There is hope for us! pg, child ment.

There is hope for us! pg, child ment.

Joined: August 8th, 2012, 3:38 am

August 8th, 2012, 4:01 am #1

Hi All

First time posting, but I have been around a little while. Thought I would share my story.

I am a kiwi, living in earthquake ravaged Christchurch. Married the man of my dreams at 38, but had already learned that I had fertility issues at 36 when I came off the pill and we were TTC. Erratic cycles and blood work showed FSH of 23. IVF out of the question, tried clomid for 6 months with no joy. Gave up trying and lo and behold became pg naturally at 39. Baby boy delivered at 30 weeks due to pre-eclampsia. Difficult time ahead as not only was a preemie, he was also diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. He is 16 months corrected now and doing OK. But as soon as he was born I wanted to get pg again. No cycle for 6 months while I was expressing, then 3 about 30 days apart, then nothing for 96 days!!

Needless to say I was devastated as I thought I was in menopause. Bloods taken FSH 50.3; LH 40; Estrogen 230.

So I started reading this forum to work out what I could do naturally. I started taking a plethora of supplements:

DHEA 75mg
L-Arginine 2000mg
Royal Jelly 2000mg
Agnus Castus 1000mg
Dong Quai 1000mg
Wheatgrass 4000mg
COQ10 800mg
Maca 2000mg

My next cycle was 50 days, next cycle 30 days, next cycle - BFP at 5 weeks!!

I put it down to having been on supplements for 3 months as it takes 3 months to grow new eggs.

I am currently aged 40 due in April when I will be 41. So there you go ladies, its not over until its over. Still early days for me I know. I am still in miscarriage territory, but all it takes is the ability to ovulate 1 good egg ( oh and a few good sperm)!.

I will keep you posted as to progess.

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August 8th, 2012, 8:56 am #2

Love your story. I'm in Christchurch too.
Congrats on your BFP and all the very best for a smooooooth pg!
Laura
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August 10th, 2012, 3:19 am #3

Hi All

First time posting, but I have been around a little while. Thought I would share my story.

I am a kiwi, living in earthquake ravaged Christchurch. Married the man of my dreams at 38, but had already learned that I had fertility issues at 36 when I came off the pill and we were TTC. Erratic cycles and blood work showed FSH of 23. IVF out of the question, tried clomid for 6 months with no joy. Gave up trying and lo and behold became pg naturally at 39. Baby boy delivered at 30 weeks due to pre-eclampsia. Difficult time ahead as not only was a preemie, he was also diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. He is 16 months corrected now and doing OK. But as soon as he was born I wanted to get pg again. No cycle for 6 months while I was expressing, then 3 about 30 days apart, then nothing for 96 days!!

Needless to say I was devastated as I thought I was in menopause. Bloods taken FSH 50.3; LH 40; Estrogen 230.

So I started reading this forum to work out what I could do naturally. I started taking a plethora of supplements:

DHEA 75mg
L-Arginine 2000mg
Royal Jelly 2000mg
Agnus Castus 1000mg
Dong Quai 1000mg
Wheatgrass 4000mg
COQ10 800mg
Maca 2000mg

My next cycle was 50 days, next cycle 30 days, next cycle - BFP at 5 weeks!!

I put it down to having been on supplements for 3 months as it takes 3 months to grow new eggs.

I am currently aged 40 due in April when I will be 41. So there you go ladies, its not over until its over. Still early days for me I know. I am still in miscarriage territory, but all it takes is the ability to ovulate 1 good egg ( oh and a few good sperm)!.

I will keep you posted as to progess.
I couldn't agree with you 100%. I feel that much of what we're all experiencing and going through is 1) genetic but mostly 2) environment. In my opinion, certain women's bodies are much more fragile to environmental changes whether that be diet, stress, toxins, you name it. I can't tell you the countless number of women I've read about and talked to that took control of their fertility woes and WON!! I believe with all my heart that our fertility and the success that goes with it is linked to our mental frame of mind!

I realize there's some things that are out of my control but gosh darn it, if I can do something about it now I will. I'm glad you posted and glad you've been proactive by educating yourself on alternative methods. There's so much we still don't understand. Why not rely on ancient tried and true practices when all else fails!

Good luck and I'll be pulling for you!

Holly
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August 10th, 2012, 5:49 am #4

Love your story. I'm in Christchurch too.
Congrats on your BFP and all the very best for a smooooooth pg!
Laura
I have been a visitor to this forum for a couple of years, but I always thought everyone was in USA and so far removed from me. But to hear from someone from Christchurch and not just New Zealand in general is very comforting!

Laura, I am sorry I am unaware of your story, but do know what is or more importantly what is not available to us in Christchurch. I did have some cycles monitored at Repromed/Fertility Associates. But we couldn''t afford to go down the IVF route. And even if we did, the odds were not in my favour. I believe I would have had a better chance at winning lotto!.

I had to come to terms with being childless. What followed was a period of grieving and eventually I began to see a positive side as well. We were going to be financially better off, travel etc. Then DS arrived...
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August 10th, 2012, 6:01 am #5

I couldn't agree with you 100%. I feel that much of what we're all experiencing and going through is 1) genetic but mostly 2) environment. In my opinion, certain women's bodies are much more fragile to environmental changes whether that be diet, stress, toxins, you name it. I can't tell you the countless number of women I've read about and talked to that took control of their fertility woes and WON!! I believe with all my heart that our fertility and the success that goes with it is linked to our mental frame of mind!

I realize there's some things that are out of my control but gosh darn it, if I can do something about it now I will. I'm glad you posted and glad you've been proactive by educating yourself on alternative methods. There's so much we still don't understand. Why not rely on ancient tried and true practices when all else fails!

Good luck and I'll be pulling for you!

Holly
We are all looking for that elusive BFP, and we are so determined to take control back from the medical profession who quote poor statistics in our favour.

I spent a lot of time researching what other women in my situation have done. Takinng supplements was all I could do. TCM and acupuncture would have been added to the list but once again I was limited by finance.

I know I have few eggs left (AMH 0.3 2009) and that I had long periods of anovulation. Why? Few eggs, not good enough quality to ovulate. My aim was to improve egg quality, thus lower FSH and hopefully ovulate that cycle. I was just happy that I was having a regular cycle and that perhaps I did ovulate!

I didn't even tell my GP, because frankly it was none of her business. Doctors of western medicine think eastern medicine is just quackery!

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Joined: August 2nd, 2004, 9:44 am

August 19th, 2012, 6:02 am #6

I have been a visitor to this forum for a couple of years, but I always thought everyone was in USA and so far removed from me. But to hear from someone from Christchurch and not just New Zealand in general is very comforting!

Laura, I am sorry I am unaware of your story, but do know what is or more importantly what is not available to us in Christchurch. I did have some cycles monitored at Repromed/Fertility Associates. But we couldn''t afford to go down the IVF route. And even if we did, the odds were not in my favour. I believe I would have had a better chance at winning lotto!.

I had to come to terms with being childless. What followed was a period of grieving and eventually I began to see a positive side as well. We were going to be financially better off, travel etc. Then DS arrived...
I'm a grad from this board a few years ago, but pop back every now and then to see who's around. Just wanted to say hi to Laura and Maianna!

Kiwichick

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ttc#1 2+ yrs (starting at age 36), FSH 19.6 dx at age 38.5, #1 conceived via IUI/Clomid at 38.7:

ttc#2 2.4 years (starting at age 39.11);
FSHs 9.6 (4/05), 9.7 (6/05), 12.4 (10/05), 8.5 (1/06), 18.8 (2/06), 16.4 (4/06), 9.0 (7/06), 12.1 (10/06), 9.0 (4/07 w/E2V), 8.1 (5/07 w/E2V)
Two failed IUIs (Clomid)
IVF#1 (MDL, 300 Gonal F) cancelled, no response (July 2005, age 40.4)
Chemical pg on a break cycle (Aug 2005, age 40.5)
IVF#2 (antagonist, 450 Gonal F, ICSI) - 4 follies, 2 eggs, 2 embies, BFN (Nov 2005, age 40.8)
Chemical pg on a break cycle (Jan 2006, age 40.10)
Chemical pg on a break cycle (March 2006, age nearly 41)
IVF#3 (antagonist, 450 Gonal F + 75 Luveris, ICSI) - 6 follies, 6 eggs, 4 embies, 3 t/f, low level chemical pg/BFN (May 2006, age 41.2)
IVF#4 (antagonist, 450 Gonal F + 75 Luveris, ICSI) - 6 follies, 3 eggs, 3 embies, BFN (Aug 2006, age 41.5)
IVF#5 (antagonist, 450 Gonal F + 75 Luveris) - cancelled, one follie (Nov 2006, age 41.8)
Natural BFP in Feb 2007; m/c @ 7wks (age 41.11)
IVF#6 (low stim antagonist, 150 Gonal F + 75 Luveris, frozen sperm, no ICSI) - 2 follies, 2 eggs, 1 embie, BFN (Apr 2007, age 42.1)
IVF#7 (low stim antagonist, 150 Gonal F + 75 Luveris, with Dex, ICSI, June 2008, age 42.3) - 4 follies, 4 eggs, 4 embies t/f, BFP! Twin girls born by C-section at 37w1d, 2/12/08 (age 42.11)
Acupuncture, Chinese herbs and supplements, baby aspirin, 5mg folic acid. DH did acu, herbs, vitamins (under duress).
Embie pics (high and low stim)http://www.network54.com/Forum/53068/thread/1181864169/
Protocol infohttp://www.network54.com/Forum/264844/m ... 184096897/

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