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    Slinky - Thank you for the welcome. I look forward to hearing all about your pg and getting to know you better.

    Starfish - Thank you for the welcome. You have been through so much and still sound so positive. I wish you every success in getting your BFP, I think everyone on here will have a tear when you announce your pg. Your kitten is also beautiful.

    Amps - I'm new to this thread but I think I may have seen you on one of the other threads. Look forward to getting to know you.

    to everyone else.

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    OMG!!! SLinky!!!...what wonderful news to read about opening this page...sorry I havnt posted earlier.......great numbers too.....yay...so very happy for you!!!!!

    Starf1sh, I am glad there seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel....you so deserve some good news.....glad you are getting help from someone that knows whats going on.....FX for a quick recovery and on the path to a new cycle very soon.....

    Welcome LIttle Feet...

    Thanks everyone for thinking of me too I got to my FS with little Archie...and gee was that emotional....i just couldn't stop thinking of that this was the place that he actually was conceived....and I very proudly showed him off to my FS. ...very very special....
    ...anyway....i told him about my recent 3 chem natural pregnancy's and he ordered a full blood test with loads of test for us...had to do 13 vials of blood :O
    Hopefully it will be ok...he just said that one or maybe two might be bad luck...but 3 of them...that is just in need of investigating.....
    He still was very hopeful that my frozen embie will be ok and it is from a good batch...so fingers crossed that it all will work out...so as soon as I get my period ( in about 2 weeks) I will call up to organize my FET. It i s an odd feeling that if we (FX) are successful with this little embie on ice..it will really be Archie's twin....it is just an amazing thought.....

    sorry everyone...need to rush off....just quickly....millie and spot....all is I can say.....O M G.....

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    Amps, Welcome to this thread! The women here are wonderfully supportive and an absolute fount of knowledge. I hope that your stay here is short and ends with a BFP soon. Re Raspberry Leaf Tea, it is understood to be a uterine tonic and to support the growth of a healthy endometrium. It has been used for centuries and even my first FS who was very suspicious of all alternative remedies had no problem with me taking it (he didn't think it worked though!). Because it theoretically can cause contractions the conservative recommendation is that you drink it up until the day of transfer, then stop until you get your BFP or AF arrives. If you don't like the taste it can be mixed with other herbal teas like rose hip tea (which is supposed to be good for fertility) or with a fresh juice. It can also be used during pregnancy in the third trimester to prepare the uterus for labour. I don't know anything about pomegranate tea, but I do recommend seeing a specialist fertility naturopath or acupuncturist who can give you the right advice about to take for your situation, or read "The Fertility Plan" by Dr Sami David and Jill Blakeway, which gives some very good advice on how to combine Eastern and Western Medicine. I'm not sure where you live but from time to time people post on BH requests for recommendations for fertility acupuncturists/naturopaths in their area - you might want to search for some of those threads.

    Slinky, hope those blood tests are continuing to be very positive for a healthy pregnancy

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    hello ladies

    starfish - how are you doing lovely lady? I can sense that you are very focused on the positives of what came out of your most recent meeting with the Asherman's specialist - your 'glass half full' approach is absolutely admirable. And it does sound like, with treatment, there is still hope. I just always think of how you did conceive naturally. If you can overcome the lining etc issues, your body definitely knows what to do. Your kitten is extremely cute ... continue to think of you

    swedeendie - it's good that your FS is being thorough with the tests. Not long to go for you now

    Amps - Afraid I don't know about raspberry leaf tea or pomegranate juice, but wishing you the very best of luck with the upcoming cycle

    mum4nay - hello! How are things going with bub? Is he still a hungry little chap? Hope all is baby bliss with you and your family and that things are progressing with Nathan.

    trying - look at you girl!! Nearly 37 weeks. Think I might stop checking until you're at least 40 weeks Thank you for your beautiful words, again. Lovely to have such support

    little feet and anyone else I've missed

    AFM - yesterday's BT had HCG at over 5000, so more than doubling every 2 days. Apart from waking reliably at 4.20am every day (and not being able to go back to sleep), no real 'symptoms' yet. I remember this from my DS pregnancy - worrying about having none, then them kicking in between 6 and 7 weeks, so, assuming all continues to go as it should, I reckon it will happen about this time next week. I've decided against a further BT on Thursday, so now have to get thru the next 2 weeks without any reassurance, until the 2 May scan. Such a weird feeling, not knowing what's going on, but really trying to focus on fact there are no bad signs. Does anyone have a view on whether my HCG levels could be indicative of twins? 2 did go in, so it's possible, though clinic seems to think more likely to be just one.....

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    HI ladies,

    Amps - I have a copy of 'the fertility plan' - the book was given to me by the lovely T42 but I'm definitely not going to revisit another pregnancy myself so it's all yours. It is very good with LOTS of alternative recipes etc and a more natural perspective on the whole IVF journey. Just PM me your address and I'll post it out (Hope you don't mind T42 - I definitely won't be needing it again!)

    Slinky - Tom is great! Not a huge feeder now - we had initial hiccups due to allergies/intolerances but now he's on 50% prescription dairy free formula and he's grand. My milk is drying up now so should be entirely on the bottle in a few weeks I'm planning some nights out with the girls as a consolation... Nathan is also delightful at present - speech is getting better s...l....o....w....l....y and he's very cute with his little baby bro.

    T42 - still awaiting any news....!!!!

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    Mum4Nay, good to hear from you! And I'm happy for you to pass on The Fertility Plan book to Amps or anyone else who wants it. It worked for me LOL! I am doing okay - had the big scary talk with the obs last week about possible complications like placenta accreta (have had ultrasounds looking for it and there have been no signs, thank goodness, but not all cases are picked up by ultrasound, and I'm at higher risk due to my history of uterine scarring). Anyway, as I'd like to give our last frosty a go the obs had briefed me on what she will do if she encounters any problems. Bubs is still breech and sitting on my stomach giving me HORRIBLE indigestion! So glad to hear little Tom is thriving. Here's hoping his namesake up here does just as well! Only two more obs appointments for me, can't believe I've actually managed to keep him in for 37 weeks. So, so grateful for this blessing.

    Slinky, hoping that your little one (ones?) is thriving and settling in. The waiting between scans is just as horrible as the 2WW I reckon. HCG numbers for twins can vary incredibly - my sister was told it was unlikely because her numbers were low but ended up with two heartbeats at the scan (and a set of beautiful boy-girl twins!) and my best friend had incredibly high numbers where they were worried about triplets (they put two back in and were worried one had split ) but ended up with two terrific boys, and there have been quite a few cases on another thread I post on where people put two back and got a singleton with widely varying HCG levels (one was 'guaranteed' twins by the fertility nurse commenting on her numbers, but there was only one heartbeat and no bleeding). So who knows? Just try to relax, hopefully the scan will show all is well.

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    Amps, Welcome to you also What a journey you've had to get here and a lot of surgery. You may have read I have had my own trials and tribulations with lining due to Asherman's syndrome. I tried the pomegranate juice last cycle but it didn't help (in fact nothing did) due to the scarring in my uterus. But might give it a go again now the scarring s being removed. Hope AF has arrived and you can get soon!

    Littlefeet, me? positive, umm not really, determined YES! Hope your FET is underway by now?

    Swede, YAY!! for cycling again soon. Ouch! to the 13 vials of blood but great that your FS is willing to look at immune and other issues as a potential issue to be addressed before transferring Archie's "twin"!

    Hey Slinky, I'm still so stoked for you! HCG is lovely and high. Re: twins what does the betabase sticky say in terms of how many days dpo you are? More importantly, how would you feel about twins??

    Mum4nay&tom, Glad to hear your boys are giving you much joy right now. I'm sure you are savouring those moments as I am sure you will savour for different reasons your upcoming girl's night out!

    Trying, REALLY good news that the placenta is looking problem free at the moment. Did I read this incorrectly on your post to M4N or are you considering calling your little man Tom also? Great strong name! I think I also read you have a secret C section date planned?? Very excited!!!!

    AFM, met with another FS yesterday (Devora Leiberman). She has worked with Prof V before and also treated Asherman's patients and was willing to be guided by Prof V's treatment and work in with that. What really worked for me was that she was also willing to go with things I had researched and wanted to try like viagra pessaries but also had quite a few out of the box ideas of her own, like trying a medication called lipitor to increase blood flow (mostly used for high cholesterol). She was very much in favour of me getting back on the acupuncture band wagon now the scarring is being removed and suggested doing a dummy cycle when/if we get the green light to cycle to see whether I respond better to E2 now or to use small doses of FSH before we put our "precious embryos" (her words) back in. I think this was the part my DH liked the most as he felt it showed she appreciated how hard we have worked to be here and what it means to us.

    So it's looking like we will move onto FS no. 3! But I realised during the appointment even if we could move past the issues of mismanagement with current clinic, we really need to move forward with fresh eyes, fresh hope on our situation and it will be a relief not to be overshadowed by the baggage of our past treatment.

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    Starfish your new FS sounds great!!! I have everything crossed for your "precious" embie.

    Swede I hope your FS can give you some answers in regards to your Chem pgs. How is Archie?

    slinki great numbers!

    T42 I must give the raspberry leaf tea a try for my lining next cycle. I used it in my last 4 weeks of my PG, it didn't do to much as I had an emergency c-section, it did however help my uterus shrink back quickly. From memory I drank it for about a month after I had DS.

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    Just a quick post from me. Packing to go away on holidays....

    starfish - really pleased that you seem to have found an FS who really wants to help and work WITH you and sounds compassionate and emotionally intelligent enough to treat you both gently. After all you've been through, seems to me you need a medical specialist that you can really put your trust in. Fantastic also that she has experience of Asherman's. I hope this is the beginning of a 100% successful new chapter in your TTC journey.

    Re your question of how we'd feel about twins.... Well. Hmmmmm.... We're not really crossing the bridge unless it comes to that but let's just say that the thought of 4 children seems rather a lot..... My gut feel is that it is just one (though goodness knows how I'd know!) so really not dwelling too much on it. Had a look at the sticky beta thread. My HCG of over 5000 on 22dpo is higher than the average twin pregnancy but as trying says, there's such a wide range that I'm not sure that's indicative of anything in particular...

    trying - a secret C-section date?? I guess that's why you said only 2 more obs appts to go... and there was I thinking 'how does she know???' Thanks for your thoughts on beta levels too. Yes, interesting how there is such a big variation. Seems you really can't tell too much from the levels, so it's just a matter of waiting for that scan. I agree re the suspense of waiting, especially at this very early stage, for scans.... So looking forward to hearing about the safe arrival of your little Tom (?).

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    Starfish, this new FS sounds like a real find - one who is Ashermans-aware and willing to work with Prof V and try new things - like a very rare diamond in the reproductive medicine world! Lipitor is very cutting edge from what I've read on the Ashermans blogs, where there have been some very promising results. And I must admit I really, really like the sound of a specialist who appreciates the incredible effort, of of all you have gone through to get those precious, precious embryos - I feel some FSs are almost cavalier about them (my first FS had a touch of this) - and given all you have gone through, you need to be as sure as you can be that they are going into the best possible environment. As for switching clinics, I know it is a big deal, having done it myself, but I remember telling my sister about this big drama I'd had with my car at around the same time when I was looking at switching clinics, where I had to go all around town to get someone to fix a mysterious electrical problem with my car that kept causing it to conk out. I started with the dealer - no success - then an electrical specialist - no success - then a local service station - no success - until someone put me in touch with a great mechanic who fixed the problem in five minutes. My sister just looked at me after I regaled her with this tale and said "well, if you're willing to go all around town to fix your car, why are you angsting about switching IVF clinics? Surely its worth at least as much effort?" It really put it in perspective for me - I mean, my dream of having a baby was worth at least as much effort as my stupid car!!! And I think after all you have been through, you deserve to move forward with an FS and clinic that you have full trust in, emotionally and intellectually.

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