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Hello All
My name is Jennifer. My husband and  are planning to start trying with a donor next May. I was wanting to try home insemination. I am wondering from those who have done this, can you do it yourself or do you need help? is there anything yu think i should know or think about? 4 years ago we tried four times in the docs office. I found it to be more stressfull then anything. When that didn't work we tried to adpot and had a 2 day old baby boy placed with us for three months then the county decided to place him with another family. My husband and i were so hurt that we stopped trying anything so we could heal. Also any information your willing to share would be great. thank you

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officially introducing myself.

i am a smbc, doing my first ever insem while on vacation! because i guess making this as complicated as possible was the goal. smile

i'm excited, anxious, and absolutely mystified. add me to the ranks. baby dust for all.

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Hi,
I'm usca. I'm single, 36 years old. I've always wanted to have kids, maybe 4 or more. Unfortunately, my ex-boyfried does not want any kids, and eventually we broke up.  Since then, I remain single. Now I'm thinking, why not doing something instead of merely sitting here doing nothing... That's the reason I join this forum, try to find some information about how to get pregnant through a sperm bank.

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Hi, I am Kelli from Kansas.  My  husband and I haven't been married but for 3 months, but have been together for 3 years.  We both are ready to start our family but he can't produce sperm enough to pg me.  We have thought long and hard about trying with donor sperm and we have decided to give it a try!  I am a Real Estate Agent and Photographer and he is a draftsman.  He already has one girl that is 14, and she is ready to be a big sister!  We also have a siamese blue cat that isn't so ready to be a big brother, lol.  I am excited to get into these forums and start meeting people and reading about other people's stories.

Good luck to everyone TTC!

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Hey ladies, I am alicia... I have been on this board since late 04. My old username for some of the longtime users was Alifred.  My previous partner and I seperated nearly two years ago, that of which we were ttc together, quite honestly ttc had alot to do with our seperation.  We tried AI multiple times with frozen adn known donor sperm all of which ended in failed attemps.  I had an HCG 2 years ago, which both tubes were blocked.  We tried the month after HCG, never received postive test, AF was late by almost two weeks and I am very scheduled person.  Once AF started experienced heavy clotting was checked by OB but they did not see anything unusual, I did not have another cycle for over two months.  At that time we quit TTC and seperated... I do have a 6 1/2 year old beautiful son that was conceived via known donor insemination(success on first try)... He is amazing and is truly my reason for living.  I do have a new partner we have been together for almost two years... We are looking to ttc some time in the future, she as well has an 8 year old daughter that I love to death.  We are looking to TTC in a couple of years or so.. I really want to enjoy the kids we have now.  I do however yearn daily for another little miracle.  Just as soon as I think I am content with not having anymore, I read a fantastic story on here, that makes me just want to try one more time.  We  live  in louisiana, cant say I hate it hear like most people... I actually do love where I live, even though the heat and humidity is awful I love our culture.   So for now, I am still a lurker checking up on old buddies from time to time....Hopefully I will be back in the game of being a nuerotic TWW'er and POAS aholic!!!!!! Good luck to everyone:):)

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Hello All,

I turned 40 in February and I'm hoping that I didn't wait too long.  I live in Utah in the Salt Lake City area and am single.  I started looking into this about 10 years ago, but I just wasn't ready at that time.  I had some foolish notion that maybe I could still meet someone and do this the "right" way roll.  I have 4 brothers and sisters who all have kids and several years ago my very religious mom starting telling me, "You know, you don't have to be married to have kids." lol  I may be single, but I'm most definitely not alone.

I just want to say that the women on this board are the best.  I've learned so much since I started lurking here months ago.  I feel I can count on you all for advice and encouragement as we all go through this exciting process.

I wish everyone the best of luck!

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Hello to All,

I am 29 {almost 30 in August} hope we didn't wait to long. DH 38 had a sperm count done about a year ago and our drs said there was no hope of concieving on our own. So we decided to try AI, i just ordered my first time today and am feeling positive about getting the ball rolling.

Good luck to all TTC!!

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Hello everyone,
I am Tamarra and my partner of 4 years is Renee. I have always wanted to be a mother. My partner has been a little more reluctant, but we are finally both on the same page. We are just beginning our journey this month. I have monitored my ovulation using CMEFM for the past two months, which showed ovulation on the 12 day. I ordered the sperm this month, but did not ovlate and today is day 15. I am hoping for a late o tomorrow, otherwise I will have to ship it back and try again next cycle.

Good luck to everyone

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Hello! We are "futuremoms" from WA. I have posted a quick call to all experts under the heading "NEWBIES". We are trying to have our first child. We are nervous and excited, anxious and elated. We are ready for this new chapter. We are SO glad for this forum!
Good luck everyone!

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I have introduced myself before, but I've been meaning to respond to this thread for some time.  I am generally a lurker, but I've been known to post every once in a while. 

My name is Heather, but most refer to me as Hev, and my partner Amz and I have been together for a little over 6 years.  We had intended to start TTC with NW this past June, but decided to give ourselves some more time to enjoy our independence, travel, and pay off student loans.  Amz graduated from college last December and is now working for Child Protective Services.  I just finished my second bachelor's degree in nursing and passed my state boards last June, and am now working in Perioperative Services at a small surgical hospital.  Now that we're grown ups, we're back in the game...or back planning the game...lol.  We're shooting for December/January for our first insem.  We both have baby fever and are ready to be mommies! 

We are hope to have 2 children via insemination, with possibly both of us carrying.  In addition, we are also considering adopting a sibling group through the department of family and protective services.  We plan to breastfeed, cloth diaper, co-sleep, prepare our own organic baby foods, and just be all around natural mommies. 

It's nice to meet you all and I look forward to sharing our future baby stories!

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HI!! We are Drake (28) and Kasey DP (22). We currently live in Wisconsin however go back and forth to Florida on a very regular basis, eventually will be permanent in Florida. We are currently using a known donor, and have TTC 3 times to date and are on our first TWW with current donor. We have two dogs Camden (4) and Lucy (10 mo), both miniature pinschers. I am not new to TTC, Kasey is. I love football and golf and Kasey's thing is shopping without a doubt! We are looking forward to meeting some great people and learning some new things.

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So I guess an intro is due? My name is Maddox, my fiances name is Hope. We are going to be starting the AI process within the next month. I am transgender FTM, hence why we are using a donor. We have a 5 yr old son( I have been with her for 4 1/2 years, she got pregnant in high school, the "donor" ran when he found out she was pregnant, and we are blessed things happened this way because our son is awsome and we are dying to add to our family) Umm..I dont know what else to say. She is obviously going to be carrying the baby.  Thats about it.

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Hi ladies my name is Shannon. I have decided to go forward with ICI. Im a single woman with very big hopes of becoming a mother very soon! big_smile This child will be my first. I am very lost right now when it comes to the whole process so any advice or suggestons would be great!!! I am very excited and anxious to start this Journey and this forum makes me not feel so alone. smile

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Hi Everybody!  Gina and Colyn here!  We had our civil union ceremony in June and now the next big step is babies. We tried once with a donor we knew but after all the stress for Colyn we decided to use a California Cryo.  After we purchased the sperm I discovered NW Bank and Love the forums.  Everybody has been so helpful.  I wish lots of baby dust on everybody.

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Hey to everyone,
We are Angie, Sandra, and Abigail.  We chose to use NW 4 years ago in order to conceive a child together.  Abigail will turn 5 in September.  It's difficult to choose the right donor.  We tried the first time and it didn't work, which was very disappointing.  We studied and read and read and read until we felt we had the correct way to inseminate.  I didn't realize at the time but you can find anything on the internet.  Thankfully!!!  To make a long story short  we chose donor 543 the second go around.  To our surprise it worked the first time.  Not knowing what to expect later on we chose not to purchase any more.  Regretably we wish we had now. Our donor is no longer there and NW doesn't have any in storage. I was wondering if anyone had used this donor and may still have any they would be willing to part with.  I know this is a long shot being that it was so long ago, but it was worth a try to us.  smile

We have been where all you couples are at, just don't give up!!!  We wish all of you the best of luck and we hope all your dreams of a baby come true!!:)

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Hello. My partner and I used donor #3375 and made a beautiful baby boy who celebrated his third birthday this past May. We are trying again this summer with another donor and with any luck we'll be expecting baby #2 next summer.

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Hi.  My name is Julie, and my wifes name is Erin. We've been together for 7 years and were married twice, once for God, and once for the legal system.  tongue  The only thing I've ever wanted and knew was supposed to happen in my life was for me to have children.  I just never knew all the obstacles that would arise.  We've finally decided it's time to stop saying "we'll have kids when..." and just get started.  I found NW and just liked that they would send the sperm to me as opposed to having a dr do it for me. 

Even though I know this is supposed to happen, Im getting very scared and nervous now that we're finally taking action, I guess because I'm worried I will not get pregnant at all or go broke trying. 

Anyway, I'm glad I found this site and have enjoyed reading everyones posts.

Thanks for listening.

Julie

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Hi...  I've been reading for a few weeks now.  Just recently registered and will be placing my 1st order for my 1st attempt at becoming a SMBC tomorrow!  I am 39 years old, always wanted kids, but never met the man I wanted to share the experience with.  Decided I was pretty much at the now or never stage and with the moral support of my mother and a couple of friends, I took the steps to get me started.

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My name is Alison, I'm a stay at home mom to three and I live in Portland, Oregon.

I am an experienced traditional surrogate, having achieved pregnancy in July 2007 via home insemination with the Intended Father's sperm. This time around, I am doing another TS (traditional surrogacy) and the Intended Parents are opting to use a sperm donor (from NW Andrology, of course).

Hopefully I will begin cycling in September. I am excited to be doing this again. I'm just here reading the threads, as I feel a bit rusty when it comes to HIs. smile

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TS x 2 - Due June 4th, 2010
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To all the newcomers - welcome and good luck!

Becky

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Hello.  My name is Amanda and my partner is Leigh.  We have been together for 9.5 years and have decided that we are in a place emotionally and financially to start trying to conceive.  We have had some guidance from friends of ours who have been fortunate enough to succeed through is process.  I am a little concerned about our timing of trying for one reason:  I had back surgery (microdiscketomy/laminectomy at L4/5) July 24, 2009.  I would like to try to start timing cycles now and inseminate for the first time beginning in October 2009.  I am hesitant that this may not be the ideal time physically although we are prepared in every other way.  I want to go first as I am older (30) and besides, Leigh wants me to go first.  Does anyone have any suggestions or advice either way?

We are looking to the forum for information and guidance on how to track ovulation days, what days are best to conceive, how many times per cycle we should try, how many vials should we buy up front (we want 4 kids--2 from each of us), etc.  God help us.  Please pass any information you have to us.  We are scared and ignorant, but very appreciative that we have an opportunity to have a family.

Thanks so much and I look foward to hearing from all of you.
Amanda

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Hi There,
My name is Crystal  and i'm closely reaching 30yrs old (sept 13). I have always known I wanted to be a mother. I am a caregiver by nature, and also profession. I work on a Mother/baby unit as a nurse, and I love my job! My partner Steph and I have been together for 8.5 yrs. We are very much in love and are each other's best friend. We have had many financial struggles over the years and feel that we are now ready financially to care for a baby. We AI on July 31st and Aug 1st. We were very hopeful but I started my period July 19th. We are planning another at home AI, but have chosen another donor, Wish us luck on this amazing journey!! Thanks to everyone who shares their inspiring stories.

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Well what to say about OUR FAMILY. Lets start here. My Partner and I met when I was in college and we have been  together ever since.
We decided a few years back to try and have children. . In 2006 we used Donor 396 and had twins girls. Piper and Raleigh. They are now 2years old and running our lives. Of course we wouldn't have it any other way. They have changed everything about us and completed areas of our lives we had no clue needed help.
Well, now we are looking at have a few more. But since our donor no longer exsist we have to pick a new one. This is always a test . Our bigest concern is the health of the baby(s) from the donor side. DO you really know, nope not until they are born.

Thank you for listening and have a great day!! A. Churchill.

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Hi. My partner and I have been together for 3 years today. We are also deciding to iui at home for teh first time next week the 4th of September. We do have one beautiful baby boy. He just turned two years old in July. We had him IVF with our best friend as the donor. Unfortanely he couldnt be the donor this time around. I am using donor 439 so if anyone has any news on him and if anyone has conceived using his sperm. I have not heard much but about him and just want to know if there is someone out there who has used his sprm and had a pregnancy from it. IVF is not really an option for me. I was in the 2% that got Ovarion Hyper Stimulation Syndrome and lost one of my twin babies and almost my life, so we are taking the safest route for me.
Good luck to everyone else in the same boat of trying to have a baby...... smile

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Good luck, Rt...  I just did my 1st insem attempt today, using 439.  Good luck and I will be sure to let you know if it takes!

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Good luck to you to lostinfl.......I really hope it works for you becuause then I might have a little bit of hope. smile Did you do it at home or did you see your doc? I do my first insem at home iui next week on thursday!!! I hope it works!

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I did it at home.  The next couple of weeks are going to be the longest of my life, waiting to see if it "took"   lol

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Hello everyone my name is Stephanie and my partners name is Gerri. I am 24 and Gerri is 27. We have been together for five wonderful years.Three years ago we came to this site  excited to start our family. It was just not the right time for us. We are now stable with work and a home, that we decided that now would be the best time for us. I am excited to say that we plan on feb. is when we will start trying. It is so hard waiting but i have to wait for my birth certificate to come in before we can send in the nw paper work. That could take up to six weeks for it to come in. So that is where we are now with that. so wish us luck maybe the paperwork will come faster and we can start sooner. wouldn't that be great. We wish all of you the very best and best of luck

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Hello all (and hello again to a few). My name is Maryum and my partner is Monica, we have been together for 7 years.  We have a beautiful daughter from donor 404.  She is 15 months and we're ready for another.  Our donor is no longer available, so we've chosen another.  Unfortunately I discovered that my fertility monitor went dead so I just bought another and will start tracking in a few days.

I had a difficult pregnancy (bedrest for about 2 months) but Makaila was born completely healthly at 38 weeks.  I'm excited but also very, very nervous..  nervous that I won't get pregnant and nervous that I will! roll There are pictures of Makaila on the website, somewhere..

Maryum

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Hello all,

My name is Sacha and I am 40. I waited to find Mr. Right and have a family the traditional way but this never happened. I accidentally got pregnant at the beginning of this year but had a miscarriage at 8 weeks. This made me realize that I do want to be a mom and with little biological time left I'd better get on it! lol.  So, here I am at NW and will try for the first time with some NW vials later this month. I've been reading your posts the last month and you all seem so friendly and helpful. Good luck to all.

Sacha

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lostinfl........Any news? Are you at least having any symptoms? Any good news at all? smile I do my inseminations tomorrow so I am getting nervous but hoping that it takes. I want a little one so bad. Keep me updated on your journey!:)

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smile Hi Everybody!!
My name is Jeannine or Jean for short. I live in the Tampa Bay area here in hot sunny Florida. I am 32 yrs old and work in behavioral health. I do insurance verification, front office admin for a pyschiatric practice. I have wanted to be a mom since I was a little girl. I carried my dolls everywhere and never imagined arriving into my 30's single and childless. For 10 years I searched for Mr. Right, after kissing many a toad, I got distracted by the loud ticking of my clock. So here I am, trolling for sperm...lol. I'm so glad I found NWA, and will be doing my TTC #1 around October 11th, providing my cycle cooperates. I bought 2 vials of donor 984, as I am CMV neg and Rh neg and I want a donor with prior success. I'm not wealthy, although able to provide for my baby alone. It can get expensive buying sperm and dewar rental every month, so I'm hoping for some beginner's luck!!
I really hope to have 2 kids so they will have each other to grow up with, but I guess I just need to take a breath and start with 1!! I'm vegan and am a total believer in attachement parenting, breastfeeding, and cloth diapering. I recycle and try to tread lightly. I'm religiously tracking my BBT every morning (no more sleeping in...good baby practice..lol), also keeping a finger-no pun-on my CP and CM. I am fortunate to have 32-33 day cycles faithfully and get EWCM  each month around days 15-19. I never get a +OPK maybe cuz I'm doing them wrong or drink too much water. I am a water bug! I have a standing order with my lab for FSH and Lh testing. My blood Lh shows surges around CD 18. Well...wish me luck and I wish all of you luck too!! I'm so glad they have this forum here. It's comforting to find like-minded non-judgemental ppl...we're all in this together!!
Peace and Blessed Baby-Making!!

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Hi everyone! 

I am excited to be trying to conceive for the first time in my 35 years!  I have wanted to start a family for a few years now, but after holding out for Mr. Right for way too long with no success, I have decided to start on my journey to being a mother on my own.  I have been reading and researching for months, and have decided to do a home IUI on my next ovulation with two vials of frozen donor sperm, one on the first +OPK and one the following day.  I cannot say enough how excited I was to find there is a forum here at NW Andrology, and I am so looking forward to learning from everyone's experiences on here!

Good luck to everyone!

Cathy J.

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Hello, I'm Teresa from Wilmington N.C. I am 38, brand new to all of this and want to be a SMBC next year. I work at a University, have great benefits, and feel ready to bring a child into this world. So I did some research, ordered a few helpful SMBC books and prayed on it. Now on this forum I found a great group that shares my exact thoughts! I think my cycles are very regular (have never paid any attention) and have an appointment with an RE in October. I am excited and nervous.  I will continue to lurk and read posts about home ICI vs working with an RE or midwife. Thanks for being here and being supportive!

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Hello there everyone!  I am totally excited to be writing this right now!  I have been reading different posts here for the last couple of weeks and finally have joined!
  My name is Carmen, I am 29 years old and my girlfriend of almost 4 years her name is Kathy, we call her by her nickname "Tu-Tu" for short, she is 40 years old.  We live in Texas, both have good careers and bought a new house last year!  We have always discussed having children since the beginning of our relationship.  We have finally decided that now is the perfect time in our lives to start trying to become mommies.  We have been following her cycles for the last 3 months and testing for her LH with OPK smiley strips.  In July we got a "smiley" CD14, we somehow missed the LH in August and this month we got the "smiley" CD12.  We are planning on ordering our swimmers this month!  We are totally excited, but yet a little anxious, hoping that it will work but knowing that it doesn't always happen fast. 
I am still trying to learn the "lingo" here too by the way smile   Okay, I am open to ANY and ALL suggestions, tips, info, etc.  I was wondering with a regular 26 day cycle, is it normal to have an LH that varies, or is it normally the same CD each month?  And we are wanting to AI at home, we've been doing a lot of reading and research...any suggestions on whether to do it ICI or IUI???  We were thinking ICI...but thought maybe we would have a better chance IUI...
I am SO excited to be here and meet people that are sharing my dream of having a child. I hope to be able to share in other's happiness as well!!!  Best of luck to you all!

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Hello, my name is Sarah. I am 29 years old. My partner of three and a half years is Jo. She is 28. We have been actively trying for over a year now. Our donor is a friend and we became pregnant in December 2008. In February I had a d&c done because I was told that I was having a blighted ovum. A blighted ovum is where the fetus doesn't attach itself into the sac, so my body absorbed the fetus. We started trying again the following month. Still no luck! Now my donor is becoming unavailable, so we are looking into this option. We tried two months ago with donor 434 and had no luck. I think my ovulating days were off due to my d&c. So we're thinking on using him or donor 2145 this month. Any suggestions on anything, please let me know.

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HI everyone. My name is Kaytee. I am 26 years old and I plan on becoming a SMBC, and I am very excited about this journey... I have always wanted to be a mom and I am tired of dealing with the "men" that come into my life. I am ready to be a mom. I will be graduating with my Associates of Science degree in March and that is when I plan on receiving my first shipment of my little swimmers. Until then though I plan on temping and monitoring ovulation. I recently discussed AI with a sperm donor with my GYN (who is trained to do ICI, IUI and IVF) who told me that she would absolutely not help me because I was single and under 30 with no known fertility issues. I was devastated and looking for a new GYN when I stumbled across NW and things suddenly seemed more open for me and now I am counting down the days until I get to start trying..

Good Luck to everyone trying for their own little miracle. And Congrats to those that already have theirs.

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Hi, I'm Wendy from Michigan......I am 34 years old and will be TTC starting in October.  I am (or will be) a SMBC

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Hello there, I'm Marcie (almost 35) and my partner is Jodi (almost 42). We've been together 11 years and finally decided to take the plunge into parenthood (hopefully). I've wanted to be a mom for a very long time, but we kept waiting for the right time. We realize there will never be a time we feel 100% financially prepared for this journey and since I'm not getting any younger why keep waiting. We live in NE GA and will hopefully be doing our first AI in November.

Good luck to all the others in the forum, and may all your "swimmers" find their way wink

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Hello! My name is Shannon and I'm 33 years old. My partner Shelley is 43 and we've been together for 5 years. We were married last summer while it was still legal here in California. This month will be our second try at Dr. assisted IUI along with Metformin, Clomid and HCG trigger shot. Our first cycle last spring was unsuccessful. Initially we had decided to wait until I graduated from nursing school. However, in this area the waitlists are 4 years long and we decided not to hand over my fertility to a wait list. I work full time as a patient care technician at a large hospital and my partner no longer works. She was a paramedic for many years and destroyed her back in the process. But, sometimes the unexpected is a blessing. I don't know that we would be TTC right now if she was still working full time.
I pray this journey for us is short and sweet................

Shannon

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My DP and I have been together for 5+ years and were married in California last summer when it was legal!  Though it doesn't count in Alaska where we live, it still counts for us.  We have raised plenty of others' children over the years and are ready to have our own.  big_smile 
I am currently 33 so we are working toward AI at home within the next year or so.  I am working on loosing some weight (about 20 lbs would be nice) and getting as healthy as possible.  Considering my mom and sisters are all VERY fertile I'm hoping it will go smoothly and quickly when we try. 
We would like to do things as natural as possible.  And hope to be able to use a midwife.  We have a mini farm - goats, chickens, dogs, cats - and a garden and try to eat as organic as possible. 
I have already learned so much from this forum and really love the supportive atmosphere!  Thanks for all the great info. 
J&J in Alaska  smile

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Hi,

I am excitedly awaiting my first package of swimmers, which are expected tomorrow.  I am in Seattle,  35, and heading toward being a smbc, I hope, after having thought about it for many years.  I wish you all the best of luck and me too smile

Cheers,

Kia

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Hi everyone.  I'm Joismommy and new to the world of making babies this way.  I am currently going through a divorce and I am ready to have another baby now.  My little one who will be 8 soon has been asking me for a very long time for a little sister or brother.  I know she will be a good helper and and excellent big sister.  I can't believe that I am finally ready. Wooohooo for me & Joi!!

I hope to meet some friends and offer and get some support.  Thanks for having me. big_smile

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Hi,
         My name is Kris I am almost 32 and I live in central Texas. I am tired of waiting for mister right and have decided to become a SMBC!! GIRL POWER! LOL. October was my first at home ICI with donor #2145, i am currently still waiting to see if it was a success, if not i will not be discourged, and will keep trying until i fulfill my dream! All the ladies I have( met ) on the boards have been wonderful, always willing to answer questions, or offer advice. I was under the impression that this would be a lonley isolating process, but it has been a joy. Baby dust to us all.

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Hi lovely ladies of N.W.!!    My name is Leslie, and I live in a mid-size city in the midwest.  I'm separated from my husband of ten years, and at 39 yrs. old, am facing a whole new lifepath.  I've considered myself a born nurterer,  mothering all around me since I was a kid myself!    I've been employed as an infant teacher at a local pre-school since I was 21, (that's 18 yrs. now!), and despite the inherent occupational stress, still love it.  My husband and I tried for several years immediately after we were married, to start our family, to no avail.  After 3 yrs. of heartbreaking monthly letdowns, he was tested,and found to have a low count that would inhibit natural conception.  He had underwent a year and a half of intensive chemo. and radiation treatments for Hodgeskin's Disease 9 yrs. before we met, and although he was and still is, in remission, his doctor never advised him to bank sperm, only to wait several yrs. before trying to conceive another child (he has a child from a previous marriage).  As devastating as his diagnosis was, we were told that we were still good candidates for I.U.I. w/his sperm, but it would be costly (close to $2,000 per attempt just to spin "em & put "em in).
We saved, took a last "couple w/out kids" vacation, and returned to him being laid off.  One obstacle after another in the following years prevented us from ever having the expendable income to give it a try.  We're separated now, and I have realized over the last year or so, that I've got to "make it happen" for myself.  I'm tired of my dreams being put on hold...let's go!!

Which brings me here:)  My sister "babybaby" after years of dating disappointments, found herself thinking of this option, and found N.W.  I thought it was interesting, listened through her litany of reasons that made perfect practical sense, and found myself toying with the idea  privately.  She attempted it about 10 mos. ago, but got her timing off, and is waiting for the new year to give it another go.  I've been perusing your forums for a bit now, and have gained the courage to seriously consider this, from all of you single moms, in particular.  What is so great here, is to see women from all different backgrounds , be it married, lesbian, single, atheist, pagan, christian, etc. rallying around each other in support of the most basic and beautiful dream and right: motherhood.  So beautiful, and I can't wait to start my journey w/ you!!

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Hello everyone.  My name is Charlesia, but call me Charlie, since that is easier to remember.  Here is my deal.

I am involved in a loving relationship...with another female.  We just started talking about kids.  We would both like to have at least one child and since I don't have a back injury, I would be the one carrying.  She's 36 and I'll be turning 36 in a couple of weeks.  Right now, I am an online college student, who will graduating in a couple of weeks with my Bachelor's degree.  I plan on going on for my Master's right away and since I do my schooling from home, there is no need for daycare, since the Master's will take me a couple of years yet.  My partner works in a well paid hospital position, so we are not to worried about finances.  We don't want to wait to much longer, because my biological clock is "ticking", so to speak.

We are looking at sperm banks and artificial insemination.  The thing is, right now, I am on birth control..low dose Seasonique.  I'm wondering if I should finish up this month and stop it then, or do I stop it now?  I'm taking it because I have very heavy periods and I get a lot of painful cramps.  This is only my fourth month of taking it and since they are only samples (to see if it actually works for me or not)...I'm not sure what exactly to do.

I also haven't decided if we were going to do this at home or have our physician do it for us.  We are still gathering information about this...the pros and cons, safety and complications, etc.  This is all new to us, so anything that can help us with our decision is greatly appreciated.

Charlie

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I am Dana. My husband is Joe. We have been TTC Since Jan 2006. We had one miscarriage in 2007. Since than I have been diagnosed with PCOS, Very High Insulin levels, and Also C677T MTHFR. I am taking baby asprin and Folgard for that. My husband has been diagnosed with MFI. He has 14 Million Motile Sperm but only 1% Normal Morphology, most of the abnormals being with the acrosome missing or enlarged. The RE said enlarged acrosome is not as bad as it being missing.  Giving a 3% Chance of conceiving naturally. She says IUI may possibly work!  We Just decided to try donor sperm for a couple months and if it doesn't work than maybe we will try IUI with my husband.
I will be doing 100mg clomid, follie u/s, and ovidrel for timing of @ home AI!

Timeline as follows. Will revise as neccessary :

Provera - Nov 17th- Nov 21st
Af starts - Nov 25ish
Clomid 100mg
Follie u/s - Dec 7ish
Ovidrel
@ Home AI - Dec 10th-13th

Dana & Joe TTC Since Jan 2006  ( Not Currently Trying )
MFI- 1% Morphology Mostly Acrosome Issues
RIP Joseph Kade - My Angel In heaven 5-27-07 @ 11 Weeks

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Hi! I am Michele. I have been here awhile so I figured I should write in. My DH and I met in high school and we dated on and off. We finally reconnected and married in 2003. We have our DD Kira who is three and a half. In 2008 we decided we wanted to have another child but due to fertility issues for DH we opted to go the AI route with DS. We had our first try on February 7, 2009 which resulted in our DD Sloane being born on October 5, 2009! It was our first try, we did IUI assisted by our RE with no fertility meds.

M.

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Hi, my name is Johanna and I am new to TTC...One day my best friend suggested that I try this method, I have always wanted a child...I'm 27, will be 28 in January and am tired of waiting for Mr. Right...I am making the decision to be a single mother by choice, if I meet Mr. Right later on that would be great...
I'm currently in the process of filling out the registration forms and will be sending them off in the next few days...I'm saving a little money back from my paycheck every two weeks, in the mean time, I will be keeping track of my cycle... I have always been pretty regular, have always kept track of AF coming and going and AF seems to always be right on time, but have never kept track of my ovulating and will be starting soon with ovulation kits while I save money...
Right now I'm just enjoying reading all of your posts on this forum and checking out the donor catalog, my best friend who gave me the idea is so excited that I'm going to do this and can't wait to spoil my soon to be child and I can't wait till the day I will be able to order by vials...

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Hi, my name is Jade and I am new to TTC so forgive me if I don't know what all the abbreviations mean. I am 26 and my partner is 28 and we have been together for 6 years. We got married last June and since then have been waiting on the perfect time to try and conceive. We currently live in TN and will be trying for the first time in January. I have been keeping record of my period which was regular for about a year and then all of a sudden last month it was irregular so that is making me a little nervous. Regardless we are both very excited and would love to hear any suggestions that anyone may have for trying to conceive. I purchased the clearblue fertility monitor....has anyone used before?