New to Board (EVERYTHING mentioned, long)November 19 2011 at 7:10 PM
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|BroodyHen (Login BroodyHen)|
i am a long time lurker. i have been reading about you and your opinions and expertise with great interest and appreciation over the last year, finally posting myself! anyway, short version of my story: about to turn 43. uneventful natural pregnancy and birth of DS at almost 40. about 2.5 years ago started trying for #2. got pregnant 3 times last year, 3 miscarriages. went to RE after 2nd miscarriage, she says its old eggs. after the 3rd mc i got immune testing at beer center and found i have APS (antiphospholipid syndrome), MTHFR heterozygous, and heterozygous for PAI1. since all 3 relate to clotting problems, i've been on lovenox the last 3 cycles, all BFN. i have also done IVIG the last 3 cycles. also doing acupuncture (for 3 years), fish oil, COQ10, reservatrol and pycnogenol. the network54 immune board doesn't seem very active, and this board seems to be where the action is anyway. my FSH is ok (8.5) but my AMH is bleak (.3 a year ago). i don't know if any of you all have experience with immune issues, or if you'll feel i fit in here (secondary infertility, normal FSH), but i guess i chose to finally post on this board because it is full of so many amazing women with such incredible knowledge. and again, as a long time lurker it just feels like home to me. if you all think it isn't the right fit for me to participate, i certainly understand. i've read enough to understand the sensitive issues at play.
my previous pregnancies have been natural (it's been a year since my last miscarrage), but lately i have been on a plan of alternating one low/mod-stim cycle (225 follistim) with a natural cycle. but last cycle i had two 10mm cysts on CD3. i don't know, maybe they were early recruited follicles (i can't take any estrogen at all due to the clotting issues). i got an LH surge on a ovulation test yesterday, which means i should ovulate tomorrow, CD9, which is early for me and makes me think the cysts may well be early recruits. i guess my big question is what you women are thinking about natural vs. stim cycles these days for those who aren't doing IVF? my thinking has been that even though i'm a poor responder (2 follicles instead of 1, or a lead follicle with small ones that haven't yet caught up in time) that it is worth it to stim to at least double my chances per cycle. i've also been considering whether the stims are gently encouraging my old eggs and positively influencing their development? or are the stims just creating problems for the next cycle with early recruitment or cysts?
though my quest for #2 has proven painful and difficult and success continues to elude me, i wouldn't be where i am (understanding and treating my immune/clotting issues, having a basic understanding of the complex vocabulary of infertility and the various treatments, etc etc etc) without this board and its incredible wealth of information and support. the support is really a beautiful thing and even deeply touches those who are only lurking. so, thank you! really, thank you.
- You belong - Old Timer on Nov 20, 12:41 AM
- Re: New to Board (EVERYTHING mentioned, long) - Anonymous on Nov 21, 8:35 AM
- clotting issues (mc & pg success ment) - ElizaN on Nov 21, 3:42 PM
- PS protocol question - ElizaN on Nov 21, 3:48 PM
- thank you! ElizaN did you use progesterone? - BroodyHen on Nov 22, 6:21 PM
- no, no progesterone (m) (DS ment) - ElizaN on Nov 23, 1:23 PM
- more - ElizaN on Nov 23, 1:25 PM
- questions about APS - BroodyHen on Nov 29, 12:02 AM
- Slight Barge... - DeeinNYC on Nov 23, 2:28 PM
- thanks - BroodyHen on Nov 28, 11:58 PM
- Re: thanks - DeeinNYC on Nov 30, 9:22 AM
- low stims - Antonialisa on Nov 24, 8:06 PM
- low stim protocols - BroodyHen on Nov 29, 12:19 AM