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Dealing with Infertility


Dealing with Infertility

A group for diabetics who are dealing with infertility and exploring reproductive assistance options (IUI, IVF, etc).

Members: 37
Latest Activity: Mar 16

Diabetes Forum

Hello and looking for support

Started by Stephanie. Last reply by Sharon (Sneetch by the Beach) Mar 16. 3 Replies

My husband and I decided to try and get pregnant. My endo was not supportive. I am at 7.2 A1C. She wanted me down to 6.5 or lower. We decided to try anyway when my other doctors thought I was fine.…Continue

IVF and Side Effects

Started by Jackie Sep 30, 2012. 0 Replies

Hi Everyone, (I am posting this here and in the "Oh Baby" forum so please forgive me for the double posting!)I am hoping for some feedback from anyone who has gone through IVF. My husband and I are…Continue

IVF drug protocols? How do they affect blood sugars?

Started by Kaitake. Last reply by Kaitake Aug 19, 2012. 2 Replies

Hi everyone,I'm in NZ and my husband and I have finally qualified for public funding so we will be doing sperm retrieval in about 6 months, and IVF/ICSI in about 18 months time. Hooray to finally…Continue

Tags: New, NZ, Zealand, blood, affect


Started by Jackie Jun 17, 2012. 0 Replies

Hi Everyone, I am new to the group and hoping for a bit of info. My husband and I have been trying for years to get pregnant. I finally got pregnant last year but had a miscarriage at 9 weeks. Once…Continue

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Comment by Jasmine10 on February 15, 2012 at 5:24am

Hi Ladies,

I am new to the diabetic scene and was wondering how it affects infertility. I already have PCOS and am struggling with female and nale infertility. We have tried IUI, IVF and FET. We have just recently changed specialists and will be seeing the new one in May. I would like to be fully prepapred and have an understanding of what diabetes will do to the ifertility struggles. Can you please share some of your info with me and maybe some experiences. Thanks so much, it's nice to talk to women with the same challenages.


Comment by mhynes on February 13, 2012 at 2:53pm


I am so sorry to hear about the expense and difficulty with the doctors. I was fortunate in that my regular GYN prescribed my clomid. She said if it did not work after a few cycles she would refer me out to a fertility specialist. I actually got pregnant the first try with the clomid this past march (after years of trying without clomid and no success) but we had a miscarriage. We were heartbroken.

We had to wait to try again until my cycle returned to normal. They lowered the dose the second cycle since they started me on the max dose. That cycle was unsuccessful. In the meantime my endo added metformin since I had so many PCOS symptoms despite being a type 1. The third cycle back at max dose was unsuccessful, but my 4th cycle in Sept was actually successful and I am now 22 weeks pregnant. If that cycle did not work we were going to be heading to a fertility specialist.

I know my story is not as trying as some here, but I do know the frustration of watching friends get pregnant while I continued to try and fail. It definitely helped to be able to talk to those in similar situations.

I hope your regular doctor can help with the clomid and be less expensive. Sigh.

On a side note, my diabetes is well controlled but the endo actually prescribed the metformin for my PCOS. My guess is if you have cyst you may have PCOS but again that is a question for your doctor/GYN. It is certainly a question worth asking.

Please know I wish you the best of luck.

Comment by Anna on February 13, 2012 at 2:18pm

mhynes; I was being charged $250 every time I went to the fertility doctor b/c insurance wasn't paying for any of it. We had some things happen w/my house that needed our money first and foremost, so after I was prescribed the Clomid, I never went back. He also didn't want to put me on metformin b/c I'm very well controlled and he didn't diagnose me w/PCOS.
Lori; thank you so much. I've been talking recently with other people who have been having troubles getting pregnant and it's helped to talk to other people who can relate. My sister has 2 kids, but has also had 2 miscarriages, so she can relate some. When she finally had her first, she never thought she would have another one, so my 2nd nephew (who is 7months) is very special to us.
My PCP said over a year ago that she would be more than happy to do what she could with helping us get pregnant, so I don't see why she wouldn't pick up where the other doctor left off.

Comment by Lori on February 12, 2012 at 12:33pm

I am sorry for the circumstances leading you to join this group, but I do want to welcome you. :) I am continually amazed at the mutual support and understanding of the members here and hope that you have the same experience.
I can very much relate to your frustration - we have been trying for over 3 years and, like you, have watched friends have more than one baby in that time. I find that I often don't know what to say to them anymore, and unfortunately in many cases have distanced myself.
Anyway, I hope that you are able to get sorted out with increasing the Clomid dose and will keep my fingers crossed that a higher dose works for you.
Take care, and positive vibes to you. :)

Comment by mhynes on February 12, 2012 at 8:13am


Hang in there.

am surprised they did not raise the dose of Clomid to 100 mg after a few failed rounds at 50. Were they checking progesterone to see if you were ovulating at 50 mg?

Another thought is also metformin is commonly prescribed for PCOS. Good Luck and we will be praying for you.

Comment by Anna on February 11, 2012 at 7:43pm

I've been avoiding joining this group b/c I don't like to think too hard about not being able to get pregnant. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovaries back in September. I don't present normal PCOS symptoms, so he didn't want to give me that diagnosis, but there were cysts on my ovaries. I was put on Clomid 50mg and after 4 rounds of that, still nothing. I thought my insurance was going to help out with paying for the fertility specialist, but they didn't, so I can't afford to go back. I'm hoping that I can just call them and they'll call me in a high dose of Clomid. If not, I may see if my PCP will prescribe it for me instead.
I'm just getting very frustrated. 2 1/2 years of trying, and still no baby. I know people that have had 2 babies in the time that I've been trying to have 1 baby.
Sorry if this is long. Just wanted to introduce myself.

Comment by Lori on February 3, 2012 at 12:53pm

Lou - gah, I'm sorry the 2ww didn't end on a positive note. :( I think we can all understand needing a break. I'll continue to wish for a miracle for you. :)
mhynes - glad to hear all is going well! :)
Rachel - We've arrived at the same conclusion re: cost of IVF vs. taking a trip, so instead of a week-long vacation somewhere, we are just going to visit Niagara Falls for a couple of days (thanks to some good deals on :) Have fun in your cocoon lol, and keep us updated on your appt with ss. ;)

Comment by Lou on February 2, 2012 at 1:51am

Hey, hope you're back on your feet soon Lori, everyone sounds like they're gearing up for April, I think that's when we'll be back in to see the Dr's unless a miracle happens before then... the 2ww was a bust :/ never progressed, sorry i've been quiet, I just kinda needed a break, limbo is so dang depressing. I'm about to go and take it out on the garden! much love all x x x

Comment by mhynes on February 1, 2012 at 6:23pm

Rachel and Lori

Things are going well here. I posted a 20 week update on my discussion.

Comment by Rachel on February 1, 2012 at 6:30am

Lori-glad to hear that you are healing! I certainly will hope along with you that you have some relief from the IVF bills. We are likely going to be on the same timeline re: IVF if my tests come back ok. Will be demanding an MRI when I see ss on the 10th (on the advice of my GP), and until then have my bits firmly crossed that all is either normal or correctable (again). We also considered taking some time away, but then the reality of the whopping IVF bill hit home again, and we settled for a week cocooned in the house :0)
No one could blame you for taking it easy, so please do! Healing is faster and easier IMHO when it is the only thing on your plate. Don't worry about the housework, but if you do start talking to the dust bunnies, just don't tell anyone! LOL
Continue to blaze a path to 'healthy'!


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