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I'm only 26 and we've been trying for over a year and a half. Statistically there has to be something not right for me not to have been pregnant by now. My husband needs to be tested but we haven't got around to it yet! Need to find a day that suits us! I'm so sorry this journey has been going on so long for you. Hope you get your little one soon!

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3/22/17 9:37 A

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Yeah I've been told to think about it soon also. I'm closing in on 40. It's not that my husband and I haven't tried for the last 7 years, it just hasn't happened. He too has some fertility issues currently so it's a blah for both of us. All we want is one child together, that is all we are asking for.

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3/20/17 6:33 P

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A doctor friend told me losing weight can help with the progesterone. I think possibly I'm not ovulating. She didn't see my full results so was hesitant to say too much but did say I should lose as much as I can, as fast as I (healthily) can as time may also be an issue.

I try and remember how much we want biological kids as part of our family (adoption is also part of our Plan A) but being a mum feels so far away sometimes I struggle to translate that into motivation for everyday decisions, if you know what I mean.

Yeah, little by little, we'll get there. :)

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3/20/17 10:43 A

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I have issues with LH and FSH as well. I'm trying to lose weight before going to the fertility doctor, just so they cannot say I can't because of my weight. I'm down 16 so far, but I have another 65 or so to reach goal. Baby steps, I just have to remember how much I want to be a mom.

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3/17/17 3:34 P

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Over here (UK) we have to see our GP to then get referred to a fertility doctor. I had the results of my bloods back today - LH or FSH I can't remember which was a little high and progesterone vitually non existent - and she wants to refer me. The criteria for referral is to have a BMI under 30. Mine is definitely over, but she's going to refer me anyway, they just might bounce it back until I've lost more weight. To get my BMI to 29 I need to lose minimum 25 lbs more. At least it's good motivation!

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3/15/17 7:47 A

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I hope everything turns out well, but that you do get answers.

I'm trying to lose weight before going to see a fertility doctor again. I lost 14 pounds in February, not a bad start.

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3/15/17 7:35 A

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Just had my day 21 blood tests, results should be in in a few days! Hoping there'll be something to explain what's going on!

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2/23/17 8:48 A

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I'm down 10 pounds since I started getting serious about my weight loss again. I've been working on it for a couple weeks now.

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2/12/17 2:14 P

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I am sorry to hear your fertility attempts have not yet worked. Don't give up hope. I assume they also tested your husband and his fertility? Half of our issue, come to.find out my hubby has such low T, hetc isn't producing many swimmers. So two strikes for us.

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2/12/17 10:07 A

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Hello y'all! We have been TTC for about 2y now. GYN recommended that I see an RE, because of my short cycles. The RE gave me a lot of blood work (like 20 tubes auch!) and an HSG (which also hurt a lot). After that, she couldn't really pinpoint what's wrong with me (thank goodness), other than some of the hormones slightly off the normal range. My DH levels were all good as well. We went through 3 cycles of Clomid + ovidrel shot w/ TI, and 1 cycle of Clomid + Ovidrel shot w/ IUI.

During that time, I had 2 miscarriages, one at 2w and one at 10w (had a D&C).
I felt I needed a break after the 2nd one, and since then we have not go back to see the RE but have been trying naturally. However, no luck yet. I just felt like the RE was pushing IVF so much when IUI was only tried once and on top of that he/she wasn't that nice or too aware of my case. The patient liaison nurse was much mire involved and aware of what was going on. Other drs at the same clinic seem much nicer and empathetic to my lose. I just hope we all here get our little bunches of love w/ health and w/o much pain.

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2/11/17 7:06 P

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I've been seeing an Endocrinologist for 3-4 years now. We are actually going to a fertility clinic to find out what our options are. I did just start a weight loss program with a nutritionist and dietitian, so I am hoping to drop some more weight before our appointment in March.

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2/10/17 5:39 P

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When is your appointment? I've been seeing a Reproductive Endocrinologist for over a year now. If you have any questions I'll try to help.

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1/31/17 11:32 A

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My hubby and I are making an appointment to see a fertility specialist in the next month or so. I'm nervous and excited.

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1/12/17 7:14 A

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I am currently seeing an endocrinologist and have been since diagnosed with PCOS in 2010. Right now my hubby is going through some hormone therapy because it seems he is all off balance too. It's a difficult thing from both sides.
Instead of being sad with no child, I'm trying to focus on getting healthier. I should be happy to have the step daughter I do and not always thing about having one together.

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Maybe a reproductive endocrinologist could be of help! I wish you the best!

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I have never been told I have any clotting issues. My body just doesn't want to make a baby, and apparently my husbands does not want to either. He found out today his T is way too low and that his thyroid is out of whack.

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Have you ever been checked for a blood clotting disorder called antiphospholipid syndrome? I only ask because I know that this can cause chemical pregnancies and miscarriages. I have this disorder and I have to be on blood thinners for life as a way to correct the problem. Good luck with everything! Please feel free to post on here anytime and you can also private message me on here if you ever need to talk, vent, or just BS!



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Thank you for the warm welcome.
My husband and I have tried for a baby since 2009. So far no luck. I've had two chemical pregnancies as they call them. I get every symptom you can think of for pregnancy, take a pregnancy test, get a very faint line, get excited, then only 2 weeks late, get really heavy, yucky period, take test and it's negative. Doctors said it's my body getting rid of a very early pregnancy. It's awful knowing it might have worked, but something is wrong with me and my body is getting rid of my child. It's only twice this has happened since 2009. No other time have I even conceived, not used any BC in all that time either.

I'm trying to lose about 75 pounds, in hopes that it helps me be healthier and maybe I can carry a child. I am 36, I am not getting any younger.

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Happy New Year to you as well! I hope it is your best year yet!

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Hello! Welcome to the team! Feel free to post often and if you would like an accountability partner feel free to private message me through the spark mail. I have about 150 pounds to lose. I too and trying to make smaller goals so that it does not seem so daunting. I am 32 and we have been trying for a baby for 9 months. Every month I am devastated to get a negative pregnancy test. Best of luck to you!

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1/3/17 1:26 P

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happy new year everyone

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Hi there. I am just starting my weight loss journey. I have 175 lbs to lose, but starting with the smaller goal of 50'lbs. I need to lose weight so that .I can conceive. I stopped getting my periods last year after I gained 49 lbs. But I plan on reversing that with weight loss. I'm 34 so I don't have an incredibly long time. I need to keep on this thing and do it.

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Good idea...I have a hard time eating super healthy all of the time, but I like to challenge myself with fitness minutes...???

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12/1/16 7:59 A

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Lets get this group active again! Spread the word to anyone that you know that this group is here.

What are some team goals/challenges that everyone would like to see to help keep motivated?



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It's gotten so quiet here....maybe that's a good thing though!

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So sorry to hear that, Angela. emoticon I hope the doctors find some answers and that this try is successful! Take care!

I didn't realize I didn't come back to update last fall. I got another BFN after the FET, so I took the winter off from intervention. I have a big professional test next week and then after a break, DH and I are going to figure out what to do from there.

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Well, we lost our little baby at 14 weeks. The doctors don't know why. After a few months of healing, we have gone back to the RE and are looking for answers. We know I had PCOS. Lots more blood work though and hoping we find out soon what else might be going wrong with me. I guess we are trying for the last time, again, for our last baby.

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Hi all! Just dropping in to say DH and I are getting ready to go back to trying for # 2. We are going on vacation September 5-14. And according to my tracker, I should ovulate either towards the end of vacation or right after we get back, so I'm hoping that being on vacation will take the pressure off a little bit and we can just relax and have fun and maybe it will happen. Our first (that I miscarried) was conceived on a vacation. Something about the sun and the sand and the ocean. Makes it easier for me to get in the mood I guess. emoticon So cross everything you've got for me. These crazy cycles (anywhere from 25-36 days) make it so hard. I've been taking my baby aspirin and my VERY EXPENSIVE prenatals that have the easily processed form of Folic Acid in them. I started that about a month ago. So by the time I ovulate, I should have been on my regimen about 6 weeks. I'm hoping that's long enough to make us successful.

Baby dust to all who are trying.

KTLUND, I hope this embryo transfer works for you! I have everything crossed for you.

Brooklyngirl, does your husband have just low count, or is there a problem with motility too? Does he work outside? Mine does. Which makes his sperm count lower in the summer (since heat kills sperm). There are some things he can do - wear boxers instead of briefs, avoid hot tubs, etc. There are food and supplements you can try. Oysters, Black Eyed Peas, Asparagus, Bananas, Walnuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Beef, Watermelon, and Maca Root (you can get it in a capsule) are all great for boosting not only the count, but the health of the sperm. Good luck! I hope you have success!

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8/24/15 11:54 A

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Good luck, Brooklyngirl! My husband got the same diagnosis, which pushed us to IVF. It's such a tough process and tough diagnosis! We did also get a referral to a urologist who specializes in male infertility, and also recommendations to some pills. The ones we took were Conception XR, though we started the IVF process before we could tell if they were working. That was silly on our part, but I hope something like that can help your husband and you!

As for me, I had my frozen transfer on Thursday and it went well. Unfortunately, my doctors don't do the beta blood test on weekends, so I have to wait until next Monday to find out if it took. This time, we'll be using HPTs to see if we can't get an answer sooner though! I'm paranoid about every excessive movement and every 'feeling' I have. I hope this week flies by!

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Hey group, I found out that my hubby has a low sperm count and am so worried I don't know how the doctor can help him. I was talking to someone who was in the same position and had to use IVF and we can't afford it. I also have an appointment Sept with the obgyn to see what I can do to increase. I'm very nervous but I have faith

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Hi Team!
I'm sorry I've been MIA for a while. We moved and were without internet connection for a while and then travelled for 3 weeks.

Good luck, Katie! I'm sorry the first round wasn't succesfull, but I've heard many people refer to it as a trial round, then you might adjust the drugs or procedure. Hope next time goes well! Keep us posted! :)

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I was just thinking about you today and wondering how you were doing KTLUND. I will pray it is successful this time around.

We are still chugging along. So far it has been a year that we are ttc again but my doctor sees no reason to go back to the specialist, and I don't think we want to anyway. Not sure how long we will keep trying, although I have been saying that for a while!

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Tomorrow's my first bloodwork and ultrasound for the frozen embryo transfer process. I'm already sick of the shots and hormones and all the rest, but will gladly take the hormone swings and whatever else comes if this works! Thanks for all the support, everyone!

Best of luck, SBear5!

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Katie, so sorry it wasn't successful this time, praying for positive results next time. Glad that you have your next appts ready to go though!

I bought a "at home" fertility test. Finally took it this morning and had a "normal" reading. Hubby still has to do his, and in the mean time I'll do the ovulation tests starting next week. I'm going to give it two more months of trying on our own before seeing a specialist. I'm turning 36 so it's time to get serious if we're going to have a family.

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Hi everyone,
Unfortunately, we weren't successful the first round. The doctor said things looked great, we were just unlucky. We're already prepping for a frozen transfer of our 2 remaining embryos. If things go as scheduled, we'll transfer them on Aug 20th and find out if it worked on Aug 29th, which is great timing because we're going on vacation Sept 2nd and it will be nice to know if it worked or not before we leave so we can relax and just enjoy the scenery and time together. Thanks for all the well wishes! I hope everyone else is doing well!

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How are you doing, Katie? So excited that you are finally doing IVF! :)

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Katie I am keeping my fingers crossed for you- I am glad it has gone well so far.

A coworker of mine got pregnant on their first round of IVF. I know it can happen for you!

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Hey Haushinka! How are things going for you? I did indeed get used to the shots and everything went pretty smoothly. I'm home now recovering after egg retrieval and am hoping things go well this week and we get good news about a transfer on Sunday! So my work is basically done - now it's a waiting game until Sunday, then a waiting game until beta, and we'll go from there!

We did get plane tickets for a trip to Montana and Idaho for a friend's wedding around Labor Day, which will be fun.

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Hi team!
How are you doing?
Any summer plans?

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Good luck, Katie! Who wouldn't hate giving herself needlesticks? *shudders* You'll probably get used to it quick, though.

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Good luck with the reconstruction, Haushinka! I'm sure it will be beautiful when you're done!

I had my baseline appointment yesterday, and everything looks good to get started with the stims tonight. I think I'm lucky (so far) -- just one shot per night, mixing a couple meds. My next follow-up is Sunday morning. We'll see if DH helps with the prep. He hates needles, but I'm clumsy, so hopefully he can master the mixing and I can master the sticking! I feel like things are out of my hands now other than to follow instructions, which is almost a freeing feeling.

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Hi team! It seems like forever since I was logged on! I'm the worst team leader ever! *hangs head*
We bought a new apartment that was in even worse condition than it first seemed. So I've been busy trying to find contractors who can do the plastering (big holes in the walls) and painting as well as the bathroom. Nothing has been done since 1989 when the house was built, so yeah, you can probably imagine...
Very stressful and expensive!

Zippida: so nice to "see" you again! Love your updated profile pic! :)

Kate: woot woot for getting started! Keep us updated, what is happening?

KBRICHFORD: yes, infertility is stressful! Come vent here any time.

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Edited by: KBRICHFORD at: 5/8/2015 (15:14)
-Kristen

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Hello! Been MIA for a while - Married 7 years been TTC for just as long. We both decided since we hit 40 this year that we need to make a HUGE effort to try and get pregnant sooner rather than later - UGH why must everything be so hard!! LOL

Hello to new and old members!

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Good luck everyone! Zippida - Hoping for the best for you and your family! We are finally (I hope) done with delays and have our protocol, starting just after Memorial Day. I'll enjoy being able to do normal workouts for another couple weeks before I need to start being more careful. I'm excited to actually feel like we're doing something soon!

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Sorry, I've been MIA for a few months. Still no luck conceiving #2 yet, so DH and I are taking a step back from TTC. We'll take a few months off just to have fun with no pressure. He's set to be working long hours over the summer anyway. I may have to look in to the b vitamins to see if it will help lengthen my luteal phase. I have lost almost 10 pounds and am going to try to lose about another 15-20 in the next 6 months. Then we'll revisit trying again late summer/early fall. I'm just so frustrated with my body.

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Amproske; I can imagine. Secondary infertility is still unfair, because most people can choose exactly how many children they want, and it's out of our control completely.
Don't give up! It hasn't been a year of trying yet, and you have been successful before!

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We are ttc baby number 3 since July and so far nothing. The good thing is since I have been tracking everything my cycles seem pretty normal which is different than they were before baby number two. AF showed yesterday right on time but I of course hoped she wouldn't. Before I would be sad but could tell myself it's ok we will try again next month. This time I was really sad and don't think I have the strength to keep going after all that we went through for number two. I am so grateful for the children I do have. I think I felt frustrated that it doesn't seem to be my decision that I don't get to have anymore. But maybe I will be ok with that soon.

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Glad to hear you already have that referral and many appointments to keep you occupied while waiting and considering. Good luck with everything!

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Thank you!! We are going to an IVF educational seminar tomorrow night, so we'll have plenty to discuss this weekend! We have a referral to a urologist, but I'm afraid it's going to take too long to get in to see him, and then take at least 3 months for any treatments to start working. On the other hand, it might be nice to have no pressure or expectations for a few months. We also have a follow-up with our RE in a week or so, so we'll just keep gathering information and try to support each other in the meantime. There are just so many options!

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KT-So sorry for what you are going through. As I mentioned before, male factor was our issue, but unfortunately we could never find a cause for the low counts & motility. However, having my husband see the urologist for testing helped us to get a better idea of what we were in for. I will say never close yourself off to any of the options. :)

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I'm so sorry Katie. At least you know more about your options now. I can't tell you what to do. What if you took a timeout of a few months while you talk things through? Can you get a referral to a urologist? He/she might find the underlying problem in your husband. Having low testosterone can cause troubles later on in life. Maybe it's treatable? I think all too often gyn:s don't care about the male factor enough, but I wish we had seen a urologist.

Whatever you decide, I wish you good luck! Have a nice business trip!

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Just got results back. DH has low testosterone and low enough counts that they couldn't even do the SPA. There's a dr we can see to try to increase his counts, or start IVF, or start thinking about adoption. To make matters worse, this is CD1 for me AND I'm leaving on a business trip this afternoon. I don't even know what to do now. Any advice is very much welcome!

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Good luck, Amproske!

Thanks, Haushinka. We're in the 2ww of another natural cycle, but will have lots going on in 2 weeks: DH's test and results, IVF seminar, and a lot more information. I just wish I knew everything now!

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Kate: good luck! Hope you get some answers and a action plan to feel like you are making progress! Yes, I have read somewhere that 2/3 of the infertile couples will become biological parents eventually. And then there is adoption as well. I hope something works out for you, keep us posted how the progress goes!

AMPROSKE: 6 months is not long, hope you see some progress with SP soon! How long did it take you to conceive nr 2? Keep going, it has happend before and it will likely happen again! :)

AFM: Can't say that we are trying (more for the lack of intimacy because of sleep deprivation an general tiredness) but I am cycling again. Husband seems anxious to get started again and I can't blame him. Who knows how long before we conceive and how many miscarriages before we might get lucky again... :/

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Currently trying for number 3. I think after #2 my PCOS has calmed down and don't have some of the symptoms, so I was trying to go without my medicine and ttc naturally. But after 6 months of still nothing, my husband finally said I needed to do whatever I could. So I am back on it now and hoping that that is all it will take to get preggo in the next month or two!

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I'm trying to read up on our options and costs and timelines....DH is a more patient type. He doesn't feel the need to research anything until his next SA on the 23rd, then wait for the results, then see what the doctor recommends, then make a decision. They say opposites attract, right? Maybe I can learn some patience from him and maybe he can learn some initiative from me emoticon

Everyone says they know lots of people with IF, and that they almost always end up with a baby. I just wish I knew our path forward and that we'd also be successful!

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Oh, Katie, that's a lot to take in.
We were also diagnosed with MFI (but I also have endometriosis). I swear, when we walked home from the fertility clinic, it was like every single couple we saw were either pregnant or pushing a pram. We said nothing for 45 mins. We were so crushed. It was really really hard, especially for my husband.

I hope you are both doing well now and are discussing your options?

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Thanks, MCK0582. Congratulations to you and your husband! I'm glad things are working out. It's helpful to hear success stories. I've run the gamut between thinking we'll just have to do IUI, to thinking IVF isn't a big deal and we should just go straight to that, to getting freaked out by all the meds involved with IVF and thinking we should just adopt, to finally figuring that we can only take one step at a time and DH's next SA will hopefully lead us in the right direction. It's both a blessing and a curse that there are so many options for us!

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KTLUND99, our infertility stemmed from MFI. If that is the case & you have any questions, let me know. Unfortunately we never could figure out the cause of my husband's low motility & counts, but after a lot of thought & discussion (and failed IVF), we chose to use donor sperm. I am now almost 18 weeks pregnant and we could not be more excited with the path we chose.

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Just got back from our RE appt. For a nice surprise, I got a TVUS. Awesome. But it showed that I'm fine, which makes them think it's MFI, which made DH feel bad. We're doing more tests, but they also said we could forgo the tests and leap straight to IVF if we want, or do the tests to see if IUI could be successful. Lots to think about! I just hope DH is ok. Unfortunately, he has a thing tonight, so we can't really discuss this much until Thursday night.

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Zippida I started taking a b complex vitamin and it lengthened my luteal phase. My little miracle is 19 months old and at 13 months we decided to start trying for number 3. So far no luck but I just started the vitamins and I am hoping that helped for this cycle.

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RE appointment 1/28/15. Trying to focus on one more good try this month, and also not get too stressed out about possibly paying for whatever the RE recommends. The website is intimidating with so much IVF info!

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Good luck, Savannah! I'm sorry for your struggles and know how frustrating it is to see others around you conceive so easily. Both my sisters had no problems and now have healthy boys, and three friends of mine are all due between Jan 30-Feb 6, so there is no shortage of reminders of babies!

I got referred to an RE today and am trying to be patient while waiting for the care coordinator to call to make an appointment. Hopefully we make progress soon. I'll be happy just to get more and better information on what comes next, what the costs are, etc.

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Hi Savannah, and welcome to the team! I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner, I was travelling over the holidays.
I'm so sorry to hear about your struggles. It sounds like you are taking action and I hope you will be succesfull with clomid.

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Hello, my name is Savannah. I'm 26 and I have been with my husband a total of 8 years (married 3). We decided that when we got married that was when we were ready to try to conceive. I am the type that would rather do things naturally, I don't like taking medicine for headaches and such so we tried to conceive naturally. I had a miscarriage at the beginning of this year due to stress from work and home life. So I switched jobs to try to relieve stress only now my periods are irregular. Finally after 3 years of TTC and seeing so many people getting pregnant and in my husbands culture (he's traditional, but doesn't believe in this) if your wife is unable to have children then you have a reason to leave her and get a different wife. So for me the pressure is on. Due to this I finally put on my big girl pants and decided to find out what was wrong. My husband was tested and his count was good but on the lower side so we had myself tested. I didn't test positive for PCOS, but I'm not ovulating. I was prescribed Provera to see if I would ovulate, but no success. I still didn't get my period after that so we tried Clomid. It still didn't work so now I am on my second round of Clomid at 100mg a day (after I get my period which should be soon due to once again having to take Provera). My cousin had a baby yesterday and while I should be happy for her it makes me feel more disappointed in my own body because every day she would talk to me about how blessed she felt that she could have a baby so easily.

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Merry Christmas, team! I'll be travelling over the holidays, so I'll check in after them. I hope 2015 will be the best year ever for everyone! Love; Anna

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Congratulations, Zippida! Has the first year just flown by? I'm sure you already have many great memories with Emma. Good luck on the next one! I'm putting off visiting the RE for the same reason -- it feels like admitting defeat. But we'll go next month; a coworker knows a good clinic in the area that helped her get her 2nd, and then a 3rd followed naturally soon thereafter!

Haushinka - Hockey definitely helps having a reason to look forward to the cold weather!

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Hi Zippida! I was thinking about you some days ago!
Congratulations to baby Emma on turning 1 already!

When you say your LP is only 10 days. Do you mean your period starts 10 DPO? Or do you merely spot and then start AF 3-4 days later? Because I have had many cycles when I start spotting 4 days prior to AF, but that doesn't count as full flow if you know what I mean.
I did have some success with vitex for the premenstrual spotting.
This is a tough one, as most Dr:s will say it is not a problem, but IMO (and this is my personal opinion) it could be a sign of a short luteal phase. On the other hand, I bet a lot of women have cycles like these and get pg without any problems at all. Maybe check with a gyn soon anyway?

I admire all female hockey players, I'm not nearly brave enough for that! Good for you!

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Hi all, I haven't been on here for a good 6 months or so, but welcome to all the new faces. Though I'm not happy that you are here because you are experiencing trouble TTC, I am happy that we have such a knowledgeable, and comforting place that we can air our concerns, get support, etc. Our miracle baby, Emma just turned one a couple of weeks ago. My husband and I have been trying for a few months now to get pregnant again with no success. By my tracking I have found out that I have a relatively short luteal phase (9 or 10 days at most. Ideal is 10-12). Has anyone had any success lengthening their luteal phase? I eat relatively healthy, I could stand to lose a few pounds. I don't want to start with the doctors again yet, as in my mind that would be admitting defeat. But we really want our kiddos close in age. And with me already having a child with Down syndrome, I don't want to wait too long as my odds will go up exponentially as I get older.

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Thanks, Haushinka! We are in need of any information, so there's no such thing as TMI! I really do think we've had a bunch of bad timing while we've been TTC, so we'll try to focus more on those dates. We're out another month and hoping the timing isn't such that we're with family on the key dates this next cycle.

And yes, I play hockey in an all women's league. There are levels depending on experience and talent, so even those of us who are inexperienced and none-too-talented have a place to play. It's very fun!

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We also had MFI, and quite bad, too. Somehow we still managed to conceive 4 times in less than 2 years, after first going through 15 cycles of nothing. I miscarried 3 times though.
This might be TMI, but what we think "did the trick" was knowing when I ovulate and then "doing the deed" every single day from three days prior.

Hockey season sounds fun! Are you a player? You seem to have a good plan, I wish you a nice upcoming winter! :)

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Welcome, Nicole! It can be hard being around babies and pregnant women when you're trying so hard for your own. I'm sorry about the GI news, but hope it gets you to a point where you can carry a pregnancy through. Good luck!

Hockey season has started for me, so we're trying to do it on our own (with increased frequency, Haushinka! emoticon ) The tricky thing for us is that DH's counts are a little low, so it's been recommended that we BD every other day or every 3rd day, which makes me feel like we're susceptible to having bad timing. Then I worry and wonder and I'm sure that's not helping anything.

When hockey is over in February, if we don't have a BFP by then, we'll see the RE. Maybe do our initial consult in January. A friend at work had secondary infertility and needed IVF, so it's nice having someone to talk to and also nice that she knows the places to go locally.

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Welcome, Nicole! I'm so sorry for your health issues. And it must be tough living in the same household (?) as a baby.
Come chat anytime. This is a very supportive team.

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Welcome, Nicole! Are the meds temporary or long term? Is it something you can stop taking if you get pregnant? I know it can be overwhelming, but don't lose hope.

I'm 44 and pregnant after 12 years of infertility. All my cousins are actually starting to have grandchildren now. :)

You could be a total blessing to this 16 month old and help this young mother be the mother she needs to be. But, I understand how that could be difficult. Sorry.

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Hello everyone, my name is Nicole. I am 31 and will be married 1 year Halloween. We both enjoy Halloween and that is why that day got picked lol. We have been trying for almost the entire year and no luck. I finally went to the doc since I do have abnormal periods and she said everything down there was normal and put me on the pill to regulate my period. I went to my GI doc and didn't get a clean bill of health and put me on meds etc., I then went back to my obgyn and told her since she was gonna give me something to get pregnant. Well I now come to find out if I do get pregnant there would be a chance the child wouldn't live or it would come to my hubby choosing between me or the unborn baby. My body is more out of wack then I thought. I feel so defeated and depressed. We have some roommates, another couple with a 16 month old and my brother in law. You can't imagine how it is not to step in and be a parent. This child is delayed and the mother is very young and doesn't know what she is doing. On top of all this I found out my cousin who is 10 yrs younger then me got his give pregnant p

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Katie, did your gyn blame not conceiving on bad timing? Maybe it is time to see someone else.
Although I have to say, I have heard of couples who are considered infertile after about a year of "trying" only once a week. I mean, dude, you need to "step it up", and that should be the first advice from the dr as well. But, instead, to my big surprise, the first order of business from dr was to prescripe clomid! I can not believe how much stupid dr:s there are...

Anyway, rooting for you and hope you see that bfp soon. It will be worth the wait. :)

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It'll be November by the time we can test for this cycle. Our big decision now is when we realize that it hasn't just been almost 2 years of "bad timing" and see an RE for help. The OB/GYN and urologist haven't given us any answers.

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