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Old Sep 25th, 2017, 11:04 AM   1
kjs1
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New doctor, new round of tests


Wish me luck! Husband and I are going to a new fertility clinic to get a second opinion essentially. It is our two year mark of ttc with no luck and unexplained infertility. My current RE gave us a four percent chance of getting pregnant without medical intervention. I'm hoping this doctor will see me more as a patient and instead of a nail (with typical treatment being the hammer). I have ulcerative colitis and I felt like my current doc did not take that into consideration at all. I was taking some herbs that I should have stopped taking earlier (according to her). Anyway, feeling slightly hopeful today and wanted to share as this forum has been such a comfort to me.

Happy Monday ladies!



 
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Old Sep 28th, 2017, 17:22 PM   2
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Good luck with your testing! Your situation sounds a lot like mine. Let me know if the new testing reveals anything!



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2017, 17:48 PM   3
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Hi Belle,

Well, the testing didn't reveal anything groundbreaking. I had a complete meltdown after it too. I didn't like the doctor at all and she said my ovarian reserve was average to less than average. I also have ulcerative colitis and she focused on me basically eliminating everything from my diet, which was very overwhelming, but didn't actually know anything about my disease. After, my husband didn't get why I was upset and felt like the appointment was a waste of time. So, we got in a huge fight. Anyway, that was Monday of last week and I am still waiting on blood test results. She did recommend starting FH Pro for both of us, which we just started yesterday. It is expensive! Have you taken it?

Thanks for following up and the well wishes! How are you doing?



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2017, 19:35 PM   4
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Oh I am sorry that the appointment didn't go well. Sometimes I think these REs forget that we're people too! I was also told my ovarian reserve was pretty average/a little below average which is kind of a blow to the ego!

I've read about FH Pro but it is SO expensive. We will probably take it for 3 months leading up to IVF (which is yet to be declared). We're planning to do one more IUI, some time between December and February. Honestly I've kind of checked out lol. We're just trying naturally for now and are working with a naturopath. So I'm taking tons of herbs.

Diet changes are tough. Improving diet is something that I have been working on. Each day is a struggle of will power for me! If you are taking a break from treatment and wanting to try naturally for awhile and are looking at diet changes/supplements maybe consider a naturopath who specializes with infertility? Seeing my naturopath and acupuncturist is actually pretty nice. I feel like there are people who are on my side who are trying to help me get pregnant. I can't say I always felt that way during my IUI treatment cycles.



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2017, 19:45 PM   5
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Sorry to jump in....but I was told at 28 years old , that I had low ovarian reserve...my afc was 11 (total) and my.amh was anywhere from .88- 1.34. I took dhea (somewhat controversial) for 3 months and my afc jumped to 22...doubled! So it def helped us! Worth a shot!



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Old Oct 4th, 2017, 20:32 PM   6
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Wow Lady, thats amazing! I've heard really good things about DHEA. My Naturopath actually tested my levels to make sure they were good (they were right smack dab in the middle). So won't be something I end up using, but its good info regardless! I wonder how the DHEA worked to increase your AFC?

Having unexplained infertility has made me research everything, and the more I learn the more amazed I am at how everything in the body is all connected. I mean obviously its all connected lol. But I'm used to thinking about the body broken up into different systems and that these systems have very little impact on one another. Which is so untrue!



 
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Old Oct 5th, 2017, 11:42 AM   7
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@LadyLovenox - good to know. A friend of mine is in the same shoes.
@kjs1 - good luck, hope your dreams come true



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2017, 10:54 AM   8
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Sorry for the delay in responding! It was my husbands birthday this week so we had fun with friends bowling and I tried to just not think about any fertility stuff! Belle, I have a friend who used the same RE as me and was told she had 5percemt chance of conceiving on her own (she has a child previously who is here years old). She had some other issues too and our RE was treating some the same way. She also told me I have a four percent chance of conceive no naturally. That really bothered me. Like we are all nails and she has a hammer just pounding away. So, my friend went to an acupuncturist for several months and got pregnant naturally at her two year mark of ttc!!! Her insurance covered acupuncture and mine doesn't so it would be really pricey. I seriously may come snider it though. FH pro is indeed expensive but I've noticed this week I am sleeping SO well on it! I never feel rested and I guess since this has a bit of melatonin in it, it is helping me sleep. I'm also taking vitex and it has bumped my ovulatin date up to cd 14 where it was anywhere from 16 to 21 previously. It also seems to have increased my ewcm. So positive things. However this month it was so early that we almost missed it and only BD once maybe twice in the window. Lady love nox, thanks for the tip on dhea! The specialist I went to in the or Final post mentioned that to me as well. She didn't say anything about it being controversial though. Why is it? They tested my amh two weeks ago and it was in the average range, so I was really happy about that! We are planning to do another iui in December (I'm not thrilled). Have y'all done many iuis? Belle, when did you decide to go to ivf? I feel like I'm not ready yet (mentally).



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2017, 10:57 AM   9
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Also Belle we can be IUI buddies in December!



 
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Old Oct 10th, 2017, 12:45 PM   10
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Sounds like you had a great time celebrating

I have also read that people with unexplained infertility have a 1-4% chance of conceiving each month. It still adds up over time, which is why you hear of spontaneous conceptions for people with unexplained IF.

Where are you buying the FH Pro? I'm considering getting it for my husband and I but want to see if I can find a site that offers it for a bit less.

We did 2 IUIs with femara in the spring. First one I had 3 eggs with a thin lining, so nothing took. Second one I had 1 egg but had a thick lining, still nothing took. I'm hoping for the 3rd round I'll get lots of eggs and a thick lining. Right now I'm trying to decide if it would be worth it to go the injectible route or not for our last IUI. I'm definitely aiming towards just getting it over with in December. Sounds like we could potentially be IUI buddies in a few months

I think the decision to do IVF was an easy one for me to make. I need to have resolution and closure with all of this. IVF will give that to me even if it doesn't work. I think after 3 failed IUIs moving on to IVF is the next step.



 
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