Infertility Info & Support

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

  1. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    Sending you good vibes for this one, Cali!!
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  2. calicat

    calicat Queen of the Eggs

    Your girl most likely has a-typical PCOS. Baseline US showed over 15 immature follices on both sides. Have one dominant follice on the left measuring 9mm. She's putting me on Letrozole starting today.
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  3. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    I didn’t want to second guess your doctor, but once you went on the Metformin, I was wondering why she was talking about Clomid. Letrozole is way better for PCOS.

    Do you have cold hands or feet? That’s a weird PCOS symptom for some, and if so, I would suggest exploring acupuncture. I don’t know if that is why my final IUI worked (just stacking up little improvements on the odds) or if it was just personal care during all the stress, but I strongly recommend it.

    Knowing I had PCOS changed my life way more than dealing with infertility. It changed my diet and how I know about my health situation. You’ve got us in your corner rooting for you.
  4. calicat

    calicat Queen of the Eggs

    I do! My feet are ice blocks no matter what! I was doing acupuncture for a couple of months actually and loved how relaxing it was but April was a busy month and I haven't gone back. I may add it back in June since it is a light travel month for me.

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  5. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    @calicat I didn’t like the post for the PCOS but I’m happy they have a plan in place for you <3
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  6. calicat

    calicat Queen of the Eggs

    @MagnificentCat - I think the reason she was thinking Clomid was because she wasn't 100% on PCOS until after she saw the ultrasound. Again, though - I don't have the classic string of pearls (which is why she is saying a-typical PCOS). She said since I clearly ovulate, Clomid probably wasn't going to do much for me, but I may benefit more from Femara/Letrozole.
  7. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    @calicat since you are ovulating, what does the treatment do?
  8. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith Staff Member

    I hope this next cycle will be the one, since you have a better idea of what you are working with now <3
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  9. calicat

    calicat Queen of the Eggs

    Not sure if I mentioned this (I probably did) but when they did my 7DPO progesterone test, it showed I ovulated, but "weakly". Dr. believes my follicles aren't maturing properly based on the number of immature follicles I had at today's US. She believes the Letrozole will help that which in turn may help raise my progesterone levels naturally.
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  10. calicat

    calicat Queen of the Eggs

    Thank you. I hope so too! :kiss:
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  11. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Mine was atypical too where I had immature follicles, no string of pearls, my testosterone wasn’t crazy but was sorta high, and my biggest flag was my insulin resistance.

    I’d still ask for progesterone after ovulation regardless of if your body produces it naturally or not. It’s not expensive and is one more thing to support a pregnancy.
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  12. calicat

    calicat Queen of the Eggs

    Yeah - I already broached the subject with her. She was open to it but wanted to wait to see how my body reacted to just the Letrozole first. They've been very amenable to following my wants so I figured I wouldn't push it today.
  13. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    I'm sorry about the PCOS, Cali, but hopeful for you for the upcoming cycle! <3
  14. T-Rex

    T-Rex Chicken

    Another PCOS chicken - im sorry for the diagnosis, but hoping it provides answers for the way to move forward! PCOS varies soooo much from person to person, but if you have questions about what I did or anything I am happy to chat with you in case it helps.
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  15. Bluejay34

    Bluejay34 Chicken

    I fail utterly at being active here but wanted to say thank you to all the ladies who’ve contributed to or shared stories in this thread.

    I ended up switching clinics last December, learned from the new clinic that I still had treatment options before IVF, and spent 6 months trying them. No success.

    I just completed my first retrieval cycle and was way better prepared for it thanks to all of you.

    They’ve cancelled my fresh transfer because I’m on OHSS watch.

    I’m actually glad, because a FET gets me off the hook for updating my mother. I told her about the retrieval because it clashed with my birthday and I had no excuse ready for why I couldn’t do dinner. I asked that she give us space in case things didn’t go well and I wasn’t ready to share. That didn’t happen. Her logic is that she won’t tell anyone, so I should update her. She doesn’t seem to get that it’s about self care.

    In our last conversation, she tried to get me to promise to update her ‘before anyone else.’ So I think her real issue is she just doesn’t want my ILs knowing anything before she does.

    Anyways, I don’t think I’d’ve been half as ready to put limits on her shenanigans without the pep talk you all gave me last November. Thank you for being awesome.
  16. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    It’s so weird to leave a voicemail saying “I’m Fish, phone number blah blah, I started my period today, please call me back for a testing appointment”.
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  17. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

  18. calicat

    calicat Queen of the Eggs


    Hugs friend
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  19. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    Thank you.

    I’m doing ok; this whole process has been a bit surreal so far. I think when I have more data as to options and what’s going on I’ll have more types of feels.
  20. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    Hugs fish. I'm having lunch with a friend who is starting her own testing too. It is nice to have data/answers, but the waiting around sucks.
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  21. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    <3 Fish.
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  22. Tumnus

    Tumnus Chicken

    <3 Fish.
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  23. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    I had an ultrasound and blood draw today.

    I know those of you who’ve been through this know the drill, but to those who don’t (and I apologize for redundancy of what’s been covered before in this thread): ultrasound is to be sure your anatomy’s in working order. They want to do it during your period so they can gauge things early in your cycle. My ovaries looked good according to the doc. There were plenty of visible pre-follicles. My uterine lining also looked good, whatever that entails. Then I got a blood draw; the results should be in after a week. Rooster needs to make an andrology appointment next, then we have a follow up a week after that to go over results
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2019
  24. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith Staff Member

    Hopefully you get some answers, and then can make a decision about what you want to do (or not do) going forward <3
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  25. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    Good luck @Afishwish I know it’s a stressful, emotional process. I hope this gets you some answers to help you decide your next step!
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