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Old Jul 21st, 2016, 13:24 PM   31
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I started Vitex today! Think good thoughts for me, I could really use something, anything, to help. lol.



 
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Old Jul 21st, 2016, 15:52 PM   32
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Jules I have been on vitex for two months and my temps after ovulation is higher meaning progesterone is higher. One step in the right direction eh?

Hope to hear your feedback as well



 
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Old Jul 22nd, 2016, 15:57 PM   33
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I had my beta last Wednesday and came back positive... I still can't believe it... they were slim odds with only one embryo out of the IVF round... first time getting a positive ever in six years of trying... result came back hCG 100... back on Monday for more bloods...fingers crossed it sticks! So happy, scared, excited, shocked, emotional, worried...
Everything is so fragile that anything can happen at this early stage and more than excited, I am scared... please, please, please let this be it!!



 
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Old Jul 23rd, 2016, 18:30 PM   34
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Very exciting still hoping. Congrats! You must be over the moon. Keep us updated with your beta



 
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Old Jul 23rd, 2016, 18:31 PM   35
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Stillhoping this cycle was all natural right? Your diet finally paid off great news



 
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Old Jul 23rd, 2016, 18:51 PM   36
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Sorry stillhoping just realised it was ivf first round. Still this is great news!



 
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Old Jul 25th, 2016, 09:09 AM   37
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Hi ladies, another endo fighter here, hoping to join you!

Jules, thanks for starting this thread. 10 days of AF every cycle sounds terrible, I really hope the vitex brings some relief!

Still hopping, congratulations!! I'm so happy for you, and hope your bean sticks. It's always awesome to see IVF work.

AFM, my husband and I have been TTC for over two years now. I've had heavy periods with horrendous cramps since I was a teenager (I'm 32), and a few years ago got diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Earlier this year, I had surgery to remove it to help improve our odds of conception, and during the surgery they discovered patches of endo all over the place, including on my left ovary. They took out all the endo they could see, but didn't give me an official grade.

The diagnosis sucked but it was good to find a reason why my AFs were so heavy and painful all this time as the doctors didn't thing the fibroid would cause so much pain or bleeding or be the primary cause of my infertility.

I'm in a waiting period now while my uterus heals from the myomectomy, and then I am going straight to IVF at his fall. The endo may have damaged my ovaries so I am nervous but trying not to worry too much. In the meantime, I am on the pill to keep the endo and fibroid regrowth in check in the interim before we TTC again.

I have low AMH, a blocked right tube, and a lot of hope.

Like hoping, I'm also on a diet where I've cut gluten, red meat, dairy, soy, and alcohol out of my diet. It's hard, but I'm feeling better. And I'm grateful for Trader Joe's super dark chocolate truffle bars. There's soy and dairy in most bars, but not these babies.

Happy Monday, all.



 
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Old Jul 25th, 2016, 09:43 AM   38
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Still hopping- that is very exciting! I look forward to hearing more from you. Fingers crossed and prayers that this one sticks for you!

Lemon- welcome to the group! I can't imagine waiting until 32 to get a diagnosis. I started seeing doctors about the endo when I was 20, and finally got a diagnosis at 26. You are a trooper! Good luck when you get started with IVF. I'm happy you have joined us and I look forward to being there during your journey.

AFM not a whole lot of exciting news in the ttc realm since we can't ttc. The witch stuck around through the weekend (8 days this time), I had more days of cramping than usual... I"m worried that my endo has gotten worse and that I may not be able to get back to ttc when we are done treating my headaches.
Anywho... I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I have a jam packed week and I'm wondering how I"m going to get through it all.



 
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Old Jul 25th, 2016, 10:15 AM   39
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It was a lifetime of, "well, periods hurt, but we deal with it as women" and then everything got blamed on the fibroid. Until the fibroid came out, and endo was discovered, and then it was all "Oh this makes much more sense." Who knew that soaking through a super plus tampon in 2 hours wasn't normal?

I will say, my periods did lighten up a big when I switched to a menstrual cup. Have any of you tried one or had a similar experience? My cramps got lighter and my periods shortened by a day or two. (This was before my diagnosis.)

Jules, that sucks about your endo pain. I hope your body is kind to you.



 
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Old Jul 25th, 2016, 14:35 PM   40
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Welcome Lemon! Oh my gosh I always insisted on going to a male gynaecologist because I had a woman once and she said to me "period cramps are part of being a woman" and I thought this b**** is not actually serious.

At least now you know what's going on! Understanding endo is the first step to overcoming it I think!

Congrats StilHoping what wonderful news! I'm 7DPO now on my first Clomid cycle in a little while. I really "feel" different this month by trying not to hang on to it this month.

Jules I went through a stage that each time I cramped a little longer or AF was lighter or heavier or I felt unusual I booked myself in at the doc and eventually he was like RELAX SERIOUSLY. He said things are not like they were, we need to stop worrying about it. It's hard though when you are used to your ovaries attacking you every so often!



 
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