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#51 mytimenow

Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:27 AM

Dear All,

I hope you don't mind me popping by - I have found this thread great, it is nice to know that I am not alone in my situation and to share other's journeys.

We are on our first ovulation induction cycle, after I found out my AMH was less than .1.  Had my first +12 blood test today so will find out this afternoon whether we are BFP. I am however a realist, but the journey has started....who knows where it will lead.

I look forward to hearing of other's journeys and hopefully lots of BFP.

Me 39, DH 39
LOR – AMH – less than .1
TTC since February 2012

April 2012 – Ovulation Induction Cycle – Chlomid 50mg





#52 Luckyme1

Posted 03 May 2012 - 12:37 PM

Hi everyone

Gosh efingerscrossed your story gives us hope.

Welcome mytimenow.  I'm 39 also and I had an AMH of 1, I have a DS so I'm hoping that we can give him a sibling.  Still trying naturally as advised by our FS in Sydney, but we are seeing a new doctor at the end of May, as we have moved to Canberra so I will find out what she suggests then.

bex18 good luck with the appointment, I hope the doctor gives you some clarity.

Good luck everyone else.

We've started a new cycle this month (natural) and doing my temps.  They are all over the place, so who knows what's happening.

#53 mytimenow

Posted 03 May 2012 - 01:17 PM

Hi LuckyMe1,

A fellow 39 year old low AMH'er!  I wish you all the best this cycle and hopefully things settle down for you.

I am also in Canberra and attending the Canberra Fertility Clinic, I have been very happy there so far, they are very helpful and friendly especially for a newbie like me.

There are some good FS here in Canberra and I am with Dr Armellin but have heard great things about a number of others so I wish you all the best of luck for a sibligh for your DS.

Mytimenow

#54 Luckyme1

Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:14 AM

Hi mytimenow.
Great to also hear you're from Canberra too!  Did you say your AMH is 0.1?  I'm so sorry to hear that.  But if you're ovulating that's gotta be good right.  It only takes one egg also.  I hope you get one this month.
We're seeing Simone Campbell at Genea at the end of May.  But I have one natural cycle to do before we see her so you never know eh?  Fingers crosse for both of is.
Hello to everyone else, hope you are all travelling ok.

#55 bex18

Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:33 PM

hi all,

Had chiro appt yesterday, i have a lot of nerves blocked, a few which go to my reproductive area, others to my heart, kidneys, adrenals, gall bladder!!  Which are all vital areas which need  to be working well for fertility.  Good news is she can fix it original.gif

FS appointment today, she did an trans vaginal scan, i am CD7 and had 4 follies on each ovary, she said she wouldd like to see more, but it is def bettter than just one which i was scared about.

My uterus looks great, along with the lining for this part of the cycle which means that my estrogen levels are good.

She gave me 2 options, IUI (natural cycle) or IVF.  I asked her what her professional opinion is, and she said becuase of the egg quanity, IVF.  She saaid with my age (27)  have  a 60% sucess rate!! Where if we did IUI is would be 10%.  IUI is wayyyy  cheaper, but i think we  are going to go down the IVF track.

I feel so  much better, and don't feel like i need to google galore!  I will be googling sucess stories now i think.

We see her  in a month to adivse our decision, then go from there, so it will probably be at least 2 months before we start the drugs.

Luckyme1, can i ask how you are taking your temps?  I took mine orally for 6  months, did vaginally this month, and there is not much variation (so far).

mytimenow, how did the blood test go?  How did you find your first round of IVF?  I didn't know that you went under GA to retrieve the eggs!!  That is the part i am most scared about lol

ejfingerscrossed,thank you for the advise, i def think i will get to that stage, but at the moment i am still in a bit of shock as i already have a DS, and only 27 years old.  Feeling a bit better about it already, i know that there is no point worrying about why it is what it is, just have to accept it for what it is.  It will gt easier i think.  Did you fall pregnant on your first round of IVF??

Bellfin
, are you there, how did the scan go....

#56 Kels22

Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:11 AM

Hi all,
Just thought I would quickly pop in and let you know my  results from Friday.  Had my follow up scan and straight away we saw the  baby and a strong HB!!! We could even see it moving it's developing arms!!
The  little one is measuring 13.6mm which made me 7wks 5 days on Friday and  is spot on with my IVF dates so expected due date at this stage is still  17th Dec.

Hope everyone here is well, I'll still lurk through here to see how everyone is going.
Good luck to all xx

#57 ellik

Posted 06 May 2012 - 06:31 PM

Bellefin - Hope all is going well hon? Just getting back to your question: no the total amount of eggs aren't affected by the pill, it's more that the results are not necessarily an accurate predictor of ovarian reserve because of the pill i.e. that whilst your on the pill your not recruiting as many follicles in some cases - therefore not accurate in that instance for ovarian reserve.

Kels22 - the last 2 weeks must have been long for you, but sounds like your DH has good eye sight with seeing that flicker! Fantastic news on the strong HB, I'm so happy for you.

Luckyme1 - Oooh I think the acupuncture sounds like something I'd enjoy. Is it okay to do during the 2WW?

bex18 - re your AMH results is have you been on the pill recently? In the last 6 months I have tested 4.4 on the pill then 15.1 & 22.2 off the pill. Even if you haven't been on the pill, try testing again at a different lab. also go have other tests done i.e. a Pelvic Ultrasound on day 3 of your cycle which they can check both your Antral Follicle Count & your Ovarian Volume which will help them tell if your low amh correlates or not with other tests, dont trust just that one test. Some of the other ladies here maybe able to suggest other tests i.e. FSH, etc (sorry I'm not sure didnt test those). I think ejfingerscrossed is on the right track, focus on your next steps. You sound really positive after your appt with the FS, it feels good to formulate a plan.

I think Bellefin explained the DHEA very well. I'm on it prescribed by my FS, but that is not just for low amh is also because of m/c's to help improve egg quality. But if I can explain a little further; supplements we try cannot actually improve egg quality although that's what we say it's more that we are trying to stop the eggs being damaged further (by things like free radicals in the the body) once they begin their  journey from resting state in your ovaries to the egg chosen for release each cycle.

I'm a bit like Kels22, marriage before kids is no longer a concern for me. Marriage can happen at anytime (or not) for all I care now, but kids cannot esp at 36 original.gif

ejfingerscrossed - thanks for your beautiful storey, good luck with your pregancy. I was on Diane too with low score of 4.4 for amh (see my above comments to bex18). Do you know if that means some pills affect it and others do not?

mytimenow - welcome, keen to hear if you have a BFP original.gif good luck!

AFM - just plodding along in the 2WW on 8 DPO and dying to POAS but trying to hold back until 10 DPO cause once I start I can't stop original.gif

#58 bex18

Posted 06 May 2012 - 09:41 PM

QUOTE (Kels22 @ 06/05/2012, 11:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi all,
Just thought I would quickly pop in and let you know my  results from Friday.  Had my follow up scan and straight away we saw the  baby and a strong HB!!! We could even see it moving it's developing arms!!
The  little one is measuring 13.6mm which made me 7wks 5 days on Friday and  is spot on with my IVF dates so expected due date at this stage is still  17th Dec.

Hope everyone here is well, I'll still lurk through here to see how everyone is going.
Good luck to all xx


Congrats, that is wonderful news!  I wish you all the best for the rest of your pregnancy original.gif

Do you mind if i ask you a few questions?  Did they change your drugs much from oct- march??  Did the put you under to remove the eggs?? What is 'IVF/ICIS'??  Do you do anything different yourself between oct and when you got your BFP?

thank you original.gif

Ellik, nope haven't been on the pill for over 4 years...
I think with the AMH, all the Qld clinics send it to a lab in WA.
My FS did a scan when i was there on friday, and at CD7 i had 4 follicles on each side.  She also said that i do have ovaries on the smaller side.
I forgot to ask her whether I would respond to fertility drugs (especially FSH) as i already have low AMH and a highish FSH (16).
So DHEA can only stop free radicals is that right?  Or are you saying the DHEA can improve the quality and supplements cant?

#59 ellik

Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:23 PM

QUOTE (bex18 @ 06/05/2012, 09:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think with the AMH, all the Qld clinics send it to a lab in WA.

My 1st test was with Douglas Hanly Moir (nsw) who sent it to Genea (nsw)
My 2nd test I did in qld (was on holiday from nsw) I went to Healthscope who sent it to Repromed in SA
My 3rd I really wanted another lab to test so I called around until I found another option I actually took my Douglas Hanly Moir pathologt request to IVF Australia, they were happy to take it. Was cheaper and less hassle my GP had the results within a week. From my ringing around most pathology collection centres end up sending it to an IVF clinic anyways and then add a small fee on top.
So shop around if you do decide to take it again original.gif

QUOTE (bex18 @ 06/05/2012, 09:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My   FS did a scan when i was there on friday, and at CD7 i had 4 follicles   on each side.  She also said that i do have ovaries on the smaller side.

Did she give you the volume for each ovary? I had my scan done on CD10 which is very late (long story). I only had 6 follies in total which stressed me to no end, my FS was not too concerned said some follies may have already under gone atresia (follies die off as the strongest take dominance). So maybe your 8 on CD7 could be similiar. So take some heart if you had a day 3 scan it may have been different, plus the count can vary from cycle to cycle.

QUOTE (bex18 @ 06/05/2012, 09:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So DHEA can only stop free radicals is that right?  Or are you saying the DHEA can improve the quality and supplements cant?

  Sorry if I was not clear. All supplements whether it be DHEA, CoQ10, L-arginine, Vitamin D etc cannot 'improve' quality but can possibly help 'maintain' quality. Eggs can be damaged as they mature from being dormant to an egg ready to be ovulated.

Edited by ellik, 06 May 2012 - 11:24 PM.


#60 mytimenow

Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:58 AM

Hi all,

Kels22 - so pleased to hear all is going well and that bub is developing well.

Luckyme1 - yes my AMH is very low, but you are so right, it only takes one good egg.  I am also lucky that I am still ovulating and my hormone levels are good. I was wondering if I should get another AMH test done? As I see so many people on here have had different AMH levels, but I wasn't on the pill prior, so am not sure if it is worth it, given we are heading down the IVF path after this cycle.  

For me BFN this cycle, but I remain positive. So back on the Chlomid and ovuluation induction for this cycle. We see the FS on the 15th and will start the prep for IVF,

Looking forward to hearing how everyone is going and sharing your journeys.

Me 39, DH 39
LOR – AMH – less than .1
TTC since February 2012

April 2012 – Ovulation Induction Cycle – Chlomid 50mg – BFN

May2012 – Ovulation Induction Cycle – Chlomid 50mg - ??

#61 Kels22

Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:58 AM

QUOTE (bex18 @ 06/05/2012, 09:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do you mind if i ask you a few questions? Did they change your drugs much from oct- march?? Did the put you under to remove the eggs?? What is 'IVF/ICIS'?? Do you do anything different yourself between oct and when you got your BFP?

thank you original.gif


Hey Bex18, no worries at all!!


The cycles we did were very aggressive, my FS decided to start aggressively and if we needed to pull back then we could.  On each cycle I was on 300 Puregon daily (which is quite high) to recruit multiple eggs and then they added 150 orgalutran daily from about day 6/7 to stop me from ovulating early.  In the cycle we did just recently in March, my FS added a dose of pregnyl every 2nd day from I think day 7 as well which is to help with the maturity of the eggs.  The pregnyl was the only difference in the last cycle from the two others.  We did get a positive result on our very first cycle, it was just unlucky that it implanted in my tube.  The second cycle that failed, my FS put it down to a bad batch of sperm.  I did speak with my FS early on about how many eggs we’d get and he said it would vary from cycle to cycle depending on how my body reacted to the medications.  With the March cycle, at my last scan on day 11 my FS only counted 7 follicles, it wasn’t till he went in to collect them that he got 10, everyone was really surprised that there were 3 more hiding in there.
Egg collection for me occurred under what they call twilight sedation.  It’s not as full on as a general anaesthetic but you still go to sleep and don’t feel, see or remember a thing.  You go to recovery afterwards.  All in all, I was in hospital for only a morning and then by the afternoon, I was just a bit wiped out.
ICSI is intracytoplasmic sperm injection which is used as part of IVF if there are issues with sperm quality.  It’s where they select a single normal looking sperm and inject it into the egg rather than putting the sperm in a dish with the egg and allowing the sperm to naturally penetrate and fertilise the egg.
I didn’t really do anything different in my cycles, just your normal, eating healthy and taking blackmores conceive well gold.  My husband didn’t drink as much, quit smoking, started exercising and got on to some vitamins that had antioxidants in them.

Just keep it in mind that we did get pregnant on our very first cycle so keep a positive mind and you never know what will happen.



#62 Luckyme1

Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:45 PM

Hi everyone,
Kels22 - a great story, I hope that your pregnancy goes smoothly.  It's so wonderful to see that first strong heartbeat.
Mytimenow - good luck with the clomid cycle, I hear that it makes one very moody.  How are you coping emotionally.
Ellik - they actually recommend acupuncture in the 2ww, just make sure they know what part of your cycle you're in.  It definitely helps with the stress of it all.
Bex18 - I take my temperature orally.  Not quite sure how accurate it is cos I have a little munchkin wake me up first thing, and then I remember to take my temperature and I move around a bit before that, maybe for only five minutes.  It's hard to remember to take the temperature first when the wiggling toddler is demanding my attention.
Hello to everyone else.
Still waiting for af to finish, since ds was born my periods seem to drag on for five or six days with the last two or three days being very light or spotting, this does concern me but my TCM doctor is working with me I settle my cycle.  Hoping to start trying in the next couple of days the good old natural way!








#63 bex18

Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:53 PM

thanks Kels22 for all that info!!  My next FS is 25 May to discuss IVF and drugs etc.

This might sound a bit naive from someone who is relatively new to all this, but can i ask how you got an ectopic pregnancy with IVF?  I thought they would inject the egg into the uterus, not the tube??

I love to read the success stories, gives me hope original.gif

luckyme1, i have started doing vaginal temps this month, and they seem to be very similar, whereas when i did orally, they were all over the show.  I hope the AF improves next month, or better still AF doesn't show and you get your BFP original.gif

ellik, no she didn't, but i do have an US from Feb and April which have the sizes on them, i need to look at the one which isn't ovulating right?

Hi mytime now, sorry to hear BFN sad.gif  Were  you ovulating every month, or is that why FS out you on chlomid?? what is an ovulation  induction cycle?  I have only been to my initial FS appointment where she gave us options, our next one is to tell her what we want to do, and then i guess she will prescribe our drugs??

AFM, Off to a fertility naturopath this Friday, looking forward to what she has to say original.gif

#64 mytimenow

Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:34 AM

Hi Bex18 - would be interested to here what the fertility naturopath has to say.  It has got to help right?  I am also fairly new to all this, so like you have a million questions.

When we initially saw our FS we agreed to start the ovulation induction cycle straight away as the 'natural' attempt/s. I was ovulating and had a regular cycle but I think my FS wanted me to try and produce some more follies and eggs due to my very low AMH. He really said our best chance was to go straight to IVF, but I wanted to give this a go first.

I am off to the FS on the 15th and am starting my next induction cycle now.  I took some advice of women on this forum and have taken my Chlomid at night before bed and it has made a big difference in terms of the side effects.

When we see the FS it will essentially be to start the IVF cylce, if this one doesn't work out for us.  I just had a friend go through IVF and BFP on the first attempt, which I am super happy for her, you never know where the baby dust will fall next!

Me 39, DH 39
LOR – AMH – less than .1
TTC since February 2012

April 2012 – Ovulation Induction Cycle – Chlomid 50mg – BFN

May2012 – Ovulation Induction Cycle – Chlomid 50mg - ??








#65 Kels22

Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:34 PM

QUOTE (bex18 @ 08/05/2012, 06:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
thanks Kels22 for all that info!! My next FS is 25 May to discuss IVF and drugs etc.

This might sound a bit naive from someone who is relatively new to all this, but can i ask how you got an ectopic pregnancy with IVF? I thought they would inject the egg into the uterus, not the tube??


It's not naive at all, don't worry biggrin.gif I asked the same question when it all happened because I never EVER though that would happen.
Basically, the FS inserts the embryo into the uterus through a catheter.  They aim to have it ejected from the catheter as high up in the uterus as possible so that gravity does it's thing and brings it down to settle in the uterian wall.  I was told by one of my nurses that the fallopian tubes have these little sticky finger like things that line the edges of the tube, and they sway backwards and forwards to ordinarily propel the egg out but unfortunately, my little embryo was a little too over eager and got sucked into the tube and got stuck.  The chances of an ectopic are higher in IVF but I wouldn't be too concerned about this happening to you as it is quite rare.

Good luck with speaking to your FS, please let me know how you go!

#66 bex18

Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:39 PM

thanks Kell.  Did you loose any tube?

I just got my FSH for this month, 20!  it was 16 last month, i am not liking the sound of this...

#67 thespottedcat

Posted 11 May 2012 - 12:57 PM

I'mmm baaaccck.

Hi Ladies, have had a great month off doing lots of socialising and not even thinking about IVF. But, we're back in the game again, started injecting this morning. Same protocols as last month - antagonist cycle with 200 puregon and cetrotide.

Kels - great to see all is still going well and thanks for the explanation about ectopic with IVF. I was wondering too!

Am trying to read back through all the posts and see we have some new ladies. Hi to all. Interesting stuff re doing TCM and acupuncture too. A good news story **pregnancy mentioned** - a lady I met recently was chatting to me about IVF as she'd just found similiar results to me with AMH (about 4.3). She wanted to start IVF straight away, husband wanted to give it 3 more months. So, whilst waiting, she started on acupuncture recommended by a friend and what do you know? Pregnant. Not going to work for all of us but I think there is getting to be too many positive stories and studies to ignore the impact of alternative therapies. Got me thinking a lot more about what I should be supplementing my cycles with.

Depending on what happens this cycle, I'm going to arrange a follow up appt with my FS and discuss some complimentary medicine/therapy.

Anyway, will try and catch up on threads. Looking forward to hanging out with you all over the next month's journey.

#68 Kels22

Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:10 PM

QUOTE (bex18 @ 09/05/2012, 12:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
thanks Kell. Did you loose any tube?

yes, I lost my right tube as it was too damaged to leave.  My FS was actually quite shocked that I wasn't showing that much pain, don't get me wrong it hurt but I could handle it but when the ED gave me some pain meds.....Wow!
My FS said that had he seen me 24hrs later, things would have been completely different because my tube would have fully split ohmy.gif

I do try to follow through here to see how everyone is going....good luck to those of you that are currently doing cycles, I hope you get a great outcome and to those that are looking at natural medicines, please keep posting the outcomes because it's great to hear how effective it is.

xx

#69 wannapinky

Posted 14 May 2012 - 03:56 PM

Hi Ladies

Can I please join your group?

Have just discovered I have low AMH of <1 and starting first Clomid cycle in 2 weeks.  I can see most of you on here see an FS, presumabley because you are doing IVF or similar.  I haven't yet seen an FS, just my OB/GYN.  Would you recommend I book in to see one ASAP?  Really not sure how we proceed from here.  OB did advise us to go straight to IVF, but we needed some time to get our heads around this as we already have 2 kids and it was a total shock and my DH is taking some convincing about IVF.

I would appreciate any comments at all.

Thanks  original.gif

#70 Guest_Waiting ..._*

Posted 14 May 2012 - 04:00 PM

Hi ladies! Sorry I have been MIA for weeks ... will have to catch-up on this thread!

I unfortunately had STILL been sitting in miscarriage limbo land so did end up having to go for a D&C last week as nothing was showing any signs of happening sad.gif It has been awful but at least all is over and done with now and just waiting for next cycle to start! My first frostie and this time with no meds which worries me a bit. I think I have now become a control-freak!  wink.gif

Anyway just wanted to pop in quickly and say hi - will have a read now and catch up on everyone and meet all the newbies! Hope you have all been well and that I might find some good news lurking in the threads I have missed!?*

#71 Magenta_

Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:20 AM

Hi everyone,

Waiting, I've been having a couple of weeks off since my M/C too.  Fortunately it resolved itself naturally but was really painful for a few days there... I nearly took myself to hospital at 3am one morning despite painkillers and heat packs.  My next proper period turned up 33 days later which is about 5 days behind schedule.  Good luck with your frostie!  xx

As we only have 1 frostie we have decided to do another stim cycle instead of transferring straight away (we'd like some backups in case it works - I'm not getting younger!).  However we're off to the States for a few weeks in July so will wait till we get back to start again.  Don't much like the thought of something going wrong either on the long flights or in the States... it's hard enough when things go wrong at home!

So will be popping in to see how everyone's going and will keep everything crossed for you all (good vibes have GOT to help!  wink.gif ).  I'll probably be starting again very late July / early August so will subject you all to the crazies then!  

Good luck to all!
Magenta xx

#72 mytimenow

Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:54 AM

Wannapinky - Sorry to hear about the low AMH, mine is also very low and it was an incredible shock to me as well, so I can totally understand how you and your DH are feeling. We had our news in March and it totally floored me. Since then though I have focused on being positive and doing what I can to assist the process by being healthy.

I am seeing a FS, mainly due to my low AMH and my age (therefore the odds are against me), given how long they take to get in to see, I would highly recommend making an appointment. You have nothing to lose by seeing a FS and at least you can sit there and discuss in detail your options and whether the IVF route is right for you.

I am on my second cycle of Chlomid and whilst the majority of the side affects haven't been too bad (I take mine at night - a tip I got from ladies on here) my moods have been haywire and I am very teary (not great at work, I have been doing the mad dash to the bathroom!)

We are off to the FS this afternoon to discuss IVF (I have been on ovulation induction for two cycles) - this forum has been great, I am armed with a zillion questions...the poor guy won't know what has hit him!

Best of luck to you.

Waiting and Magenta - so sorry to hear about the MC, but glad you are both starting to feel better. I look forward to hearing your journey, we will be off down the IVF road shortly, we see the FS this afternoon and have no idea how long the wait will be now we have decided this is the path.  Lots of luck to you.

****************************
Me 39, DH 39
LOR – AMH – less than .1
TTC since February 2012

April 2012 – Ovulation Induction Cycle – Chlomid 50mg – BFN

May2012 – Ovulation Induction Cycle – Chlomid 50mg - ??

Edited by mytimenow, 15 May 2012 - 10:58 AM.


#73 rktprod

Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:22 AM

Hi All,

Just registered today and went searching for information relating to "Low Ovarian Reserve" obviously not for fun!  I hope that you won't mind me reading your entries nor participating as I feel that I am in the same boat and are searching for information and of course good news.

Also just coming to grips with all the acronyms - so I hope you will forgive the beginner mistakes.


So may your day bring forth good quality robust egg/s!!!!!!

#74 Madalem

Posted 17 May 2012 - 09:04 AM

Hi ladies.... waves.gif

Has been a while since I reported in - trying to stay sane while I was waiting for the PGD!  But we have finally got there.....YAY!  I'm triggering tonight, and EPU will be on Saturday, and then everything crossed for some healthy embies with a single transfer on Thurs 24th. hands.gif

FS says he is expecting between 6-9 eggs, which I guess I have to be happy with considering my LOR.....I would have liked a few more considering the PGD.....but we have to deal with what we have.

Am petrified that we wont get any 'normal' ones....but just trying to stay calm..... ffear.gif

Hope everyone is well......

#75 mytimenow

Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:30 AM

Hi RKTPROD - I am also fairly new but welcome on board. You will find this a great place to read about other people's journey, but also to know that you are not alone and to ask questions. If the news that you have a low AMH and LOR is new, hang in there, it is a huge shock to everyone and takes some time to work through.  I just had a good cry when I needed too, there are some days that I am still in shock (despite my age and all the stats).

Madalem - good luck with the trigger, I have my fingers crossed for you to have loads of super health eggs.  Hope it all goes well.

We saw the FS this week and have started the IVF journey but will continue Ovulation Induction until then.  They are saying it will take about 2 months to get things 'sorted' to start IVF proper.

Had my day 12 ultrasound today and have a 19mm follie, it is just resassuring to know that I am ovulating so lots of BD for me. Hopefully we won't need that IVF after all.

Good luck everyone.

Me 39, DH 39
LOR – AMH – less than .1
TTC since February 2012

April 2012 – Ovulation Induction Cycle – Chlomid 50mg – BFN

May2012 – Ovulation Induction Cycle – Chlomid 50mg - ??






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There?s an irresistible magic about newborns. Of course they're not all smiles and rainbows, but they are undeniably cute and remarkable in so, so many ways.

Kid-friendly hairdressers: who says haircuts can?t be fun?

I?ve found some salons who boast setups ideal for children ? you name it, they?ve thought of it. All are designed to make haircuts fun rather than stressful.

Labour pain relief may reduce risk of postnatal depression: study

Postnatal depression is a complex condition, but researchers say pain relief during labour may help some women.

Why we need better support for men after miscarriage

In a recent study, 85 per cent of men admitted feeling sadness after their partner miscarried, but almost half said they didn't share their feelings at all. What can be done to help them?

Mum in business: Kristy Chong

Kristy Chong is the managing director of Australian-made Modibodi underwear and a mum to Lucas, 6, Jason, 4, and Isaac, 6 months. She shares her advice for other mums thinking about starting their own businesses.

From toddler to preschooler: a developmental roadmap

So your toddler is growing up and will soon be entering the preschooler years. Here are a few ways to frame their development that will help you understand what?s going in those beautiful, funny, clever little heads of theirs.

Mum sacrifices an eye for her unborn baby

Motherhood is full of sacrifices, but this woman has made a life-altering one - and her baby hasn't even been born.

A grandparent by any other name

A growing number of grandparents are shunning tradition and going against conventional names - but a grandparent by any other name still gives the same awesome cuddles and kisses.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

When labour just doesn't happen

After three healthy kids, I can?t help feeling I?ve been a little ripped off. I missed out on something I had always wanted to experience, and now I?ll never get the chance.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Share the little things that make you smile

We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
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Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Win $1000 with Sea-Band

Three lucky fans can win a Sea-Band prize pack valued at over $1000 each, which includes two Sea-Bands plus a $1000 Eftpos gift card!

The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

Five mums or mums-to-be will join the EB Test Drive Team and discover great items at an exclusive Big W event. (Sydney only.)

The Nappy Collective starts new drive

It's that time of year when the dedicated volunteers at The Nappy Collective do their bit to help out mums and children in need - and they need your help.

Baby shower cake wrecks

From misshapen cake babies to questionable text, from odd colour choices to internal organ recreation, these are the baby shower cakes that taste forgot.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

Pregnancy progression photo ideas

Want to record your pregnancy as your belly grows? Here are some creative, fun ideas for photo shoots along the way.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Tin can craft and DIY ideas

Got a few old formula, Milo or coffee cans around the house? Use these fantastic upcycling ideas to create items for around the house and yard.

Dads meet their newborn for the first time

Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

Skin safety isn't just a summer worry

Lax about the slip slop slap with your kids as weather turns cooler? Here's a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant for our children?s future health.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

Creative sleeping baby photoshoots

See how some parents and photographers have captured sleeping babies in unusual positions and using different props.

DIY kitchen and food hacks

DIY your way to a better kitchen and make cooking easier with our clever hacks. (Some content reproduced with permission from mashable.com.)

Winter warmers for babies and toddlers

Your baby or toddler will be nice and snug in these beautiful and fun winter pieces. Most are hand-made or knitted, and they're all designed to keep your little one toastie - and adorable!

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
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