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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:30 am 
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I wonder if vitex is safe in pregnancy.

You're not supposed to take it once you get pregnant. It can affect hormone levels: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/chasteberry


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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:46 am 
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Yeah, I'm thinking I'll wait till my period begins before I start taking it.

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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:35 pm 
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It looks like this thread has gone a bit dormant, but I'll throw my hat in the ring... my husband and I have been TTC for over a year now. We're about the same age - I'm 35 (turning 36 this year.) Mr. Olympic went to a urologist last week who confirmed a physiological issue to conception - essentially his sperm counts, motility, mobility etc look good; there's just a barrier preventing exit - that could be resolvable with a very low-cost medication that requires him to abstain for three to five days.

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He was diagnosed with retrograde ejaculation - essentially the fluid goes into his bladder instead of exiting.


So, we'll know at the end of the month if the medication will allow us to (more or less) naturally conceive, or if we have to do something else involving harvesting the sperm, "washing" it, and doing IUI. His urologist says that if it's the latter, I'll likely need to go on Clomid increase our chances of conception. So, now I need to find an OB/GYN, which is probably something I should do anyway. Clomid kind of freaks me out though.

Our insurance of course only covers infertility diagnosis, not treatment, so we have no idea how much some of this stuff will cost. We've also been discussing adoption (some of our good friends recently went through the adoption process, an open adoption with a pregnant mother; they were at the hospital when the baby was born), so we also have to think about at what financial point we need to really consider adoption our only option. (Don't get me wrong; we would love an adopted baby as much as our own, it's just a different option...) Adoption, of course, is quite expensive, but apparently it's also tax-deductible to a greater degree than reproductive technology or infertility treatment (god, I feel like we're "bargain shopping" for a baby.)

And just to make life exciting, usually my periods are very regular (to the point where even my husband knows what time of month they'll be), but last month I had my period a week earlier than usual. Very strange. In any case, it's been quite a roller coaster in terms of the possibility of having a biological baby. We'll know more in a few weeks, fingers crossed...


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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:43 am 
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Good Luck Olympic! I hope things work out for you and your husband. The waiting is so painful and emotional. Fingers crossed!


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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:57 am 
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Thanks lilbear. It is nerve-wracking, and of course it means that I need to do all I can to make it easier to conceive. I think the illusion of control is the hardest part...


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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 7:39 am 
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Oh my, this thread is sleeping.

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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:00 pm 
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Hello! My boyfriend and I have decided to start ttc after the summer! I am excited so thought I would share it here as I can't share it anywhere else really and I am so excited/nervous. Reading this thread, and some of the others, helped us to decide it was what we wanted. I have been charting for about a year as I wanted to figure out what was going on with my body after coming off the pill and having some strange health issues, all of which are now resolved. Half of me is hoping it takes a while so we can have fun trying, but half of me just wants a baby! I never thought I would feel that way but I do!


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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:51 am 
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Welcome rebeccaxx! It is an exciting time, isn't it? I'm glad your health problems are resolved and wish you best of luck baby-making!


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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
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Thanks guys :-)


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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:23 am 
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Welcome!

Well ladies, I'm not in the club anymore. 14 weeks pregnant with our first!

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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 3:47 am 
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Congratulations AlwaysHungry!

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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:07 am 
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Congrats, AlwaysHungry!

I might be joining this thread again soon. My cervical mucus is pink, so I'm either about to start my period or it's some weird ovulation spotting. Woo-hoo!

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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:57 am 
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Congrats, AlwaysHungry! And best wishes Crabby!


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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:26 am 
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Yay! Congrats, AlwaysHungry!


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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 12:44 pm 
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Yay, AlwaysHungry! That's awesome.

Good luck, Crabby!


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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
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Congratulations AlwaysHungry! That's so wonderful!

Good luck, Crabby!


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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:52 pm 
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Congratulations AlwaysHungry! Good luck crabby :-)


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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:41 pm 
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Hey, thanks again to whoever told me to check out the whole 'taking charge of your fertility'-thing. My period returned and I wasn't a clueless, unprepared idiot bleeding everywhere the way I have been in the past (and now I've started temping again, I'll know the exact day it will arrive). So... Time to try for another. Yay! Vax is nursing a lot less than Reggie was, so maybe it won't take as long this time around.

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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
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oh yes that book is so helpful isn't, especially as I use a mooncup, it is really helpful to know when I need to be prepared. We are going to start ttc next month! excited! though I did meet my friend's drooling baby last month, and it made me think twice. I'm not a fan of drool.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:59 am 
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Didn't happen this cycle, apparently.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:54 pm 
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Sorry to hear that, amonik.

I'm feeling a little sad today because I just found out one of my best friends, whose first child is just a couple months older than tiny wu, is pregnant again. Of course I'm excited and happy for her too, but just feeling a little sorry for myself. I know we are really lucky to have one wonderful baby--but I do want another and lately it feels hard to wait. Still no period after 21 months... it just feels frustrating right now, especially since we're in the US with my family and my baby sister is pregnant, so everyone is consumed with baby lust.


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Aww ScandinaVegan, I feel you! I finally got a period, so am now doing a different kind of waiting, but it's just as hard. There's nothing quite like knowing pregnant people when you wish you were... : /
Hope the rest of your trip goes well! Enjoy the up-side of not being pregnant, have some nice big glasses of wine with your family! ; )


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 Post subject: Re: conceivin' thread
PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:20 am 
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Soooo this is kind of a big decision and I don't want to mention it to anyone in real life yet, but I had my IUD removed last week and my husband and I are going to start trying in the fall (he just started a new job and I have a marathon in October, so after that). My first instinct is to research and learn everything, but there is just SO MUCH information! I'm an only child and I haven't even held a baby before, or changed a diaper, or given a bath, or anything! I'm excited, but a little terrified, which is probably normal I'm guessing.

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Ooo, good luck and have fun!

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