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Monday, September 17th, 2007
7:10 pm
[bxmonkey]
new
hello,
Im new to this community. I'm 23 years old. Here is the story. I always knew that I had fluid in my left fallopian tubes. In August I started to feel a pain in left side. So I went to my GYN and had a sonogram. The results showed my right tube looks bad. I had a HSG and was informed that both my tubes are full of fluid and that the only way for me to get pregnant is to have IVF. Since we weren't trying to have a baby we are still not sure that we can't conceive naturally. So, now me and my SO are going to track my ovulation and try to conceive on our own. However, if no luck we are going to try IVF. I'm just looking for some support and just wondering what to expect during IVF.

Also is it normal to feel kinda broken
Saturday, November 11th, 2006
1:25 pm
[logdogs]
We need prayers!!!!!!
We spent most of the morning in ER today because I woke up with some bleeding.

They did an exam an my cervix is closed (good sign) and my hcg is at 229 (within normal range for being 4 1/2 -5 weeks (doctors refuse to acknowledge that I dont have a normal 28 day cycle so they said based om LMP of 10/10 I'm 4 weeks)

I've been put on recommended bedrest for a few days. Of course I got the speech that "if miscarriage is inevitable there's nothing they can do" I have to go have a repeat HCG on Monday so pray that my levels have at very least doubled.

When we got home I had Andrew remove my bandaide and I immediately developed a bruise, so I had him call ER back and tell them to do a protime. Thats the blood test I have done regularly to see if my blood is too thick or too thin. I was praying that it would come back too thin but it didn't it's actually a little on the thick side.


Neither of my previous miscarriages had an spotting or bleeding. They were actually considered "missed miscarriages" because even 3 weeks after the hearts had stopped I never bleed, so I had to have meds to induce contractions.
So maybe this is 'normal' for me? The doc said when bleeding happens in pregnancies theres is a 50-50 chance that things will be okay.


So please please please pray for us. Don't say "I'll pray for you" and never do. Seriously we need all the prayers we can get. I don't think we can go through another loss.
Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
5:46 pm
[logdogs]
Hello all
I've had live journal for over 2 years now and just today I discovered the communities! I thought I had to be a paid member for them. So I am very happy :)


ABOUT ME:

My name is Kristin, I am a month away from being 24, married to a wonderful man Andrew. No living children yet, just two doggies Bullet & Trigger (they're beagles).

Andrew and I got married in May of 2004. In September 2004 we found out that we were pregnant. We were estatic, unfortunatly we lost the baby at 7 weeks. That was very hard, still is. But we waited the typical "3 cycles" and started trying again. We got pregnant in April 2005, everything was going perfect with this pregnancy, we had check ups every 2 weeks (I'm high risk...more to follow), saw and heard the little heartbeat, but then at 11 weeks our precious ones heart beat had stopped. I opted for a D & C this time because we wanted to have genetic testing done to find out why this kept happening. Well I didn't just have a D&C, I had to have 2! In a 2 week time period, because the doctor didn't use and ultrasound machine the 1st time and so she missed some tissue. Anyway the testing came back and we found out that we had a girl, she had turners syndrome (if you're curious go to www.turners.com). We named our babies Kya Mae and Keyanna Dani, they mean "Diamond in the Sky" and "Living with Grace"

The grief only magnifys when month after month since our 2nd loss we have been unsuccessful at conceiving again. With our 2 pregnancies we got pregnant on our first try. Now its been over 17 months of trying. After having 2 60 day cycles last spring I saw my OB and she scared me with saying that there's a possibility that I may have developed Asherman's syndrome (www.ashermans.org) it's basically uterine scar tissue from an aggressive D&C!!!!!! But I couldn't afford to have and HSG done so she opted to do some blood work as I told her I was also gaining weight by looking at food. Well it turned out that I have PCOS. Lucky me :) She put me on 1500 mg of metformin and after 2 weeks I ovulated! Seemed like that was the answer to our not getting pregnant questions. But now it's been another 7 months on the met and still nothing. I feel great on the drug, I've lost some weight and I'm still ovulating regularly.

So since we're getting frustrated with failing at TTC, we've made an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist (RE). Hopefully he can be helpful in getting more tests, and having Andrew tested as well. You see PCOS and multiple miscarriages isn't the only things stacked up against us...oh no that would be too easy; I've also got Factor V Leiden it's a bleeding disorder that requires me to be on blood thinners for life. When pregnant I switch to a shot form called Lovenox. Basically and EXTREMELY expensive bee sting-in-a-needle.

So why the need for joining several communities? Well as you may have read, we've got a lot going on. We are still very much grieving over our losses, we're still trying for a healthy baby, I've got loads of medical issues, and we're considering adoption. So I thought I'd kill several birds with one stone and post one "about me" entry. (sorry for the cliche...I wouldn't actually throw stones at birds)

The reason I decided to join communities is because while I like myspace, it is filled with friends from my past. Most of my friends have babies, 1,2,3 or 4 of them! I have a few who are going through infertility, or who've miscarried. But I still find myself feeling as if I am going through all of this alone (minus with my hubby of course). I just really have the need to be able to vent and discuss and comfort and be comforted by those who understand what I'm going through, without being told to "relax and it'll happen" etc.

So sorry I didn't post this "Friends Only" but being new I don't have many LJ friends yet, so add me :)
Sunday, September 3rd, 2006
7:24 pm
[meset]
I'm a 25 year old female officially diagnosed with PCOS June of this year though I know I've had it since I was about 19 years old. I've never had regular cycles. I would go 2-3 years without a cycle, unless I was on the pill and then they would be regular.

I had surgery in April of this year to remove a massive growth that was floating around in my pelvic cavity, that they believe could have started beside one of my ovaries. Luckily, it wasn't cancerous...but it was huge.

My gynecologist recently put me on Yasmin, which I was told is supposed to be good for people with PCOS. So far, it's been working well. The facial fuzz has cut down a lot since I've started taking birth control again.

I plan to take Clomid next year...(providing I can afford it) I've noticed it's not cheap. I've been trying to concieve for YEARS with no luck so maybe a miracle will happen.
Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
11:53 am
[bloody_falls]
Hello, I am new to the community and I have a question. My cervix is badly scared and I have been trying to get pregnant. The first time it took me 7 month and it resulted in a miscarage a few weeks later. Is there any hope that I can have a baby?
Thursday, August 11th, 2005
6:27 pm
[tahoevirgin]
What constitutes polycystic ovaries? I have lost an ovary to a cyst caused by endomitriosis(sp?) and later almost lost the second one to the same thing. Will this previous condition cause any false readings with my ovulation tests?
Saturday, July 24th, 2004
12:19 pm
[venus_de_milo]
And as a note to all my fertility friends/groups... That stupid ass bitch Aunt Flo showed up Thursday so it is back on the cycle wagon for me.. Dave and I are considering holding off till Winter to get serious about this baby stuff again.. that way we don't kill ourselves in this 100 degree heat we've been having.. Questions:

How much does Caffiene affect fertility? And how much do you have to have for it to affect you (I've become a Frappucinno addict lately).

How much does diapers cost per week? on average?

Well I hope to give you all some interesting things to read...

DJ Melle Mel
Wednesday, July 14th, 2004
4:04 am
[handcuff_me]
Newbie
hi my name is brendah and I just joined this community..
i had a question about birth control and hormone replacement therapy...
you see i have a very irregular menstrual cycle and i sometimes won't get it for months.. I recently had a DNC done back in December..after the DNC i got put on birth control and my period was regulated till I stoped taking them in March. I didn't get my period till just recently. My boyfriend and I have been trying to concieve but it dosen't seem to be happening. Is it possible that I just do not produce eggs when Im not on birth control? And can it be a possibility that hormone replacement therapy can help me produce eggs.. and let me concieve? Has anyone ever heard of such a case?

Thanks in advance

Current Mood: anxious
Thursday, April 1st, 2004
11:52 pm
[tahoevirgin]
Looking for some advice
Hi everyone. This is the very first journal entry I have ever entered in anyone's journal aside from my own. I definitely would appreciate any information anyone can help me with my situation. Here it goes...

About 9 years ago I developed a cyst on one of my ovaries (the right one), it grew very fast and caused me to lose my ovary. Just recently I have discovered that I have a cyst on my remaining ovary. Surgery has been scheduled for April 23 with the same doctor I have had for the past 15 years. He has told me he will try very hard to remove the cyst without removing the ovary but cannot guarantee I will not lose this one too.

My husband and I are seeing a fertility specialist on the 19th about harvesting some of my eggs. Everything I have been reading tells me that this is not always very effective. It sounds as if freezing an embryo or a part of the ovary that can still produce eggs is the way to go. Seeing as how the surgery is about 3 weeks away I do not know that I will be able to harvest any eggs before the surgery. Again, from what I have read the process involves about 2 weeks of fertility medication before the eggs are removed surgically.

What I am wondering is if anyone knows the success rates of these options? I am curious about opinions or others experiences?

Thank you in advance for all of your help...
Monday, March 22nd, 2004
12:27 pm
[junglehoney]
Hi :)
My name is Sheena and Im 22 years old.

I have a question about fertility. Is there anywhere that will test to see if Im fertile without there being any immediate problems or without trying to conceive prior to the testing?

Im young and not trying to have kids at the moment, but i'd like to in the near future (bout 3-5 years). But every so often i get that sinking feeling that i wont be able to conceive :/

Any input is appreciated. Nice meeting you all <3
Monday, February 2nd, 2004
1:14 am
[yobitch]
Can anyone answer this question??

First I will start with the story.

Judy has a boyfriend and has been having unprotected sex, with this boy for 4 months now. NO WITHDRAWAL. They have sex 3-4 times a week.

She has her period every month starting around the 24th and lasting until the 29th, or so.

So June rolls around, and her period comes on the 24th.
Her period ends on the 29th.
Estimating her fertile window was days July 5-11?

Anyhow, on July 19th she has an encounter with another boy.
However she does not have sex with this other boy.
She takes a shower with him, no penis-vagina contact what so ever.
Nothing sexual, no ejaculation.

She does not get her period the 24th of July.
She is worried, and takes a pregnancy test on August 3rd.
She is pregnant.

Doctors tell her she more than likely conceived 8-9-10 of July.

This girl is VERY paranoid and worries that somehow, no matter how ridiculous this sounds, that maybe the guy in the shower ejaculated with out her knowing and some sperm landed on her, and crawled inside her, getting her pregnant. Despite having unprotected sex with her boyfriend every other day.

I believe that this isn't very possible to have happened.

But to relieve her, I would like to ask this community:

Could Judy have conceived on the 19th of July?
Can sperm land, and crawl inside of you, in a shower?
Who is more likely to be the father?
Is Judy over reacting?
Friday, November 21st, 2003
10:35 am
[tipsygrrl]
Sperm?
I'm hoping this is the community to post this in. Is there anybody out there who can give me some information on sperm banks, sperm donors, etc.? I'm interested in finding out how it all works. If you go through a bank or donor service (if there are such things), do you have to have in-vitro...or can you just get it to where it needs to go through some other (cheaper) means, if you are fertile? My problem is that my fiance had a vasectomy before we met and now regrets it. We know it can be reversed, but it is very costly. We're interested in exploring ways we can get some sperm to get me pregnant...and I don't know where to look for info. Anyone have any experience or expertise in this area?

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, May 21st, 2003
11:01 pm
[prozackat]
Hello!
This is the total "intro" thing..
Im Kat. My hubby is Aaron, and we are TTC. We had one misscarage awhile back. about three years ago when we were teenagers and dating....
I have PCOS. And the dr says it will be hard to concive but i will be able to on my own. (hope he is right), i also have a condion called Eosonophilic Gastroenteritis and was on prednisone for two years becouse of it.
Um... i dont know what else to include.
OH im also looking for a job, had one interview today. And Hubby is working full time.
We are 20 and 21. And live in the Vancouver BC Area.
~Kat~
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