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Thread: Long Term TTC & Assisted Conception - Jan/Feb 2007

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    Hi girls

    Sorry, I don’t post often, but I love reading to see how everyone is going.

    I have come to realise that a lot of you lovely ladies have PCOS or PCO, and struggling with weight maintenance or weight loss. I have seen several specialists since I stopped menstruating, and even though I have not been diagnosed with PCOS I am left with the same symptoms. I consulted a Dr who specialises in holistic medicine. For those who live in VIC, his name is DR Spittle. I was basically taken of carbs, limiting my intake to under 50g, I know that sounds extreme, but after 3-4 day I had so much energy, and I had no cravings. My body has changed so much.
    With all the hormones we are taking it makes it a little harder for us to maintain a good body weight, but I have had no problems since I was put on this diet.
    Anyways, that's it for me, but I am glad that most of you are doing really well. Makes me happy that there is good news on this forum.


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    Ltl Panda, sounds like you are on a more restrictive diet than mine - I'm allowed 150g of carbohydrate per day. You are right, the energy is amazing (from someone who has suffered with CFS for many years), and the cravings all but disappear. Although, I did have a weak moment today - staff morning tea and staring at cakes and chips and biscuits and stuff like that while I was eating my apple was just too much for me! I attempted to eat a lamington, but one of my colleagues removed it from my hand before I took a bite! I had instructed her to do so a week ago, I was slightly shocked when she actually did, and while I have been grumbling at her ever since, I'm grateful that she did - I know I wouldn't have enjoyed it much at all even if I did eat it.

    Megan, I'm sorry to hear you are on CD2 again. better luck next round.

    BW

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    Hi there,

    Just letting you know that we are on for our first IUI tomorrow!!!
    Like I posted in the other thread I was so nervous when I phoned for my results today but I knew what the answer would be because I had so much EWCM today so anyway I will let you know how it all went tomorrow.

    Twomums - I'm so sorry that it didn't work this time, I was looking forward to going through the experience with you. (hope you are ok).

    Jo

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    How exciting Jo! Good luck for tomorrow....and the upcoming TWW!

    Megan, sorry to hear AF arrived.

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    Hey girls.

    Quick post as I am feeling very sore after yesterdays EPU. We got 15 eggs, however Fs called this morn and only 5 fertilised. Thats the worst result I've had to date . Still going on to blast so I pray that we have something left by the transfer on Wed.

    Suzi Q - Ta for asking about Doc Sacks. Went v well, going to catch up with him when I am in Sydney on the 15th and he suggested that there certainly may be some issues with NK cells. I am getting all my bloods taken while I am there. Thanks once again for the advice.

    BAck to bed for me - I feel like I have had my ribs removed....

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    Hi lovelies, I thought I better write a post in here. I guess Im feeling a little lost STILL right now. I dont belong in 6month + anymore and definatly are now LT TTC. I know all my answers will be answered, well most of them after the FS appointment which is now less than 2 weeks away. Have got all the forms sent out to fill in already.
    Im sticking as much as I can with the low GI. Ive learnt quickly that the little logo also means more $$ but im willing to do anything. We also have developed a love for Salmon. I feel like I have more energy which was pretty non existance before.

    I dont feel like DTD, i guess the, there is no point to it, which I know is so unfair. I dont feel attractive, I know im no less of a woman for having issues for fertility, I think it drives me crazy because logically I know its not ok to be thinking irrationally but yet I still do it. Ok, I betta stop or this is going to turn into a vent more than anything.

    Hope you are feeling better soon Shaz.
    Good Luck for today DJTTC.
    BW Lamingtons are soooooo hard to resist.

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    Shaz - sorry to here you didn't get as many fertilise as you were expecting. hope everything goes well with the transfer on Wednesday. i'm so glad you've been able to get in to see Dr Sacks - hopefullly he can give you the answers you need. hope you're feeling a little better

    Jo - hope your IUI went well today. we're looking at late next weekend or just before valetines day for our first IUI at this stage - so just as you're finishing your TWW i'll be starting mine!

    Summer - i know what you mean about DTD - lately it seems a bit of a chore - know some of it is related to the synarel spray, but more than that is the fact that my self esteem has plummetted (even lower than before) since we found out about my problems... poor DH is brilliant about it, but i still feel like i'm treating him badly (which then makes me feel even worse......).

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    Hi all,

    Sunnysummer - sorry you're feeling so down atm & trust me we have all felt that way at least once or twice so we do know how you feel.
    Unfortunately there is no easy way to feel better, I have come to the realisation that I just have to be thankful for what I do have in my life (rather than what I don't have - which I know is hard) like a wonderful DH & family & my health.
    There are so many people worse off & I think that's what gets me through but of course everyone is different.
    Even though you think there is no point for dtd I think you should really try & make the most of it & just really enjoy each other's company cause let's face it when you do have your baby there wont be alot of couple time.

    Shaz - sorry the number wasn't what you were after, fingers crossed for Wednesday for you.

    Well IUI went well today, was pretty much like a pap smear except they open up the cervix quite a bit, they then put in the cathider that has all the swimmers & put it in.
    Sounds so easy & basic doesn't it?
    However the lady told me not to get my hopes up though!
    Apparently 95% of sperm were all moving rapidly & well so fingers crossed.
    The sperm sample was interesting, so impersonal but it had to be done at least I got to go in with DH.
    So I go for a b/t in 2 weeks to see how we went.

    Have a great weekend!
    Jo

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    Thanks girls, yes well DH has been so loving and wonderful through all of this. I did say with an evil eye I was going to smack him if he asks again if this is low GI when I went to get something out the fridge! I know hes trying to help. Gotta give my man top points for being persistant. I think you hit the nail on the head about low self esteem. I just feel so ugly and dont want him looking at ugly, non fertile, too many male hormone me. BUT at least im not going to drown my sorrows in something bad to eat. I think breaking that cycle for myself has been a huge step this year.

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    Summer - you go girl, you should be proud of what you have achieved too.
    Comfort eating can be a huge thing to overcome & don't forget your Dh loves you heaps, he wouldn't be so wonderful & supportive otherwise.

    Jo

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    HI all

    just a quick post - started my injections last night for IUI - DH was being very supportive and sat beside me the whole time - i think he was expecting me to get the whole thing set up and then go "nope, can't do it". nothing like that - all went off without a hitch, and i'm now counting down how many more needles til i get tested to see if it all worked. thankfully, i'm one of those lucky people that has no fear of injections at all (though the idea of giving myself a needle from a syringe rather than the pen is not all that pleasant...) - anyway, it's just another medication that has been added into my nightly routine.

    DH has been brilliant through it all - we have an alarm on my phone in the mornings to do the synarel spray, and to save me having to change mine every day he set up the night time one on his phone (i'm a shocker with time, so have to have a reminder, otherwise i'll look one minute and it's 7 and the next it's midnight!!!). he's slowly changing his eating habits (it's taking a lot of persuasion - he is a truckie that, up until recently, was on the road full time) to meet the low GI type things - but is willing to cook different stuff for me if what's he's having isn't right for me.

    oh yeah, WOO HOO - we had heard that DH's sample would have to be at the hospital within an hour for the IUI otherwise it would be no good, so (living about 50 minutes from the hospital) we were thinking it was just going to be way too tight and he'd have to "perform" the deed at he hospital - but as long as we get it there within 90 minutes we're all good - he's soooooooo much happier now!

    and Summer - i know it's sometimes hard to accept that your DH loves you for who you are, no matter what, but i'm sure it's the truth! i've wondered so many times why DH is with me, considering everything that we're going through, but when i ask, he just smiles sweetly, kisses me on the nose and says "because i love you" - i guess i can't argue with that!
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    Shaz, sorry you didnt get the fertilisation rate that we all wish for (100%)...did the doctors say why, did they do ICSI or did they discuss emergency ICSI with you at all? I'm in Brisbane also and go to QFG, and i also have a low fertilisation rate...have read articles that blame the FSH for low fertilisation rates...and that it maybe better to do IVF on clomid and get a few good eggs, or even IVF on a natural cycle with one good egg... what do you think? They also think that it happens because all the follicles are not at the same size or maturity at EPU...i'm really interested in this topic...i think that we are made to think that it is us with the "bad eggs" when it may be the drug protocol... well thats what i'm suspecting...in any case i have my fingers crossed for your five embies !!!

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    Shaz – Sorry to hear about your disappointment, I will keep my fingers crossed anyway.

    Megan – Hope you are OK

    Jo – Good luck for your IUI – it’s very exciting and surprisingly easy hey??

    I am having my fourth and final IUI on Thursday – have absolutely no hope for it which is a weird feeling. I have read in a few places that if it doesn’t happen in the first 3 then it probably won’t happen.. I haven’t even told one person I am doing it – except DH – I kinda need him for it. I just tell people we are having a break at the moment, if one more person says – “oh it will probably happen now” I will punch them in the head. Even the people who I have said to not tell me to relax still say it. Don’t they realise they are basically saying the only reason it’s not working is because I think about it too much – that it’s my fault? Does anyone in the world who is trying not think about??

    Anyway – at least I will get to talk to the FS about starting IVF, and hopefully will book in the counselling and get the go ahead for April.

    Clare

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    hey girls, just a quick hello and fingers crossed for those of you in the TWW!!

    Here's Heaps of babydust for you all to smother yourselves in

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    Hi ladies
    Hi Ladies

    From my experience, I found that if I involve my husband in everything, he is more aware and sympathetic towards what is happening to my body. We have enough to worry about, the last thing you should be worrying about is how your partner feels about you. I am sure that our partners care more than we think, they have a different way of expressing it though.

    Mstickles, good luck on Thursday. I so totally understand your frustration with those around. Everyone has their opinion or 2 cents worth. I constantly get the relax, don’t think about it. Ummm how can I not.

    Ohh and Butterfly, glad you are coping with the diet.

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    Hi beautiful people!

    Clare, I know what you mean about the punch in the head lol! " so, how long have you two been married?" " Are you getting clucky?" "I thought you guys would have had kids by now" They are all great comments to kick a girl in the guts with!! Have you looked in the articles about coping with these comments? I took a look recently and found it to be a real help. Just to know that you are normal for all the crazy feelings we feel while on the rollercoaster was a help to me... I dont know why but I thought it was weird of me to get angry!! Poor DH was scared to tell me when workmates or others we know were expecting because of my reaction sometimes and here I was thinking I was a freak... anyhow.. have a look, it may help.
    Hi everyone else.. nothing much to report here. SSSSSTilllllll waiting for ydeletion test results! I guess no news is good news?

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    Hi Girls,

    Have recovered from Fridays EPU. Had a very slow weekend felt very crampy and a realllly sore back. Anyway spoke to QFG scientist this morning and the good news is at day 3 there are still 5 embies. 1 X 10 cell, 1 X 9, 2 x 8 and 1 X 7. Apparently at day 3 they are normally 6 cell so this was good news. Now I am just praying that they make it another 2 days to blast transfer on Wednesday. I am practising the power of positive thought and visualising myself with the big buddha belly in 9 months time!

    Two Mums - Thanks for asking. I asked about rescue ICSi on Saturday morning and doc told me that once the eggs have been exposed to sperm it doesnt work?? There was no great discussion at the time. Prior to this cycle weve only tried ICSI once as we usually get good egg numbers and good fertilisation. When we did ICSI that once it only gave us the same level of success as natural, so FS suggests natural. I think next time I am definately going ICSI (if I need a next time). Can anyone ellighten me on emergency ICSI and its success - especially in Brissy. Not sure about the FSH causing low fert rates, could be right - hasnt been an issue before. I was particularly disappointed as I was expecting a better result than usual as this time I had acupunctire and herbs to improve quality and numbers, we also abstained from BD'g for a week before and DH had no alcohol for a week.

    Did anyone see "The Secret" on TV Saturday night? I really enjoyed it, I taped it and after watching it again am looking forward to putting it in to practice...

    Thankyou to all for your good luck wishes I will uses your prayers wisely.

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    Shaz..... Good luck for some great little balsties on Weds.

    So sad to hear it was a no go this month for you Megan.

    Does anyone have absolutely no side effects from the synarel/lucrin? I feel no different at all and its day three of lucrin injections. I was all prepared for the headaches and stuff but have been fine. Maybe the injectible form makes the difference....or maybe I am just a freak of nature....who knows. Ah well counting down now......19 days till our wedding and approx 24 days till EPU....talk about cramming everything into the one pile....aaarrgh!!!

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