New to this game - fact check?

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Registered: 10-10-2008
New to this game - fact check?
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Sun, 04-18-2010 - 9:10pm

We are new to Assisted Reproduction, after losing some "prime time" working with an ill-informed local OB/GYN, taking on a relative's special needs child, and sorting out some overlapping diagnoses / misdiagnoses / undiagnoses (mine). Any input or advice will be appreciated.

Recently, follow to a uterine biopsy presented a good opportunity for an "assisted" try with the reproductive endocrinologist we are now seeing. So we jumped in: Clomid 100 (oral) x 5 days = 7 follicles; Bravelle/FSH 300 (injection) x 4 days = follicle size 10-15.5; Bravelle/FSH 300 (injection) x 3 days more = 5 follicles 18+ on right side (left tube is wrecked); then 225 x 1 day; HCG x 1 day; intrauterine insemination w/ partners processed sample (25 million motile sperm) 4 days ago, followed by prescribed "regular" intercourse daily x 4 days.

SO WHAT DO I EXPECT NOW? Was extremely cramping and pelvic congestion for a couple days, then better, now really crampy again today. Have orders for blood draw & preg test 14 days after insemination.

What now? Hints, advise, etc., all appreciated. Don't know what to expect, and I guess that I am not allowing myself to expect too much. We have "drawn the line" at this technology; husband is NOT open to egg retrieval, donor sperm or egg, traditional IVF, or adoption.

I am 43; my husband is 46. I have been pregnant previously without assistance - longest pregnancy was 11 weeks (8.5 years ago), most closer to 2-5 weeks (often don't know until it's over) - but have not been pregnant in the past year. I have PCOS, adenomyosis, endometriosis, Salpingitis isthmica nodosa (SIN), and a large benign intramural fibroid tumor. I am also allergic and/or highly sensitive to wheat, gluten, beef, soy, eggs, dairy, citrus, melon, peaches/apricots, and strawberries. Do not drink or smoke; husband drinks only occasionally. I am +/- 30 lbs. overweight - developed after adult chicken pox (along with autoimmune issues, sensitivities, etc.) which is difficult to take off even with exercise & diet.

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Registered: 10-10-2008
Thu, 04-29-2010 - 7:18pm

Actually, it was my reproductive endocrinologist who officially diagnosed the wheat / gluten intolerance, as well as the beef, soy,legumes, citrus, strawberry, egg, dairy, potato, tomato, etc., allergies. (His wife has celiac disease). This was just a year ago, and I have worked hard at avoiding the deal breakers (wheat & beef) and rotating the others. It has made a huge difference in my health, but has not helped me lose weight or get pregnant! I'm seriously thinking about going back to unsweetened applesauce, unseasoned brown rice, homemade chicken broth, steamed carrots, & poached chicken for awhile! Previous docs (and lots of them) have seemed clueless about food sensitivities, inflammation cycles, gastrointestinal symptoms, etc. Frustrating!

Beth

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Registered: 05-31-2004
Sun, 05-16-2010 - 11:58pm
Hi Beth, sorry I didn't respond sooner, I have not had enough time lately to make it through all of the posts. I am so sorry this cycle wasn't successful for you. Are you going to try again? What did your DH say about it? You have been through a lot already, I hope things come together for you soon. ((((Hugs))))

Michelle


Loving Mom to three

Michelle


Loving Mom to three rambunctious 

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