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Tonya- Great SA!!!

Another reason I would like to try IUI is that is cheaper in Europe than in the US if you have to pay out of pocket-which I do. Military insurance only covers fertility medications but not procedures. Also when we move back to the US in the summer I am limited on Medical Treatment Facilities that actually do IUI cheaper than civilian facilities which are not where we will be stationed.

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Yep......they put you on Clomid sometimes, even if you're ovulating. My cycles were slowly getting worse after going off BC and sometimes they would be as much as 65 days long, which my RE wasn't happy with. We really should be ovulating by CD 20 for it to be considered "normal", and although I was ovulating eventually, it was wayyyyyyyyyyyyy past CD 20. So she put me on Clomid and last month I O'd on CD 21, this month I just O'd on CD 19. It's such a huge relief to be ovulating regularly and getting more chances to actually try! Since I miscarried back in September they consider what I have "secondary infertility" and my RE didn't think I'd have a hard time conceiving once I was ovulating more frequently. We'll see!

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We also talked some about clomid, but not too much since he wanted to get these tests out of the way and make sure there was nothing wrong and then we would discuss going on clomid which I'm pretty sure that's where we are headed, which is fine I would rather try to do that right now than deal with saving for iui.
At my appt. I got the impression that if all the tests come back fine then if you were wanting to do iui they would, but you would need to suggest it. Right after the appt. I kind of had the feeling that all he wanted to do was go straight to either iui or ivf, but after thinking about it and replaying the appt. in my head I don't think that was the case. I know he said that really iui or ivf was the only way to get pg if DH had a low sperm count. I know the plan for us is for AF to get started so I can get my hsg and then we will discuss going on clomid.
I'm sure they want to try clomid first just because it is a cheaper alternative than iui, but there sure are times that I wish we had extra money so we could do that and hopefully get pg and be done with all the ups and downs of ttc. I just wish with clomid that you weren't limited to a certain amount of cycles. Do you know Katie what the next step is if clomid doesn't work, is it iui?

Ashley - DH doesn't get any pto days??? Do you guys never get to take vacations or just a day off? That sucks and is that even legal? Hopefully you can get everything worked out to where you can drop off his dudes and then you can get your hsg done all at the same time. I'll be praying that it all works out for you!!

Katie I just keep thinking one of these times I am going to log in and you will have your BFP!! I hope it's soon. How many dpo's are you?

Diane - heck if it's cheaper there I would go for it. I hope you are able to get everything done quickly so that DH can be here for that beautiful baby to be born! Smile Don't be afraid to be demanding. I know this whole ttc journey has made me more aware of everything I don't sit around and wait for it to happen, I get up and make it happen!!

Sara - how are things going with you??? Have you started the shots yet?

M2M - any poas news, I thought I had read somewhere that you had some symptoms going on. GL and FX Smile :) Smile :)

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Tonya- if we are going on vacation for a week of so we have to make sure that we have a weeks paycheck saved up for him.....in addition to whatever the vacation costs.....they get NO PTO and no sick days ..... he works for a company that does contract work in the different plants all over the US and offshore in different parts of the world. So what we have realized is when he has work we save for those times when they layoff of have holiday time off....oh did I mention no holiday pay either.....basically you work you get paid end of story!!!

I think we are going to see how the HSG test works then on the next cyle try clomid...I read somewhere that being on Clomid for to many cylces can cause cancer.....has anyonme else heard this...and I wonder what is a safe amount of cycles to take it......also I think you are right I have very regular cylces and ovulate every cyle (according to my OPK) and he still suggested Clomid...so we shall see.

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Thanks Tonya! I certainly hope so! I'm only about 2 DPO, though, so I won't know for a while. DH wants me to wait until AF is due to test, and I told him my goal is to wait until at least 12 DPO, but we'll see. He keeps talking about wanting to take a vacation and I'm trying to convince him we should go somewhere in the next week or two so I'm far away from tests and we can be distracted.

Ashley.......I think you have to be on a high dose of Clomid for quite a long time for it to have any affects as far as cancer goes. My RE said they've found that if you don't get pregnant on it within six months it won't work, though, so they won't let me stay on it any longer than that anyway. I would assume they would only put you on the lowest dose if you're already ovulating. I haven't read any really scientific data on it, but I think it can make the difference between a "good" egg and one that's not so good. In other words, it makes your ovulation stronger. Plus there's the fact that it can make you ovulate more than one egg at a time, so the chances are higher for you to get pregnant (if the sperm doesn't hit one egg, maybe it will hit the second). At this point I'm almost hoping it DOES give us twins so we don't have to worry about going through this whole TTC process again. We just want to make sure we don't have an only child who gets spoiled rotten (it would be the only grandchild for DH's folks, and mine live 1,000 miles away).

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BFP- August 2009
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Diagnosed with PCOS December 2009
Started Clomid January 2010
BFP May 2010 -  M/C same month
BFP Christmas Day, 2010- Ephraim James born Sept. 2011
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Ashley, we're in the exact same boat as far as my hubby's work.....no work = no pay. AND we don't even get health benefits....we have to buy our own insurance!!! And Tonya, yes, unfortunately, that's legal! Stare At least in MY hubby's case, because he works on specific contracts, he is considered a "temporary employee" so no PTO, no benefits, etc. It stinks, but we've learned to do like Ashley said...you put $$ away each week so that when they do have to be out of work there is something available to cover expenses. The problem with my hubby is that winter months it's hard to get work, unless he's willing to travel FAR away (like Washington state, California, Texas, etc). There's lots of overseas stuff available (and it's GREAT $$$$), but he does NOT fly, and I don't really want him going over to Afghanistan or Iraq to work on IEDs!!! (In case you didn't know, my hubby is a bomb disposal technician and he does all military contracts thru civilian employees. He got his training in the Army, but got out quite a while ago.)

Sorry for the side bar....now back to your regularly scheduled program. Wink

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Booooo for contacting work!! DH is doing that right now. I don't know how you girls do it, but KUDOS to you!!!! I didn't even think about contracting work when Ashley talked about her DH not having any pto.

On a side note for me as well, we just received word that DH passed his architecture exams and he is finally a licensed architect!!! FINALLY some good news. I hope its true that they come in 3's!
Its god to hear from you Jennifer - I've been thinking of you and praying for you and your family. Wink

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I am another TTCer on clomid. My doc said that you can only use clomid for six cycles for a couple of reasons. 1. If it doesn't work within those 6 cycles it most likely won't work for you. 2. It can have negative affects later in life such as ovarian cancer if you take it too long. The other thing to be aware of is if you take to high a dose for your body it will have the reverse affect and stop you from ovulating. That's why they always start you out on 50mg and work their way up to make sure they aren't preventing you from ovulating. I believe if clomid doesn't work there are still some other meds you can take before jumping into expensive treatments. I have my next appointment next Tuesday and I plan on finding out my doctors next plan of attack if this cycle is a BFN. This is my fourth cycle of taking clomid and most likely heading into the 5th. I hope to not have to get into things like hsg or iui since my insurance doesn't cover a dime of it unfortunately. I figure she will probably have DH do an SA soon though. Does anyone know how much an SA costs roughly?

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Cassandra - the handout we got from the docs office said it was about $150, but I've heard others say around $200 to $250. I think it may be different for different states/doc offices.

I had heard of the ovarian cancer thing. I wonder if I need to ask my do about since ovarian cancer is the one cancer that runs in my family.

GL - I hope that you won't have to go those other routes - that you will just get your BFP and not have to worry about it! Wink

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Thanks for the info on SAs. I had heard around $200 before too but thought I'd see what other people had heard. I will definitely be asking my doc about prices for all that fun stuff. Smile

It wouldn't hurt to bring that up to your doc. My doc said that it is nothing to worry about since they limit how long you take it for that reason. So from her opinion I don't think I am at any extra risk, but that could be different if it runs in your family.

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