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 Heather on March 22, 2012 at 12:29pm

Hello Ladies! I just finished my last pill on my first round of clomid yesterday. Fingers and toes crossed! Sending positive vibes to all of you trying as well!

Comment by Lori on March 8, 2012 at 3:53pm

My turn to send out some good vibes! I hope you're all doing well and hanging in with whatever you have going on lately.
Jasmine - did the cramps, etc amount to anything in the way of good news? :)
Anna - I am also sorry to hear about your latest Clomid cycle. If you do choose to pursue adoption, I wish you the best. We have talked about it many times ourselves, we just haven't pulled that particular trigger yet, so to speak.
Rachel - *hug*... just because. :)

And more hugs to all!

Comment by Rachel on March 1, 2012 at 2:44pm

Hey ladies
just wanted you all to know that I am thinking about you today (although NOT in a creepy way!). Just sending out the good vibes to everyone who can use them as I am quickly learning that sometimes this road gets very, very frustrating, tiring, disappointing, and frightening!
Hugs and thoughts to all!

Comment by Jasmine10 on February 24, 2012 at 2:02pm


I am soo sorry to hear of your news, I wish you all the best with looking into adoption.

So a question for people who have been pregnant or thought they were. I had an ultrasound last thursday and was told that I had a 2cm follicle ready to drop. So the tech told me all the right ways to have I went home and worked all weekend ;) (TMI). Anyway now I am 7dpo and I have been having cramps, a bit of a sore boob, bot much. I am been having some nausea on and off but it only last for a few minutes at a time. And now Ia m getting a small bleeding nose when I blow my nose. I never ever get nose bleeds! I have read that it can be sometimes a sign of pregnancy. Now having said all this I am a total headcase because I know I did the rights things this month. However we still have a strong male infertility factor and we have a failed IUI, IVF, and a FET. Any thoughts ladies, thanks for your support and help.

Comment by mhynes on February 24, 2012 at 9:57am


I am sending prayers. They can sometimes check to see if clomid induced ovualtion by checking progesterone 7 days post what was believed to be ovulation. Would that be less expensive? Hoping your PCP can possibly give you a higher dose.

Comment by Anna on February 24, 2012 at 8:52am

Well, I'm once again not pregnant. That's round #4 of failed Clomid. I called to see if they would call me in a higher dosage, but they wouldn't without a baseline sonogram, which would be another $280 OOP, that I just can't do right now. If you pray, I'm asking for prayers right now. I can't handle/deal with this anymore. I'm starting to look into adoption because I think it will end up costing less money, and take less time, and if I can't get pregnant, then I would love to give a loving home to a child who needs it.

Comment by Rachel on February 23, 2012 at 10:38am

hey ladies! just wanted to say as always, thanks for putting up with my rants. It means more to me to know that the people on the other end know how much of a particular p.i.t.a. that infertility is by itself, let alone adding in diabetes.
Just wanted to let you all know of a blog I came across today, dealing strictly with infertility (didn't see any indication that she was also 'd'). It made me laugh and yet again know that I am not alone. It is:
Hope that this lovely woman brings a smile to someone else who may need one.
Thanks again for being there!
Hugs and best wishes to all for a satisfying day!

Comment by Jasmine10 on February 21, 2012 at 5:11am

Hey Ladies,

Thanks so for the great information. I am have been taking my metaformin faithfully and checking my sugars. I notice that they are always higher in the morning. I take my pills (1000mg) in the morning and than before dinner. My blood sugar when I wake up is usually between 6.5 and 7. I know that might not be high but my thinking is...that is with 2000mg of meds a day.
Anyway I went for an ultrasound on Thursday and by my surprize the tech said I had a 2cm follicle ready to drop. I don't know what I did do get such a blessing but I hope it continues. All weekend my husband and I were making our! So now alreayd I am becoming a crazy lady and trhinking every feeling is something.
Now my husband also has a very low sperm count so I don't want to get to excited but....
Does anyone know how long it takes to start feeling things. Hope you all had a great weekend and I look forward from hearig from you.


Comment by mhynes on February 19, 2012 at 7:54pm


Different doctors have different opinions on Metformin in pregnancy. Many will leave you on the metformin during the first trimester, but then want you off it. Metformin has been shown to reduce the risk of miscarriage in PCOS patients. But it is known to cross the placenta so some doctors want you off it after the risk of miscarriage drops.

My OB deferred to my endo who wanted me to stay on it. And the peri agreed that the benefit of better blood sugars were more important than the fact it crossed the placenta as they have not shown any actual harm.

Hope the info help.

Comment by Lori on February 15, 2012 at 1:50pm


Welcome to the group. I hope we will be able to provide you with some answers and insight.
One thing I've learned over the years as a person with diabetes who deals with a LOT of different doctors for various reasons is that every doctor seems to have a different focus and attitude toward diabetes. I have dealt with doctors who are respectful of the capabilities and decisions made by my diabetes team, and I have also dealt with doctors who seem to think they know more about diabetes than my team and try to offer suggestions which really is of no relevance at all.
With this is mind, it is difficult to predict how your appointment in May will go. However I can speak from my own experience with the fertility team I am dealing with (which, by the way, is at Mount Sinai in Toronto). Thankfully they are of the mindset that diabetes is handled by my diabetes team and the ferility people don't do much in the way of butting in. At my first appointment at the fertility clinic, they did ask general questions about my average blood sugars and if I knew my A1C number. If you are not familiar with this term yet, A1C is an average of your blood glucose over 3 months - the standard for a woman trying to get pregnant with most docs is that it should be under 7.0%, however some doctors may even push for it to be under 6.0% (which of course is even better). The fertility clinic did a bunch of bloodwork which included an A1C test (I guess to confirm that I wasn't fibbing about my number lol), and they also checked my thyroid level (which tends to go hand-in-hand for many diabetics). Otherwise, not much time was spent on the fact that I am diabetic. There was actually more concern about my blood pressure, but that's another story.
I see from your profile that you are on Metformin in relation to your PCOS diagnosis. Unfortunately I am not familiar with that, but mhynes has some experience so she may be able to speak about that.
So I guess my only real advice is to not worry about your appointment in May too much. Before that, just do the best you can to manage your diabetes, and as long as you are managing it well, it likely will not be too focused on. If for some reason it is, then all you can do is work with them to meet whatever goals they expect from you. And of course, we will be here to help you if that is the case. :)



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