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One year in a month - Elizabeth Unexplained
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One year in a month

So Blackpool is in a month, and that means that after its over, I'll have been trying to get pregnant for a year, since we started after Blackpool last year. Sigh. I thought I'd at least be pregnant by now.

The big news is that I have an appointment set up with a fertility specialist for after Blackpool this year. June 9th is the big date, barring rescheduling. For the record, the story thus far is that my hormones and tubes have checked out fine, as have Warren's swimmers. The RN in the OB/GYN practice at the Somerville Harvard-Vanguard keeps being so upbeat that I feel like strangling her. It is not reassuring, on the contrary, it makes me suspicious. I much preffered my PCP who noted the same thing that I did, my temperature was all over the place after ovulation, and she was the one who had to push the RN into checking my progesterone. Sigh. Apparently thats "fine" though.

I guess the plan is to attempt to relax for now. I should be entering my fertile phase around Beltane, so who knows, maybe this month will be the month. If not I imagine that I'll spend the summer having IUI and the failing that IVF in the fall. What I really want is answers, though, because I'm sick of being told how healthy I am. If I were so darn healthy I'd be preggers by now, especially since I have been charting (and ovulating) the entire time.

Current Mood: frustrated frustrated

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twe From: twe Date: April 28th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


That sounds really, really frustrating. I hope you can put that all behind you soon.
remcat From: remcat Date: April 28th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck ... ttc really sucks. Did the RN actually tell you your prog levels, or just say "they're fine"? Just curious ... I had to take prog. supplements to get Eli. My levels with this pregnancy were "borderline" so I took supplements just in case. How long is your lp?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: April 29th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
My progesterone was 11.2 at 10 DPO if I'm remebering correctly. I thought that was a little low, but I don't have a text that says what the numbers should be.

My luteal phase... it can be as short as 11 days or as long as 14. I know what you're thinking, isn't your luteal phase supposed to be constant? Well, mine isn't. Obviously there's some inaccuracy in charting, but I've been using LH tests most months, so it can't be that inaccurate.

I wish they'd go ahead and give me progesterone suppliments. I mean, it can't hurt. I've had some months where my charts have looked so good. I'd have a dip and 6 or 7 DPO with a smal amount of spotting that had me convinced that there was some implantation happening, but I've never had a positive pregnancy test, and I've been using pretty sensitive tests.
remcat From: remcat Date: April 29th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not to play doctor, but IMHO 11.2 is way too low. My understanding is that 20 is considered "normal," and anything below 15 is worrisome. (I tested at 16 after getting pregnant with due-in-May, and that was low enough to warrant just-in-case supplements.)

My progesterone wasn't tested while I was trying (and failing) to get pregnant with #2. I charted and got LPs that were consistently 6-7 days -- obviously way too short. The doc didn't want to prescribe until I had 3 months on record, which was so frustrating. I knew what my problem was, and it was just horrible to think of poor little fertilized eggies trekking down, only to find my uterus already cleaned out and not at all home-like.

Anyway, I supplemented with vaginal suppositories (so yucky! but I have tips for you if you get them): 25 mg 2x day got me to a 10-day LP, and the next cycle 50 mg 2x day got me pregnant.

I truly think I would have tried and tried forever and not gotten anywhere, if I hadn't charted and seen the (obvious in charting) problem of too-short LP.

Again, only my opinion, but 11 days is on the short side for LP. I know you're sometimes getting longer, but if you're sometimes a little short ... and from the test, your prog levels are just a tad low for easy success. Any chance of a reconsideration from your doc? Or a second opinion? Progesterone supplementation is such and easy, cheap, and low-side-effect solution to "infertility."

If I'm being too nosy, just tell me to bugger off! :)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: April 30th, 2005 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)
You're not being too nosy. Heck, if I didn't want sympathy and advice I wouldn't be posting here.

My doctor, i.e. my primary care physician is great. She's the one who looked at six months of charts and said "luteal phase defect", which I'd been thinking. The problem is that she referred me to OB/GYN, which should have been the right thing, and I got stuck with pollyanna the RN who thinks everything is fine and I need to be patient.. which is true up to a point, but I'm not getting any younger here.
remcat From: remcat Date: April 30th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I take it you have HMO or some such? There are some things in life you can Pollyanna your way out of, but a LP defect is not one of them!

greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: May 1st, 2005 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I have Harvard Vanguard. They're pretty good, usually. I do have the appointment with the fertility specialist, so we'll see what he says. Hopefully he'll be able to help without needed to go the IUI/IVF route.
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