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#1 Cheddar

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:53 AM

Hi Dr. Brown,

I recently stopped my antidepressant medications (with the approval of my doctor) in order to maximize my chances at IVF and a healthy baby.

I have a few pounds to lose now — thanks to years of antidepressants and aging — but I'm having a heck of a time with my carb cravings now that my serotonin is so out of whack without the meds. I was never a stress eater but now I find myself reaching for pizza, chocolate and chips whenever I feel stressed.

I'm fighting hard to lose about 8 lbs pre IVF in June/July. It feels like a losing battle, though, because no matter how hard I exercise (about 4 hours a week) and how well I eat, one carb binge and I'm back to where I'd started.

Any suggestions for taming those cravings?
TTC since February 2010

IUI #1: October 2011
Puregon 50, Ovidrel
Cycle cancelled, only one egg

IUI#2: December 2011
Puregon 75, Ovidrel, producing three eggs

IVF#1: March 2012 Antagonist
Puregon 175, Orgalutran, HCG, beginning March 5
Trigger: March 12, seven follicles visible on U/S
ER March 14: nine eggs retrieved, five mature, three fertilized on first day, two remaining day two (4-4 and 3-4). Both transferred.
Started my period 11dp2dt. BFN

IVF #2 Agonist
May 24: Start BCP
June 7: Start Suprefact
July 1: ER - 17 eggs retrieved!
July 2: Fertilization report: 9 out of 17 mature. 8 fertilized. Scheduled for a 5-day transfer.
July 6: Stunned to learn we have only two of the poorest-quality morulas left. No one called to say they'd all arrested Day 3. Transferred both but WTF?
July 13: Started my period

#2 Dr. Brown FABORM

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:36 AM

Hi Cheddar,

Sugar and carb cravings are often a result of hormonal imbalances, not just serotonin, but others we as well in particular ups and downs in blood sugar and insulin.

I have found the mediclear detox by Thorne to stop sugar and carb cravings.
High cortisol levels can also affect insulin level and cravings. Since you are eating well and exercising I would suggest looking into more stress reduction techniques. Note that high cortisol levels also can lead to lower serotonin levels so more carb cravings.

There are also several supplements. Seek out a consult with a naturopath or Chinese medicine doctor in your area.

Here are two great resources that also help suggest supplements and tools
  • The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman MD
  • Spontaneous Happiness by Dr. Andrew Weil
Again, Mark Hyman's book as well as the Acubalance Fertility diet suggest an anti inflammatory low glycemic diet that is mostly plants based. Compare if your definition of healthy eating is the same as what we describe in our books.
Lorne Brown B.Sc.,CA, Dr.TCM, FABORM, CHt
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Clinical Hypnotherapist
Founder and Clinical Director Acubalance Wellness Centre (British Columbia)

#3 nextchapter

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 06:37 PM

I've found that eating good quality fats and lots of it will instantly curb any carb or sugar cravings you have. Rich cream with strawberries or greek salad with olive oil or canned herring is a great source of good fat. Try it!

Me 31 DH 33
Male Factor

IVF/ICSI #1 July 2011
July 8-17 Gonal-F 300 Menopur 150, Centritide .25mg starting on day 5
July 20, 2011 ER - 8 follies retrieved 7 matured, 5 fertilized, 2 slowed in growth, other three continued till day 5.
July 25, 2011 ET- 5 Day transfer with 2BBx2 eggs, none to freeze
Aug 3, 2011 beta results- BFN

IVF/ICSI #2 September 2011- Low Dose Lupron Protocol
Sept 1-11 Gonal-F 300, Menopur 150, Lupron (5 units)
Sept 14, 2011 ER- 14 follies retrieved, 13 matured, 10 fertilized, 8 continued with 2 slower in growth until day 5
Sept 19, 2011 ET- 5 day transfer with 2 eggs- 2AB, 2B+
Sept 20, 2011 - able to freeze 2 eggies! super excited
Sept 28- BFP!! beta number #1: 33
Oct 4- beta number #3: 560
Oct 19- 7 week u/s- heartbeat detected small sac, embryo measuring 6 1/5 weeks
Oct 25- noticed spotting, clotting and more spotting..
Oct 26- u/s performed and indicated that i had a 7w6d miscarriage

FET # 1 Jan 2012- Lupron/Estrace Protocol
Dec 31 Lupron 5 Units, start Estrace 2mg
Jan 20 FET!! 4BB and 2AB
Jan 30 beta: BFN

IVF/ICSI #3 May 2012- Low Dose Lupron Protocol--Aggressive Protocol
Mar 14 Immunological testing for Recurrent Pregnancy Loss blood tests-everything OK!
April 26- Uterine Lining Biopsy- to "stir" things up
May 4-12- Gonal-F 300, Menopur 150, Lupron 5 units
May 15- ER- 13 follies retrieved, 9 mature, 8 fertilized, 7 continued with 1 slower in growth until day 5
May 16- Start Prometrium (the usual) and have added 2 mg Estrace twice daily
May 20- ET- 5 day transfer with 1- 3AB, 1- 2BB and 1- class 3 morula
May 21- able to freeze 1 egg!
May 29- (9dp5dt) Beta-BFP!! 311
May 31-(11dp5dt) Beta #2- 683
June 25 - 7w6d u/s- I have two babies growing!! Baby A 7w3d and Baby B 7w2d- heart rate in the 160's
July 4- 9w1d u/s- Baby A measured 8w4d and Baby B measured 8w2d and heart rates in the 170's
July 31- 13w0d- First Trimester Screening (FTS)- baby A 12w6d and baby B 12w6d!! Heart rates 160's. NT, Tri 21, 18,13 low low %!!
Oct 10- 23w1d- put on bed rest and Progesterone as cervix is measuring short. Praying babies stay in there!
Nov 14- 28w1d- Baby A's waist is small. OB detects the possibility of growth restriction and will keep a close eye on him. Baby B doesn't seem affected at the moment.

Dec. 3- 30w5d- Going in for Fetal Monitoring (1x/wk) due to Mild Restricted Growth for Baby Boy A. Baby Girl B is on the cusp of being Growth Restricted.
Dec. 24- Fetal monitoring 3x a week. OB says I will not go past 36 weeks due to Growth restriction for both babies.

Jan 17, 2013- Andrew John ( 6 lbs 5 oz) and Lucy Cristina (4 lbs 14 oz) were born via C section.

Things I did for this cycle that's different from previous cycles: CoQ10 400 mg twice a day (started in Jan), Benadryl 25 mg 1x day after ET right up to Beta, drank more Rooibos tea after ET, increased my carbs since I am on low carb


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