Hi ladies and thank you so much for all the good wishes
Little feet - This is a brilliant thread with a lot of accumulated knowledge. Very best of luck with the FET
trying - nearly 36 weeks now! Like mum4nay, will have to start stalking you to see what's going on. Hope you're comfortable and able to enjoy these last few weeks until finally getting to meet the little bloke
AFM - Today's BT showed HCG at 753, so all rising well at this stage. My progesterone had been 102 on Monday and has gone down to 54 today, so FS has put me on 2 x pessaries per day. They are not concerned (apparently anything over 30 is OK), but I guess wanting to take an ultra-conservative approach. Having monitored my anxiety levels over the last few days, I've asked to do BTs on Monday and Thursday next week, for reassurance. Then we are going away interstate for a week from next weekend, so will have to just tough it out until the 7 week scan on 2 May.
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12-04-2012 16:13 #231Senior Member
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12-04-2012 18:32 #232
Slinky, lovely numbers! P4 definitely in a very acceptable range and glad your FS is being conservative and topping it up. Also just wanted to say thanks so much for your PM's and lovely messages
Crofty, I'm sorry you are feeling a bit rough after your lap but it is wonderful news that all is looking good inside so far and very little renovations (cyst removal) required! Hope the news continues to be positive at FS appt. I loved your DH's comments, very sweet.
Trying, 36 weeks!
Littlefeet, This is an incredibly supportive thread and as you can see it has been my lifeline (not only recently but for quite some time). I 2nd DHEA as a great idea for low AMH. I got my 1st natural BFP after a couple of months on it and still reckon there's something in that.
Mum4nay, Be in touch soon!
Pink, hope all is going well with Isabella and your beautiful family
AFM, Apologies this is going to be a long one!
We had our follow up appt on Tuesday and it wasn't all bad I was so incredibly nervous and terrified I would hear it was all over. Essentially, Prof V does not think our situation is hopeless but he does think our chances of success are now around 30% which was a hard stat to swallow... but better than no hope at all.
He confirmed the scarring was extensive and that he worked on it for over an hour. He thinks it was always stage 3 Asherman's bordering on 4, even from the 1st hysteroscope I had with my FS. He was able to remove a lot of the adhesions and he feels after a 2nd operation to 'tidy' things up we may be able to attempt another transfer
There does seem to be a vascular problem to some degree as the endometrium was not growing properly in all places i.e was 'patchy' probably due to being scraped away by my FS!! This was the crucial piece as to whether he would have recommended going forward ourselves or going to surrogacy. He described if the inner ring of the endo is completely absent there generally isn't any hope of carrying a pregnancy but where only a piece appears to be damaged he has seen this regenerate once the scarring was removed (and was in favour of using Viagra as a vasodilator for our next transfer). So a 2nd MRI after the 2nd surgery will confirm if this regenerates.
Interestingly, I had a message from a woman on the Aussie Asherman's support group yesterday who is also a patient of Prof V. She also had a patchy lining, however after 2 surgeries and 2 rounds of premarin her last MRI showed normal vascularisation. So I am really hanging onto this at the moment!
Both of my tubes were unaffected (so in theory I could still get pregnant naturally). Still a long way to go and yet another surgery to face on May 12 before we can even think about the next step but at least there is some hope
Prof V has also sent a report to my current FS about the surgery and my diagnosis which I am pleased about as it will add weight to my letter when I send it. We also have an appt on April 19th to see Devora Leiberman and will think about transferring our embryos to Genea if we can come to some arrangement with her about managing the Asherman's alongside my own very definite ideas for a transfer and lining building protocol.
Thanks again to all of you wonderful women for your ongoing care and support
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12-04-2012 20:00 #233
Slinky, WOO HOO for great numbers! I am on Cloud Nine with you , I have been hoping and praying that this transfer would give you that much longed-for BFP. Scans and blood tests that reassure are fantastic - I was very lucky with my FS, she indulged my paranoia with weekly scans until 13 weeks, Bless Her!
Starfish, thank you so much for posting - I have been thinking about you and hoping and praying that you are okay . My understanding is that Prof V is very much a "tell it like it is" kind of guy, I have read where he has told people flat-out where he thinks things are hopeless, so the fact that he is telling you to continue is really something you can really hang your hat on. I have read of many cases on the International Ashermans Group (haven't got around to joining the Aussie one yet - must do that!!) of women with partial damage to their endometrium where regeneration has occurred sufficient to support a healthy pregnancy, so its certainly not a "long shot". There are lots of great reports on Viagra too (does Prof V use it as a pessary, or orally?). You might want to take a look at some of the alternative therapies other AS women have used too - I used Raspberry Leaf Tea from diagnosis through to my BFP (Raspberry Leaf Tea is a uterine tonic) and I have read of lot of women using warm castor oil packs as well (the details are in the resources section in the International Yahoo Group). (I used a hot water bottle during the first half of my cycle on my acupunturist's advice - I figured that even if it did no good it would definitely do no harm! - I rubbed a fertility blend of essential oils on my tum followed by a half an hour with the hot water bottle every evening. I found it very relaxing). I hope this post doesn't sound too Pollyanna-ish - I do honour and respect how angry, frustrated and anguished you must be after your diagnosis. I've grieved with you, as I know every woman on this thread has grieved with you. AS is a devastating diagnosis that can test your trust and your faith. Struggling with infertility challenges your self-belief and self-trust in a massive way - and AS magnifies those issues. But once again (watch out - here comes Pollyanna!) I hope and trust that, like me, you will find yourself amazed and humbled by the capacity of your body to heal and regenerate, and in turn to support new life. I am glad you have the beginnings of a positive plan to go forward once the AS is dealt with and that Prof V will work with you and your FS - whoever you choose that to be - to make sure you get the very best of support. I know you are worried about any pregnancy being high risk, so thought I would tell you a story my obstetrician told me - remembering she is a specialist, high-risk Obs. At my last scan (all looking healthy again, thank goodness!) she said that even though she is a high-risk obs, she actually has roughly the same rate of emergency caesarians as every other obs in town - because pregnancy is a very individual and unpredictable thing. She pointed out that she had another lady with my due date who was referred to her by another obs when she went into labour at 24 weeks. The other patient was 25 years old, fit and healthy, natural conception, should have been text book, but instead had a very difficult pregnancy, finally giving birth at 28 weeks to a baby who is thankfully doing well in NICU. She pointed out that I am 40, pregnant via IVF, post-miscarriage, post-Ashermans, with a large fibroid and adenomyosis (she actually said - "and all the rest of your problems" here - obviously she ran out of breath reciting them all!). Then she said, at the beginning of the two pregnancies, who would you put your money on having a relatively straightforward pregnancy? Me, or the 25 year old? I bet none of you would put a dollar on me , but here I am at 36 weeks. I can see I have written a bit of an essay here - Sorry folks! - but Starfish I wanted you to know that I'll be watching from the sidelines, hoping the the next round of surgery clears the AS and that you get a lovely, sticky BFP soon thereafter
12-04-2012 20:11 #234
Awesome news Slinky!! Here's hoping for a dream pregnancy xoxoxo
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13-04-2012 15:17 #235
Trying - wow, what a story... maybe it's not up to us and it's up to the baby how a pregnancy goes?????? Crazy. Just goes to show you have quite a determined little boy awaiting meeting his clever mommy So amazed and happy that you're going so well, there's also LOTS of people cheering you on from the sidelines!
Slinky - fantastic news - and a good idea to just sit back and enjoy till 7 weeks - time to relax and enjoy (hopefully !!!!!!)
Starfish - well I'm glad there's still hope - and 30% I think is excellent!! RPA gave me way less than 30% and they didn't even know (or particularly care?) about my woeful AMH which Dr S put my chances at zero... totally different story to yours, but glad to hear you're still in with a very good chance. Interesting you mentioned surrogacy - is that an option? Please ignore my question if that's too personal
13-04-2012 17:02 #236Senior Member
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starfish: i mso glad that the Prof gave you some positive news...like everyone here just waiting for each step that u can hopefully get to your much longed baby. good luck with your next op, things certainly sound a bit better....
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13-04-2012 22:01 #237
Starfish i have everything crossed for you.
Trying you have done an amazing job x
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15-04-2012 08:57 #238
Trying, your posts continue to give me much comfort and hope and I am eternally grateful to you for so generously sharing your incredible knowledge and experience I feel so blessed that the universe has put me into your orbit and I am also so humbled by the outpouring of support I have received from so many people, including the wonderful women here.
It is very reassuring that you have also read about the possibility of the regeneration of the endo Thanks also for sharing your alternative therapies and the OB story. I have already started chugging the Raspberry Leaf Tea and various other supplements recommended by the AS girls.
Prof V is in favour of Viagra pessaries and (like you) also spoke at length about the bodies ability to heal itself naturally. He is a matter of fact guy but I do find it calming to be in his presence. I am trying to break things down into small steps, i.e focusing on the next surgery and not trying to look at the picture as a whole as I find that far too overwhelming and scary.
Can we have another update please on how things are progressing for your snug little bug? Assume you are having a C-section again Trying?
Mum4nay, thanks also for sharing your story again. It is a very inspirational one I will never forget that one embryo and that strong BFP that followed, all to translate into beautiful thriving Tom!
As for surrogacy....hadn't given it too much thought but it was a possibility we were keeping in the back of our minds if we were told it was no longer possible for me to carry a pregnancy.
Slinky, our newest pregnant mumma to be!!! Hope those numbers give you even further reassurance at your next bt tomorrow!
Jfb and Nessie, I am also still following all of you gorgeous gals on the graduates thread. Jfb, I'm very excited your next bundle is almost ready to arrive and Nessie I'm also sending you many and hoping the journey to no.2 cuts you a break very soon!
In other news, we have put off getting a kitten for some years now, 'just in case' we get UTD but have bitten the bullet and adopted this gorgeous little bundle of fur who will be joining our family next week. Here's a pic for the cuteness factor http://www.petrescue.com.au/_picsup/...2D963C5CD6.jpg
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15-04-2012 15:44 #239Senior Member
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Could I please join this thread?
My gosh its kind of scary the things we have to endure. You all sound so brave and hopeful. Here's praying you all have your dream come true.
My story is I had 1 natural conception at age 21, m/c at 5 weeks. Had 2 natural conceptions at age 37 ending in m/c at 7 weeks and 5 weeks. Had 2 d&c's and laproscopes to fix first of these 2, obgyn cut away massive scar tissue from dead pocket of endo to back of uterus, had lap/d&c for 2nd and he cut away a nacrotic cyst from left ovary(4 months apart). Kept trying with no results so have tried IVF. Found out I have low amh, active endo(not severe but pockets everwhere), tubes are fine but I don't seem to get a thick enough lining to support pregnancy. I have scar tissue on my cervix from Letz procedure age 22. Also have several cysts in my right breast and partly blocked duct in left(found age 37).
I'm waiting impatiently for af to arrive so we can get ready for another epu. I've been taking dhea for 31 days now and will continue up to epu. I'm having acupuncture to help.
I saw someone mentioned raspberyy leaf tea, should I start having that now?? I bought some for our last transfer but thought it was for later on in pregnancy. I heard pomegranate juice was s'posed to help grow your lining, does anyone know if this could work???
Hope you are all doing well
16-04-2012 14:23 #240
Starfish - wow, what a gorgeous little baby you've adopted there!! Well done for taking the plunge and getting him.... I also used to toss up whether to get a cat or have a baby back before TTC#1 - little did I know that I would have had ample time to have a cat almost to old age before we succeeded on the baby front!!!! Your story made me remember
Amps - welcome to this thread... there's lots of experience here both from TTC'ers and graduates so you'll get good support on your IVF journey... Not sure about pomegranate tea? but someone will be able to answer ... good luck
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