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trouble conceiving

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  • Posted By: purpleBfly
  • January 4, 2007
  • 11:50 AM

i hope somebody can please help me. i am 26 years old and my hubby and i have been trying to conceive for close to three years now. we have had him tested and his sperm count is wonderfully high. My gyn has done three blood tests on me: prolactin, progesterone, and thyroid stimulating hormone. all came back fine. My gyn prescribed the fertility drug clomid for me and that gave no results. I am fairly regular with a cycle of 26-28 days and i have taken many ovulation tests and they show i do ovulate. is there anything i can do, or is there anything i can have my dr. check into on my next exam?

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  • describe your eating habits
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 4, 2007
    • 07:25 PM
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  • Trying to conceive can be a very stressful time...are you trying really hard? It is one of those things when you try TOO hard you add more stress and you will not conceive in a stressful environment. Period. One of the reasons that acupuncture is so successful for treating infertility is that it really helps with the stress. It helps balance the body and produces seratonin in the brain. I have treated two women for infertility and they both conceived rather quickly - a pretty narrow but good ratio! Try to find an acupuncturist near you. Go to www.acufinder.com and type in your zip code. Also, take a high quality prenatal with lots of folic acid. EmergenC is a great supplement for you both. And lastly, try not to try too hard. Best wishes to you.Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • January 6, 2007
    • 05:25 AM
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  • thank you for your suggestion of acupuncture. i will look into that. also, i do take a prenatal vitamin and supplement it with vitamin C already. as for my eating habbits, i have limited my caffeine intake to one cup of coffee a day, and i eat a lot of protein, fiber and whole grains, and try not to eat too many carbs. diabetes runs in my family so i am trying to live a lifestyle that might prevent me from getting it someday. we have heard many times about trying too hard, so the last 6 months we have relaxed quite a bit. i have not taken the ovulation tests for 6 months and we just have a come what may attitude. but the new year has come and this has also yielded some results. the most frustrating thing is my dr. seems to be not too concerned about this and has given us no possable reasons as to why we are having a hard time.
    purpleBfly 4 Replies
    • January 8, 2007
    • 11:02 AM
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  • Sounds like you are on the right path and doing all the right things! Relax and enjoy having sex with your husband! Also, he should be taking a supplement with vit C - I recommend EmergenC as it is readily available and easy to take and gives you good energy. Even though his count is high, there could still be issues with motility, size,shape, etc. So try to get him this supplement and then just relax and enjoy each other...you are still very young so don't worry!Best of luck,Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • January 10, 2007
    • 03:08 PM
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  • You said that diabetes runs in your family. There is a pre-diabetic syndrome called PCOS that interferes badly with fertility. (Also known as Stien-Leventhal) I was misdiagnosed for 15 years with this. A nurse practitioner took one look at me, correctly diagnosed the syndrome. The treatment is glucophage to decrease the insulin resistance. I was pregnant in 45 days and my sister- also with PCOS- conceived in 2 cycles after starting glucophage. She had been trying for 2 years. Look this up and see what you think.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 03:11 PM
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  • Thank You so much for that advice. You are the first person to give me any real help. I have never heard of anything like that so I will definately look into that Stein-Leventhal. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you.
    purpleBfly 4 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 05:17 PM
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  • thank you for your suggestion of acupuncture. i will look into that. also, i do take a prenatal vitamin and supplement it with vitamin C already. as for my eating habbits, i have limited my caffeine intake to one cup of coffee a day, and i eat a lot of protein, fiber and whole grains, and try not to eat too many carbs. diabetes runs in my family so i am trying to live a lifestyle that might prevent me from getting it someday. we have heard many times about trying too hard, so the last 6 months we have relaxed quite a bit. i have not taken the ovulation tests for 6 months and we just have a come what may attitude. but the new year has come and this has also yielded some results. the most frustrating thing is my dr. seems to be not too concerned about this and has given us no possable reasons as to why we are having a hard time.I am the person who asked about diet.It sounds like you are doing well! Perhaps you might want to make sure your consumption of protein does not surpass the daily quantity required by your organism.I agree with everyone else-take care, best wishes.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 05:36 PM
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  • Do you and/or your spouse have a stressful job? If yes, a nice relaxed vacation is also good. I concieved twice sometime around the time my husband and I took a vacation. My friend's sister had a uterus that was either tilted or inverted and after surgeory to fix the uterus she got pregnant naturally - with twins. You could ask you gyn if your uterus is positioned correctly.Another friend had tried for 5 years then had a test to check if her tubes were open. After the test she got pregnant. Sometimes the test clear the fallopian tubes if they are blocked.I hope my input helps. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 12, 2007
    • 08:01 PM
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  • My husband and I have been married for 1 year now. I've been pregnant twice and the first time they had to do a D&C to get the baby out. The second time the baby just passed with my period. How can I get pregnant again in a short amount of time? Are there OTC drugs I can take to increase my chances of getting pregnant. I am still 18 so it might have something to do with that. Anyone with answers that can help please e mail me at cute4u123@hotmail.com. ThANKS
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 25, 2007
    • 06:31 PM
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  • I visited my gyn yesterday and he wants me to have a test to see if my fallopian tubes are blocked. Could anybody tell me the name of this test so I can look up some info about it before I have it done. Thanks to all who have replied.
    purpleBfly 4 Replies
    • January 26, 2007
    • 11:52 AM
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  • You could try the postcoital test or huhners test, to see if your hubby's sperm can live in your CM. The test you are going to have is called HSG test or Hysterosalpingogram (Uterotubogram) I've been trying for 5 years and had these tests done, and can't figure anything out. So hope you have some answers soon. My only answer is my hubby's sperm is not 100%
    BrendaBley 21 Replies
    • January 30, 2007
    • 01:28 PM
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  • To the last poster whose husband sperm is not 100 viable: Have him take EmergenC. It is readily available, tastes good, and gives him 1000 mg of vitamin C in the form of mineral ascorbates, which are very easily assimilated in the body. Have him take 2-3 per day (and you should also take 1-2). Higher vitamin C seems to really help sperm count, shape/size, and motility. This is a cost effective way to help...try this it will really help!Best of luck.DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • February 3, 2007
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  • Dear PurpleBfly, I am a nurse and I work for a high risk pregnancy group. Before this job I worked in an OB/Gyn office for several years. Ask your doc about IUI (Intrauterine Insemination). This is very different and much less invasive than Artificial Insemination. This is how it is done: Your doctor and you will determine your next ovulation date(s). On the day you are most likely to ovulate, you and your husband will have an appoinment with your Gyn. Your husband will be asked to either bring in a fresh semen sample (or he can do this in the office) The semen is then put in a tube and centrifuged. That means it is spun very fast for several minutes. What this does is it separates any dead or slow sperm from the rest of the bunch. Those are then discarded. The "good sperm" are then put into a syringe with a long tube attached at the end instead of a needle. Then your physician places this tube in the vagina up to the opening of the cervix. The sperm is then "pushed" into the cervix and subsequently right into the uterus. The rationale behind doing this is that many sperm die or for some other reason do not make it past the vaginal canal. (it could be that you have "hostile cervical mucous") This procedure bypasses the vagina and most of the cervix, and puts all of the sperm right where it should be. I have seen many wonderfull success stories with IUI. And the great thing is that there is nothing artificial about it. I wish you the best of luck. Please keep us posted with your progress.
    tgarza 1 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 04:16 PM
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  • Zinc and selenium are 2 essential minerals that play a key role in fertility. Zinc is antagonistic to cadmium (present in cigarettes) so if you or your partner smoke or are near a smokey atmosphere I would give it a rest. Have to ever had a cooper IUD fitted or been on the pill. In general, do you have any other minor health symptoms that seem trivial but may give an indication, e.g: blemished skin, dry skin etc etc
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 10, 2007
    • 03:22 PM
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  • well, at my latest visit with gyn, i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. this explains so much. i have started taking meds now so hopefully this will help matters. if not then we will bring up IUI at a later visit. that sounds like something we would be very interested in. thank you for that advice. as for zinc, selenium, and smoking, hubby and i already take the appropriate supplements, and we don't smoke or expose ourselves to environments where people do. but thanks anyway.
    purpleBfly 4 Replies
    • February 15, 2007
    • 11:36 AM
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  • Hi,If you are using a lubricant, that could be the problem. Most lubricants kill sperm. Pre-Seed is the only marketed lubricant that doesn not kill sperm. I buy it from an eBay store called early-pregnancy tests (the seller is registered as Saraspi). It's worth a shot. I also hear that mineral oil is also safe but I'm not sure where you can get it. Perhaps in a health food store. I wish you all the best.
    nada148 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Everything happens for a reason. It's not your time.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • My husband and I have been married for 1 year now. I've been pregnant twice and the first time they had to do a D&C to get the baby out. The second time the baby just passed with my period. How can I get pregnant again in a short amount of time? Are there OTC drugs I can take to increase my chances of getting pregnant. I am still 18 so it might have something to do with that. Anyone with answers that can help please e mail me at cute4u123@hotmail.com. ThANKS Your body needs time to heal.. you should not have such close pregnancies in a row, that will only increase the chances of a miscarriage the next time.. generally speaking wait a few months in between.. good luck. Are you taking vitamins with folic acid? also, why are you in such a rush to have a child? enjoy your childless time! Take it from me who had none! I had a child at 17 then again at 19 and then 26.... oh how now I wish I had waited a few years first! Not that I regret my babies now, but it would have been nice to just worry about me and hubby for a while!
    GaNurse 23 Replies Flag this Response
  • Couple of things - having gone through 7 years of infertility treatment - I now have 3 kids - my oldest is adopted and getting married this summer. First - you need to have your tubes checked before the ykeep putting you on drugs. No amount of "relaxation" will help damaged tubes. There is a test that they do where they run dye through your tubes to make sure they are open. This is a must. It is a little crampy but not bad. Next - in terms of the clomid - sometimes the clomid can make the mucous on your cervix too thick - hence the sperm can't get through. they had me drinking robitussin at the same time - it was gross - but the theory was in thinned it out ( like a cold). They have capsules. More than anything else - don't mess with your regular GYN - get yourself to someone that really "specializes " in infertility. GYN's say they do it - but every unsuccessful month sucks for you - you hear a clock and you need the best - now. Don't waste your time. Get t osomeone who really knows what they are doing and it is all that they do. I had the best in Philly - and i will be forever grateful to them. And read - knowing you are not alone helps alot. Lastly - don't forget that you love your husband and soemtimes you need to walk away fro mit for a little bit or it ill consume you. Best of luck.
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  • My first visit and I already can't resist sharing! Years ago-my husband and I visited a fertility specialist all the tests you've tried PLUS...he took a slide of my vaginal secretions after coitus. Guess what? My mucous was attacking the swimmers! I was about to take clomid and found instead that I was preggers!! Baby #2 was a surprise: Using two forms of birth control=condoms and spermicide...yadda yadda the condom broke and I thought we were covered. Actually sperm can live a few days (or something like that). Our doctor surmised the spermicide changed the *chemistry*in my vagina-making it more friendly! It's worth a try-you could possibly use a basal body thermometer to make sure of your ovulation timing, use spermicidal for a few days at the begining of your cycle then stop that when you want to be friendly...this worked also for my step sister with donor sperm. Could work for someone else (and it's quite inexpensive to try this method). Good Luck!:rolleyes:
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