Help With Natural Conception

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Help With Natural Conception
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Sun, 01-07-2007 - 10:53pm

Hello,
I haven't been on here much since my last pregnancy where I gave birth to twins. Only one survived and she is wonderful. I am wanting to have one more baby but my husband doesn't want to go through the same thing we did (insemination). I have been reading several posts and I don't understand all the abbreviations such as cd, af (I think is period).... I don't have a clue to knowing when I am ovulating. My periods are 30 to 34 days apart. Does anyone have any suggestions? I read that some of you use the progesterone cream, vitex,----has anyone had any luck with any of this and if so how do I use it? I would really appreciate any help. I will be 44 next month and the way I see it this might be last year to really be able to get pregnant naturally.

Lisa

mother of sweet baby Sofia, 01-27-05

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Mon, 01-08-2007 - 8:13am

Hi and good luck,
Although both my babies were via IUI and I'm currently undergoing my 5th IUI trying for #3, I did find the Clear Blue Easy fertility monitor very good. My cycles, like yours, are 30 - 34 days. The monitor always told me exactly when I was about to ovulate. I know it was accurate because 14 days later after it said I was to ovulate, I would get AF (Aunt Franny, period). cd means cycle day

I have used the monitor for years; however, we were able to conceive naturally once and then I had a m/c at 6 weeks.

There is a very good book too, but I can't remember the name right now. I have it somewhere in the house. I believe the author's first name is Toni and her last name starts with a "W". Maybe someone else can remember. It might be called "Taking Charge of your Fertility".

Over the years, I've tried every natural method I've heard of including vitex and drinking green tea.

I wish you success.

Loralouise (41)

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Mon, 01-08-2007 - 11:35am

That book is called "Taking Charge of Your Fertility", and it's by Toni Weschler. It's a pretty good book for learning about how to chart and figure out when you're ovulating. I started using a supplement this cycle called "Fertility Blend" (online or GNC stores) - a few of the ingredients are vitex l-arginine, and green tea. Time will tell whether it does any good, I guess! I had tons more ewcm (egg white cervical mucous) this cycle and I'm wondering if it's because of the Fertility Blend. I'm also using progesterone vaginal suppositories from after ovulation until af. I don't know if my progesterone is low, it's more of a just in case, since I've had 2 m/c's and 2 chemical pgs. Some doctors believe that when you get into your late 30's, your body doesn't make as much progesterone. Other doctors believe that progesterone is low because the egg is poor quality, so the corpus luteum doesn't produce enough, and that supplementing with more won't do any good because the pg is destined to fail anyway. That makes sense to me, but I've also known some women who have had m/c's until they started progesterone. So that's why I'm taking it. I also take a baby aspirin every day which helps prevents clotting disorders - another won't hurt, so I take it just in case. The aspirin is also supposed to help make a nice uterine lining. Good luck to you.

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Mon, 01-08-2007 - 12:24pm
Thanks, you have been helpful. I would do the IUI if my husband would go for it. He just says if we can't do it on our own that it just wasn't meant to be. You said you are on your 5th? Do you mean for this #3 pregnancy? With my IUI, it only took once.
When do you start the Clear Blue Easy fertility monitor? I will go out and buy one today.
Thanks again,
Lisa (43)
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Mon, 01-08-2007 - 2:52pm

Hi Lisa, and welcome! Sofia, what a pretty name.

Emily (Ada's maman since 3/14/04)

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Mon, 01-08-2007 - 8:57pm

Hi Lisa,

If I remember correctly, the monitor asks you to input how long your average cycle is, 34 days etc. You would then push the button on cycle day 1, first day of your period. Each day the monitor will show a count of the days and approximately day 10, it will start asking you to test (pee on a stick and insert into the monitor for a reading). I found that it asks way too early for me because I soon learned that I don't ovulate until approximately day 17 or 18 because of my long cycles. I might be wrong about it asking you to input your cycle length, so it just assumes a 28 day cycle until it has your history (a few months of testing). I just ignored the request to test (to save sticks) until day 15 or so. It might be good to follow the request to test the first time just to verify when you ovulate. The monitor keeps track of when you ovulate so the next month, it shouldn't ask you to test as early if you ovulate later in your cycle like me. As I said, for me, it was extremely accurate. We would try bding all around the time it said to O and unfortunately, we still couldn't get pregnant.

IUI#1 resulted in a conception but a blighted ovum (no heartbeat) and m/c
IUI#2 resulted in dd Alicia, now 4 years old
IUI#3 resulted in no conception. I believe I was hyperstimulated
IUI#4 resulted in dd Sarah, now 11 months old
IUI#5 hopefully results in ds#1 or dd#3. I should get my hcg shot tomorrow or the next day and then two days of inseminations.

Good luck!

Loralouise

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Mon, 01-08-2007 - 9:42pm
Thanks for your information. Where is the best place to purchase these Fertility Monitors? How many do I have to buy?
Thanks again,
Lisa
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Tue, 01-09-2007 - 11:10pm
Loralouise, wow, based on your history I think your odds are great!

Emily (Ada's maman since 3/14/04)

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Wed, 01-10-2007 - 7:56am

Hi Lisa,

I live in Ontario, Canada and when I purchased my fertility monitor years ago, it was only available in the US, so I drove all the way to Buffalo and paid about $400 Canadian! That's how desperate I was. The fertility monitor is now available in Canada in most major drug stories. It must be less costly now too, although I haven't checked.

The box of sticks used to cost me $50 Canadian and would last 2 to 3 months. It's not cheap, but since I was purchasing an ovulation predictor kit each month anyway at $20 - 30, I thought it was more efficient and possibly less costly to buy the monitor and then the sticks as needed.

I'm certain you can find the monitor in the US stores.

Loralouise

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Thu, 01-11-2007 - 10:16pm

I bought my monitor from a friend for $75. Then the boxes of test strips are $49.99 for 30 strips. You use 6-10 per month.


Go on e-Bay to buy the monitor and strips...that's the best deal !!! Good Luck !

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