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Old Apr 1st, 2013, 01:52 AM   11
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well honestly i think for the basic testing u dont really need to go to a fertility specialist....ive not yet gone to one and my doc did all of my initial testing which im sure your insurance will cover....the first thing my doc did was to test progestrone to c whether i was having a healthy ovulation...wen it turned out i was ovulating but not healthy ebuf then the clomid came out and 3rd cycle of clomid i was preggers...for this test basically he needs to do a blood draw 7 days after ovulation...as standard procedure they will say to go in on cd21 but wen i told my doc tht i was not necessarily ovulating on the cd14 bcos i was using opks to justify tht then he made me go in on cd25 and we found better results as the progestrone levels r highest to predict ovulation 7 days after which is mid way of your luteal phase....as far as the ultrasound is concerned...a normal ob/gyn can do an ultrasound to check for pcos and normal stuff buti dont think they check for ovarian reserves as i think tht comes under specialty...i wud suggest at least get the things tht your ob/gyn covers done and take it from there..hopefully ull not need a specialist



 
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Old Apr 1st, 2013, 09:08 AM   12
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hi! mirolee here! OH and i are 32. i have crazy cycles; A+ SA from OH. next cycle is HSG and clomid! scared and excited!
i would go on the trip; a couple of us have done the wedding thing (and the divorce thing!) and you can still TOTALLY wear a white dress, have pictures taken, eat cake, etc - either in another country or at the JOP or in a Elks lodge basement hall. do the trip!
julie, i would suggest day 3 blood work and 7dpo bw - fsh, lh, estradiol, prolactin, progesterone, testosterone, T4 and tsh. (you can get the 7dpo stuff done right now if you are close!). you dont have to go to an RE for this - my PCP did it. my order went PCP, OB, RE - but only because the first two dont rx clomid. and i'm only doing the HSG so we can confidently do the clomid - no sense amping up my ovaries if the egg cant get thru!
afm, cd27 today. seriously not sure how long this cycle is going to be. i'm kinda down about it because there is NOTHING that should have thrown it off, yet here i am waiting waiting. just want to be on to the next one! and i'm slightly depressed because the new babies are due any moment - i feel like a failure. seriously, 9 months after my bff and sister get pregnant, and i've had 7 cycles and no bfp. fml. fail. but life goes on; putting on my big girl pants and PMA!



 
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Old Apr 1st, 2013, 10:16 AM   13
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Mirolee-I know the feeling! That friend I was saying is 3 months pregnant, that means she got pregnant at the same time we started...I could be 3 months pregnant and announcing it now. It makes me feel like I'm going to get left behind...You are not a failure though! You are doing everything you can and you will have it figured out soon! Don't be down about it What's PCP stand for?

So, maybe I'll call my gyno today and see if she does any of those tests. If she doesn't do them or is uncooperative then I will either try another gyno or try the RE.



 
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Old Apr 1st, 2013, 10:27 AM   14
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This group name is fantastic!



 
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Old Apr 1st, 2013, 10:48 AM   15
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Hello. Hello! It's Alissa. I'm 28 and DH will be 31 in a few weeks. We have been TTC for a little over a year now. I have PCOS/irregular cycles. I have had two biochemical pregnancies (in September 2012 and Januray 2013). I have done Clomid cycles in December 2012, January 2013 and March 2013. I have had some testing done but DH has yet to do a SA. The RE has not been too worried about him having one done at this point being that fertilization has happened twice for us. Our next plan is to do Clomid with a trigger shot and timed intercourse. I have a few reservations about this that I will share and ask for input on...

Currently I think I'm like 4DPO. Nikki, so far, the tww is BORING! I'm really hoping that the next couple of weeks fly by since I have a lot going on. Thanks for asking though. You so have a tri-phasic chart going on! When will you test? Or wont you? AHHHH!!

Julie - I would try your OB first just for the spimplicity but don't expect too much from them. They may say for you to wait. If so, try an RE. You shouldn't need a referral for at leat a consult. As for testing, Mirolee had good suggestions. I have always believed in being pro-active and really wish I would've pushed my PCP (primary care physician) much more in the early stages of ttc. I think it could've saved me a lot of stress and anxiety.

Cassidy - if a wedding doesn't mean much to you and DH I would for sure do the trip. Don't do a big celebration to please others. What will matter most in the years to come is what you and DH remember and enjoy; what means most to you.

Mirolee - I can really relate to the feeling of being a failure. I know I am too hard on myself sometimes but I just can't help it. It simply sucks watching all of your friends pass such milestones in their lives while I'm sititng here left behind. I know this isn't the best thoughts/attitude to have but I think it's part of the process and normal. At least I'm hoping its normal haha. Making matters worse is delayed ovulation. I really feel like it wouldn't be half as bad if I new I would have a 28-30 day cycle each time. But the unknown is awful and creates so much more stres. Stress we don't need!

This is going to sound awful but I will be seeing a close friend tomorrow (due to a funeral, sucky) that is 7 months pregnant. She has been there for me this past year and I talk to her weekly. I am super happy she is expecting but having to see her I feel is going to be much harder than just talking on the phone. I'm going to be sooo jealous! And that makes me feel like such a bad person. That seems to be the story of my life while ttc, feeling like a bad person. Confession, I found out like a month ago that a friend is pregnant and havne't congratulated her yet because 1) I haven't congratulated her yet because I'm so jealous 2) I simply keep putting it off. Now tell me that isn't horrible! Ugh



 
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Old Apr 1st, 2013, 10:59 AM   16
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(Thought I would end by previous thread and start a new one so it didn't get too long haha). So my reservations about my upcoming monitored cycle:

My biggest worry is the choice for timed intercourse versus IUI. I know my RE chose this route as we are self pay patients and it will be cheaper but here are my thoughts. If we are paying for baseline testing and monitoring already, why not put in the extra money up front for an IUI where chances for a bfp would be greater? I feel we've timed intercourse well for the past 9-12 months and nothing has happened, so why would it then? Get my drift? I haven't yet inquired about the cost difference between the two but plan to do so this week. Plus, with DH's work schedule, I would hate to have him out of town when it was game time. Chances are good that he could let his boss know what was going on and postone his travels but still, just causes me anxiety and stress thinking that we may need to do that even.

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Old Apr 1st, 2013, 11:16 AM   17
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Julie- This is what my RE (reproductive endocrinologist) test for:
Estradiol
Free T4
FSH
LH
Progesterone
Testosterone
TSH
glucose
insulin
MTHFR
Vit D
AMH - this one actually tells you if you have mature. healthy eggs
Ultrasound

I got mine done 5dpo because I thought it was 7dpo but I think I was wrong. The reason he did all those tests are because apparently some of those hormones work together and they have a certain ratio in your body that he was looking for. I can't remember what all the test are for and what they need to be, sorry. Maybe internet can help.



 
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Old Apr 1st, 2013, 11:19 AM   18
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Cassidy- I loved my wedding and I am glad we did it, but I totally understand what you are saying! Go for the trip. However I love planning parties, our family paid for the whole things and me and DH had enough money saved up for a week vaca in the Caribbean. My DH can't handle anything longer so it worked for us. For you Id say do what you want.. if people get mad they will get over it down the road. It is about you and DF!



 
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Old Apr 1st, 2013, 11:21 AM   19
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Hello ladies and hello April!

I'm Emily, DH and I are both 30, have a 3 year old son, and are expecting #2 in November. I am so lucky to have had these ladies here with me the months I was trying, and will continue to offer them support whenever I can!

Right now my DH is out of work and is looking and interviewing like crazy for jobs, but I have a feeling this week will bring some good news. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Cassidy - DH and I had a courthouse wedding and a party the next day w/ about 60 people (mostly his huge ass family since my huge ass family all live in Michigan...). We spent about $2,000 on the whole thing, and I still got to buy and wear a pretty wedding dress that I lovvvvved! We never got a honeymoon, though, and still haven't DS was 6 months old when we got married so a lengthy trip was not an option. I am still holding out for my real honeymoon. We are thinking Hawaii next year for our anniversary in July, but we'll have to see how we are financially AND see how things are going with new baby.
My point is... I THINK a trip will give you more memories and joy than one day. My day was small and modest, but I wouldn't have traded it! I never wanted to deal with the stress of a big wedding after being a bride's maid in three of them! So happy I never had to deal with that! I regret not having a memorable trip with my DH more than not having a big wedding.



 
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Old Apr 1st, 2013, 11:24 AM   20
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Alissa- I am debating IUI right now too. I was offered to start it after my April cycle because they want DH to be on his vit a little longer. At my office (which i think the price is a good comparison) it is $800 for the IUI which include meds with it (like a shot to MAKE you release an egg, a shot of HCG/prog... and maybe other things). This doesn't include an HSG, which he offered me for the second round of IUI and the price would go up to $1000. Honestly in your case IUI might be a good option. However I believe Clomid might be a cheaper option for a cycle or 2. What was your DH SA?



 
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