TTC Success Story... (ch ment)

TTC Success Story... (ch ment)

Ann
Ann

February 1st, 2007, 9:58 pm #1

I've posted this before but wanted to do so again in case I can give some hope to someone who hasn't seen it. Best wishes to all of you.

Ann

I began ttc right after my DD turned 2 yo, when I was 33. DD was conceived on the first try, so while I didn't expect to get that lucky again, I certainly didn't expect infertility, either. A few months of charting BBTs told me something wasn't right. On months when I ovulated, my LP was too short and the other months, I didn't ovulate at all. My OB put me on Clomid. Six months of Clomid produced regular ovulation, but no pregnancy, so I went to an RE just over a year after I started ttc. The RE suggested starting with injectibles and IUIs. I started to get depressed about ttc, but still thought it was probably just a matter of time before we were successful. I was completely obsessed with getting pregnant, charting, signs, symptoms, etc. and even became very jealous of anyone else who got pregnant or had more than one child. My DD was already asking me why she couldn’t have a brother or sister and it would sting more each time.

I started acupuncture with an IF acu who my RE recommended; she was very knowledgeable about IF issues, and made dietary and exercise recommendations, which I followed as well. I did several IUIs - each producing two follicles - and no pg. I was very stressed out at work, so took two cycles off, and then my RE wanted to test my FSH, given my less than spectacular response with the IUIs. Then I got the dreaded call from the nurse. My FSH was 19.9. The RE wanted to cancel my IUI that cycle and the nurse said he would call me to discuss.

I didn't know much about FSH but I knew that high FSH was not a good sign. The RE didn't call that evening, so I searched the internet on "high FSH", and that sent me into a tailspin. I cried hysterically all night long at the prospect of not being able to have another child. Everything I read was bad. I was convinced that the RE would call me the next day and say he couldn't help me. Surprisingly, he didn't. He said he wanted to go straight to IVF and not waste time with IUIs, and he thought my age - 34 at the time - was important, and we would have to see how I responded. That same day, I found these boards. I felt like I had been thrown a life raft and that perhaps there was a chance I could have another baby. I stopped reading anything on the internet about high FSH that wasn't linked to these boards.

I devoured the pages of these boards for information, advice, and most of all, success stories. I saved all of the success stories and read them regularly. I read "Inconceivable" and felt so empowered by her story, and read Randine Lewis' book, too. I changed my diet completely, did infertility yoga, took herbs, and went to acu every week. I was ready for my first attempt at IVF; took an HPT on a lark after being warm and feeling 'off' and it was positive. Long story short, it was not a viable pregnancy, and although I should have been happy I even got pg, I was really depressed about it - all of it. I started seeing an infertility therapist and taking antidepressants. That's when I started to feel better, not so full of despair. I started to believe that we could be happy as a family of three and that having/being an only child was not a bad thing, just different than I had planned. I still longed for another baby, but I thought that we would be ok if we didn't have one.

IVF #1 came and I responded miserably to the drugs. Two follies, so my cycle was converted to IUI. BFN. On my rest cycle - my BBT (I religiously charted throughout the entire two years) indicated the first normal cycle since I started ttc: ovulated day 14, 14 day LP, period on day 28. I was so excited and convinced that all my alternative therapies were finally regulating my cycle. Maybe I would have a chance naturally, even if I was a poor responder. IVF #2 - different protocol, same response. Two follies. I cried at the RE's office about how pathetic my ovaries were. He left it up to me to decide if we should go through with it, but said we had nothing to lose, and he didn't think another protocol would produce better results, so we went forward. Two eggs retrieved; one fertilized with ICSI. Did assisted hatching on my one lone egg and transferred a very good 4 cell embryo on day 2. RE said there was no reason to wait since we only had one, and that the best place for it was in utero. Two weeks later - BFP.

I brought my DS to meet my RE when he was three months old, and I cried at his office again. I feel so lucky and blessed every day. I read these boards for hope during my struggle, and I dreamed of being one of the lucky ones. I also mourn for those who are still struggling, as I know how hard this road is. I pray for all of you to fulfill your dreams as well.
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andrea
andrea

February 1st, 2007, 11:51 pm #2

these stories always give so much hope to me and the other ladies. thank you so much. i hope we are all so lucky at the end of this horrific journey!
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February 2nd, 2007, 3:24 am #3

I've posted this before but wanted to do so again in case I can give some hope to someone who hasn't seen it. Best wishes to all of you.

Ann

I began ttc right after my DD turned 2 yo, when I was 33. DD was conceived on the first try, so while I didn't expect to get that lucky again, I certainly didn't expect infertility, either. A few months of charting BBTs told me something wasn't right. On months when I ovulated, my LP was too short and the other months, I didn't ovulate at all. My OB put me on Clomid. Six months of Clomid produced regular ovulation, but no pregnancy, so I went to an RE just over a year after I started ttc. The RE suggested starting with injectibles and IUIs. I started to get depressed about ttc, but still thought it was probably just a matter of time before we were successful. I was completely obsessed with getting pregnant, charting, signs, symptoms, etc. and even became very jealous of anyone else who got pregnant or had more than one child. My DD was already asking me why she couldn’t have a brother or sister and it would sting more each time.

I started acupuncture with an IF acu who my RE recommended; she was very knowledgeable about IF issues, and made dietary and exercise recommendations, which I followed as well. I did several IUIs - each producing two follicles - and no pg. I was very stressed out at work, so took two cycles off, and then my RE wanted to test my FSH, given my less than spectacular response with the IUIs. Then I got the dreaded call from the nurse. My FSH was 19.9. The RE wanted to cancel my IUI that cycle and the nurse said he would call me to discuss.

I didn't know much about FSH but I knew that high FSH was not a good sign. The RE didn't call that evening, so I searched the internet on "high FSH", and that sent me into a tailspin. I cried hysterically all night long at the prospect of not being able to have another child. Everything I read was bad. I was convinced that the RE would call me the next day and say he couldn't help me. Surprisingly, he didn't. He said he wanted to go straight to IVF and not waste time with IUIs, and he thought my age - 34 at the time - was important, and we would have to see how I responded. That same day, I found these boards. I felt like I had been thrown a life raft and that perhaps there was a chance I could have another baby. I stopped reading anything on the internet about high FSH that wasn't linked to these boards.

I devoured the pages of these boards for information, advice, and most of all, success stories. I saved all of the success stories and read them regularly. I read "Inconceivable" and felt so empowered by her story, and read Randine Lewis' book, too. I changed my diet completely, did infertility yoga, took herbs, and went to acu every week. I was ready for my first attempt at IVF; took an HPT on a lark after being warm and feeling 'off' and it was positive. Long story short, it was not a viable pregnancy, and although I should have been happy I even got pg, I was really depressed about it - all of it. I started seeing an infertility therapist and taking antidepressants. That's when I started to feel better, not so full of despair. I started to believe that we could be happy as a family of three and that having/being an only child was not a bad thing, just different than I had planned. I still longed for another baby, but I thought that we would be ok if we didn't have one.

IVF #1 came and I responded miserably to the drugs. Two follies, so my cycle was converted to IUI. BFN. On my rest cycle - my BBT (I religiously charted throughout the entire two years) indicated the first normal cycle since I started ttc: ovulated day 14, 14 day LP, period on day 28. I was so excited and convinced that all my alternative therapies were finally regulating my cycle. Maybe I would have a chance naturally, even if I was a poor responder. IVF #2 - different protocol, same response. Two follies. I cried at the RE's office about how pathetic my ovaries were. He left it up to me to decide if we should go through with it, but said we had nothing to lose, and he didn't think another protocol would produce better results, so we went forward. Two eggs retrieved; one fertilized with ICSI. Did assisted hatching on my one lone egg and transferred a very good 4 cell embryo on day 2. RE said there was no reason to wait since we only had one, and that the best place for it was in utero. Two weeks later - BFP.

I brought my DS to meet my RE when he was three months old, and I cried at his office again. I feel so lucky and blessed every day. I read these boards for hope during my struggle, and I dreamed of being one of the lucky ones. I also mourn for those who are still struggling, as I know how hard this road is. I pray for all of you to fulfill your dreams as well.
I hope your RE is now classed "high FSH friendly"?!!

Kiwichick

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Me 41.10, DH 45
Highest FSH 19.6 (8/2003); latest 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)
DD 2 yrs (IUI/Clomid high FSH baby)
ttc#2 since March 2005, two failed IUIs (Clomid)
Doing acupuncture (since 6/05, Chinese herbs and supplements, DHEA (since 12/05), occasional wheatgrass; added baby aspirin and 5mg folic acid from 4/06. DH doing acu, herbs, Vitamin C (under duress).
IVF#1 (MDL) cancelled (July 2005)
Chemical pg on a break cycle (Aug 2005)
IVF#2 - 2 embies, BFN (Nov 2005)
Chemical pg on a break cycle (Jan 2006)
Chemical pg on a break cycle (March 2006)
IVF#3 - 4 embies, 3 t/f, chemical pg (May 2006)
IVF#4 - 3 embies, BFN (Aug 2006)
IVF#5 - cancelled, one follie (Nov 2006)
Natural BFP (chem pg?) in Feb 2006 while waiting to start first low stim IVF/IUI
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February 2nd, 2007, 4:34 pm #4

I've posted this before but wanted to do so again in case I can give some hope to someone who hasn't seen it. Best wishes to all of you.

Ann

I began ttc right after my DD turned 2 yo, when I was 33. DD was conceived on the first try, so while I didn't expect to get that lucky again, I certainly didn't expect infertility, either. A few months of charting BBTs told me something wasn't right. On months when I ovulated, my LP was too short and the other months, I didn't ovulate at all. My OB put me on Clomid. Six months of Clomid produced regular ovulation, but no pregnancy, so I went to an RE just over a year after I started ttc. The RE suggested starting with injectibles and IUIs. I started to get depressed about ttc, but still thought it was probably just a matter of time before we were successful. I was completely obsessed with getting pregnant, charting, signs, symptoms, etc. and even became very jealous of anyone else who got pregnant or had more than one child. My DD was already asking me why she couldn’t have a brother or sister and it would sting more each time.

I started acupuncture with an IF acu who my RE recommended; she was very knowledgeable about IF issues, and made dietary and exercise recommendations, which I followed as well. I did several IUIs - each producing two follicles - and no pg. I was very stressed out at work, so took two cycles off, and then my RE wanted to test my FSH, given my less than spectacular response with the IUIs. Then I got the dreaded call from the nurse. My FSH was 19.9. The RE wanted to cancel my IUI that cycle and the nurse said he would call me to discuss.

I didn't know much about FSH but I knew that high FSH was not a good sign. The RE didn't call that evening, so I searched the internet on "high FSH", and that sent me into a tailspin. I cried hysterically all night long at the prospect of not being able to have another child. Everything I read was bad. I was convinced that the RE would call me the next day and say he couldn't help me. Surprisingly, he didn't. He said he wanted to go straight to IVF and not waste time with IUIs, and he thought my age - 34 at the time - was important, and we would have to see how I responded. That same day, I found these boards. I felt like I had been thrown a life raft and that perhaps there was a chance I could have another baby. I stopped reading anything on the internet about high FSH that wasn't linked to these boards.

I devoured the pages of these boards for information, advice, and most of all, success stories. I saved all of the success stories and read them regularly. I read "Inconceivable" and felt so empowered by her story, and read Randine Lewis' book, too. I changed my diet completely, did infertility yoga, took herbs, and went to acu every week. I was ready for my first attempt at IVF; took an HPT on a lark after being warm and feeling 'off' and it was positive. Long story short, it was not a viable pregnancy, and although I should have been happy I even got pg, I was really depressed about it - all of it. I started seeing an infertility therapist and taking antidepressants. That's when I started to feel better, not so full of despair. I started to believe that we could be happy as a family of three and that having/being an only child was not a bad thing, just different than I had planned. I still longed for another baby, but I thought that we would be ok if we didn't have one.

IVF #1 came and I responded miserably to the drugs. Two follies, so my cycle was converted to IUI. BFN. On my rest cycle - my BBT (I religiously charted throughout the entire two years) indicated the first normal cycle since I started ttc: ovulated day 14, 14 day LP, period on day 28. I was so excited and convinced that all my alternative therapies were finally regulating my cycle. Maybe I would have a chance naturally, even if I was a poor responder. IVF #2 - different protocol, same response. Two follies. I cried at the RE's office about how pathetic my ovaries were. He left it up to me to decide if we should go through with it, but said we had nothing to lose, and he didn't think another protocol would produce better results, so we went forward. Two eggs retrieved; one fertilized with ICSI. Did assisted hatching on my one lone egg and transferred a very good 4 cell embryo on day 2. RE said there was no reason to wait since we only had one, and that the best place for it was in utero. Two weeks later - BFP.

I brought my DS to meet my RE when he was three months old, and I cried at his office again. I feel so lucky and blessed every day. I read these boards for hope during my struggle, and I dreamed of being one of the lucky ones. I also mourn for those who are still struggling, as I know how hard this road is. I pray for all of you to fulfill your dreams as well.
what an inspiration, thank you so mcuh for posting.




Juliemam
37, DH 39
FSH 26
stage 4 endo (dx in 1999, inoperable)
DS 3.5 y/o (after 4 yrs ttc,nat concptn following a cancelled DE IVF)
ttc#2 since Mar'04 (when AF came back)
Cy41/LMP Jan 13 '07
using OPKs and luck
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jenniferg
jenniferg

February 2nd, 2007, 11:22 pm #5

I've posted this before but wanted to do so again in case I can give some hope to someone who hasn't seen it. Best wishes to all of you.

Ann

I began ttc right after my DD turned 2 yo, when I was 33. DD was conceived on the first try, so while I didn't expect to get that lucky again, I certainly didn't expect infertility, either. A few months of charting BBTs told me something wasn't right. On months when I ovulated, my LP was too short and the other months, I didn't ovulate at all. My OB put me on Clomid. Six months of Clomid produced regular ovulation, but no pregnancy, so I went to an RE just over a year after I started ttc. The RE suggested starting with injectibles and IUIs. I started to get depressed about ttc, but still thought it was probably just a matter of time before we were successful. I was completely obsessed with getting pregnant, charting, signs, symptoms, etc. and even became very jealous of anyone else who got pregnant or had more than one child. My DD was already asking me why she couldn’t have a brother or sister and it would sting more each time.

I started acupuncture with an IF acu who my RE recommended; she was very knowledgeable about IF issues, and made dietary and exercise recommendations, which I followed as well. I did several IUIs - each producing two follicles - and no pg. I was very stressed out at work, so took two cycles off, and then my RE wanted to test my FSH, given my less than spectacular response with the IUIs. Then I got the dreaded call from the nurse. My FSH was 19.9. The RE wanted to cancel my IUI that cycle and the nurse said he would call me to discuss.

I didn't know much about FSH but I knew that high FSH was not a good sign. The RE didn't call that evening, so I searched the internet on "high FSH", and that sent me into a tailspin. I cried hysterically all night long at the prospect of not being able to have another child. Everything I read was bad. I was convinced that the RE would call me the next day and say he couldn't help me. Surprisingly, he didn't. He said he wanted to go straight to IVF and not waste time with IUIs, and he thought my age - 34 at the time - was important, and we would have to see how I responded. That same day, I found these boards. I felt like I had been thrown a life raft and that perhaps there was a chance I could have another baby. I stopped reading anything on the internet about high FSH that wasn't linked to these boards.

I devoured the pages of these boards for information, advice, and most of all, success stories. I saved all of the success stories and read them regularly. I read "Inconceivable" and felt so empowered by her story, and read Randine Lewis' book, too. I changed my diet completely, did infertility yoga, took herbs, and went to acu every week. I was ready for my first attempt at IVF; took an HPT on a lark after being warm and feeling 'off' and it was positive. Long story short, it was not a viable pregnancy, and although I should have been happy I even got pg, I was really depressed about it - all of it. I started seeing an infertility therapist and taking antidepressants. That's when I started to feel better, not so full of despair. I started to believe that we could be happy as a family of three and that having/being an only child was not a bad thing, just different than I had planned. I still longed for another baby, but I thought that we would be ok if we didn't have one.

IVF #1 came and I responded miserably to the drugs. Two follies, so my cycle was converted to IUI. BFN. On my rest cycle - my BBT (I religiously charted throughout the entire two years) indicated the first normal cycle since I started ttc: ovulated day 14, 14 day LP, period on day 28. I was so excited and convinced that all my alternative therapies were finally regulating my cycle. Maybe I would have a chance naturally, even if I was a poor responder. IVF #2 - different protocol, same response. Two follies. I cried at the RE's office about how pathetic my ovaries were. He left it up to me to decide if we should go through with it, but said we had nothing to lose, and he didn't think another protocol would produce better results, so we went forward. Two eggs retrieved; one fertilized with ICSI. Did assisted hatching on my one lone egg and transferred a very good 4 cell embryo on day 2. RE said there was no reason to wait since we only had one, and that the best place for it was in utero. Two weeks later - BFP.

I brought my DS to meet my RE when he was three months old, and I cried at his office again. I feel so lucky and blessed every day. I read these boards for hope during my struggle, and I dreamed of being one of the lucky ones. I also mourn for those who are still struggling, as I know how hard this road is. I pray for all of you to fulfill your dreams as well.
we all hope to follow in your footsteps.
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