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6/5/14 8:40 A

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I have to go to a class at the REI clinic in August and then I won't have my 1st appointment for up the 3 months after that. At least I am scheduled :) I am a little wary of the clomid challenge and that will only be done if I am desperate for the reasons everyone mentioned.

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6/2/14 8:23 A

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I wouldn't sign off on the clomid challenge unless you're going to be properly monitored. I was on clomid in March and I had ultrasound monitoring appointments to make sure that my ovaries were producing eggs and not producing TOO many eggs.

I highly recommend making the change to a fertility clinic (I see you mentioned a wait list). Moving to a RE/Fertility Clinic was the best thing that I could have done. I had a ton of bloodwork to make sure everything appeared ok, I had an HSG, Saline Sonogram and hysteroscopy. I had my first medicated IUI in March (clomid, bravelle, ovidrel) and I'm 12 weeks pregnant.

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5/28/14 10:34 A

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I'm glad that she ordered a few tests for now. Worry and stress does add to difficulties with trying to conceive, so I've been told. I'm sure it doesn't help. Perhaps after the testing, then you might have some answers, either positive or negative. Then you can proceed from there. If you continue to feel like she is not listening to you, there is no harm in finding another doctor. Sometimes doctors see so many patients that they lose the proper bedside manner.

Best of luck to you this next month!

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5/28/14 9:50 A

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Even if you don't like your NP, it does sound like you are taking some positive steps forward. For me the Clomid just gave me really bad hot flashes, which are no fun, but manageable. I have heard others who felt little or no negative effects, it just depends. Like I said, I would just make sure they are monitoring you if you go on Clomid. My cousin's body really overreacted to the Clomid and produced 7-8 follicles. You really can't know if it's working or not without doing an ultrasound.

I'm thinking of you and hoping that this next month will be it and you won't even have to worry about all the other!

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5/28/14 3:28 A

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My NP ran some more blood work and said I could schedule an HSG. Radiology said it would have to be after my next period so I will schedule it in a few weeks. She put in a consult for the infertility clinic but there is a waiting list (not sure how long yet). She mentioned something about a clomid challenge where I would take the drug for up to two cycles. She mentioned it would make my hormones go crazy and I would feel like crap (would my husband even want to bd?? Ha. )

I don't really like this NP at all. She keeps telling me to not worry about it and that I am still young. I didn't feel like she was taking me seriously at all but maybe it was just a personality difference.

I should be ovulating this next weekend so I am keeping my fingers crossed. This month I am using OPK's, temping, and taking my prenatal, B6 and Mucinex..

Thanks for the support! It is nice to talk to others who understand I don't think I am crazy for worrying about this.

Kat

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5/26/14 10:12 P

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Abby- I have learned alot from your post! Thanks for sharing! Now that I think about it, I had the HSG test done but didn't know what it was called. I was already having surgery for endometriosis and my doctor ran dye thru my tubes at the same time.

Kat,

I am trying the B6 this cycle but I am not sure if has worked yet because I'm still in the latter part of my cycle. I range between 8 to 12 for my luteal phase so it's a crap shoot! lol

I hope all goes well tomorrow- let us know!
Hugs!
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5/26/14 9:19 P

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Thank you both for the info! I am already pretty nosey about medical procedures and treatment since I am a nurse but I am completely out of my realm here. I looked at my Fertility App page and saw that my luteal phase is only an average of 9 days and that it should be a minimum of 10. I never really thought about it but we have had perfect timing on a lot of our cycles and I always wondered why the egg wouldn't "stick". I wonder if this could be a reason.... I also saw that I could take B6 to increase my Luteal phase and that my B complex might not be enough. I might go pick some up. I will try and present as much information as possible and ask as many questions as I can think of. We already did the basic blood test and my thyroid and hormone levels came back OK.

Thanks for all the support! emoticon

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5/26/14 7:29 P

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Kat, I am by no means an expert, but here is some of the testing I had done:

Basic bloodwork: They may be able to check some simple things with just bloodwork. For me they checked my insulin and thyroid levels.

HSG: This procedure checks to make sure your fallopian tubes are open. It involved shooting dye up there while they take X-Rays. I experienced some very strong cramps, but others I know have ranged from mild to very strong pain with this.

Ultrasound: to check for cysts or other abnormalities. My first doctor did this and told me everything was fine. My second doctor took one look at my ultrasounds and showed me all the many cysts on them. That lead to my surgery which I really think is the only reason I am pregnant now.


A caution about Clomid. With my first doctor (who I am so glad I am no longer with) there was absolutely no monitoring. I was simply placed on Clomid because we were having trouble conceiving and it was a common "first step". I later found out that it is fairly standard procedure to do a mid-cycle ultrasounds to monitor whether the Clomid is actually doing anything and to know whether dosage should be adjusted. Please ask your doctor about this if they bring up Clomid.


I think the most important thing is to be as educated as you can and stick up for yourself. Ask your doctor why they are doing a procedure/prescribing a medication. Inquire about other testing and procedures if you don't feel they are taking you seriously. Bring any charting you have done with you and discuss them with your doctor. Does your doctor think you are ovulating? Do you have a shorter or longer cycle than normal? A short or long luteal phase? Be as proactive as possible and if you are uncomfortable with your doctor do whatever you can to switch.

Sorry this ended up being so long, but I went through a lot before finally becoming pregnant and if it can help you at all I want to share. Like I said, I don't claim to be an expert, I can only let you know my own experiences. I will be happy to answer and more questions if you have them!

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5/26/14 11:59 A

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Hi Kat,

I haven't been to a fertility specialist before, but I know they can definitely do the testing for blockages. They may test your hormone levels, but I'm not sure at what point they do that. I wish you the best at your appointment tomorrow!


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5/26/14 9:37 A

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Hey all!
I am going to my doctor tomorrow to talk with her about by inability to conceive for a year now. My husband just provided his sperm sample last week so I am wondering what kind of tests I should ask about or request. I know they can check to see if my fallopian tubes have any blockages or I may be started on clomid.

Does anyone have any guidance?

Thanks!
Kat

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