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Hello Ladies

I've been lurking and reading for some time now but have finally plucked up the courage to post.
In a way I feel sad as it seems to make it finally seem like this is really happening to me.  Think I've been burying my head in the sand up to now.  On the other hand I feel like it will be good to share my experiences with others who have been there or are there.  We decided not to tell any friends or family about ttc or tests/treatment at this stage.

I'm 34 and ttc for a year.  Had bloods and HSG and boyfriend has had semen analysis.  My periods have always been very irregular - 28 - 100+ day cycles which meant it was no surprise to be told that they don't think I am ovulating.  Bit more of a surprise to hear that boyfriends sperm are "a bit sluggish"!  Thankfully he's very laid back and took this much better than I had expected.  He's taking my pleas that he cut out alcohol less favourably!  We've reached a compromise that he can still have a drink but he cut down and start taking vitamin supplements (zinc, A, C, E and selenium) in preparation for a second SA in May.
I've been incredibly fortunate in having a great GP who refered me super fast to fertility clinic and a fab nurse specialist who is really approachable and understanding.  I'm starting on clomid in May - I am due to start norethisterone end of April to induce a period and then go from there.  My nurse plans to scan 3 times a week from CD10.
Bit less fortunate in having abnormal smear result in midst of all the fertility tests necessitating referral to colposcopy who have since had an insufficient sample result so i have to go through that again in June.  I had elected to not have a smear test but was initially told I could not be referred for fertility tests without an up to date smear - has anyone else had this experience?
Anyway far too much poking and prodding all in all but I feel really positive about starting clomid which is what i wanted all along really - it's just taken a long 12 months to get here!  In some ways I only really feel like we are just starting ttc as I knew it was pointless before.

So that's me!  A lot longer than i had planned to write - apologies.  Not too good with the abbreviations yet but I'm learning fast.

Look forward to getting to know you all better

A
 

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Hello s_me, welcome to Fertility Friends. :)

Yes, it is fairly normal for your clinic to want an up to date smear test before startign treatment and, in fact, qiote a sensible thing to do because the hormones produced during tretament or pregnancy might exacerbate a problem if there is one there. Hopefully you will get the all clear after your tests in June and your partner's latest SA will be better with the new helahty regime (don't underestimate the power of a bit of healthy living on sperm / egg quality ; ) )

It's great that you have a fab GP and fertility nurse looking out for you and that you have a greta positive mental attitude towards treatment. :)

Here's a few links for you to start you off on FF. Please do dive right on in and start posting where you feel comfortable:

What Every New Member Needs To Know (includes a list of common abbreviations) ~ CLICK HERE

Clomid ~ CLICK HERE

And don't forget to have a bit of fun while you are on FF and check out the general chit chat / jokes / hobbies area:

Girl & Boy talk - Community & Fun Board ~ CLICK HERE

You can also chat live in our excellent chat room. We have a newbie night in the chat room every week (Wednesday at 8pm), where you can meet other new members and get technical support with navigating the site and using all the functions available here. CLICK HERE FOR INFO ON NEWBIE CHAT

You can also "meet" and chat with people in your local area through the Location boards. This is especially useful to find people who may be using the same clinic and or in the same PCT area.

Wishing you lots of luck! ^reiki^

C~x
 

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Hi s_me - welcome to the site!  :)  I'm afraid I can't be much help as my DH and I are doing full-on IVF so I don't much about clomid or things like CD10s (??) but just want to wish you the best of luck with everything and really hope you get there.

I'm sure there'll be someone along soon who's had a very similar experience to you  ;).

Take care and lots of love and positive vibes  ^reiki^ ^reiki^ ^reiki^ - Katherine xx
 

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Best of luck to you both, it`s a long journey, it has many ups and downs, and we`re still on it. I hope we all find what we are looking for.
 

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Hi s_me and welcome to the site :)

You have come to a fantastic site full of advice and support.

Sorry to hear of your troubles with trying for a baby but its great that your boyfriend has been good about his results as some men take it quite hard. I wish you loads of luck on the clomid and that it regulates your periods.

Kate xx
 
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