April IUI

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Re: April IUI

Postby madmarmar » Tue May 01, 2018 5:41 pm

For those that did a trigger shot, did you test out your shot or just wait until you hit the two week post iui date?
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Re: April IUI

Postby hdawson7 » Wed May 02, 2018 4:51 am

madmarmar, I'm not quite sure I understand what you asked. I did a trigger shot before the IUI. This last round, Friday (ultrasound to measure follies) & blood work. I received a call a couple hours later instructing me exactly when to take the trigger shot. Saturday 10pm trigger shot given. Monday morning IUI.
Idk if this info helps.
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Re: April IUI

Postby Karo » Wed May 02, 2018 6:05 am

Madmarmar.... My doctor never told me why I was to take baby aspirin. I did google it and here is the link of a blog that I thought explained it pretty well.
http://www.fertilityafter40.com/can-bab ... riage.html

I just wanted to let you know my IUI in February my husband's sperm after the wash was below the 10 million that they wanted. So when we switched clinics to do the IVF I asked the nurse about vitamins. She provided this list:

MEN AND WOMEN WOMEN MEN
Healthy diet Antioxidants (especially important for women >35): MEN WITH LOW SEMEN COUNT,MOTILITY AND/OR MORPHOLOGY

Fruits (especially berries) Co-enzyme Q10: 600 mg/day Antioxidants:
Vegetables Vitamin C: 500-1,1000 mg/day Co-enzyme Q10: 600 mg/day
Use olive oils for cooking and Salads Decaf green tea: 1 cup/day Vitamin C: 500-1,1000 mg/day
Avocados and nuts Pycnogenol: 40-60 mg 2x/day Vitamin E: 500-1,1000 mg/day
Dark Chocolate: low sugar Decaf green tea: 1-3 cups/day
Pycnogenol: 40-60 mg 2x/day
Folic Acid: 400 mcg/day (should be in prenatal vitamin) Dark Chocolate: low sugar
Vitamin D: 500-1,000 IU/day Folic Acid: 400 mcg/day (should be in prenatal vitamin)
Omega-3 FAs: 500-1,000 mg/day Vitamin D: 500-1,000 IU/day
Omega-3 FAs: 1,000-2,000 mg/day
For women with PCOS:

Myoinositol: 2,000 mg/day (commercially available as Ova-boost or Pregnitude)

So what he took was CoQ10, Pycnogenol, Omega-3, and C-1000. We slowly introduced them daily since just in case one gave him a reaction, we could narrow it down. His sperm count this past wash was at 44 mil. I also want to mention that he does like to drink, as we all do. :wink: :wink: But the week of the procedure he only had one beer a night. I also asked the nurse if about the significant jump and she said that sperm counts are not always consistent.

GleeKris10... I am sorry to hear about AF arriving! Stay strong! Wishing you the best on your next cycle!
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Re: April IUI

Postby newandanxious » Wed May 02, 2018 6:35 am

Karo, that is a good list! I’m just taking prenatal and omega 3 right now. I also eat pineapple and Brazil nuts as I’ve read they are good for fertility. Also cut way back on drinking and cut out caffeine and just generally became healthier. Here’s hoping all these changes bring positive result for us..
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Re: April IUI

Postby madmarmar » Wed May 02, 2018 7:48 am

Karo wrote:Madmarmar.... My doctor never told me why I was to take baby aspirin. I did google it and here is the link of a blog that I thought explained it pretty well.
http://www.fertilityafter40.com/can-bab ... riage.html

I just wanted to let you know my IUI in February my husband's sperm after the wash was below the 10 million that they wanted. So when we switched clinics to do the IVF I asked the nurse about vitamins. She provided this list:

MEN AND WOMEN WOMEN MEN
Healthy diet Antioxidants (especially important for women >35): MEN WITH LOW SEMEN COUNT,MOTILITY AND/OR MORPHOLOGY

Fruits (especially berries) Co-enzyme Q10: 600 mg/day Antioxidants:
Vegetables Vitamin C: 500-1,1000 mg/day Co-enzyme Q10: 600 mg/day
Use olive oils for cooking and Salads Decaf green tea: 1 cup/day Vitamin C: 500-1,1000 mg/day
Avocados and nuts Pycnogenol: 40-60 mg 2x/day Vitamin E: 500-1,1000 mg/day
Dark Chocolate: low sugar Decaf green tea: 1-3 cups/day
Pycnogenol: 40-60 mg 2x/day
Folic Acid: 400 mcg/day (should be in prenatal vitamin) Dark Chocolate: low sugar
Vitamin D: 500-1,000 IU/day Folic Acid: 400 mcg/day (should be in prenatal vitamin)
Omega-3 FAs: 500-1,000 mg/day Vitamin D: 500-1,000 IU/day
Omega-3 FAs: 1,000-2,000 mg/day
For women with PCOS:

Myoinositol: 2,000 mg/day (commercially available as Ova-boost or Pregnitude)

So what he took was CoQ10, Pycnogenol, Omega-3, and C-1000. We slowly introduced them daily since just in case one gave him a reaction, we could narrow it down. His sperm count this past wash was at 44 mil. I also want to mention that he does like to drink, as we all do. :wink: :wink: But the week of the procedure he only had one beer a night. I also asked the nurse if about the significant jump and she said that sperm counts are not always consistent.

GleeKris10... I am sorry to hear about AF arriving! Stay strong! Wishing you the best on your next cycle!


Karo: Thank you for all of that info!! I think what you have listed is similar to the supplements my husband ordered this week. I've also noticed he's cut back on drinking since the IUI this weekend (used to have a beer with dinner) so if we both keep our healthy habits going hopefully we'll have a successfull iui in the future (if this current one doesn't work out!)
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Re: April IUI

Postby madmarmar » Wed May 02, 2018 7:50 am

hdawson7 wrote:madmarmar, I'm not quite sure I understand what you asked. I did a trigger shot before the IUI. This last round, Friday (ultrasound to measure follies) & blood work. I received a call a couple hours later instructing me exactly when to take the trigger shot. Saturday 10pm trigger shot given. Monday morning IUI.
Idk if this info helps.


Sorry, I should have been more specific.

I've seen some people on forums take HPT from like 5 dpiui to see the test line gradually disappear each day after the HCG trigger shot is being metabolized/leaving their system, then when they get negative tests for a few days, they know any subsequent BFP is reliable because the HCG trigger shot is no longer in their system. I was curious if anyone on here will be doing that or if they did to that for this iui cycle.

Thanks! :D
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Re: April IUI

Postby Karo » Thu May 03, 2018 5:34 am

Good Morning Ladies,

Seven more days till my initial test date. There have been moments where I am excited and then boom I completely do a 180 and start to freak out. At the beginning of the two weeks I was not very optimistic since the 1st IUI was not successful but something happened last week and I feel like, hey it is possible!!! Since, I have been taking the progesterone my body is like "hey this is what it is like to feel pregnant". I am bloated so there are times when I walk by a mirror and I catch myself hoping, wishing that blastocyst has formed and hatching so it can attach itself to my lining. Than I think what if there wasn't an egg even to be fertilized. Or if my follicle did release an egg that the sperm didn't get to fertilize it.

On another note has anybody randomly told an acquaintance that you are doing/having fertility treatments. For, I did that yesterday, chatting with my neighbor. When I walked through my front door I was like did I just tell her??? That was super duper personal.
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Re: April IUI

Postby hdawson7 » Thu May 03, 2018 7:35 am

Karo- I feel you! I am testing on Saturday. I have mixed emotions about it. Last month I was devastated when I got a BFN. All the "symptoms" my body showed, I was positive that I'd had a good result.
This month, between the IUI and how many times we did the baby dance, I'm so hopeful/wishful that something worked. I have really no symptoms this round. I'm trying to stay positive and not stress about anything. I can't wait for Saturday to get here, and yet I can bc I don't want the disappointment. But I'm also having excited moments where I imagine getting the BFP and telling hubs & then In my head I've already planned a huge party for the announcement....
I was at a gathering last week and randomly told people I haven't see in years about the fertility treatments. Some of my closest friends&family don't know. I have no idea why I did that. Must be that anxious excitement & we are both bursting at the seams to talk.
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Re: April IUI

Postby newandanxious » Thu May 03, 2018 8:53 am

Hdawson, I feel the exact same as you... I got my hopes up a lot last time and I don’t want to do that again this month. But yet I’ve also fantasized about how wonderful it would be to get that bfp.

Karo,
I haven’t really talked to many people about doing treatments, it’s kind of a lonely feeling. But I also don’t want people to continue to ask about it every month as it’s been kind of a depressing having to let people down when they do ask. But sometimes it’s just to just talk to someone about it.
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Re: April IUI

Postby madmarmar » Thu May 03, 2018 10:18 am

Karo -- i told more people when i first started fertility treatments a few years ago, I think because I was really excited and I didn't know what roller coaster was ahead for me. Looking back I kind of wish I didn't share, because some people don't get it or offer annoying advice. My least favorite advice, "oh my friend was dealing with fertility issues and as soon as she relaxed and stopped trying, boom, she got pregnant!" Thanks for the advice dude! I guess I didn't need to shell out $$$$ to all my doctors because all I need to do is relax! (I'm sorry if this is coming off as negative....but I feel like this forum is a safe space for me to vent and not filter, as long as I'm being respectful to other posters :D )

There is one lady at my work who's gone through all of this before, and ultimately had a successful pregnancy through IVF. She has been really helpful through this process because she's been through it all before. Whether it was for my HSG or my IUI, she has true empathy for the ups and downs and pokes and prods of this process. I'd say if you want to have someone to talk to, talk to someone who's been through it before! My husband has a friend who went to MFI stuff too, and I think even though it's a little awkward for him, the friend is really open and they have been able to have some "man chats" about the subject which much be a relief for him.
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Re: April IUI

Postby hdawson7 » Thu May 03, 2018 10:40 am

Newandanxious, I'm guessing we feel like most of the women on this site. Are you in the tww right now too? I have been trying to keep myself busy so I don't harp on my feelings (highs/lows & everything in-between)

Madmarmar, ohhhhhhh that advice makes me turn red. I heard it a couple times already. Guess we all should be going more to massage therapist and less to an actual specialist, you know, if all we need to do is relax. Or hey, book a beach trip. LOL

I do not talk to anyone about the day in and out. Mostly because I don't want the questions each week/month. I don't want to see disappointment in my friends eyes or pity. Hope that makes sense. That said, having my husband go through this with me has brought us closer, like to another level. For that reason alone, if there's joy at the end of this process the entire course will have been a blessing. (trying to be positive) xx
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Re: April IUI

Postby newandanxious » Thu May 03, 2018 5:59 pm

Hdawson, yes I’m on day 10 post iui. I feel like af is on its way though but who knows... and I get what you’re saying about the disappointment and pity, that’s why I don’t really talk about it either. I hate being asked about it every month.
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Re: April IUI

Postby GleeKris10 » Thu May 03, 2018 8:23 pm

Hi ladies, I'm getting really excited to find out ya'll test results! I know it's tough, but hang in there! You are all doing great!

With regard to discussing fertility treatment openly...the first two years that my husband and I had been trying (and without success to get pregnant), we did not tell a soul. We were constantly bombarded with all the stereotypical questions (i.e. "when are you two having kids?"). The deeper we got into the process, the more lonely and depressed we felt. We felt so isolated in our little "bubble". I should note that my profession is in counseling and have always encouraged my clients to find an outlet or people they can process their emotions/thoughts with. I finally realized that I wasn't following my own advice. Soon after, my husband and I began to share our struggles openly with friends and family. What I have come to find out is, that the more I talked about it--the less people asked. One: because they now have nothing to speculate over. Two: because they can hear/understand our hurt and struggle, so they've refrained from further probing. They've come to understand that, when there's something good to share...we will share it when ready. I understand that not everyone's family/friend dynamics is similar to ours, so that's why forums like this exist! Because while our families and friends have been supportive, very few of them actually KNOW our struggle. Which is why I am thankful for all of you!
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Re: April IUI

Postby hdawson7 » Fri May 04, 2018 5:01 am

GleeKris10- that's great that you can be open and honest to your family and friends. I can see where that would help with the questions and speculation that then leads to you and your husband feeling down and depressed.
I don't get the questions" are you guys trying" mostly bc I think people assume either we are too old & not going to have kids (Ill be 38, hubs will be 40 this year& not that we are old, it's just most of our friends have school-age children) or we are trying and they don't want to pry.
I'm thankful that I found this site. It's been a great outlet to talk with so many strong women who know what i am going through.
Happy Friday Ladies, Have a Wonderful weekend. xx
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Re: April IUI

Postby madmarmar » Fri May 04, 2018 8:24 am

Happy Friday ladies!
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