20 Oct

Good news!  We had our genetic counseling today and they confirmed what I was hoping to here.  We are NOT carriers of balanced chromosomal translocation!  Our fetal tissues had a translocation as well as some extra chromosomal material, but it is believed to be a random occurrence.    The results of our individual genetic tests that looked at all 23 of our chromosomes individually (from the test we thankfully already took back in February) show that we are both normal.   The good news here is that we can continue to try naturally and there is no hurry to try the painful and expensive approach of IVF plus PGD as we were considering.  The next steps are trying to get pregnant again naturally and relying on prenatal genetic testing (2 tests- amniocentesis and CVS)

The only bad news is that we continue to have unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss with no new steps to change the outcome for the next round.  The only changes I am making right now is trying weekly acupuncture trying to improve my overall health through diet and exercise.  I’ve been twice so far and I actually do feel something happening to my body while the needles are there.  The specialist I see also wants me to take chinese herbs, but) my RE doesn’t want me to take any herbs at the same time because she is concerned about the affects of the combination with the fertility drugs (Femara and Progesterone).

For helping with the emotional side my RE approved my request for anti-depressants.  I will see my primary care physician tomorrow to ask her for the actual prescription.  Of course I also have my blog community (thank you readers!), message boards, face-to-face support groups (via Resolve and at Stanford), individual counseling as well as (and a loving husband) for emotional support.  Next week there is even a seminar on the topic just up the road at Stanford.   It will be good to hear opinions from other medical experts on the subject.

In case you are interested, here is a nice link to information on recurrent pregnancy loss.

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3 Responses to “”

  1. Nelly October 21, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    YAY! That’s fantastic news! Having fun trying naturally 🙂 Is your Dr. ok with TTC and taking antidepressents. Mine wasn’t too keen on the idea.

  2. starfishkittydreams October 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    My RE seem is ok, and almost recommended it. My primary care physician who gave me the prescription (for Prozac) wanted me to weigh the pros and cons carefully. It’s a tough decision as I don’t know if it will help/hurt me and any future offspring.

  3. allie November 18, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    I totally agree!! After suffering 4 m/c myself, I don’t even get on FB anymore as all I see are college or high school friends or acquaintances who are all pg or have several children. I feel worse after that, so I just avoid it all together and look for RPL blogs instead! There is strength in numbers 🙂

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