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    Unhappy Not Good News

    DH and I have been TTC # 2 for 12 months now, I am 35 and DH is 38. My cycles have been pretty regular ranging from 28 to one of 35 days. I had blood tests done incl the progesterone surge on CD21 and get the results back on Wed.

    Today I had a pelvic u/s to check for cysts and to make sure everything is okay but it isn't. Turns out my ovaries are not doing much and I didn't O this month. There are no pollups or cysts so that is good. I have been in denial that there could be anything wrong and even told the Dr/Songographer that I haven't been charting so I think it is just timing that is wrong. The look in her eyes said it all "yeah right, then why are you here?". I was told that if I lose 5kg, that would probably do it. I am about 20kgs overweight and started the CSIRO diet last week with results already. DH said that it is good that I am not O because my eggs are being saved. I have 3 cousins with early menopause and I am really starting to get worried.



    So I am shattered that there is a problem but only have myself to blame with my weight. Do you think they will start me on fertility treatment now or weight to see what happens when I lose weight? We really wanted our kids close together but we are so grateful we have Amy and I know we are very lucky. DH is freaking out of even the thought of fertility drugs which have a chance of ending in multiples...but I'm sure he would get used to it

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    Gemma, sorry that you got bad news.

    Generally, they will suggest weight loss first, but if age is a factor they may want to start fertility treatments anyway.

    As for the risk of multiples, it is increased, but not hugely so! It freaked my DH out a bit at first, too - I can't find the exact information just now, but I believe it's only a 10% risk of twins with clomid.

    I hope your next appointment with the specialist reveals good news.

    I had some success with the CSIRO eating plan - lost 4kg, and could still stand to lose another 4kg, but my acupuncturist messed about with my diet and I'm finding it hard to eat low-carb, low-GI, low-fat, yeast-free, dairy-free food!

    BW

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    Awww Gemma... I'm so sorry that you're going through this.
    I don't understand the weight thing. I'm 40kgs overweight and I'm still ovulating. Surely there's more to it than that?

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    Gemma, Have you thought about seeing a naturopath or acupuncture. I know you had your scan at the freemasons and fertile ground is lterally just around the corner in Albert Street. I have been seeing them and in just two months they have my cycle down from 56 days to 33 days and then last cycle a perfect 28 days and with my temping I am now ovulating right on projected target. With your age and family history I would be inclined to think they will suggest fertility treatments as an option but it is always your choice to take up that option or not. Having met you I have to say you are not that over weight that it should be affecting your ferility to that extent but you never know. Think about natural therapies, I was very sceptical but am a bit of a convert now.

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    My weight affected my PCO. And it was when I finally got UP to my recommended weight, that my cycle stopped! But since you show no signs of polycycstic ovaries, not sure on how weight affects fertility. I do know that with more fat, the body produces more male hormones (gosh - i cant remember the different hormones now!) and it basically screws with the delicate balance of hormones which cause ovulation. My OB said that my weight gain, while well within my healthy weight range, is what triggered that imbalance, and I lost my cycle. Metformin did the trick for me tho

    I hope you get some answers soon.

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    Aww Gemma, I'm so sorry to hear that you didn't get the answer you wanted. But at least you have some answers and it's a starting point to getting things sorted out.

    I hope that you can get it sorted out quickly honey.
    xx

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    Hi Gemma,

    So sorry to hear about everything - I agree with some of the other girls in regards to natural therapies.
    I don't have a problem with ovulating, but was a little heavier due to putting on weight after 4 full stim cycles of IVF.
    I went to weight watchers (Ist time I lost 15 kgs after having my son), and this time around I lost 9 kgs before my last treatment.
    I had irregular periods and the weight loss combined with the acupuncture and chinese herbs made everything as it should be - and this time was the first cycle I didn't put on any weight from all of the drugs.
    This was my first cycle with the natural therapy and I cannot rave enough about it - I felt 300% better, and combine that with the weight loss everything was easier, and I had a lot less side effects.
    At least its something you can start straight away to help you feel better - and to know you've already started on the way to get your next bub
    xxxxxxxxx

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    Thanks everyone for your replies and kind words.

    I went to the doctor today and my blood tests came back normal with low iron (but still in the normal range). The progesterone test showed that I DID OVULATE. Woo hoo, I am very happy! My FF chart showed O on CD15 too. The doctors advice was to BD more!! I have already lost weight and am loving the CSIRO diet. She said not to lose any more than 5kg or I could stop O if my body has dramatic weight loss. I also asked if I should try acupuncture and she said not to bother.

    Thanks again everyone, I thought the worst after the u/s and should of waited a couple of days for the other results before posting. Fingers crossed for a BFP this month.

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    Awww Gemma... that's awesome! I knew your weight shouldn't have been the issue! Woo hoo for ovulating!
    And, hey, you needed to vent and post after your u/s. Your fears and worries were very valid - it's good to talk about them rather than bottle them up.
    So glad things are all working as they should. Fingers crossed for a BFP real soon. I'm piffing baby dust at you like crazy

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    Great news, Gemma!!!
    Hope that everything goes your way soon!!
    It may not hurt to keep your mind open as far as the acupuncture goes, its always an option - even if its only for the relaxation and general well being (and for the 1 1/2 hrs of sanity and alone time!!)
    I did find it helped heaps as far as complimenting the weight loss.
    Good Luck!!!!

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    Yay...that's great news...well done!!!

    WIshing you all the very best...

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    That's great news Gemma. Now, if you need me to take Amy for a walk...

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