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Thanks!! So many different forums on here, sometimes I don't know where to go, so this will be nice to have focus.
you asked me in the other thread if I'd consider adoption...no I don't think so..my DH and I decided that if we couldn't conceive naturally then it wasn't meant to be for us and we weren't meant to be parents. I'm getting to the point where my doctor wants to put me on clomid or try and IUI (where they take the sperm and inject them into the uterus so they don't have to travel as far) but I don't think we'll go that route. I've known several friends who have used IVF and have gotten pregnant, but yes, it is expensive. To each her own!
Sometimes I do find it really hard to stay positive.... but I know that whatever happens we'll be ok, and it's been quite the journey along the way.
Have you ordered any ovulation prediction tests? I think you should start with those and start charting your ovulation/periods if you haven't already, then at least you can get a baseline, and know when to time the BDing. I've also read from several people that doing it every 3 days or every other day increases the chances of BFP because it creates a good environment and DH's healthy sperm replenish themselves. However, you could also look at DH getting a sperm analysis too! Lots of stuff to try if you want to be proactive.
Welcome to your newest member, bbdreams!
Welcome to your newest buddy...... Shannon!
I am so glad to finally find women to talk to! I am sure i will enjoy talking to you all.
I have a question for you all... i went off the pill i would say 7 days ago or so. I just now started bleeding(before my normal period should of come 2 weeks) this is do to the hormones probably getting out of my system now from the pill.. Do i count this as a period or forget this month and start counting my fertile days in May. Maybe i should wait and see if i get a regular period in the two weeks i was supposed too. I am so confused.
Thanks for being here!
Hello TTC Buddies!
Excited to get to know you all. These forums are so helpful and a wonderful way to share the journey with others in the same boat.
My DH and I have been TTC for about 1yr now. I'm also turning 40 this year so we are hoping for our #1 very soon. I'm currently in that wonderful 2ww period, so lots of time to consume myself with all of the possibilities................!
I would love to get to know the rest of the Buddies: Where are you in the TTC game, how do you keep your sanity, what have you tried, etc.............would love to hear all about you!
Shannon - I was on BCPs for over 15yrs and stopped last year. I waited until I had a +OPK to ensure my body was producing hormones and ovulating, before I was convinced I was having a 'normal' cycle. Luckily, the month following the last BCP, I had a +OPK so I felt satisfied that my body was ovulating. I check every month using the OPK to ensure the timing and if I am even ovulating. I heard from some of the other women that they are annovulatory once in awhile, or shortly after stopping BC. I hope that helps. I'm no expert by any means, but some of the ladies in these forums are a wealth of information!!
Thank you for the information. I am so unsure what i should or should not be doing at this point. I am glad there are others to speak with.
I just ordered Fertile Aid for Women, last week i ordered fertile cm and pre seed ( am very dry). is ok to use these things together?? side effects?? they seem all natural but i just wanted to hear some thoughts.
Elizabeth said it would be a good idea to summarize where we are with our TTC journeys since we have a new buddy group so here goes for me (although as you read through threads I'm sure you'll get to know me more there too!)...
I am 34, DH is 33 and we have been TTC #1 for 17months now (April is our 18th cycle). I've been off the pill for 4 years and have really regular periods (we just used condoms for a while before we officially pulled the goalie). Last fall we met with a doctor because it had been almost a year and we were kind of going insane at that point, and she ran bloodwork, DH had a SA done and everything came back fine (he has slightly low motility but otherwise ok). I had a HSG in February too and it came back normal. We are kind of at the end of our rope now (I definitely don't want to bring you down, sometimes I find it easier to be positive than other times, and right now is just a down time for me)...... we are trying for one more month this month and then we are taking a break because we have a trip to Italy planned (I didn't want to be sick in the first tri while traveling). We both decided that if we couldn't get pregnant naturally it wasn't meant to be and we would just focus our lives on other things, but this roller coaster has been exactly that... so many mixed feelings and emotions along the way. I've talked to 2 doctors, and next month am going to do a FSH test, then a progesterone test after ovulation. I've been using the ovulation strips for almost a year too, tracking my ovulation, and timing BDing very well...yet nothing! I also tried acupuncture (if you're interested in that there is a thread on here about it, really interesting!) and am going for my 3rd acu appointment tomorrow in the hopes that it helps this month! So that's me in a nutshell.
Shannon, I would probably wait a month so your hormones and body can adjust to being off the pill... or you could just start using the ovulation strips every day to see if you can pinpoint your LH surge. I know it sometimes takes a couple/few months for everything to regulate after being off the pill, so try to be patient with yourself... Good luck!!!
Oh also, I use preseed but not fertile CM or fertileaid; I like the preseed a ton because I don't produce enough CM on my own.... I take a good multi though... I think you will be fine without side effects, but give it a month and see how you feel! Can't hurt!!
Sandy, nice to meet you too!! Ah, keeping myself sane... that is a moving target. haha. I'm a total type A, and incredibly OCD... I rely a lot on my Faith through this whole thing, and just am trying to keep perspective. I think that's all you can do, truly believe that God has a plan, and it will happen in His time! Meanwhile trying to be proactive, like talking to doctors, charting BBT, or ovulation, finding out about other tests if anything that can be done, and trying to enjoy BDing, not always feeling like it's a chore (this is tougher some months than others I find)... trying to keep it lighthearted and exciting when we can, and communicating.
My doctor said that we could try clomid or an IUI but I'm not sure we want to go that route... you said you are in the 2ww now, how do YOU keep yourself sane in this time? I find that is the hardest time of the month for me!
Looking forward to sharing our stories!