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    Hello ladies
    It looks like you have yet another new comer to this thread.
    I am starting my provera tablets this week and will go on to the 3rd cycle of Pregnyl injection ( my ovaries refused to give in to Chlomid). We were considering IVF if this cycle is unsuccessful. I have been advised by my nurse at Monash that there will be some counselling involved prior to starting IVF. What does this involve?
    I have also not menstruated for about 4 years now as I do not ovulate, yet I have been advised that I do not have PCOS, can they easily miss this on examinations


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    Hi Ladies sorry its been a while - finally took a break from TTC and went on our holiday to Noosa!!YAY it was great and ive now come to realize that i can no longer put off any holiday just because we are ttc and i 'might' be pg and dont want to fly during this period, so Dh and I are planning our next trip we had wanted to go to NZ (always wanted to!) but i feel it is the right thing to do to go and see my family in uk as its been two years and im very close to my grandparents, and i havent seen them since they came over for our wedding which was lovely but i know it must have been a strane on them.

    Any way enough of me going on. WELCOME to all our new guests and i say that because i hope yopu stay is short in here.


    There are many emotions that i am feeling at the mo while i wait for my next cycle to begin. some days are really good and positive and others are no so, but i guess thats how its always been.

    Rainbow girl - i too wanted to do a 'natural' cycle this time and was hoping that my cycle would be less than 30 days to do this but unfortunally this has not been and i am still waiting for af to arrive, so it looks like another dose of HRT for me, i really dont find it too bad and its only a month or so that im on it but i hope you have more luck than me.

    Lara - i understand the need for you to be going through IVF and i know how hard it can be to care for a child with additional needs (i work in childcare and have a wide knoweldge and experience in this field)this yr alone i will be caring for two children under the age of 1 both with aditional needs and 1 still feed via tube, both beautiful children but i know the hard work envolved.

    Willow - im sorry for the pain that you have been through already. i hope IVF can answer your dreams. b4 i found BB i wished i had one friend that i could talk to about IVF that could really understand(of course i didnt really want anyone i know to go through this though) so you are lucky to have your friends to bounce off of and that will understand your emotions and what you do want/not to hear.

    Summer - its funny how time really does fly - ive been on IVF now for nearly four years, and i cant quite see where the time has gone!!i hope it is not much longer for all of us.xx

    Megan - how are you honey what are you up too, can we be doing another cycle together?

    Shaz how are you too honey, good luck with your cycle i hope im not too far behind you.

    To all others warmest wishes to all and will chat again soon(although back at work friday)

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    Hi Ladies!!!

    Just thought I would pop in and see how everyone is doing!
    So, I had my surgery on Monday and everything went well!
    I ended up having a lap, a d&c, a hysteroscopy, removal of adhesions and scar tissue, and a hsg!!!
    Needless to say I'm a little tender, but all is good!!!
    After 8 years of having blocked tubes where every other specialist has told me they were un fixable, he has managed to unblock my right side!!!
    He said that its still quite damaged, but for now its unblocked and clear, so this may be my first chance since having Luke 8 yrs ago of conceiving without ART!!!!!!
    He has told me not to get too excited though, as the tube is still really damaged, but a breath of hope is enough for me to have a little faith!!!
    He has told us to see how we go for a little while (along with the help of my acupuncture and chinese herbs), but still wants me to have the consultation with the new IVF clinic to get their opinion as well.
    The best news is that he was a little concerned there may have been damage to my uterus (because of our failure with implantation on all of our IVF cycles) but after looking he said that my uterus is in fantastic condition.... this is such a relief!!!
    So, we'll just see where we go from here!
    We have the consult for the new clinic on 25th of this month, so in the mean time I will just get better, take my herbs , have my acupuncture and enjoy bdancing for a little while!!!

    I have to thank you all so much for thinking of me, this is such a great gift to have this thread full of supportive and understanding women!
    I couldn't wait to get back on here and let everyone know how it went!!!
    Welcome to all of you new ladies... it will feel like home for all of you in no time!

    Hope everyone is doing great!

    Love Holly xxx:biggrin:

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    PS Just wanted to say thanks to Shaz for mentioning the medicare safetynet... thanks for thinking of me!
    Yes, we have been registed since it began... we would have been stuck with out it!!
    Thanks for mentioning it, though!!
    Holly xxx

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    Hi All,

    Loula, thanks so much for your reply. We've had two FET cycles cancelled now, so looks like it will be HRT for me. Did you find it made you put on weight at all? I know this sounds like a very superficial and shallow question, but I put on 4 KG in my first IVF cycle and that made the BFN news much harder to deal with!

    Ltl Panda - I guess the counselling probably differs from clinic to clinic (we are at Sydney IVF). DH and I spent about 1.5 hours with the counsellor on our first visit to the clinic. The counsellor was really trying to make sure we understood that IVF can take a very long time, and also that we didn't have our hopes up too much for success on our first go. We failed on both counts, I think the counsellor thought we were incredibly naive (which we were!!). Other than that I didn't hear from her again until I got my BFN, then it was great to have a chat to her and know that the counselling service is there if needed.

    Good luck! And thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcome here. I wish I had found this site 6 months ago!

    Cheers,
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    Holly - just wanted to pop in and congrats you with your surgery. i too have a lot of surgery and my fs did not remove it as it was not in my uterus and that i would need a bowel prep as its all stuck together, but im hoping it will be the last surgery that i will need. very exciting that one of your tubes is giving you a glimmer of hope. good luck honey.xx

    RG - I didnt put on much weight at all with the HRT but like you with my first IVF stim cycle i stacked it on and i believe this was due to my PCOS but i have been on Metformin on and off since i was 13yrs old!!and at the time of our first cycle i was off it, but since ive been taking it i have managed to keep my weight down i know its naughty but its my magic diet pill!!my PCOs is only low level but i still suffer with some of the effects of it.

    Ltl Panda - sorry i missed your post!!i was very nervous for the councelling that we had but it was nothing to worry about although when we changed clinics we had to go through it again and i made good use of it and proberly didnt do the right thing but went full out and told DH what i was really feeling about a few things.lol he then did the same in return. i think the counceller was a little shocked we didnt hold back but she did help us work out a few stratiges to put into place, like getting a cleaner while doing treatment but a)we cant afford it and b)im too embarrased to let someone see the mess its already in.lol

    hi to all others and good luckxx

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    Thanks Shaz! DH and I have discussed our decision long and hard and we know its the right thing to do. We were definitely convinced over christmas as Alana has been affected by the smoke from the fires and we ended up taking her to emergency christmas eve for a bad cough. I can tell you that CF is not taking my child at 35.

    RG I am also amazed at what the can test for. All I can say is thank goodness they can test for it. Good luck with your next cycle.

    Good Luck to everyone else. I hope that there are many BFP's in here for 2007!!

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    Goodmorning

    All I have to say is that you ladies really inspirational, each and every one of you is going through some tough things and you seem to stay pretty positive. The more I read on everyone’s post I get so motivated and look at things from a different perspective.
    Iris – you are one tough mama.

    In terms of weight gain, I have gained an approx 5kg while on the provera and Gonal f injections. I think most is due to water retentions as I can fluctuate a whole kg in one day.
    What do they look for when they test you for POC’s ? I have been given the all clear, but why do I not ovulate, no one has an answer…..Im so frustrated

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    Thanks Ltl Panda! I have always tried to look at the positive side of things and not to dwell to long on the negatives, otherwise you can do your head in. Having a child with a serious illness can really put things into perpective.

    Have they tested you for other things apart from PCO?

    My sister in law (my brother's wife) has PCOS and they had been trying for a baby for about 7 years. She did the whole chlomid thing etc etc and then started IVF. It wasn't full stim cycle, but she still injected, not sure exactly. On their sixth try they got a BFP. They are now 13 weeks with twins! They had a scan today and they are doing great. Just thought you all would like to hear a positive story.

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    I guess im already feeling like I dont belong in here, you have all gone through so much and Im just starting out with all these tests.

    Well we had our appointment and the GP was lovely. She gave us some options she could start some testing or give us a referral but there is a long waiting list for the FS. She did also tell us any tests she does will be repeated by the FS as thats their protocol. Decided on the spot to get something done now as she did point out that it could be just that small (I hope so). So yesterday she gave me an internal, found my cervix & prodded around! I had a swab & pap smear. Bloods to be done this week and an internal U/S next week. She wrote in the sheet- primary infertility, with "? polycystic ovaries" Also it got DH butt into gear and his results have all come. back fine.

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    HI to all - hope everyone is well.....

    Lt Panda - Good luck as you start on this crazy journey. Hope its a short stay.

    Loula - Happy to hear from you again. Glad to hear youve taken a break and plan more. DH & I are big travellers and have managed to still take 6 OS trips whilst we have been on IVF (3ish yrs). Every time we plan a trip I think to myself "if I fall prganant and cant go - who cares! AT least I will have achieved my other dream of falling pregnant." (Just make sure your travel insurance covers it so you dont lost your money.)

    Holly - Great to hear you got such positive outcome from your sugery. I hope that you have great success. I am also using herbs & acupuncture. Are you taking that relaly foul smelling medicine. It smells like someone mixed cigarette butts with fertiliser!! But I know its doing me good, in fact I always feel a bit heady (like I am tipsy) just after I take it. Also no worries on the Safety net - please to hear you were already under control.

    Summer - Please dont feel out of place, you are most welcome here - and clearly you have a reason to be here in the first place, although I wish this wasnt the case - for all of us

    On the weight gain thing - I am normally quite slim around 58 kg/172 cm, but I gain up to 5 kg every cycle, & its really obvious. In fact I am sure most people think I am already preg and just not saying. It usually falls off again when AF arrives, but perhaps not all of it. Of course like said from others its mostly fluid.

    I am only day 2 of Lucrin (I cant use Synarel) and cant wait to get to the FSH injections, bringing me one step closer to my dream. Bring it on....

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    I guess I finally need to join in here.

    We've been TTC for just over a year, but only three months in we discovered that I have PCOS, and then a few months after that we discovered that my DH has his own share of problems with his SA showing a triple defect, which all stems from a varicocele. We saw a FS for the first time in December, and just had our second appointment today, and the news was not good. I had spectacularly bad results from the glucose tolerance test, and the hormone tests that were done are much worse than what showed originally in March. We'll be commencing IVF with ICSI shortly. Meanwhile, I have to go back on the pill (it was that or provera, which did not agree with me last time), and I just can't get my head to adjust to going back on the pill as the first step here - it seems really, really strange to be taking the pill when you want nothing more than to fall pregnant at last.

    I hope to get to know you all better soon.

    BW

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    Morning

    Iris, to answer your question, they did test me for PCO's. I had to do a blood test and ultrasound.

    I have the same symptoms as someone with PCO but it has not been confirmed, can they miss this on tests.

    butterfly_warrior - I too had a glucose test and my sugar level dropped really low, I also do not ovulate, are these the reasons that you were told you have PCO.

    I also find that when I do the gonalF injections, I am able to control my weight better. I guess the hormones help.

    Anyways, we all seem to be on the same road, I just hope it will be ashort one.

    Take care.

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    Ltl Panda, I do have polycystic ovaries which was seen only on an internal ultrasound. That alone wasn't enough, though. My testosterone levels are elevated, my FSH/LH ratio is all whacked out, and then there's the insulin resistance that showed up with the GTT, it's really only when all that is put together that they can confirm PCOS. You don't need to have PCO to have PCOS, it's the insulin resistance that causes it. How did your insulin levels go during your GTT? That was the key to figuring out that I'm insulin resistant.

    I too hope that it is a short path... but my DH is really quite confused by the whole process and is somewhat reluctant to get started on it all. I gave him the swimming upstream book today, hopefully that will help him cope a little better.

    BW

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    Hi butterfly_warrior
    All i know that it dropped pretty low. The thing is, I have had many ultrasounds but only one tested me for Insulin resistance, but he did not requast an ultrasound. I might have to go back to my gyno and get him to test me again.
    They checked out my hormones and they are all supper low, like you can realistically say nothing. They made no mention of elevated testosterone levels. I guess that is a pretty strong indicator if I was to have PCOS.

    Thanks heaps chick

    To all others, hope everyone is doing ok.

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    Hi Ladies!

    Just wanted to pop in & say Hi!
    Welcome, again to everyone new, I hope you are starting to feel at home here! (Don't get too comfy though, we don't want any of us here for too long! )

    I just wanted to send out some thoughts and hugs to Butterfly Warrior:hugs:
    I've just been catching up on some of the posts, and you just sound so stressed and down... to reach IVF after such a long time of trying other things is so hard to deal with initially.
    I remember feeling like you do now, and with all of your problems with work on top of everything I just want to say that you're doing great keeping it together!
    I am a teacher, too but in a different situation to you - I teach piano privately, so I'm only dealing one on one with students, but I do have my fair share of 'trying' parents!!!!!
    I don't know how your clinic works, but definately look into how early you can make appointments once you start IVF - we did all of ours first thing in the mornings, because DH wanted to be at every appointment, and has changed jobs so much during the last 4 yrs (real estate, gotta love it) he wasn't in a position to ask for large amounts of time off work.
    I'm not sure whats best for you, but I did tell most of the parents of my students... not so much specifically about the IVF, but just that I was having a lot of medical treatment done, and that seemed to allow everyone to be understanding, but at the same time to back off a little because they weren't sure of exactly what we were having done. (It also stopped the way too constant question of 'When are you going to give Luke a baby brother or sister?')
    I realise teaching in a school full of gossipy teachers is a lot different to my situation, but I definately had my share of those parents like that as well!
    The only time I really had to take off was the day for EPU and transfer... I just left it till the day and got DH to call my students that morning to say I wasn't feeling well.
    I know this is such a long post, but I was also reading through everything else you are dealing with involving your body being all over the place... just wondering if you have had any alternative treatment to help? (Acupuncture, chinese herbs, etc?)
    I only ask because I was all over the place, too and after having the natural therapies on top, it fixed all of this.
    The acupuncture worked miracles for my mood swings, and my ability to deal with children, which is one of your major concerns.
    If you tell the acupuncturist this is a concern for you, they will work on specific points for calmness and control. I don't think I would have got through it without it!!!!!!
    Anyway, I'd better stop writing before I end up with a short novel here!!!
    Hope any of that helps you xxxx
    Holly xxx

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    Hi girls -

    Quick Hi to all and just wanted to say to Butterfly warrior not to be concerned about needing to take the pill, Ive been on IVF for some time now and have been asked to take the pill for periods of 8 weeks in between IVF cycles. In fact i am taking it now. You will probably find they will give you a low dose one. It generally just gives your reprodcutive organs a rest - particuarly from the things that cause the PCOS to get slowly worse each month. Apparenlty the old wives tale of the pill staying in your system for months meaning its hard to fall pregnant is a load of rubbish. So dont worrry about it - its a common part of IVF protocol.

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    Hi girls,

    Hope you all had a great xmas and New Year - Darwin was great, had a great time except on the way back into Adelaide our plane got hit by lightening which was pretty scary! I've had some kind of virus thing since i've been back but i'm feeling alot better today and am now back at work. Not much happening here, waiting for our next FS appointment (3 weeks) to find out when our first IVF cycle will be, in the mean time continuing with acupuncture etc and just going with the flow!

    Looks like there a few newbies joining us (and a few familiar faces) - welcome guys hope your stay here is a short one.

    Must get back and do some work, will be back later for personals.

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