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  • #66454
    CaLiGirL :)CaLiGirL:)
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    Did any of you guys have difficulty getting pregnant for a long period time? Did you suffer from problems of infertility? If so, what was the problem and did you overcome it?

    I’m posting this to get some insight for someone very dear to me (my sister who is my best friend). She’s scared to death that she cannot get pregnant (has this gut feeling) and has been told a couple of years ago that she had a mild case of ovarian cysts. The doctors told her that it would be a *little* harder for her than the average “fertile” woman to get pregnant, but in the end, she shouldn’t have any problems. Still, she’s really worried, and I thought that if I could get some encouraging stories it would help a bit.

    Hope to hear from any of you…thanks :wave: ,

    ~Annie

    #66456
    rockfeverrockfever
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    Hi! it took me 2 years to get pregnant. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome which is a endocirne condition and I wasn’t ovulating. What really helped was charting my basal body temperatures. a greta site for this is http://www.fertilityfriend.com. this told me when i did ovulate and what the best time to get pregnant was. ther ear eso many website and rescourse out there for infertility support. i recomend that she surf the web a bit. anwyay, after 2 yeras of trying, we finally got pregnant. i had been taking clomid but got off of it while i was studying for the mCAT because it made me sick. so basically i got pregnant without any fertility mecicaition and i baffled the doctors.
    is your sister trying to get pregnant?
    Anwyay, now i have a beautiful 10 month old. i have read some amazing stories out there so tell her to start surfing!

    #66459
    momofbreemomofbree
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    My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for a year. I do not have periods or ovulate due to being on depo provera for a short time a year ago. I also use fertilityfriend.com to chart my basal body temperatures. This is very helpful in understanding your cycles and targeting your fertile days. There are also lots of fertility drugs available but we have not gone that route yet. I already have a 2 year old so I know I was at least fertile at one time. I would recommend a book called “Taking charge of your fertility” (or something close to that). Good luck to your sister!

    Shanna (momofbree)

    #66461
    GracieThreeGracieThree
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    I have a friend who has cystic ovaries (but not polycystic ovary syndrome) who has had no problem getting pregnant each of the three times she tried. So tell your sister that having cysts doesn’t mean she’s going to be infertile – it’s not always the case.

    #66463
    rugratdocrugratdoc
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    I feel the pain of women who want children and are unable to have them. My husband and I tried 6 years before the conception of my first son. I was told that I would never be able to bear children naturally. I tried three courses of Clomide this did not help. I had a hystosalpingogram and fertility work-up. I had just started my residency and my husband and I decided that maybe kids were not in cards for us and decided that IVF was not for us either. Two months in my residency I found out that I was pregnant. It was a miracle. We are now blessed with two sons.

    #66465
    CaLiGirL :)CaLiGirL:)
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    Hi everyone!

    Thank you so much for your stories and encouragement (for my sister) :goodvibes: …

    I’m glad to hear that cysts shouldn’t cause too much of a problem. Her clock is ticking and I would hate to see my sister suffer with not being able to have a child of her own, as any of us would. Hopefully, things will turn out fine.

    If anyone else wants to share their stories, I would greatly appreciate it! 🙂

    ~Annie

    #66467
    TexasRoseTexasRose
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    Hi Annie! Tell your sister not to worry too much. I have ovarian cysts and I was able to get pregnant with my first child almost immediately. 🙂 The twins only took a 1 month course of clomid! 😮

    I’ve read alot recently about stress being a factor in fertility, so she may want to keep that in mind.

    Theresa

    #66470
    elisemomof3elisemomof3
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    Just wondering, those of you who took Clomid. How long did you try to get preggers before you started taking clomid?

    Yours,
    Elise 😀

    #66472
    eeh2004eeh2004
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    In reply to Caligirl’s post, I did have some problems getting pregnant and then staying that way. I decided to stop the Pill in August 2001 at the start of my second year of med school. One of my best friends stopped her pills at the same time, and she was pregnant by November. I was so happy for her but so frustrated that it wasn’t working for us. We did finally get pregnant in April and miscarried at 7 weeks in May…right before my finals. Then we surprisingly got pregnant again right away only to lose that one at 7 weeks as well. Stress was a huge factor. I lost a good amount of weight very quickly right before the first pregnancy, then had school and boards to worry about and my cycles went haywire after that. The specialist that I saw thought that my eggs just weren’t properly stimulated; I was not ovulating regularly or even close to mid-cycle. So it was Clomid for me, Elise. Three months later I got pregnant on my second cycle of 50 mg and am now blissfully pregnant, but very nervous, at 12 weeks. Heard the heartbeat yesterday with Doppler! But the anxiety is still very much there at all times. There is hope, though, and I cherish this pregnancy more than ever because we fought so hard to have it.

    😀 😀 😀 ,

    Erin, MS3

    #66474
    elisemomof3elisemomof3
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    Thanks for sharing with us, eeh. I am quite sure that you are mostly “out of the woods” having reached that second trimester milestone. I pray that everything goes well for you! I think I am just really stressed too, and I’m not sure that my eggs are stimulated enough. My home LH tests are not registering the “lh surge” although the test does get pinker during a couple of days of the cycle then the pink line gets really faint after that. According the test you are only surging if the pink line is as dark or darker than the control line. I think this is bogus and if I don’t get preggers this month I will buy an electronic LH test. Has anyone used those? Any luck?

    How exciting that our MomMD family is growing: Literally!

    Yours,
    Elise 😀

    #66476
    TexasRoseTexasRose
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    Elise, my personal experience with those tests was that they were useless for me! Either I didn’t ovulate in the 2 week window that I tried those tests, or they were wrong. I don’t know.
    My experience with Clomid was that I took one month of it (50mg) and told my doctor I couldn’t handle the pain of ovulation! I actually had to have a sonogram for suspected cyst. He said we could try a half dose the next month, but no need, I was pregnant with my twins by then! I guess you could say I responded strongly! I’m lucky it wasn’t more than twins… 😀
    Theresa

    #66479
    CaLiGirL :)CaLiGirL:)
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    It’s good to hear such reassuring news. I’m also glad to hear that all of you who have gone through troubles (getting pregnant) pulled through :wave: !

    ~Annie

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