Ovulation Prediction

Magic Day 14

June 30th, 2010
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From the time we are in the fourth grade we are told about the monthly cycle that as women we get to know and love. We are told that every 30 days, give or take, we will start our period and become bloated cranky she-beasts. I remember my teacher explaining to me that for the [...]

The Problem With Ovulation Testing

May 5th, 2009
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Throughout the course of my infertility struggles I felt as though I was constantly peeing on sticks! Whether a test for ovulation or a home pregnancy test, it seems that at every time of the month there was some reason that I would need to hold a little plastic stick in my urine stream and [...]

Clomid Side Effects

April 15th, 2009
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I have mentioned in previous posts that the very first fertility treatment I tried was clomiphine citrate, more commonly called Clomid or Serophene. I was initially prescribed Clomid after my diagnosis of PCOS. Prior to starting the Clomid medication I had tracked my cycles and realized that I do not reliably ovulate each month – [...]

Infertility Competition

March 30th, 2009
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It seems to me that a certain phenomena exists among those struggling with fertility that involves a “competition” of sorts among those having trouble conceiving. Those who are “just” trying clomid or similar medications to induce ovulation don’t know true suffering. If you are successful with IUI or injectibles you haven’t really had to endure [...]

Scheduled Sex

March 25th, 2009
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Let’s talk about S-E-X. When my husband and I first started trying to conceive we didn’t give too much thought to timing and planning and the intricacies of human reproduction. When our “efforts” were not successful I began to really study my cycle and learn about peak days of fertility. At this point my husband [...]

To Tell or not to Tell

March 12th, 2009
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To tell or not to tell, that is often the question when it comes to infertility struggles and treatment. When my husband and I first decided to try to have a child we adopted an “if it happens then great” attitude and didn’t really think much about it beyond a general agreement that we thought [...]

Really, Does That Work?

March 6th, 2009
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There are quite a few tactics and techniques swirling around out there in the “world” of infertility that are supposed to help you conceive. I’ll admit that at first I was reluctant to try most of them, but after a couple of years I was game for pretty much any suggestion. I must say that [...]

Whoa, Too Much Information!

February 24th, 2009
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While talking to a friend today I missed her obvious cues of discomfort and blindly just kept on blabbing away about the subject at hand. We were discussing her suspicion that she is facing infertility issues. She and her husband decided to start a family about a year ago and have had no success. She [...]

Fertility Treatments by the Week: Week Two

September 27th, 2007
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Week Two was always a busy week for me during fertility treatments. By week two, I would have already completed a round of Clomid, and I would be suffering from the side effects. The migraines would blessedly have ended, but they would be replaced by hot flashes. (See Taking Clomid While Dining at a French [...]

Follicle Tracking

July 16th, 2007
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After a 3-month hiatus from intrauterine inseminations (IUIs), my husband was fully recovered from his surgery and had a new “crop” of sperm to work with. So, we started infertility treatments again. By this time, we were approaching the two-year mark of trying to conceive. While I was frustrated that the process was taking so [...]