HORRIBLE period after 1st try w/ ART

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Registered: 10-10-2008
HORRIBLE period after 1st try w/ ART
Sat, 05-01-2010 - 1:32pm

I am diagnosed with PCOS, endometriosis, adenomyosis, SIN, & gluten intolerance. Just finished Clomid (5 days), FSH/Bravelle (8 days), hCG trigger (1 day), & IUI (unsuccessful-lab results yesterday). Also, Progesterone vaginal suppositories nightly from the day after IUI until negative preg. test 2 days ago.

Staining & spotting started 4 days ago, progressing to full flow yesterday. This is without a doubt the most painful period I have ever experienced! It feels more like the miscarriage that I had at 12 weeks a few years ago. I'm usually pretty tough - but tylenol, ibuprofen, vicoden, heat - nothing is touching this! Doc says wait it out until ultrasound on Monday. Having cold sweats, nausea, dry heaves, huge clots, extra heavy flow, and severe cramping that makes movement or conversation difficult sometimes - advice?

Is this normal after this type of protocol? Has anyone else experienced similar? Home alone, as hubby is on work travel (and my mom is 1200 miles away).

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Registered: 07-15-2005
Sat, 05-01-2010 - 7:59pm

Beth, I am so sorry to hear that you have to have physical misery on top of the emotional. My guess is that the progesterone is responsible for this -- it does thicken the lining so you will have extra heavy flow -- and of course cramping etc. I noticed my periods were a major PIA after any protocol I've had.

I hope you feel better soon. Wine and chocolate cake can be good painkillers.


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Registered: 05-31-2004
Sun, 05-02-2010 - 5:09am
I am so sorry this is being so hard on you. Sorry, I have no advice for you, I have never gone through protocol like that nor have I had a period like that. I hope the doctor gives you some help soon.


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