X for X Chromosomes # A To Z Challenge

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The X chromosome is one of the two sex chromosomes in humans (the other is the Y chromosome). The sex chromosomes form one of the 23 pairs of human chromosomes in each cell. The X chromosome spans about 155 million DNA building blocks (base pairs) and represents approximately 5 percent of the total DNA in cells.In humans and other mammals a sex chromosome, two of which are normally present in female cells (designated XX) and only one in male cells (designated XY).

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Identifying genes on each chromosome is an active area of genetic research. Because researchers use different approaches to predict the number of genes on each chromosome, the estimated number of genes varies. The X chromosome likely contains 800 to 900 genes that provide instructions for making proteins. These proteins perform a variety of different roles in the body.

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PS:The above content is from google ,I am not getting any words or ideas for the last few alphabets so the last few post’s will be like this only.


PS:I am not a doctor, these are just my findings, my experiences and my infertility warrior friends experiences,which are a part of my life. I am half doctor myself because we go though so much,sometimes I feel I know my diagnosis better than my RE(Reproductive Endocrinologist). Hope these posts make some sense for people who are not a part of this journey.This post is a part of #AtoZchallenge2018.

B for Beta HCG # A to Z challenge

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Beta HCG  is the word for A to Z challenge,Beta hcg is never the beginning in the infertility journey nor the ending its somewhere in between, all B’s here, but it is one of the important tests to know if your pregnant, also  to know how the pregnancy is progressing, when the number are doubling  or their is increase in the hcg level in the blood after every 48 to 72 hours . Beta hcg is a blood test/work after the dreaded two week wait (tww) to know if your pregnant or not. TWW is usually after your natural  timed cycle,clomid cycle , IUI , IVF , FET cycle and much more difficult cycles, where you little embryo is formed and you will know if its growing and stuck to the uterus, after the tww that is approximately 14 to 15 days depending  after clomid, natural, IUI cycles and in IVF cycle depending on the day of the embryo like day 3 embryo and day 5 embryo transfer.

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I know this is all complicated but this just the beginning not ending after positive pregnancy test. The hcg level in your blood should be good if not ok, then the numbers should double, after a week the embryo should grow, later after another week heartbeat should be detected and its its never ending until we hold the baby, these infertility treatments are never ending and their is no success guaranteed after all the physical, mental and financial drain.

PS:I am not a doctor, these are just my findings  and experiences which I have know because of this infertility journey, I am half doctor myself because we go though so much,sometimes I feel I know my diagnosis better than my RE(Reproductive Endocrinologist), also for B this is the best word I knew for the #AtoZchallenge, hope people have understood my post, if at all anyone has read.

 

 

 

Quick Update – FET Work In Process 

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I have been a bit busy with my little nephew’s naming ceremony. My karma or what I don’t know,  every time I am on any treatment cycles it’s either  my bro and sil’s pregnancy announcement or during clomid cycle their baby shower, now it’s their baby’s naming ceremony during my FET that’s life I guess.

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Ok coming back to my appointment with RE on my day 10.RE did the TV scan/USG and told that my lining is 5.6mm triple line and she asked me did I miss any doze,I told her no, but actually I did miss on Saturday, not exactly miss I had to take 2 tabs from 13th/ CD 6 since I was travelling I I totally forgot  and as usual I took only 1 tab in the morning and 1 at night sigh.

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RE then told that I should continue the same doze until CD 15 but extra 1 tab in the morning  and 1 at night vaginally, it is so messy to take vaginally but I have no other choice you all know. On another  note I was darn sick from Monday, so I told I was sick , feeling nauseous, sleepy  and tired , RE she told that it is side effects of the tabs, she told tiredness and sleepiness is not a side effect either I have been diagnosed thyroid or I am not hydrating myself, since my thyroid is fine I should have drank loads of water.

She also told this is Hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) so you should feel like a start and all, whatever I was really sick,but, but I want to tell that two days after taking the tablet and went to meet my aunts told I was looking very good, so maybe what she told was right and I was happy with all the compliments, everyone complimented me. Yesterday I was very sick and vomited everything which I ate from morning.

In the evening I had only liquids and really felt good, so from yesterday I am drinking loads of water, decaf teas , pomegranate juice and all.So I am feeling ok as of now and tomorrow is my nephews naming ceremony so I want to be fine.Hopefully by Monday  scan, my lining will be fine and RE will let me know the exact ET date, I am typing this from my mobile app so ignore the grammatical mistakes or if something does not make sense 😁.

Fertility Warrior Q&A

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I have been tagged and asked by two friends, Infertility & life  and Strength through Infertility, to contribute to raising awareness of infertility & childlessness.  Which was started by Post IVF world . The idea is that bloggers answer a set of 10 questions about their own infertility experiences and then add an extra question that we think others may find useful.  In the end there should be a huge amount of information available for people to access which in turn should help raise awareness.I will also tag a few fellow bloggers and ask them to take part if they would like to.

So, here are my answers

Are you male of female?

Female

Where are you in your infertility journey?

As of now I am on a break after Hysteroscopy with laparoscopy surgery ,which was done last month and before that three  failed clomid cycles. I will be starting my first IVF maybe in November or December, I am not sure,because it depends on my AFP culture test for which I am still waiting ,which sometimes I feel was not necessary at all .

What is your infertility diagnosis if you have one?

Last month Hysteroscopy and laparoscopy surgery was done and the doctors discovered that both my tubes have been blocked. In February this year when HSG procedure was done only one tube was blocked, now after six months both tubes have been blocked I don’t know how. also long back when I was in late teens or early twenties  have been diagnosed with pcos/pcod.

A slight male factor too, BH’s sperm count is good but morphology and motility have slight issues for which he is taking tabs.Now I am  just in waiting period which is very frustrating.

How old were you when you got your diagnosis and how old are you now?

In my late teens or early twenties I am not sure I had/have been diagnosed with pcos/pcod, Tube blocks was known last month.I am 33 years old.

What do you do to keep your spirits up on the tough days?

I write, writing about my infertility journey is made my life easier, because I can vent out my feelings and feel light.I can take out the negativity out form my system when I write here. I go window shopping, the best therapy. I am very spiritual  person so I pray, meditate and just believe in God.Thanks to this infertility journey I have made some beautiful friendships, some through blogging, some via online community and some during my hospital visits. So when in doubt are low I have so many people to hear me. We travel and mostly escape to our holiday home, just me and BH. I also wish there was a support group here in India, people don’t talk much openly here about infertility, so that’s the one thing I want to do or maybe there is a support group which I don’t know, if anyone know please send me the link, thank you.

How do you feel you have been treated by medical professionals?

In 2014 I had not got period for three months, but had spotting/bleeding and bad stomach ache, so went to meet a gynecologist, the worst gynec ever I have met, the way she spoke to me I thought I was going to die soon , I din’t know what health issue I had, even now after three years I don’t know what health issue it was at that time. Later after few months when I went for second opinion the new gynec told I do not have any major problem sigh, it was the worst time of my life.

Last year in July I started going to a different gynecologist the best doctor I have ever met, thank God for that.Then my gynecologist referred me to RE in July this year.I have RE only twice, so I still need time , but in those two time I felt she was good, also there is a in house counselor so I actually felt nice speaking to her, so lets see how its goes after my next visits.

Have you been offered support of any kind?

Until now, I haven’t got any kind of support , I support myself by being strong, but as I have said in my previous reply that the in-house counselor at the clinic makes me feel its going to be ok,lets see how its going to be in future.

 

How do your issues effect you on a day to day basis?

It effects me a lot, sometimes too much, but from past few weeks  or a month.I am trying to be strong, yeah only from few weeks, but I don’t know how long I can be strong.There are days I just want to be all alone, I don’t want BH also to be with me, its just me and my loneliness sigh, what all this infertility makes us.When someone is going to announce there pregnancy, I take time to digest the fact, then congratulate them.Sometimes I get afraid to congratulate because who knows something happens after we congratulate and then they blame us. Yeah I  am paranoid of congratulating pregnant women this is because of the Indian society I feel , even thought nothing has happened like that until now, and we are more liberal compared to few older generations but I am scared that’s it. When we go for get-together’s, family pooja’s etc my cousins, family and friends pity on me I think, that I don’t have kids, but I don’t want that Pity please.Then these baby showers and naming ceremonies uff, I don’t want to go there, if we go people ask when is our turn, if we don’t go they think we are jealous sigh, life is tough, even more with infertility.

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If you could tell yourself something back when you were first diagnosed, what would it be?

Its not going to be easy, no matter what do ,you have go though all those procedures and pains, try to be strong and start your journey now(I feel I should have started to take my infertility seriously and started my treatment soon)anyways its better late then never.

 

Are you open about your infertility? If so, has this helped?  If not, is it something you think might help?

Yes we are open about our treatment only with close family and friends. In India close family means obliviously my parents, sibling, BH’s parents and sibling, but  its also means my moms siblings, dads siblings, few  of my cousins and not much on BH’s side because my MIL does not prefer talking about my treatments , that’s what I want too I am ok with my side people knowing but not BH’s.

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In a way it has helped a lot some try to understand me and don’t ask me about my treatments, but there are few go on asking about my treatments its irritating at times and at times I am ok and explain to them what’s happening in my infertility life.Then writing this blog has made my life better because I can vent out here, whenever and whatever and feel fine, also knowing I am not alone and I do have  a great support who are also in the same journey.

What advice would you give to someone about to embark on treatment?

I don’t know if I can give any advice I am still new here, hopefully I will get advice when I am going to start my IVF , but I want to tell one thing if you already know you have pcos/pcod please don’t go to a gynecologist and waste your time just go to a Reproductive endocrinologist, this is  just my suggestion it might work different ways to different people.

So that’s the end of my answers.

Now I tag the following bloggers to do the same, no pressure here only if they would like to:

The Moon and Back

Eleanor

addra – Seeking, health and fitness

Positive Thinking

Elena-My journey through life, infertility and the universe

Doggie Bags not Diaper bags

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