Hello everyone...thought I'd throw in a success story. I haven't been following this thread since I was actively involved in it in 09/10, but I'm sure I was rather detailed back then as to our issues...but to the best that I can recall the details:
My DH and I tried for 3.5 years roughly. I have a pituitary microadenoma which can throw off your hormone levels and at 38/39 years old (then) my cycles were irregular.
We did our first IUI using Gonal F and Femara, then the 2nd IUI --same thing (the following month). That time I thought I had implantation bleeding--very dark and heavy. Then a couple days later my AF started...RE wasn't sure when to tell me to "start" the gonal F, so they told me to "sit it out". Being told previously by RE's that I had less than 6 mos to conceive (based on previously lessening egg reserve levels) there was no "sitting it out" in my book. The month of my 2nd IUI, I decided to return to my acupuncturist to start destressing. I was going 2x weekly, so when the RE told me to sit it out, I asked the homeopathic dr/acupuncturist group what herbs they could recommend. That month they gave me a little bottle of some small round black pills (wish I could remember the name of them--something like Xa Xai Xioux or something like that)--it cost all of $20, and they agreed to do acupuncutre 30 min prior to my next IUI (which remember, this month I didn't use any gonal F/Femara)...So, I did 2 back-to-back IUI's (despite my arguing with the RE to do it that way..they told me they never did it that way and I told them, "does that prevent you from doing it this way now?" Nope...So, we went forward. I kept both acupuncture appts, rested before and after the IUI for rest of weekend (which I hadn't done before) and was also taking progesterone and aspirin (family had blood clotting issues). Not sure how related that is, but regardless, that was my protocal. I did not have implantation bleeding the next month, but 8 days after IUI #3, the homeopathic dr. told me I had "slippery pulse" which is consistent of BFP...I did test and it was BFN. I set up test at end of 2WW at RE office and confirmed BFN. At 14 days the HCG was 214 I think...a couple days later it went to 1000ish. Also, I might mention that my hormones were so high and due to my age, i was classified as a 1 in 10 chance for a downs baby...we opted to keep the baby and let what fate may be...and we have a beautiful PERFECT baby girl (who is now 21 months old). She was born exactly 38.5 weeks later by c-section after my water broke naturally, weighing in at 11 lbs 3 oz. (No, no gest. diabetes, either...just think my hormones played tricks on me.)
I hope this in some ways gives you all hope. Don't give up or lose hope or say "okay I'll wait it out" just because the dr. will be inconvenienced. No...do your research (you are, because you're here) and ask for what you want. Baby dust to all!