Infertility Info & Support

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by Comet, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    Seemed more fitting to start a new thread for this rather than just posting in the normal TTC thread...

    We are currently on our 17th cycle TTC and will be doing our first IUI (w/Clomid for ovarian stimulation and hCG trigger shot if necessary) in cycle 18 which starts in about two weeks. I've been through all.the.tests and M has done two sperm analyses. What we've learned is that I ovulate late/have a short luteal phase but no explanation as to why. Otherwise I'm "normal" - no tube blockages/cysts/fibroids, no thyroid issues, no PCOS or endo, etc. Even though my tests have been within the normal range, I do feel like there is some sort of hormonal issue/imbalance on my side because I have so many PCOS symptoms. M has very abnormal sperm morphology (shape).

    I've been reading up on IUI online and really not finding much on how to prepare. I need to call our doctor's office this week anyway so I'll ask them about it then, but in the meantime I'm looking for chicken input...what instructions did your doctor give you for pre-IUI? Did they tell you to live your life normally during your IUI cycle or as if you were already pregnant (no drinking, food restrictions, etc)...or somewhere in between? And were there any special instructions for your partner or just you? I just started running at the beginning of November, so I'll have been running three times a week for 2.5 months (generally <2 miles a day, pretty slowly so not anything crazy) by the time our IUI cycle starts - I'm wondering if they're going to tell me not to run since some of what I've read online says low impact exercise only and I haven't been doing this for very long. What did your doctor say about continuing a moderate exercise regimen? And lastly what do you wish you knew before your first IUI cycle?
     
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  2. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    @Comet Per my clinic:
    If your body is used to a certain level of exercise you are fine to maintain but don't ramp up. Also do whatever you want pre-IUI and then assume you are pregnant after the IUI.
    You should abstain from sex for 48 hours before your expected trigger day (so your follicle scan day typically around day 11ish) because they will have you have sex that night and then M will need to give a sample 36 hours later for the IUI and then you will have sex again the night of the IUI and one to two days after (it changed depending on what nurse we had).

    The trigger shot is easy peasy but watch the video (are you doing ovadrel?) they have online because its helpful. I was SO worried I would fuck it up but it is actually hard to screw up. I also had a second shot a week later for luteal phase support so maybe something to ask about if that is a concern for you. The IUI is quick and completely painless. You need to lay on the bed for about 15 minutes after (at least my clinic made me) so plan for that in your time estimate if you need to be back to work. You can give a sample at home and bring it in or at the clinic. If you choose at the clinic then M will probably have to arrive 45 minutes before you. A and I always drove separately because of this. Not to be too gross but you will leak after you get up and thats fine. Also ask your clinic what the sperm count is if they don't tell you. They always told us what they had gotten to work with. We paid slightly extra to have the full analysis done with each sample because A has fluctuating results (sometimes all normal, sometimes things are way off).

    YMMV but I was very gassy and bloated for the day of and the day after my IUI. I was at a friends wedding the next day and had a hard time dancing a lot because I was just uncomfortable. It was fine after that though! Make sure you wait at LEAST 12 days before you test after your last hcg shot so you avoid a false positive. You will see so many people online say they had theirs out of their system way sooner, but its highly variable and mine was still giving me a positive test 12 days later.

    Do you have other specific questions?
     
  3. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    I can concur with whatchay re: watching online videos of injections. They are incredibly helpful.
     
  4. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    I don't know yet what type of shot they'll be prescribing for the hCG. I spoke to the RE's office shortly after I posted this morning but didn't think to ask that. They told me to have sex normally up to the day 12 ultrasound and then follow their directions after that. They also said to follow all of the pregnancy restrictions as of the day of the insemination but to live normally up until then. We are doing No Drink January so I think I might give up on that since my insemination will be right around the very end of the month and I have some good beers hidden in the back of my fridge right now! I did ask about progesterone and they said they'd have me come in ~7 days after the insemination to test my levels.

    I'm a little frustrated about their instructions re: exercise. They don't want me doing anything more than walking after the insemination (and throughout the pregnancy)...the nurse said to keep my heart rate below 120 beats per minute. I was just getting into all of this running stuff and starting to not hate it. M bought me the new FitBit Charge and wireless headphones for Christmas and I've been shopping for new running shoes (guess I won't buy those now :roll:).
     
  5. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith

    I hope everything goes well for you @Comet! I have no experience, so no advice. But I'm wishing for the best for you!
     
  6. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith

    I think I'll move my updates to here because I'm dealing with a different sort of fertility issue, recurrent miscarriages. But if this isn't the right place, let me know.

    Update from my OB-GYN appointment:

    So I got a prescription for some medicine I can take to help my body start the heavy miscarriage sooner. I'll probably try that so I can get this done and recover a bit over the weekend. I could do a D&C if that's not working, but he said it's better to do it naturally to avoid the risks of surgery if I can. I will do weekly blood tests after that happens to make sure the hormone drops back to normal.

    Then once my regular cycle returns, I will do a blood test to check if I have any weird antibodies in my blood that could be working against me. He said it could just be a bad egg or something like that. I've also got a prescription for some hormone supplement to take once I do get pregnant again that should help support the pregnancy. But that won't be for at least a few months until after I've had a couple normal cycles again.

    If we have a third loss, then they will do more extensive testing to see what is going on.
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2017
  7. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    <3 Mega. I hope this process goes quickly for you and I hope future blood tests give you some answers.
     
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  8. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    Thanks @megatron! I'm wishing the same for you.
     
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  9. Meatz

    Meatz Roma Basic

    @megatron I am thinking of you. If you do not mind me asking what medication are they putting you on for the miscarriage? I have to meet with my doctor next week to figure out what to do about mine. I really do not want a D&C. I am in so much pain I just want it over with. I have been unable to walk for almost two weeks.
     
  10. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith

    @FreshMeatz It's misoprostal (one of the main brand names is Cytotec).

    I used it last night and only needed the one dose to get things going. The cramps were fucking brutal, but if you are already cramping, that shouldn't matter much to you if you want it to be over.

    This one was (still is) less awful than my first. It's definitely been more like a really heavy period than the excessive bleeding that I needed to go into the ER for last time. Still going at this point, but I'm pretty sure the worst is over. We'll see I guess. I'll have today and this weekend to recover and hopefully go back to work Monday if things slow down by then.

    Thanks for the support everyone. I'm so ready to move on from another loss. This one will be extra tough because a girl I work with (who is also a friend) is also pregnant, due within a week of when I would have been. But it is what it is.
     
  11. Meatz

    Meatz Roma Basic

    @megatron I wish I could make it all better for you. Hopefully it goes as smoothly as it can <3

    Thank you for the information on the medication. I will ask my doctor about it on Monday.
     
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  12. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    @FreshMeatz call the office today and ask if you can get a script so you can take it over the weekend. I can't imagine how you're feeling now, it just needs to be over.

    <3 mega I'm glad you're at the point you can start to move on.
     
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  13. Meatz

    Meatz Roma Basic

    I was going to go out to brunch with two of my neighbors today but the snow is bad so we are meeting up at one of the houses. So that will be two babies and two five year olds. I am dreading it. I hope I don't cry.
     
  14. Strength and love you, meatz.
     
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  15. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    Oh Meatz, honey. Hugs to you.
     
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  16. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith

    You are strong. You've got this. <3
     
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  17. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    My insurance company finally approved my IVF! I'm nervous and excited. My IVF nurse sent me my official treatment calendar: I sign my consent form in 2 weeks, take the injection class the following week, and start the medications literally on my birthday.
     
  18. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I hope it turns into a screaming baby for your next birthday!
     
  19. Rico Suave

    Rico Suave Chicken

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  20. Rico Suave

    Rico Suave Chicken

    @megatron Just wanted to say hi, and that I'm thinking about you. <3
     
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  21. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    You and me both!!
     
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  22. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith

    @Rico Suave :kiss:

    I'm back at work today. I wish I wasn't but life goes on and I needed to return to the "real world" at some point. I've told (shocked) a few people with the truth of my absence last week, but I don't care. This wasn't my fault. It was out of my control. And I don't care enough to pretend I'm doing ok today, when I'm really not doing ok. I'll be ok...but it will take some time.
     
  23. Comet

    Comet Chicken

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    Canaligator Barbie Police

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  25. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    @megatron it will take time. I'm proud of you for telling people. You're right, it was out of your control, and this way they'll at least (hopefully) be a little sensitive. <3
     
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