New to this board - questions

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Registered: 05-21-2004
New to this board - questions
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Mon, 07-12-2004 - 9:51pm
Hi, I am new to this board and have a few questions I feel alot of you could help me with. I am going to be 41 in Sept. TTC #2 for 4 years. DH(43) and I figured it would happen. Finally when I turned 40, called a Fertility specialist, just recently went thru all the tests, FSH level 10.8 (not the greatest) every other level good. During and HSG radiologist found abnormality, finally had it removed 3 weeks ago, found out it was not a polyp, but old tissue, etc left over from possibly my daughters birth in 1999. (C-Sec) Very strange, Dr was a little taken back as well, and felt it was causing a much more hostile environment than a polyp would. We are going to try natural this cycle, possibly two, then try clomid. Not sure if I am going to do more, maybe IUI. Question is with FSH level of 10.8 I wonder how easy it would be to conceive naturally, and second, I'm a bit concerned about Downs. I wonder what the % is of possibly having a child with Downs. Anyone else out there with these thoughts...if so, please share, Thanks so much....Joyce
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 07-13-2004 - 5:10pm
I am not 40 only 30 but currently the interm CL, I wanted to say welcome aboard.
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Registered: 11-06-2003
Wed, 07-14-2004 - 11:15pm
Hi Joyce,


I am 40, and will turn 41 in December. I am currently pregnant with #2, which was conceived through an IVF cycle. I want to wish you much luck with your next cycle(s) and hopefully you won't even have to clomid and/or IUI!

In terms of the Down's issue, my RE told me I have a 1 in a 100 chance of having a baby with some kind of genetic/chromosomal defect. I am going to have CVS performed when I am 11 weeks to test for defects. It is like doing amnio, but much earlier in the pregnancy. It is definitely scary, BUT I like those odds; I mean it is 99% possible that the baby is absolutley normal, but nonetheless I need to know!

Good luck to you!

Karen

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Registered: 05-21-2004
Thu, 07-15-2004 - 10:42pm
Hi Karen, it is great to hear that your my age and pregnant. Congratulations!! Your spin on the risk is so positive. When you look at it like that it sure sounds better. But, like you said, it is very scary..my daughter just turned 5 in June, and is so healthy, etc. I sometimes think if I would by chance have a child with needs, what would that do first to my daughter, then of course my husband. At first when we started testing and going thru everything, I really didn't even think of the odds....I was so focused on having another child and soon....Like my DR said, everyone has the possibility of having a child with special needs. IT seems just lately I've been really pondering on it more than I would like to admit.

Good luck to you also, with the testing...and is this particular test something new? I had not heard of it. How old is your first child?
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Registered: 12-26-2003
Fri, 07-16-2004 - 4:59pm
Hi,

Welcome to the board!!! Glad you found us!!!!! Your FSH level is still good, I don't know how easy it would be to conceive naturally for you as there are so many variables that effect that. Since your OB has already found a problem & has resolved it, you may want to try naturally for a couple of months using an ovualtion predictor kit for perfect timing. As far as downes syndrome is concerned the odds are 1 in 105 for a 40 year old & 1 in 60 for a 42 year old so I guess you & I fall somewhere in the middle of that.

anything we can do to help we are just a post away.

****************Baby Dust coming to you!!!!!**************

Lisa
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Registered: 11-06-2003
Fri, 07-16-2004 - 10:15pm
Hi Joyce,

Thanks for the congratulations. My daughter is 3years and 3 months (and going through a BRATTY stage right now! LOL). I am a little frightened about what it will be like to have two; sometimes I can barely handle one!

CVS (Choronic villi sampling) is a relatively new test (I think it has been around for about 8-10 years)and instead of taking a sample of the amniotic fluid as they do with an amniocentisis, they take some cells from the placenta. CVS does not give you information about open neural tube defects (but that can pretty much be offset by taking folic acid-and you can screen for that later with the level II ultra sound). It does give you information about many chromosomal and genetic defects including Down's. I like that you get the info back while still in the first trimester.

I agree with you, I am more concerned about having a child with special needs in relation to how it would affect my daughter, than about how it would affect myself. I think it would be very difficult for her, because she would lose so much of our attention and energy. I hope and pray that is not the case, and I will be very nervous waiting for the results for those 7-10 days!

Good luck to you, and please keep us posted ! By the way, I think a 5-6 year age difference between two kids would be great (fingers crossed for you!)!

Karen

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Sat, 07-17-2004 - 9:50am
Hi Lisa, thanks for your reply....I appreciate the warm welcome. I am so happy to have found this board, previously I was on the board for individuals TTC #2 and having difficulty. I fit there too, however, the age difference is the factor...I am so relieved to have found other woman trying, like myself, and to see all the positive messages, really puts me at ease. This will be the first cycle this month, since the procedure was done by my OB, so who knows...I am positive, but not too positive. I try to stay practical. I think my biggest thing is I can't believe I will be 41 in Sept already....I truly forget. LOL. I'll keep you posted !!
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Sat, 07-17-2004 - 10:15am
Hi Karen, I know what you mean about two...:)...I think about that also, My daughter Jordyn gets so much of our attention, and our lives are really circled around her. I don't want to say she is spoiled by material things, but I can say with our attention she is. I feel though, at my age, I have more patience now, than I would have had at age 25. I really would like her to have a sister or brother, it bothered me so much thinking of her growing up and being an only child...My husband is not quite as concerned about that, and feels she would be just fine. I am noticing as she is getting older, the only child issue is not as big of a concern because I see her making friends ( she is very, very shy) She went to pre-school and never talked to one child the whole year !! Thank goodness I see her somewhat getting out of that shyness.

That CVS test sounds great..that really put my mind at ease. I was not aware of it, and it is good they do it at 11 weeks. I'm sure the test will come out just fine...wishing you luck...Joyce