Frances.... I'd read that dex is good for egg quality, and I wondered if that's why Dr M won't prescribe it for me, as I'm using donor eggs and not my own eggs. But then that's interesting if you think it helped your immune issues too??
I hear ya frustration Bertie and so close. It's ridiculous what we go through and doctors don't seem to care as much as we want them to. I believe we will all get there in the end. I just hope it's not to far away now.
This 15mg of prednisolone is making me feel freakin fantastic! Good mood, clarity of thought, heaps of energy, getting so much done but hunger is increasing so I know I need to be careful about what I eat. I didn't know steroids would make me feel better than usual. I would be 4 weeks 5 days today but I feel zilch pregnancy signs. It's early days but it concerns me. I will put it down to the prednisolone.
In regard to prednisolone.....I have been on low mood for a very long time. With organizing and cycling, i am less productive at work than before. Maybe I am lucky, prednisolone only keeps my heart rate up for an hr. I am feeling tired all the time so i wish it is keeping me more energetic. I dont usually sleep well but that isnt due to prednisolone. I do notice the increase of hungriness within an hr of taking it.
Good luck all. Hope more good news rolling in on this thread soon.
Nidhulaine - you are obviously one of the girls that Dr M was referring to when he said it to me. Nice to meet you :-) I have had one CP without a procedure but all others (3) have been after one. I wonder if opening the cervix helps the sperm through and then the environment is cleaner for it to survive. Who knows but I hope I can follow you to a successful pregnancy. If I was in Sydney, I would be pushing for intrallipids straight away but as I am in Perth, I will wait to see what Dr M says after my next blood test. I hope thats not a mistake but if it is, I will learn the lesson the hard way. Story of my life.
Hi Snowy, I personally don't believe it's the cervix opening for me as my daughter was 4.3kg and I doubt my cervix is too closed after passing that also even the hysterscopy where they just put fluid up there gets me pregnant, this pregnacy being my most recent case. Even on all the immune a meds in feb I did not get pregnant with a PGD Blast and then next cycle only did an iui but did a hysterscopy on D9 with all the big immune meds.
I have talked to a few different FS, Dr M and even Karen Pace in the states and the two best theories as to why I can only get pregnant like this are as follows;
a study currently underway between post docs and IVFA is investigating a protein on the surface of the uterus and in some women too much of this can inhibit implantation and their answer to this is to perform the endo scratch to remove this in a spot and allow implantation. Now I have gotten chemicals on an endo scratch but for me with high levels of NKs the endo scratch can also stir up the NKs so although FS often recommend the endo scratch a reproductive immunologist won't.
Second reasonable theory was that my immune issues are a balancing act that I require some inflamation for implantation to occur but then my NK levels need to be suppressed.
eitherway if your story is similar to me consider doing a hysterscopy or Hyscosy (just imaging tests) around D9 in the cycle your ttc but make sure you are on enough immune meds that you can hang onto it. I loose all my pregnancies early if not on immune meds.
Would also add that the reality is no one really knows for sure why some women gets pregnant under these conditions but there is definitely a group of women out there unfortunately for me my immune problems have prevented me holding onto to a pregnancy without treatment.
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