TTC after second MC

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Registered: 12-07-2012
TTC after second MC
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Sat, 12-29-2012 - 11:19am

Hello everyone! I'm new to these blogs but need to reach out for advice. I am 29 years and have been married for 2.5 years. My husband and I decided to wait a year before we started a family. And to our excitement we became pregnant for the first time in Feb 2012. We were thrilled!! Come April 2012 at 8 weeks I began spotting, which then turned into bright red bleeding. I had a viability scan which showed a baby but that afternoon I experienced intense cramps, increased flow and lots of large clots. I was having a miscarriage.

I had an internal ultrasound afterwards to confirm the miscarriage and ensure all products of conception had passed. Thankfully all necessary pieces and such had passed. My doctor indicated my body needed time to heal and get back to "normal" so we were to wait at least 3 cycles before trying again.

We waited the three cycles and got back on the baby trying wagon in August of 2012. I wasn't using any other method then an app on my phone that calculated cycles like they were "normal". As I got more information and the app was able to adjust it was determined my cycle length was 37 days.

In October of this year I began using ovulation tests to iron out my prime window. I also read The Sperm Meets Egg book. And with success I ovulated the week of thanksgiving and conceived. However the excitement was only short lived because 2 days after when my cycle would have started all my symptoms had gone completely away and I began bleeding again. You guessed it....miscarriage number 2 was taking place.

I finally decided it was a time to get my doctor involved, because we can obviously get pregnant but can't stay that way. Thankfully she wasn't a doctor who would only say its bad luck keep trying. She explained it could be the following things: 1. Thyroid issues 2. Early onset diabetes 3. An antibody issue 4. Blood clotting issue 4. Chromosamoal issues between my husband and I. 5. an issuewith my uterus that requires an mri to determine if thats it). It was determined we would take the route of having my blood drawn to hunt down the easy to test and easy to treat issue first.

The results from my blood work were all normal.
Anticardiolipin IgM - 1.91
Anticardiolipin IgG - 5.1
PTT Lupus Anticoagulant
APTT - 28
PT - 10.6
TTI ratio - 0.8
Lupus anticoagulant - 29
HEMOGLOBIN A1C - 5.1
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) - 1.91

We have now been presented with a few options: go forward with the MRI of uterus to see if there's a issue with that, chromosomal testing with my husband and I, having another pregnancy and monitoring levels early and often, or getting my progesterone levels tested at the appropriate times in my cycle.

Through what I have been reading online through other posts is it sounds like my progesterone isn't doing its part to sustain the pregnancy. So we are in between TTC again and watch the levels or test in the next cycle.

If anyone has any ideas, helpful hint it would be greatly appreciated. Especially on how not to get down over my body's lack of ability to keep our precious peanuts where they belong.

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Registered: 05-04-2012
Sat, 12-29-2012 - 12:43pm

Your story is similiar to mine.  I had 2 m/c at the age of 29y/o.  I am now 30.  I had the blood tests to see if it was something that could easily be seen and fixed and it all came back normal.  I just began going to an RE earlier this month.  We are discovering that there is something more going on.  My AMH is low which means I am running out of eggs.  I may have PCOS.  And I have low progesterone.  I am currently waiting for AF to show so I can get my Day 3 (FSH,LH,estrodial) taken, then I am going to have an hsg.  DH will have a sperm analysis.  We will come up with a plan after all that.  I think its great that your dr isn't just saying "you're young.  it's really bad luck"  I can tell you from experience, it sucks.  It is what mine did.  My only advice is to make sure you advocate for yourself.  Definitely go for that extra testing because even though you are young (as I am), you never know what they will find.  And everything helps.  I am so sorry you find yourself here.  This group has some amazing women here!  We are here for you.

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Fri, 01-04-2013 - 11:21am

Lingerfa, I'm sorry for your losses. We are all here for you and this is a very supportive group of women. Feel free to rant and ask questions and just get advice and support. Also feel free to private message me. 

I'm really glad your doctor got right on checking things instead of brushing it off. I would say when you get pregnant again, definitely get your progesterone checked early on. I have had a successful pregnancy after my miscarriage and when I got my progesterone checked at 7w they were dangerously low. I was put on supplements and my numbers got right where they should be. 

Private message me if you'd like to join our TTCAM facebook group :)

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Mon, 01-07-2013 - 2:42pm
That is comforting to hear that you had success after being told you are "normal"...when there is clearly something going on. I had another friend tell me she suspected progesterone was the culprit too (how weird my bestie had fertility issues too...but is in the hospital getting induced as we speak!!)....and in looking at the symptoms and signs...it sounded like I had a lot of those. Now I am waiting for AF to return so I can do the OPKs again. Not sure if my last MC would take the full 6 weeks to return or return at the time my cycle would have started. If it comes at its normally scheduled time, that is next weekend....if its the full 6 weeks it will start 2 weeks. Either way I am just frustrated that I'm broken and everything so far is "normal" and everyone in the world is getting pregnant on accident or wasn't planning on it and bam there it is. And I swear people are the rudest ever without knowing it by making comments about how it's so easy and there really isn't any reason people shouldn't get pregnant and all that stuff. Which I'm sure you all have experienced. And the times you tell people you are having troubles they look at you like you are alien or have a third arm...and then don't ever want to discuss it again.
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Tue, 01-08-2013 - 6:40pm
Your cycle can really come back at any time now. Hopefully it comes soon so you can get back to being regular and try again. We all know what you mean about people being completely ignorant and often rude about fertility problems. If someone hasn't dealt with it, they really don't understand.

Private message me if you'd like to join our TTCAM facebook group :)

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Thu, 01-10-2013 - 9:28pm
Hoping all the bloated feeling and cramps mean it's coming on schedule this weekend!
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Fri, 02-01-2013 - 12:40pm

sounds like you are oing really good.  you could try progesterone suppositories after oing.  I used prometrium but insurance didn't cover.  they cost about 100 per cycle.  The RE had me take them through the first 8 weeks of pregnancy.  if you don't get pg you stop them on 14 dpo if you test and get bfn and you'll get af 2 or 3 days later.  otherwise the chromosome testing for you and dh isn't a bad idea.  It's a test you only need to get once and will give you piece of mind.