I actually had a good feeling about this round. Guess I should have known better. I am really to the point I don't know how much more I can take. I just don't know why we can't get the embryo's to implant. They were not perfect but were not bad either. We have another failed IVF consult in 2 weeks. So hopefully we can get started fairly quickly again.View Thread
Hello, I don't think any of the ladies who are currently on the board are taking the Lovenox but I wanted to mention it in case someone joins or is trying to google it like I had been. I was so nervous about this shot and the things I found on the web were only fueling the fire. So, hopefully I can ease the mind of someone looking.
First off, It's not as bad as I have read online like so many had said. Yes, it stings a little but its not as terrible as I have read. It seems like some people like to try and scare others who are trying to find some reassurance.
Some tips that my nurse gave me: 1. ICE, ice the area first. Put the ice directly on the skin for a couple minutes first. 2. Try to stay in the most fatty area of the belly, love handles. 3. When you insert the needle do it on a slight angle, just to make sure you stay in the fat. 4. Don't push the needle all the way in, make sure you can still see just a little bit of the actual needle. 5. I mix it up with how fast I inject. I don't go super fast or super slow. I just sort of see how its going. If it starts to sting I might slow up or go faster depending on how its feeling. Every time seems to be different. 6. After you pull the needle out DO NOT rub it. Take the palm of your hand and just hold it over the injection site. The heat from you hand will help and also help with the bruising.
Yes, this stuff does leave a bruise. Some worse than others, its just the nature of the beast. It doesn't make it hurt any worse. Also, there is an air bubble in the syringe, don't try to get it out, its suppose to be there.
I really hope this can help someone who may be trying to find some info on Lovenox. I was so scared about the shot after the stuff I read online and it wasn't near as bad as I expected.View Thread
Thank you both for your prayers, I very much appreciate them. My beta is Friday and I'm so nervous. Trying to stay positive. I've had a few twinges here and there the past few days but its hard to know what's actually causing it. I was on the progesterone for a few days before the transfer and never felt anything until the day of the transfer so I'm hoping its from implantation. But again, I know its impossible to tell. Plus, I think they had trouble during the transfer, I had some bleeding after with this round that I didn't have before. Even the anesthesiologist said something to me about how weird my uterus is as she was wheeling me to the car.View Thread
A glucose tolerance test is no big deal. I think I had the 3 or 4 hour test or something, I just know mine took forever. Basically, they take a baseline blood draw. Then you have to drink this stuff. Then, If I remember right you have a 15 minute blood draw, then 15 minutes later and then a half hour apart until your 2 hours is up. I could be wrong on the timing but I think that's how it went for me. Mine was about a year and a half ago. I know it seems like things are taking forever, but you'll get there. I used to be the most impatient person but after 2 years off all this I'm finally starting to learn to just go with the flow... Good luck!View Thread
We had our second IVF transfer yesterday. We transferred 3 embryos. One was ok condition but not the best. The other 2 were not as good. I'm kind of discouraged right now. I couldn't get the lab tech to tell me the exact grade of them. All he would say is on a scale of 1 to 5 they all three were somewhere in between... Well no duh! They kind of have to be. So I don't know if they're on the higher end of quality or the lower end of quality. He did say that the grading system doesn't always mean much. Better quality embryos may not implant and he's seen worse ones go on to become a pregnancy so it just seems like there is no way of knowing. I know my embryos last time were better but they were also at day 5 and these were at day 3 so hopefully something good will come of this. I keep searching the internet for some hope.View Thread
Personally, I see nothing wrong with going to the 100mg. I know a lot of Dr. start off at 50 but I see so many needing to be increased, it almost seems like a waste of time to me. I never had issue with the clomid keeping me from sleeping. I just keep myself up at night thinking about this stuff on my own. Good Luck!View Thread
I'm so happy you get to start clomid. I'm praying its all you need to get the job done Are they starting you on 50mg? When I took clomid it really didn't bother me very much until I got up to the higher dosage when the 50mg didn't work. I wouldn't say I felt "crazy" I was just really, really, moody. I can laugh about it now but at the time the smallest thing would set me off sometimes. Not all the time thought. It would usually be after a rough day at work and then I'd go home and something minor would set me off... Like the dog begging to go out the minute I sat down. Ha.
Good luck and please keep me posted. I'm praying for you.View Thread
It WILL be ok. I know how hard it is to stay positive, trust me. I've gone from positive about things to depressed about things in 5 minutes and visa versa. Even though they believe PCOS is genetic I know of no one else in my family who has it either. Guess I'm just the "lucky" one. Stress can be your worst enemy when going through this. When I first started fertility treatments I was in a high stress job. There were days I'd just have a break down at my desk because I was just so overwhelmed between treatments and work... It happens. I try focus on the positive and find things that I enjoy doing to try to take my mind off of it. Doesn't always work but I try. Like, right now since my transfer is coming up in a couple of days I just lay in bed at night and think about it. I try so hard not to but I just can't help it. One piece of advise one of my Dr.'s gave me is that we are allowed to feel however we want. Meaning, its ok if we're not thrilled when we find out a friend or family member is expecting. We're allowed to have our moments of anger and sadness. He and his wife went through the same thing, so he really understood how I was feeling. I have had so many moments of just anger about everything. There have been times my stomach has turned just hearing someone was pregnant. It happens and its OK. But I also tell myself I would never wish anyone to go through what we've been through. As far as pricing, its only normal to think that far in advance, I know I did. When I first learned of moving onto injectables I knew it was expensive and it freaked me out. However, if you ever do get to that point, and you may not, many have had success on clomid alone. But if you do, many of the pharmaceutical companies have a "compassionate care program" My RE told me about it and we applied. Its very easy to apply and we were gifted a one month supply of medication for our injectable round with IUI. Well, one month worth to one person can last 3 months for another. Some women need a very high amount while most don't. We were told it was a one month supply, it ended up lasting me 3 months. Also, some insurance will cover the medications as well. At first ours did not cover anything but I know a lot do. My DH got new insurance through work and while they don't cover very much they do pay a little and something is better than nothing.View Thread
First off, nothing you did could have given you PCOS. My Dr. told me its something we're born with and and they're finding it seems to be genetic with PCOS. Its unlikely birth control caused this. Were you regular before BCP? I never was and was put on BCP to try to regulate. You might be able to get pregnant on your own without fertility drugs but most likely it will take much longer. Instead of the average women ovulating 12 times a year, those of us with PCOS might ovulate 3 times, give or take a couple times depending on the person. Unfortunately those of us with PCOS do have higher chances of miscarriage, which is also why I suggest seeing and RE. They monitor you so much closer than your OB?GYN would and they are able to prescribe different meds to help with it as well. I know that is scary to hear but, I have "met" several wonderful ladies on this board, once of which I have become very close to. Of all of us on here I only know of one other person other than myself who had a miscarriage. The others that had success in getting pregnant have gone on and not had issues. The lady that I have become good friends with on here had her twins, they were early but healthy. The most important thing to remember is you WILL get pregnant, and you WILL have a baby, it just might take longer than you would hope. But it will happen for you. And to be honest the support from this group has been wonderful for me. There were times I thought I couldn't get through some of it, but being able to talk to others on here helped me get through the hard times and move on and keep on trying. Don't hesitate to ask any question, I've been at this a long time, and have been through a lot so hopefully I can answer anything you might come up with.View Thread
Hi beccarn09, welcome to board... Sorry you have to be here... There are some wonderful ladies on here and odds are one of us can answer specific questions you might have. First off, I too am like you and show no physical symptoms of PCOS. I'm not over weight, no facial hair and I really don't have acne issues. I'm not insulin resistant either. Basically I have elevated testosterone levels and the poly cystic ovaries. There have been times I have to remind my RE that I do have PCOS. I also, like you would not get a period on my own. I always needed provera. I can't remember what its called but if provera doesn't work there is something else that works when provera doesn't. Its driving me nuts that I can't remember the name. I also started out on the low dose of clomid, it did nothing for me. They kept increasing my dosage and then combined it with dexamethasone to reduce the testosterone and still nothing. I eventually had to move onto injectables with the dexamethasone and finally got a response. We did the injectables with IUI and our first round we got a positive and later found out we were expecting twins. I unfortunately lost both last August. We tried a couple more rounds with IUI and eventually moved onto IVF. My first round of IVF resulted in a chemical pregnancy and I'm currently in my second round, and about to do my transfer this coming Wednesday. A little advice, since you know you have PCOS please don't hesitate to get in to see and RE. They are way more experienced at this stuff than a regular OB/GYN. I know its a big leap to take but its so worth it in the end. Oh, and also, even though I'm not insulin resistant I also take Metformin, they have found that it helps some women with PCOS to prevent miscarriages since we have a greater chance of miscarriage. I asked about it after my first m/c and even though I don't need it my RE put me on it as a precaution. He said it can't hurt anything so way not?
Please feel free to ask any questions and I'll do my best to answer them for you. I know how devastating it is when you first find out. For me, when I found out my Dr. left a voice mail for me on a Saturday afternoon telling me I had PCOS and that was it. I had never heard of it and it scared the crap out of me. I researched like crazy online until I was finally able to speak to her to get some answers.View Thread
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