The road ahead

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Registered: 06-30-2010
The road ahead
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Sun, 07-25-2010 - 8:48pm

I'm still so new and starting to feel overwhelmed and in the dark all at the same time.

About me: A pixie in the city, 41, TTC#1 since May 2010, married 18 years.


Diagnosed with/surgically removed endometrioma Aug 2010. Sept IUI #1=BFN. Nov IUI #2=BFN. Uterine polyp removed Jan. 2011. Jan 2011 IVF cancelled. No response. 2nd

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Registered: 07-18-2010
In reply to: citypixie
Sun, 07-25-2010 - 9:46pm

sweet pixxx, my unsolicited, just-getting-started-myself advice is this: don't waste time once you get your CD3 results. Get those results and see a reproductive endocrinologist so you can start building a full "reproductive profile" for yourself: an xray or ultrasound of your uterus/fallopian tubes, an AMH test (a blood test that you can do any day of your cycle), and an antral follicle count ultrasound. Once you have all that data, a professional RE will be able to help you sort out your best choice.

You can continue TTC on your own, certainly, no matter what the RE says, but being over 40, you really don't want to a) panic and b) waste any precious time. If there's a challenge, in your hormones or your female reproductive organs, better to know *now*, so your eggs are as young as they're ever gonna be during this TTC process. My initial consult at NYU in Manhattan--which is a top facility--was only $450. He even did my antral follicle count ultrasound for free. A small price to pay to have a professional dedicated to conception at "advanced maternal age" help me determine what my options are, rather than possibly TTC fruitlessly on my own, or guessing.

Just my friendly advice. The friends I have who did end up having to use ART--be it Clomid, IUI, and/or IVF all said the same thing: Wasting precious time TTC fruitlessly on your own for months is the worst thing you can do. Get an RE to help you assemble your true reproductive picture, and listen to their advice. You don't have to follow that advice, per se, but at least you'll know exactly what your prospects are, as far as where your body and your hormones are at, and what options are available to you if you need assistance.

GOOD LUCK!

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Registered: 06-19-2008
In reply to: citypixie
Sun, 07-25-2010 - 9:50pm

Hey Pix,


I know, it's very overwhelming.

:-) Brandy, 42 yrs. old


Mom of a fifteen n month old precious little boy, conceived in Aug. 08 on our second IUI attempt (C

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Registered: 07-18-2010
In reply to: citypixie
Sun, 07-25-2010 - 11:53pm

Hey Pix, here's a good round-up of questions to ask an RE when you meet with him/her:

http://www.stirrup-queens.com/2006/07/questions-when-choosing-reproductive/

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Registered: 06-24-2009
In reply to: citypixie
Mon, 07-26-2010 - 12:03am
Hey Pix mine ran about $2500 for IUI - that's the meds, blood work, ultrasounds and the IUI itself.

~ Jodi ~


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Registered: 09-13-2007
In reply to: citypixie
Mon, 07-26-2010 - 11:27am
I can't really address everything because a lot depends on your lab results and DH's SA results but I will tell you what I did to have some things covered under insurance and I'm not covered for fertility / infertility.
 


 


Susan V

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Registered: 01-27-2009
In reply to: citypixie
Mon, 07-26-2010 - 12:14pm

hi, Pixie,
Get thee to an RE, ASAP!

I read this advice on this board a year or so ago and I didn't listen. The woman said that she wished she hadn't messed around with IUI or clomid and went straight to IVF. If your AMH level is too bleak, it might not even be an option for you in 6 months.

Above all, don't be so freaked out by all of this that you don't BD! That is the key :-)

best,
martha

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Registered: 06-30-2010
In reply to: citypixie
Mon, 07-26-2010 - 3:51pm
I'm already at the RE so I guess I'm going as fast as I can.

About me: A pixie in the city, 41, TTC#1 since May 2010, married 18 years.


Diagnosed with/surgically removed endometrioma Aug 2010. Sept IUI #1=BFN. Nov IUI #2=BFN. Uterine polyp removed Jan. 2011. Jan 2011 IVF cancelled. No response. 2nd

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Registered: 01-27-2004
In reply to: citypixie
Mon, 07-26-2010 - 8:25pm

I had my first 3day FSH/estradial bloodwork taken today too. I think we are aligning on the same schedule....although it was actually CD4 for me.


I start taking cycle 31 of Clomid tomorrow (day 5-9 protocol).

-Bridget


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TTC#3 since June 2010. Me = 40 w/ PCOS; DH = 43; married 13 years.
Taking: Pre-natal, 100mg B6, 50mg Clomid, Robutussin
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Registered: 08-20-2006
In reply to: citypixie
Wed, 07-28-2010 - 11:37am

Hey Bridget and Pix, I was looking around the board but couldn't find anything. Did you get your numbers back yet? I had my Day 3 blood taken yesterday (was actually Day 2 but they said it was oK), and I should know tomorrow the results.

Would love to hear what your results were and what your Drs said--this part is all new to me!


-Dianne, 41 yo
DH 37


TTC#1 since March 2010
Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, OPKs, Charting (for now)





http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/flappergirl2


-Dianne, 41 yo
DH 37


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Registered: 06-30-2010
In reply to: citypixie
Wed, 07-28-2010 - 5:01pm

I haven't gotten all my results back yet.

About me: A pixie in the city, 41, TTC#1 since May 2010, married 18 years.


Diagnosed with/surgically removed endometrioma Aug 2010. Sept IUI #1=BFN. Nov IUI #2=BFN. Uterine polyp removed Jan. 2011. Jan 2011 IVF cancelled. No response. 2nd

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