17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

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17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

Postby Little Oz » Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:17 pm

Hello Ladies,

My DH and I have been actively TTC our second since last May when I went off birth control. I'm 35 and have hashimotos (which I've been told is stable since my levels have held at 2.5 since May 2011). I was anticipating that it might take me a tad longer to conceive however I never thought it would take this long. I've tried OPK's (I can rarely seem to catch my surge), temping (which is very unreliable for me since I have a three year old that wakes me frequently during the night) and most recently the Clear Blue Fertility Monitor and Softcups (let's hope this is our month!). Next Wed our journey at the fertility clinic starts with DH's sperm test followed by an appointment with the RE. I'm so nervous ... some days I don't know how much longer we both can hang in there BUT i just can't give up just yet (although there are days when I feel like I should).

I just wanted to say hello to everyone and introduce myself and see if there is anyone in the same boat as me. I don't really have anyone else to share my struggles with since nobody I know has had any real problems conceiving!

Wishing you all lots of baby dust and BFP!
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Re: 17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

Postby vanjust14 » Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:29 am

Hello! I have been TTC #2 for 17 months now. I am using the Clearblue Advanced OPK and taking Femara.

How did your appt with the RE and DH's SA turn out?

Hoping you heard good news! Wishing you baby dust as well!
Me: (Vanessa) 37
DH: 31
DS: 16


TTC since Sept 2012, Dx: Diminished ovarian reserve with mild male factor

08/13-12/13 5 rounds of 5mg Femara=BFN
01/14-10/14 relaxed cycles=BFN

11/16/14-11/23/14 75iu Gonal-F injections + trigger
11/24/14 IUI #1=BFN

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Re: 17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

Postby Little Oz » Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:29 am

The RE appointment was awesome. They were effecient and kind. I had an HSG done last Wednesday (no pain and good looking tubes) and found out that DH spermies are good. Unfortunately my thyroid levels were about 3.6 in June ... which is not good as they want it under 2 for conceiving. I'll just have to wait until the end of November for my next RE appointment to find out where my levels are now as well as the results of my progesterone test (which will be done this Saturday) and my Ultrasound which will be done mid November. I guess I'm lucky because I was able to run all the necessary tests in my first cycle : )

Excuse my ignorance but what is Femera used for? I'm so new at all this LOL : ) Also how are you finding the CBFM? Do you like it?
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Re: 17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

Postby vanjust14 » Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:57 am

Glad to hear the HSG and SA were normal! I'm new to all this, too. I've learned so many new things just from reading these forums!

Femara (letrozole) is a medication that is used to assist in ovulation induction. There is a decrease in the amount of estrogen which results in an increase in FSH. The increase in FSH stimulates follicles to grow on the ovaries.

Although I already ovulate on my own, the Femara can increase my chances of conception by regulating when ovulation occurs, and improving egg quality and number of eggs released! Two shots at it are better than one ;)

Unfortunately, DF's SA was not normal so we may have to try IUI (Intrauterine insemination) next. It is expensive so we have been TTC without it.

As far as the CBFM, I am not too sure. The advanced one I have is supposed to test for high fertile days in addition to your peak day. Both times I have used it, I got a "low" on day 10 and then a "Peak" on day 11, skipping right over the high fertile days. I am starting to think it isn't accurate. Tomorrow is CD10 so I will try again.
Me: (Vanessa) 37
DH: 31
DS: 16


TTC since Sept 2012, Dx: Diminished ovarian reserve with mild male factor

08/13-12/13 5 rounds of 5mg Femara=BFN
01/14-10/14 relaxed cycles=BFN

11/16/14-11/23/14 75iu Gonal-F injections + trigger
11/24/14 IUI #1=BFN

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Re: 17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

Postby Little Oz » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:57 am

Hmmmm yeah the CBFM sometime seems tricky to me. My first month using it I had about 9 high days and then my peak (d14) 2 days earlier than I had typically ovulated (based on when I was able to temp). The second month no peak, just a bunch of highs. This month again a peak at day 14 but only one high day before the peak. Maybe your surge is really quick and that's why you went from low to peak? Are you doing OPK's in addition to the monitor? All this testing is such a pain ... wasn't this baby making stuff supposed to be easier? Or is that just a scare tactic they use in health class for teens? LOL!
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Re: 17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

Postby vanjust14 » Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:16 am

Hmmm, good question! The monitor is the one that stores your information from month to month, right? I am not using that. I am using the Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation test. I have not used anything else. I created a post asking what others recommend. I am open to trying anything that works!

wasn't this baby making stuff supposed to be easier? Or is that just a scare tactic they use in health class for teens? LOL!
haha, no kidding!!
Me: (Vanessa) 37
DH: 31
DS: 16


TTC since Sept 2012, Dx: Diminished ovarian reserve with mild male factor

08/13-12/13 5 rounds of 5mg Femara=BFN
01/14-10/14 relaxed cycles=BFN

11/16/14-11/23/14 75iu Gonal-F injections + trigger
11/24/14 IUI #1=BFN

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Re: 17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

Postby Little Oz » Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:46 pm

Ahhhh the ovulation tests. I have found them tricky ... mostly because the guidelines don't really work for me (restricting fluids, not peeing for hours, testing at the same time of day etc.). Maybe you're just missing your surge. I know lots of people that test twice a day to make sure this doesn't happen. Those darn tests are so expensive. You can buy cheaper ones that aren't nearly as fancy but seem to work for lots of people. Is this the first brand you've tried?
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Re: 17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

Postby vanjust14 » Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:26 pm

Yes, it is the first brand I tried. I think I will try a cheaper one next time. Which do you use?
I think my problem may be exactly what you said- fluids, testing at the same time each day and all that.
Me: (Vanessa) 37
DH: 31
DS: 16


TTC since Sept 2012, Dx: Diminished ovarian reserve with mild male factor

08/13-12/13 5 rounds of 5mg Femara=BFN
01/14-10/14 relaxed cycles=BFN

11/16/14-11/23/14 75iu Gonal-F injections + trigger
11/24/14 IUI #1=BFN

4/21/15 :bfp:
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Re: 17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

Postby Little Oz » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:31 pm

I have tried the ones of the earlypregnancytests.com website. They're super cheap when bought in bulk. Here's the link ... not sure if I'm allowed to post it here or not ...

http://www.early-pregnancy-tests.com/pacof3ovtess.html
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Re: 17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

Postby vanjust14 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:51 pm

Perfect, that is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!!
Me: (Vanessa) 37
DH: 31
DS: 16


TTC since Sept 2012, Dx: Diminished ovarian reserve with mild male factor

08/13-12/13 5 rounds of 5mg Femara=BFN
01/14-10/14 relaxed cycles=BFN

11/16/14-11/23/14 75iu Gonal-F injections + trigger
11/24/14 IUI #1=BFN

4/21/15 :bfp:
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Re: 17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

Postby vanjust14 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:45 pm

Hi Little Oz, just checking in to see how you are doing. How did your progesterone test go?
Me: (Vanessa) 37
DH: 31
DS: 16


TTC since Sept 2012, Dx: Diminished ovarian reserve with mild male factor

08/13-12/13 5 rounds of 5mg Femara=BFN
01/14-10/14 relaxed cycles=BFN

11/16/14-11/23/14 75iu Gonal-F injections + trigger
11/24/14 IUI #1=BFN

4/21/15 :bfp:
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Re: 17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

Postby Little Oz » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:02 am

Morning Vanessa. I had the test but won't find out any results until I see my RE on Nov 26. Still have the ultrasound with anti follicle count on Nov 14. I cannot wait for that RE appointment ... being patient is not something I'm good at! LOL!!! How are things going with you? Any positive OPK's yet?
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Re: 17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

Postby vanjust14 » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:27 am

Waiting is the worst! lol The 26th seems like so far away!

I am having a forgetful day today. I forgot my invisalign braces at home and I forgot to take my vitamin this morning. Gotta love Mondays.

I got my +OPK on Friday so BD'd all weekend, lol. Of course once again my Clearblue Advanced test went straight to peak fertility with the solid smiley after a low on Thursday. So I supposedly ovulated on CD13, which was Sat. I don't temp though so I can't be sure but Friday morning I had little twinges on my left side.
Me: (Vanessa) 37
DH: 31
DS: 16


TTC since Sept 2012, Dx: Diminished ovarian reserve with mild male factor

08/13-12/13 5 rounds of 5mg Femara=BFN
01/14-10/14 relaxed cycles=BFN

11/16/14-11/23/14 75iu Gonal-F injections + trigger
11/24/14 IUI #1=BFN

4/21/15 :bfp:
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Re: 17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

Postby Little Oz » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:50 pm

Good luck : ) Let me know how it goes : )
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Re: 17th month of TTC our second ... and loosing steam

Postby vanjust14 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:08 am

Hey Little Oz! How are you doing? Just a quick update, AF showed so I am on CD2. Here we go again!
Me: (Vanessa) 37
DH: 31
DS: 16


TTC since Sept 2012, Dx: Diminished ovarian reserve with mild male factor

08/13-12/13 5 rounds of 5mg Femara=BFN
01/14-10/14 relaxed cycles=BFN

11/16/14-11/23/14 75iu Gonal-F injections + trigger
11/24/14 IUI #1=BFN

4/21/15 :bfp:
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