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January 3rd, 2013 11:00 AM #16
So sorry to hear of the APA, but you are very lucky it was diagnosed now, before you lost any children. Usually it's picked up only after 2-3 miscarriages.
Anyway, much more importantly, do you live in Washingon State? If so you should know that the anti-vaccination movement is stronger there than anywhere in the country, such that the rates of complete MMR immunization are in the 70s-- yes, 70s, lower than most developing countries. There have been large, hundreds-to-thousands of cases of many of the preventable childhood diseases, including rubella. If you're not immune I would absolutely get the booster. Yes, you can't get pregnant while the virus is in your system-- because congenital rubella is a TERRIBLE thing. Baby will be deaf with a host of birth defects and neurological problems.XY: Antoine Raphael (3.1.2012)
XX: Cassia Viviane Noor (11.30.2013)
January 3rd, 2013 03:03 PM #18
Hi Alzora & Blade!
Great to hear from you ladies. It feels awesome finally talking about all these things. Frankly, my real life friends get a glossy look in their eyes when I talk to them about it (and half are healthcare professionals like me too). I basically broke up with a best friend (who is an MD) because when I was telling her all about the work up and diagnosis she thought it be a great time to tell me about her latest shmashmortion (numero 2).
I think Preseed is awesome. I finally coughed up the twenty dollars for it last month, and I think it's worth it. People seem to think it INCREASES your fertility more than a woman who uses nothing during baby dance, which is not true. It's just a little more gentle and thinner so it doesn't hinder anything that would naturally occur.
The shots would be Lovenox (low molecular weight heparin, which is a little different than straight heparin) which is what I bet you were on too if you had to inject your stomach (that is the worst part if you ask me).
I know I should really get the MMR booster, but with the autoimmune diseases I take biologic immunosuppressants. I'd have to hold therapy for something like 6 weeks total to get the live vaccine. After about 3 weeks of no meds I'm essentially disabled and can't work (my job requires standing for up to 12 hours) ... I guess I could get short term disability in the meantime, but it seems like such a burden (and I like money). I'm hoping and praying that herd immunity will be strong enough in my great hippy state of WA to protect me.
Sometimes I feel so selfish trying to get a baby with all of my health issues. I feel really guilty about it sometimes, like my DNA isn't good enough and I worry my future offspring will resent me for giving them a crappy lot. No doctor has told me NOT to get pg, and nothing is directly inheritable on a genetic basis (it's not like I have cystic fibrosis with a clear and direct link, autoimmune disease is only a "predisposition" or something vague). They just look at me with that "you have an uphill battle" kind of face. I keep trying to convince myself that since I'm smart and pretty my baby will get something good out of being my progeny, right? BTW, hubby is totally health (he has perfect vision too, gag), and likewise smart and handsome.
Such melodrama I know!
Question: any other drug store methods to increas fertility? BBT testing was just not for me. I also bought Fertility Scope (saliva fertility test) and that was likewise not for me. Anything I'm missing??“And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz
January 3rd, 2013 03:49 PM #20Junior Member
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@alzora, I stopped myself from crying because I was at a friend's party so I just had to momentarily convince myself that it could be implantation spotting. My family always says that the way you start off the new year will characterize the rest of the year so I was worried that I won't get pregnant this year, but I just have to keep reminding myself that I'm not superstitious.
Also, I am just about to order PreSeed to use in this month's cycle. I assume it can't hurt!
@poppy528, Have you tried Mucinex? I was thinking of also starting to use that this month because I am not convinced my cervical mucus is of the most fertile quality.Vivian Ilsa ~ Cassia Sylvie ~ Serena Alice
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January 3rd, 2013 04:54 PM #22
@poppy-- that is what I was trying to say, that herd immunity in WA is *not* at sufficient levels. There, more than literally anywhere else in the country, you should be wary-- especially if you live in the Seattle environs. Lowest vaccination rate in the developed world is Vashon Island, which is hardly surprising.
It's a tough balancing act, I agree. The number of actual reported cases of rubella as published by the CDC is vanishingly low. I suppose, if you had to play the odds, the chance of a disabling flare once your biologics are withdrawn is much greater than the chance of being exposed to an active case of rubella.
Charting your basal body temperature and all that is of limited utility. All it will really do--assuming you do it 100% correctly-- is help you time intercourse properly. If you're having regular, frequent intercourse, it doesn't add much value. Quite a lot of inconvenience and work for basically nothing. If you have any ovulation disorders, mechanical obstruction, endometriosis, PCOS, what have you... nada. It's very passive and completely non-interventional.XY: Antoine Raphael (3.1.2012)
XX: Cassia Viviane Noor (11.30.2013)
January 3rd, 2013 05:03 PM #24
I have heard of ladies using Mucinex (guaifenesin) although I haven't done so. It's category C in the US which makes me wary (it is category A for you Aussies though). I might try it next month.“And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz