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at my wits end, please help!

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bearsarah Fri 01-Nov-13 20:04:15

My husband and I have been trying for two years now, I'm 32 he's 30
Husband's tests were normal and I have one blocked fallopian tube and slightly low ovarian reserve (although apparently nothing to worry about just yet)

I feel like I've tried everything: acupuncture, naturopath and reflexology

The only thing (apart from the fallopain tube) that I can see is wrong is that I have spotting every month from about 8-10 dpo for about 4-6 days. My doctor at the hospital thinks this is nothing to worry about, although she also says that your period automatically starts 14 days after ovulation so I'm not sure how much I trust her.

I have been on clomid for the last 5 months, I was hoping it would help with the spotting/luteal phase problems, but it has done nothing. I have also noticed I have had less ewcm since being on clomid and so I'm not sure it's doing anything positive at all.

I have another appointment at the hospital in December but I'm starting to lose faith with it all.

Has anyone had similar problems?

ItLooksLikeRainDear Sat 02-Nov-13 03:26:02

DH and I were trying for 3 years before we sought help. After all tests they couldn't say why we were unable to conceive.

Clomid did nothing for us so we were another 6 months down the line and referred to assisted conception. We had 2 lots of failed IUI and a couple of non-starters due to hormone levels. We were then moved onto IVF and were very lucky to have a good egg collection first time round.

We had First DC after our first try at IVF and 2nd DC using a frozen embryo from our first cycle. It was a long road with many difficult/ stressful times but we now have 2 beautiful children & I'd go through it all again to have them.

Don't lose hope there is still plenty that can be done to help you conceive.

AttilaTheMeerkat Sat 02-Nov-13 07:28:42

You have two problems; one blocked tube and lower than ideal ovarian reserve. Clomid will do nothing for either.

Spotting should always be investigated further to ascertain the underlying cause (sometimes it can be due to cervical erosion, another possible one is low progesterone levels).

I would seek a second opinion from another hospital and not go back to this current hospital, also the doc (what sort of doc is this?) you are currently under the care of is giving duff information to you. It is fair to say also that some units are far better than others.

sandiy Sat 02-Nov-13 07:56:34

My approach was throw money at the problem.If you can afford to.Private appointment with consultant at fertility clinic.Get the best advice and go from there.Its also worth looking at clinic statistics and choosing the best so to speak.I will never regret the money I ve spent this was pre free IVF I would rather go without holidays new car etc for chance for a child.I did clomid for 6 months a few Iui attempts and then IVF aged 28 ttc for 6 years in total.I got preg first cycle of IVF but it was not easy.or cheap.

Mrsden Sat 02-Nov-13 08:00:21

I think you need a second opinion on the blocked tube. If it's blocked it might be better to have it removed because it can fill up with a type of toxic fluid that would prevent an embryo from implanting. Have you had a lap. I had spotting and it turned out to be an ovarian cyst that was removed during the lap. I would get this sorted and then insist on moving to Ivf.

Andcake Sat 02-Nov-13 10:42:14

Ok is your spotting a few days before your period starts. I had this and found high doses of b vitamins stopped it. Must admit your dr doesn't sound great. Low ovarian reserve can unbalance hormones (well it did for me) - I used b50 (50mg of all b vits) from holland and Barrett. I believe it helped me conceive and sustain a pregnancy. I had 2 mc previously.
not sure what to advise for blocked tube but give b50 a whirl and it might help pre period spotting!

Naggynoo Sat 02-Nov-13 11:41:49

With regards to the spotting & luteal phase, I used to have an 11 day luteal phase and then randomly began to spot each month from about 7dpo until af. I started taking 50mg b vitamin complex from Holland and Barrett and now have a 13 day lp with no spotting. I take the vitamins every day of the month although no bfp as yet. Hope this helps!

bearsarah Sat 02-Nov-13 12:22:37

Hi, thanks everyone for the replies. I'm on the b vits already so I don't think that has worked for me. How do you go about getting a second opinion? Would it have to be at a different hospital? At the moment, we've only seen the nurse at the hospital, but she just fobs me off every time I mention something I think might be wrong. Getting so frustrated!

Naggynoo Sat 02-Nov-13 13:32:27

can you increase your dose of bvits up to 100 or 150?

Re getting a second opinion, not sure how you go about it. I would maybe ring the gynae department of the hospital and ask how you go about getting a second opinion or maybe speak to your gp?

AttilaTheMeerkat Sat 02-Nov-13 13:47:54

You would need to return to the GP and ask to be re-referred.

If you've only seemingly seen the nurse to date this is not good at all.

bearsarah Sat 02-Nov-13 15:02:49

Thanks guys, will try going back to my GP.

Atilla, the doctor has seen our notes and advised clomid followed by IUI if that didn't work, but we haven't actually seen him yet, all our consultations have been with the nurse

Lolo76 Sun 03-Nov-13 00:31:49

Have you had any blood/immune testing at all? DH and I have been TTC for 3 years now. Like you, we have had failed IUI's, tried Fermera, acupuncture, injections. Nothing seems to be working and it's so frustrating. My problem seems to be implantation issues. Due to the fact I had 3 chemical pregnancies in the past 5 months, my doctor sent me for blood tests to check for clotting etc. my results came back showing I had a protein c defiecincy as well as low anti-throbilin function. Looks like this may be the answers we have been looking for. Best of luck to you. I know how hard it is trying to find answers.

bearsarah Sun 03-Nov-13 13:20:56

No, I haven't had any immune testing lolo76, will try and push for them to do that next. Good luck, I hope you get some good news soon

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