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Thread: Difficulty TTC
July 3rd, 2012 10:10 PM #1
I am 27 and have been TTC for a year with no luck. My doctor assures me this isn't abnormal and that I shouldn't start screaming "infertility" if I want insurance to continue to pay for my services. I've never had irregular periods and my husband and I have no history of infertility on either side of our families.
The bottom line is, we're both done with school and well into our careers. We are ready to be parents. Our younger siblings have 4 children between them. My best friend has also had a child. I have really enjoyed all the baby-frenzy the last couple years, but I must confess, it is starting to wear on me.
Some days I feel fine, like we still have plenty of time and it will all work out in the end. Other days I feel an awful sense of dread like time is running out and like I'm missing out on a huge part of life. My fears were not helped by my gyno's latest comment that 28 is the new 30 in terms of advanced maternal age, (according to emerging research.)
Has anyone else dealt with this? I'm really not an envious person and am not feeling left out... I'm just feeling a sadness that I don't have a child yet. And it is getting more difficult to join in on the new-baby festivities that are all around me without feeling grief. Also, I've started getting the, "so what's going on? Why don't you have kids yet?" from extended family, which is also difficult.
I guess I'm just looking for some words of wisdom or encouragement. Feeling low at this point. Please comment if you have any insight!Raphael David
~Expecting our little cabbage February 2014~
July 3rd, 2012 10:46 PM #3
Hello Tintri... first, know that you're not alone!!! I'm pregnant now, but we were TTC for 2.5 years and watching all my (younger) friends (& their younger siblings) get pregnant & give birth before me was hard. Like you, I didn't really feel jealous, just sad & wondering why it wasn't happening for us. Like you, we didn't have any history of infertility in the family. We actually had fertility investigation tests done and were told we were fine. Family and friends started giving advice -use this, use that etc. frustrating when it didn't work! The most frustrating advice of all time -given by my mother & one cousin -was to relax. But, one good side "effect" of the whole situation was that I heard many many stories of friends who had been in a similar situation or were going through the same thing (one couple is still TTC). Again, a common theme throughout all the stories was to "relax" -one couple were trying for 5 years (when I heard that I thought: "I don't have 5 years!" -I'm 36) and they finally gave up and decided that it was okay to be childless -and then found out she was pregnant (now they have 4 boys). Another couple were trying for 10 years (they got married quite young and had complications) and gave up. They adopted two boys and then, surprise! she was pregnant. Now they have 3 boys and a baby girl.
For us, we finally had an initial meeting with a fertility doctor, who told me that I had to call him the first day of my next period. After our meeting, there was the crazy frenzy of Christmas at our house, and then a relaxing week & a half with just me and DH... All through January I was waiting for the first day of my period so I could call the Doc. At the end of January I still hadn't called the doctor and was wondering why not. Finally DH suggested a pregnancy test and it was positive!!! So... in the end, relaxation &/or getting my focus away from TTC (and also much, much, much prayer on my part & that of family & friends) was what worked.
Don't be afraid to tell people your story and your frustrations -it will end their questions of "what are you waiting for" -you might get some looks of pity but in my experience, there were many more understanding friends and lots of similar stories. I hope you will find what works for you & be able to relax and enjoy the time with your partner.
July 3rd, 2012 11:13 PM #5Senior Member
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July 4th, 2012 08:04 AM #7
tintri- I am on IVF because I am old and had my tubes tied.LOL! BUT I have met heaps of women as young as 23 who have had various fertility issues and then ended up on IVF. I STRONGLY urge you to seek advice from a fertility specialist. The first step would be to undertake a range of tests (both of you) and then based on that the specialist will advise you.
Worth noting: poor vitamin/mineral levels can drastically impact fertility- eg very low Vitamin D can virtually leave you infertile unless you improve your levels. I recommend a good pre conception vitamin regime (check it includes folate, Vit E, D, C, COQ10, zinc and selenium).
Excess weight can impact fertility- if you need to lose some weight perhaps it's time to make a loss plan?
Other medical issues can also impact- eg thyroid imbalance so it is crucial to rule things like this out.
After a year I would seriously get onto this ASAP- because best news is that there are no concerns BUT if there are underlying issues the sooner you get medical support /intervention the closer you may be to your dream.
I don't mean to distress you or suggest you may have a problem (I really hope you don't), I just know from talking to other women that the sooner you find out where you stand with your fertility the sooner your dream can start.
Best of luck, fingers crossed we will both conceive soon!Current favourite boy names: Cormac Flynn Nathaniel (Nate) Oliver Alexander Henry Liam Hugo Isaac Leo Micah Bennett Nikolai Reid Edward nn Ned Gus Tobias Austin
Current favourite girl names: Phoebe Kiara Skye Matilda Charlotte Eliza Violet Annabelle Ruby Cleo Rose Kate Felicity Grace Seraphine Jade Eloise Belle
July 4th, 2012 08:38 AM #9Senior Member
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I am with emilliaj 100% - seek advice from a fertility specialist. All of that "relax, don't stress, it will happen when you stop trying" advice is only good advice if there is not a medical reason prohibiting conception. It also puts the onus on you - like you have all of the control over whether or not you can get pregnant or if you stopped thinking about it, you'd just get pregnant! I really support and urge women who feel like maybe something isn't right to get checked out - you know your body better than anyone else. If everything is okay, great, if not, you can deal with that but, by holding off on seeking help, it can potentially lead to regrets down the track along the lines of, "Why didn't we ask about this sooner?" Infertility issues can be a quick fix or they can be just the start of a lengthy process - better to know what you are (or, hopefully!) are not dealing with! Good luck!
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