kkmollie - Yeah af arrived just as planned on Christmas morning, so one more month on the pill due to my clinic being closed currently and then we can hopefully move onto another cycle of injections. Hopefully your af turns up soon and you can move forwards too. Most doctors over here expect you to ovulate around cd14 and therefore do the blood test to check for ovulation on Cd21, however I have heard of many women actually ovulating later than this using clomid sometimes Cd20+ and therefore the test will come up negative on cd21. I would just be very aware of your signs and symptoms during the month if you are not having any monitoring (which doesn't seem to be the usual procedure over here in Australia) and discuss everything with your doctor if you believe you are ovulating later maybe they could do testing later. Good luck hun x
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29-12-2013 21:57 #381
29-12-2013 22:41 #382
Hi everyone and welcome to those who have joined since I last posted. I'll go back through later and catch up.
I've been quite busy with uni, work, xmas and all the family stuff. DH is also going through some testing at the moment. Because of long term opiate use he has low testosterone levels. He has testogel but it's quite expensive ($92.40 for 30 sachets is the cheapest we've found it so far) and is not something we've been able to afford all the time. When he ran out about 2 months ago he decided to let it slide for a bit. In that time his gynocomastia (sp?) started to develop more and he formed two lumps, one under each arm. The GP thought it was part of the breast tissue but within 48 hours of he checking them one of the lumps got excessively painful and tripled in size. She is now worried that it could be more. He had bloods taken on the day and he has to get ultrasounds done this week. We're all hoping like hell that it's nothing and we can just move on. He's back on the testogel but that doesn't seem to be helping too much with the lumps.
On a more positive note we're sort of back on track with TTC, though not fully. I'm currently in my TWW but it's all panning out like a normal (if you can call it normal) cycle would for me. I'm expecting AF to arrive in the next week or so. I have a couple of tests but I don't want to waste them at the moment. Plus I got them off ebay and they didn't come with instructions so I'm really not sure if I've been using them right. They're the dip ones and I don't know how long to hold them in. Same with the OPKs. I'm yet to get one to even come up with a second line, let alone a positive, despite showing all the signs of O. Very frustrating. What brand are you all using?
I hope everyone had a very good christmas and lots of baby dust to us all for the new year!
29-12-2013 23:12 #383
Congrat Georgie on you your BFP! Hope all is going well.
Lifeinshadeofgrey: There are a few things that have helped me lose weight. I cut out most soft drinks. I still have one every now and then but I used to drink up to 2lt of coke a day so this is a huge improvement. We haven't stepped foot into most of the chain takeaway stores for 18 months. So no Maccas, KFC, Red Rooster and all those. We do still go to Subway though. Before that we were eating them at least once a week. I was so in denial about why I was gaining weight but I look back now and know exactly why. It was all comfort eating too.
One of the biggest changes would have to be going vegetarian. I'd dropped a little bit of weight but it was only 3 or 4kg that stayed off permanently. When we made the change I was finally able to drop under 110kg again. I had been hovering up around 120 for so long. I got down as low as 103.5 but we have really let ourselves slip back into old habits of lots of sweet crap and hot chips all too often. I find when I keep these things to a minimum I can lose it pretty quickly. To curb the soft drink cravings I drink mineral water. It's cheaper too so that helps. With the sweet cravings I have a milo of a night. It's still not ideal because I have 3 heaped tablespoons of it lol but it's better than sitting down to 2 magnums or 2 chocolate bars or 2 creme caramels. Yeah I'm really bad when I get sugar cravings.
All these little things have helped me a great deal. I feel better within myself and I'm full of energy when I'm eating properly. Tonight is the first time we've had a really decent meal in a while (apart from xmas lunch) because I work nights a bit but I'm hoping to get back into the swing of making good, wholesome food so we can all benefit from it.
I've just started on the met again. I'm one of those that did get awful sick when I first started, so much so that I stopped taking it. I was then put onto the SR version and I can actually handle it. I'm hoping the met will help me with a few things that keep popping up too. Anyone found any tips to deal with the hirsutism? I'm sick of my chest being hairier than DH's lol.
30-12-2013 14:36 #384
Chunkydunks - Sounds like you have been very busy hun, nice to see you in here again . Hope all turns out well with your DH's testing and all is good with the lump, so annoying when medication costs so much like that and you have to make a decision as to how important it is to pay the money for it - frustrating! Great news that you are starting to ttc again, I know you have had a few issues to overcome in the past! Hopefully this is your month and you manage to catch that follie .
30-12-2013 15:27 #385
How long does it usually take for Met to help regulate your cycle? Currently I am on cd33 and was hoping that my cycle would have been shortened to around 28/30days. Having said that I have only been on the Met for around 2weeks. Perhaps the Clomid will also help as I know AF arrives 14days after ovulation. I have been charting my cycles for 12months now and use OPK tests, monitor my BBT and CM. So i will continue to monitor and hopefully I can pin point O correctly. It is a little complicated using a donor as we like to give them atleast a few days notice. Oh and Heyside, i am in Aus too
Chunkydunks- Hi, nice to meet you I hope everything goes well with your husband. I use OPK tests bought off ebay. I am not sure what brand they are, but i think most of them are pretty much the same. I wee into a cup and dip the test strip in for 10secs, then lay it flat on the foil packet and read the results within 10mins. I have always had a lot of success with them, hence the reason why i was totally suprised when I was diagnosed with PCOS and told i haven't been ovulating. I always get positive OPKs coinciding with temperature drop then rise and a lot of CM. Hopefully Clomid just pushes me over the line to O properly. Good luck with your TTC journey!
30-12-2013 16:50 #386
Thanks ladies. It's hard to know what to feel because one minute he seems so sick and worried but the next he's fine. He keeps refusing to make the appointment for the scan too
Kkmollie: I'll be honest. I'm really bad with taking meds properly so I've never seen any benefits of taking met. I'm hoping to be a little more disciplined this time around.
CD1 here. Time to start fresh. My weight has crept up again. Now 112.5kg so we're cleaning up our diet again.
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31-12-2013 08:42 #387
kkmollie - To be honest my cycle didn't return at all with met and if I wasn't on injections or the pill I wouldn't have a natural af at all month after month with nothing. This doesn't mean to say that it won't work for you though hun, I have read it is the only medication some women take to re-set their cycles so fingers crossed it works for you and if clomid helps you to ovulate then that will be excellent news, like you say hard to organise everything with your donor, hopefully timing all works out and everything goes to plan for you.
Chunkydunks - Sorry to hear af showed up hun, I know what you mean about cleaning up the diet, I have been completely off mine and need to get back on with it all again. One more night of eating a few naughty treats tonight and then I am going to have to organise myself again ready for starting injections again at the end of the month.
01-01-2014 14:27 #388
Happy New Year everyone - Really hoping for some great news for everyone in this thread this year, hoping that we all have lovely babies to snuggle with next Christmas and new year, baby dust to everyone
03-01-2014 16:12 #389
Happy New Year everyone! Here's to 2014- year of the bfp.
Hows everyone's diet going? Some days are easier than others i think. My little boy is really getting into fresh juice in the morning, he loves to pass me the fruit to put in the juicer. I know I get really bad soda cravings in the afternoon so I have started juicing a little extra in the morning and then adding some soda water to it. Makes a nice fizzy drink to cure those arvo sugar cravings, without the refined sugar.
I started the new year off with AF. I was so excited! So i think the met helped shortened my cycle to 33 (i calculated wrong in my last post) down from 40days for my previous cycle. Have also started my clomid. I am just glad to be on the medication and looking forward to seeing how this cycle goes.
Hope everyone is keeping cool in this insane heat !
05-01-2014 12:24 #390
Happy New Year all!
I hope everyone is going well. Good luck with your first clomid cycle Kkmollie. Heyside I hope all is going well with you.
We got some answers from the tests DH has been having. It seems too simple to be the answer to all his issues but after a lot of research we're sure this is going to improve his quality of life dramatically. He has a b12 deficiency. He had one injection on Thursday and already the difference is huge. He has energy, his moods have stabilised and his libido has increased. He will be having 2 more over the next 2 weeks and after that it's monthly followed by 3 monthly. I'll be getting DS's and my levels checked too. It's highly unlikely that it's the vegetarian diet causing it because we haven't been on it long enough to deplete what would be considered healthy levels that are stored in the liver. It's more than likely due to his bowel surgery after his accident that has caused absorption issues.
To add to this news I have some good news of my own. I had a normal cycle!! AF finished 2 days ago so instead of bleeding for up to 2 weeks it was back to 5 days. So things are on track for us this year. Fingers crossed it keeps up.
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