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GenStarX220
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Hey ladies. My name is Gen. I am 28 years old and have been married for what will be three years in March. My husband and I have been together, however, for just under 6 years. I have a tendency to type a lot sometimes (and I am sort of an English/Grammar nerd, so I apologize that I do not often use all the typical abbreviations/shorthand), so I will make this easy and break things up a bit so that if you choose, you do not have to read my whole back story...

**::Back Story::**
I have never been what is considered "skinny" but for most of my life was what was just considered "chunky". In high school I was alternated anywhere between a US size 14-18, but I have always carried my weight pretty proportionately and was fairly athletic (played tennis, softball, went for evening runs quite frequently). Around the time I was 18 or so, I started to gradually put on more and more weight, even though I was just as active, and tried various diets (low cal, low fat, low carb, etc). Over the course of about 2 years, I had put on a total of 80lbs and on a daily basis was feeling very sick. It would not matter how small or large of a meal, or how light or heavy of a meal I would eat, I would usually end up in the restroom having to vomit within about an hour after eating. I went to various doctors for about 4 years who could not figure out what the problem was. My periods also started to be very erratic: sometimes I would have 2 of them a month, sometimes none for a few months, and whenever I would have them they would be EXTREMELY heavy (TMI coming up) I would usually have to use both a tampon AS WELL AS an overnight maxi pad, that I would still have to change every few hours, and needless to say, making through a workday was sometimes a little bit tough.

About 3 years ago, I found an OB/GYN doctor that told me I had menorrhaghia and prescribed me BC pills to try and regulate my hormones and my cycles. Within about 3 weeks of taking that pill, I began bleeding so heavily that my husband (at the time my boyfriend) had to take me to the Women's ER about an hour away. While there, they told me to stop taking that BC pill immediately, to which I told them I had already stopped taking the day before this incident due to issues w/ increased nausea... and they told me that I did have a slight hemorrhage occurring. I was taken back that moment for a sonogram and a biopsy of my uterus. I was in tears, as my boyfriend sat there holding my hand, and I was manually dilated to 8cm (keep in mind that I have NEVER had a child) so that the doctor could properly do the biopsy. I was scheduled a follow-up with another doctor, who could not see me for about another 2 months after that, which is when I was told that I had PCOS and uterine fibroids. I was told that the cysts and fibroids were so bad, that I should consider a hysterectomy to correct the problem, and was prescribed a different BC formula. I was on that BC for about 2 years, and about a year in when I tried to call back to see if I needed to do a follow-up, I was given a horrible dose of attitude from the nurses and found myself a new OB-GYN.

The new OB/GYN took the time to do another sonogram and an ultrasound, as well as blood tests, and after coming back in the room, first told me that she was the same doctor that did my biopsy 2 years before, and then took the time (that the previous OB/GYN did not) to sit down and actually go into detail about the size of my cysts and fibroids, how many there were, and then told me that they were nowhere NEAR as serious as the previous doctor made them out to be (who, btw, never gave me any follow up sonograms, ultrasounds, etc. only the general "check-up"). The new doc also sat down with me to talk to me about insulin resistance and the importance of watching my carbs... good news was, that my gastroenterologist had already found I had a heightened sensitivity to carbs and glutens so I was already watching these things in my diet.

**::As of Late::**

So about 6 months or so ago, I went to see my OB/GYN to tell her that my husband and I were ready to start planning a family. She was excited to help us (she is the sweetest doctor I have EVER had) and she told me to go ahead and stop taking my BC pill if I hadn't already, advised me to start taking prenatal vitamins, and also high-fived me for losing 15 lbs in a 2 month period since she had seen me last.

She advised me to watch my cycles for a couple months to see if they were regular or not, and if they were, to start using OPK's to check for my ovulation.

The first two months my cycles were EXTREMELY regular. About 29 days apart and 5 days long each time. So I sought out a box of OPKs and started researching how to use them (I had never looked at this stuff before due to all the irregularity with my cycles, and the fact that I wanted to wait until I was married to even CONTEMPLATE children). I started using the OPKs around CD 10 that month because I had no idea about luteal phases (which I still do not really know what mine is, we'll get to that). It has been about 4 months, and 4 boxes of OPKs later, and I have NEVER gotten a positive on any of these stupid sticks!!! I've tried both the mid-stream type as well as the dip strips. The most I have gotten is a couple of VERY VERY faint lines. I have tried to do the BBT charting, but with working full-time, going to school full-time and working an overnight shift, my husband and I have erratic sleep hours and it is sometimes tough.

Needless to say, here I am again this month... trying the OPKs again. I started them on CD11 and am currently on CD15 and so far have seen one very very faint line (the night before last) and nothing else tonight. I have been taking them twice a day when able to (again, I work evening into early morning, so my times are not the same as everyone else's) and I take one using FMU (between 3-4pm) each day and one around what would be "10pm" for regular folks (which is really about 4-6am for hubs and I). I am running low on them, and the ones I have cannot be used after 10/4 anyway, so I am hoping that I get my new batch before that. I have been buying the store-bough Answer brand dip strips, but this time I ordered the ones off of early-pregnancy-tests.com to see if I get any different types of results. If I do not get any positive OPK's this month, I am thinking that it may be time to go back and see my sweetheart of an OB/GYN and let her know and see what is up.

It is just so tough when all of my friends are either pregnant or just had a baby. No, literally. I have 3 friends that are pregnant, 6 that had babies within the past 6 months (one of them had twins), and I know two women who actually had the nerve to tell me that they had abortions. Seriously? They're telling this to a woman who wants nothing more than to be "with child" and they just threw a life away like that? It is just so heart-wrenching. It always seems that the ones that either don't want a baby, or weren't really trying for a pregnancy, it just comes so easily and effortlessly, accidentally even... and then so many of us who want a baby so badly, have to pretty much enroll in a reproductive anatomy/endocrinology course and do all of this studying/charting (what essentially feels like homework) in order to get even the slightest bit of hope.

To those of you who made it through my novel of a post, thanks for taking the time to read it. Best wishes and good luck to everyone!!!

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Elizabeth
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Welcome Gen!

Wow, what a roller coaster you have had up until this point!!! Know that you are surrounded by women here who "get it" and want to support you on this crazy journey!! Lean on us as much as you want/need to!!!

Also, if you are interested, check out the TTC Buddies Forum and let me know if you would like to be added to a group. It is a great way to connect with others and get some extra support along the way to your BFP (BIg Fat Positive)!

Again,
Wecome!!
So glad you are here!!!!

Elizabeth

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GenStarX220
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Joined: 10/02/2012

Thanks Elizabeth. I will definitely take a look in there. Smile

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Welcome Gen! What a journey you've been on so far. Think about considering a buddy group, or a thread in the ttc's...it's been a blessing among my time here ttc - so much so that I refuse to leave! Lots of support here from women who really understand. Good luck.

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