Just starting the TWW...

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Just starting the TWW...

Postby Galinah » Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:58 pm

Hi,

New to this whole thing...

I am 34 years old. My wife and I just celebrated our 1 year anniversary (we've been together for 3 1/2 years). We just bought our first house, and now it is time to start a family. Since we are 2 women, we had to use donor sperm, and IUI. All tests seem to say that everything is working properly on my end - I have a regular cycle, open tubes and am healthy. My doctor decided to try me on an unmedicated cycle, so that's what I've been doing this month.

I just had the IUI this morning... I had a follicle that was 22mm, my lining was good and thick (The nurse said it was "lovely"), and my estrogen levels were steadily increasing, though they did give me a trigger shot yesterday to make sure of the timing.

The Donor Sperm had a very high number (meaning both for count and mobility).

Since the shot this morning (about 12 hours ago) I've had consistent cramping. Nothing terrible, but certainly noticeable.

I know it is way too early to make any kind of calls... And that the cramping is most likely from the IUI procedure itself.

I promised myself I would let myself daydream, but not get overly obsessed. Still, it would be good to share stories with other people in my position.
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Re: Just starting the TWW...

Postby molinari0527 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:31 pm

Hey Galinah! How's the wait going? Any new symptoms? I had an IUI done about 6 months ago. When it didn't work I decided not to try again. Recently, DH and I have decided to try again so we're going to go for it this next cycle. DH had a vasectomy so we have to use donor sperm too. Don't you hate the expense involved?! UUGGHHH!!!
Anyway, from our first IUI I remember feeling a lot of symptoms. I was very guilty of symptom spotting the whole time. At one point I told DH that if I wasn't pregnant I was crazy! Guess I'm crazy because I sure wasn't pregnant! I guess what I'm trying to say is that as hard as it is, symptom spotting is going to make you feel things that may not even be happening. The best thing you can do is try to relax the best you can through this process and just check at your 14DPIUI mark. We all know how hard that is! I'll be glad to keep you some company during your 2ww! Baby dust to you!!
DH & I have been ttc through IUI since February 2015 with donor sperm. We have DD who is 8 and anxiously waiting to be a big sister!

IUI#1- 2.5mg Femara- 3/08/15- BFN :(
9/2015 used Clomid 50mg CD 5-9. 3 ultrasounds later- no follicle growth :( onto the next cycle!
IUI#2 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 10/26, IUI#2 10/28- BFN :(
IUI #3 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 11/27, IUI 11/29- BFN :(
IUI #4 Clomid 100mg CD5-9, Trigger 3/5, IUI 3/7- BFN :(
IUI #5 Femara 5mg CD5-9, Trigger 4/3, IUI 4/5- BFN :(
IUI #6 Femara 7.5mg CD5-9, Trigger 5/4, IUI 5/6- waiting...
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Re: Just starting the TWW...

Postby Galinah » Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:05 pm

Thanks,
It is hard not to symptom watch. I think I am doing a pretty good job of not obsessing too much, though. I am guilty of telling my wife that if I am NOT pregnant, I will not get discouraged, but I WILL be surprised.
I am now 5 days past my IUI, and 4 days past ovulation. Cramps increase and decrease in intensity, but they are a constant. Mostly on my left side, too - which is the side I ovulated on.
The other "symptom" that started the night before last is that I am getting hot flashes! Everyone else will be fine, but I start sweating up a storm!
I have to make it to September 9th before I am supposed to check. Lots of things to distract myself in the meantime. But, I am not known for my patience ;)
Good luck on your IUI! Baby dust right back your way!
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Re: Just starting the TWW...

Postby molinari0527 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 4:52 pm

Hmmm we're the same with patience I see! :) all of those symptoms seem very promising! I'm sure September 9th feels like forever away, but if you test too early and get a false negative it can be very discouraging! Do you think you'll wait until the 9th? I know I started testing on the 9th and all of those bfns were like a punch in the gut! I wonder when the earliest you can get a positive? I bought a bunch of Internet cheapies to test out my trigger shot so I know I will be testing like a mad woman! Are you going to use HPTs or are you going to wait for beta? I bought a prenatal yoga DVD that I plan on getting my monies worth on during my 2ww! Do you have classes near you that you and your wife could maybe take together? A little bonding/stress relieving time? My dr told me to do acupuncture for stress relief too. What are you doing to manage your stress? I'll ttys! :)
DH & I have been ttc through IUI since February 2015 with donor sperm. We have DD who is 8 and anxiously waiting to be a big sister!

IUI#1- 2.5mg Femara- 3/08/15- BFN :(
9/2015 used Clomid 50mg CD 5-9. 3 ultrasounds later- no follicle growth :( onto the next cycle!
IUI#2 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 10/26, IUI#2 10/28- BFN :(
IUI #3 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 11/27, IUI 11/29- BFN :(
IUI #4 Clomid 100mg CD5-9, Trigger 3/5, IUI 3/7- BFN :(
IUI #5 Femara 5mg CD5-9, Trigger 4/3, IUI 4/5- BFN :(
IUI #6 Femara 7.5mg CD5-9, Trigger 5/4, IUI 5/6- waiting...
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Re: Just starting the TWW...

Postby molinari0527 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 4:54 pm

I meant to write on the 9th day as in 9DPIUI! Oops!
DH & I have been ttc through IUI since February 2015 with donor sperm. We have DD who is 8 and anxiously waiting to be a big sister!

IUI#1- 2.5mg Femara- 3/08/15- BFN :(
9/2015 used Clomid 50mg CD 5-9. 3 ultrasounds later- no follicle growth :( onto the next cycle!
IUI#2 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 10/26, IUI#2 10/28- BFN :(
IUI #3 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 11/27, IUI 11/29- BFN :(
IUI #4 Clomid 100mg CD5-9, Trigger 3/5, IUI 3/7- BFN :(
IUI #5 Femara 5mg CD5-9, Trigger 4/3, IUI 4/5- BFN :(
IUI #6 Femara 7.5mg CD5-9, Trigger 5/4, IUI 5/6- waiting...
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Re: Just starting the TWW...

Postby Galinah » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:12 pm

What am I doing to manage my stress? My life is busy enough to keep me pretty distracted. I am a teacher, so school will be starting in a week and I've got to be ready - pregnant or not! Also, my wife and I just bought a house, so we are spending most of our downtime fixing it up. Painting is almost done (don't worry, I am just in charge of taping and un-taping, then washing things in another well ventilated room).
I did spend a week and a half with my parents, though. Which was good, since I did get a good relaxation in.
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Re: Just starting the TWW...

Postby molinari0527 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:16 pm

Sounds like you've got it all together :) I feel like the only time I'm not thinking about pregnancy is when I'm working. Maybe I'll move in during the tww! Hahaha!
DH & I have been ttc through IUI since February 2015 with donor sperm. We have DD who is 8 and anxiously waiting to be a big sister!

IUI#1- 2.5mg Femara- 3/08/15- BFN :(
9/2015 used Clomid 50mg CD 5-9. 3 ultrasounds later- no follicle growth :( onto the next cycle!
IUI#2 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 10/26, IUI#2 10/28- BFN :(
IUI #3 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 11/27, IUI 11/29- BFN :(
IUI #4 Clomid 100mg CD5-9, Trigger 3/5, IUI 3/7- BFN :(
IUI #5 Femara 5mg CD5-9, Trigger 4/3, IUI 4/5- BFN :(
IUI #6 Femara 7.5mg CD5-9, Trigger 5/4, IUI 5/6- waiting...
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Re: Just starting the TWW...

Postby Galinah » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:27 pm

Ha ha - I talk a good game. But, it's not as easy as all of that. Nighttime is quite hard.
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Re: Just starting the TWW...

Postby molinari0527 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:15 am

Ahhhhh the nighttime... also known as Google all of my symptoms time. :) that's the time that you should fill up with something. I was thinking this time around I'll redo my DH's office (don't worry, no painting!). I've wanted to do it for a while, but I haven't had the motivation! Maybe this will help!
DH & I have been ttc through IUI since February 2015 with donor sperm. We have DD who is 8 and anxiously waiting to be a big sister!

IUI#1- 2.5mg Femara- 3/08/15- BFN :(
9/2015 used Clomid 50mg CD 5-9. 3 ultrasounds later- no follicle growth :( onto the next cycle!
IUI#2 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 10/26, IUI#2 10/28- BFN :(
IUI #3 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 11/27, IUI 11/29- BFN :(
IUI #4 Clomid 100mg CD5-9, Trigger 3/5, IUI 3/7- BFN :(
IUI #5 Femara 5mg CD5-9, Trigger 4/3, IUI 4/5- BFN :(
IUI #6 Femara 7.5mg CD5-9, Trigger 5/4, IUI 5/6- waiting...
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Re: Just starting the TWW...

Postby Galinah » Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:55 pm

Okay - so, last night I woke up drenched in sweat. I know that isn't my imagination! I had to sleep the rest of the nights on top of the covers!
Still no spotting to say I've passed implantation stage... But, today is only day 6 past IUI, so anytime this week. I know it seems like a silly thing to wish for - and something I may come to regret, but I wish my boobs would start hurting. Both my mom and sister said that was one of their first signs.
Still - everybody is different.

Redoing the office is a great idea! I'm sitting down for lunch, and then I will get to unpacking the kitchen. I have to find, wash, and figure out homes for all of our pots, pans and dishes. That aught to eat up a few hours :)
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Re: Just starting the TWW...

Postby molinari0527 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:08 pm

Hmmm.. the night sweats are definitely promising! Ahhhh! I wish you could test already! Keeping my fingers, toes, eyes, and everything else crossed for you!!! Keep me posted on more symptoms of course!
DH & I have been ttc through IUI since February 2015 with donor sperm. We have DD who is 8 and anxiously waiting to be a big sister!

IUI#1- 2.5mg Femara- 3/08/15- BFN :(
9/2015 used Clomid 50mg CD 5-9. 3 ultrasounds later- no follicle growth :( onto the next cycle!
IUI#2 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 10/26, IUI#2 10/28- BFN :(
IUI #3 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 11/27, IUI 11/29- BFN :(
IUI #4 Clomid 100mg CD5-9, Trigger 3/5, IUI 3/7- BFN :(
IUI #5 Femara 5mg CD5-9, Trigger 4/3, IUI 4/5- BFN :(
IUI #6 Femara 7.5mg CD5-9, Trigger 5/4, IUI 5/6- waiting...
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Re: Just starting the TWW...

Postby Galinah » Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:24 pm

I was all set up to do the kitchen stuff, but fell asleep instead!
Oh, well. Off to bed now.

How are you holding up?
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Re: Just starting the TWW...

Postby molinari0527 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:42 am

It was good try, right? I'm finally getting AF symptoms so hopefully she shows up soon so I can get started already! How's your day been? Any new symptoms?
DH & I have been ttc through IUI since February 2015 with donor sperm. We have DD who is 8 and anxiously waiting to be a big sister!

IUI#1- 2.5mg Femara- 3/08/15- BFN :(
9/2015 used Clomid 50mg CD 5-9. 3 ultrasounds later- no follicle growth :( onto the next cycle!
IUI#2 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 10/26, IUI#2 10/28- BFN :(
IUI #3 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 11/27, IUI 11/29- BFN :(
IUI #4 Clomid 100mg CD5-9, Trigger 3/5, IUI 3/7- BFN :(
IUI #5 Femara 5mg CD5-9, Trigger 4/3, IUI 4/5- BFN :(
IUI #6 Femara 7.5mg CD5-9, Trigger 5/4, IUI 5/6- waiting...
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Re: Just starting the TWW...

Postby Galinah » Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:57 pm

Hello! I had a doctor's appointment today. Just my regular check-up, though turns out I was due for a pap smear. She did mention that my uterus felt enlarged - but, I think that might be more to do with fibroids.

Today I have cramps again. As usual. Though, they are starting to feel more like period cramps. I still have 9 days before THAT is due, so hoping this is a sign of implanting? Otherwise, just tired. Decided to nap BEFORE unloading the kitchen today. Just woke up, and am determined to at least get a start on it this time!

Wife isn't home yet. Maybe I'll have things at least put together enough to make a simple dinner at home rather than going out again?
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Re: Just starting the TWW...

Postby molinari0527 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:27 pm

Cooking and baking are definitely my go to when trying to occupy my mind! After I found out that my last IUI was a bust I baked a cake, some scones, and some cupcakes. I just didn't want to think about it! I hear a lot of women feel AF like cramping before ending up with their BFP. FX that it's the same in your case!! I was determined to start my fertility yoga today, but I decided to eat a cookie instead. Just been one of those days.... Hope you get motivated in that kitchen tonight! I'll ttys! :)
DH & I have been ttc through IUI since February 2015 with donor sperm. We have DD who is 8 and anxiously waiting to be a big sister!

IUI#1- 2.5mg Femara- 3/08/15- BFN :(
9/2015 used Clomid 50mg CD 5-9. 3 ultrasounds later- no follicle growth :( onto the next cycle!
IUI#2 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 10/26, IUI#2 10/28- BFN :(
IUI #3 Clomid 100mg CD 5-9, Trigger 11/27, IUI 11/29- BFN :(
IUI #4 Clomid 100mg CD5-9, Trigger 3/5, IUI 3/7- BFN :(
IUI #5 Femara 5mg CD5-9, Trigger 4/3, IUI 4/5- BFN :(
IUI #6 Femara 7.5mg CD5-9, Trigger 5/4, IUI 5/6- waiting...
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