New-ish here, hello

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New-ish here, hello
Sat, 12-20-2008 - 1:03pm


I've posted a few times here, but never really introduced myself so here goes...

I'm 40 and will be 41 way too soon. How did that happen?! I swear I don't see how I can possibly be 40, let alone close to 41.

I have a totally awesome 6-year-old daughter and I'm looking to have baby #2. Due to some genetic issues with my honey, we used donor sperm to conceive our daughter. So we'll be doing the same again this time.

I learned a lot about cycle timing the last time around and most of it is coming back as I've been tracking my cycles and did a "dry-run" of OPKs this past month. I'm not currently taking any fertility drugs and hope I don't have to, but I'll change the plan if need be. If all goes well, I should ovulate this week and begin my next crazy ride of a TWW. I'm excited and nervous!

While I'd like to avoid actual drugs, I'm open to some of the natural supplements out there. Obviously, I already take a vitamin supplement and extra folic acid as well as B-12. In the past I've taken Vitex, eaten baby carrots, eaten pineapple, drunk grapefruit juice and used Robitussin as well as low dose aspirin. I've never tried DHEA, but it sounds really interesting. I'm a little nervous about it, though and would like more info.

What are the side effects of DHEA and what are the benefits. For those of you who took it, did it change your cycle length or anything? Any affect on PMS, good or bad?

Also, what are some other natural options for improving changes?

Thanks in advance!


TTC #2
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Sat, 12-20-2008 - 1:15pm

Hi Deb and welcome to the board. I'm sure you'll find that you love it:-)

I took DHEA and got pregnant on my 2nd cycle of using it. The only side effect I had was some acne breakouts the first cycle. I also took Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Vitex (for only 1 cycle), CQ10..... That's all I can remember right now. I got pregnant on my 5th cycle of ttc and knew about DHEA from the beginning but was afraid to mess with it.

I wish you much luck and success.

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Registered: 05-28-2008
Sat, 12-20-2008 - 1:48pm

Hi and welcome!!

I wish I could post a success like Brenda, and I hope to some day soon.

 BabyFruit Ticker

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Sun, 12-21-2008 - 8:30am

Welcome, Deb. I'm also 40-going-on-41, and my RE blew off my questions about DHEA the way Mattie described -- he said there wasn't enough evidence. I had a bottle of it in my hand at GNC the other day, but I chickened out before buying it. I'm on CD24 now and my temp just plummeted, so I think I might head to the store soon...

Good luck and KUP on your efforts!

Susan CB

Susan CB

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Registered: 10-21-2008
Sun, 12-21-2008 - 12:15pm

Hi Deb,

I just wanted to say hi and welcome to the board. I have only been here around 2 months and I feel right at home with these ladies.

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Registered: 07-25-2008
Sun, 12-21-2008 - 10:09pm

Hi Deb :-)

Beach Scene

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Registered: 12-26-2007
Mon, 12-22-2008 - 12:56pm

Hi Deb:


Susan L.

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Registered: 08-12-2008
Mon, 12-22-2008 - 7:04pm
Welcome! I am the same age as you and can totally relate to wondering how I got here! I have been on the boards a couple of months and started using DHEA 2 cycles ago, spurred on by the success of the ladies here. I report with cautious optomism that it seems to have worked as I got a bfp today. Anyways, this is a great place for information. I did ask my doctor about DHEA and he was supportive of it, he said "in fact there is DHEA in many of the prenatal vitamins now".

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Registered: 12-06-2008
Mon, 12-22-2008 - 10:58pm

Hi Deb,

Welcome to the board!


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Registered: 12-26-2007
Tue, 12-23-2008 - 10:06am


Welcome as well.

There are side effects if you already have a heart condition.

Susan L.