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#26 Yvonne

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Posted 15 February 2015 - 08:10 AM

I have a 7 year old rottie shepherd cross. He'sy best friend and has been such a comfort through infertility and divorce. He does fill some of that desire to care for someone. He's awesome with kids should I ever have one as he's comes toy office where I work with kids and they adore him. Yes he's some work but it's good to have something else to focus on and the love and companionship he gives is so worth it.
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Started ttc in fall 04
m/c@7 weeks in April 2005
2006 found out about pcos and male factor
Decided to adopt.....approved and waiting until agency closed in Nov. 2009
:(IVF#1 July/August 2010 No transfer due to OHSS 10 frozen embryos :)
FET#1 Oct 14 2010 beta #1 was 7, beta#2 was negative :(
FET#2-Jan. 27 2011-BFNFET #3-July 1, 2011.-BFP! looked okay for a while then ended "pregnancy of unknown location"Four embryos left.
FET#4-Feb. 17, 2012 two embryos transferred-grow embies grow! beta #1 44, #2 51 #3 207, #4 375...Found out it was ectopic lost the embies and both tubes-
I'm single now FET #5 in November 2014 BFN
FET #6 in February 2015.

#27 Butterfli

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Posted 15 February 2015 - 08:48 PM

We have 3 shitzu-Maltese dogs who definitely were life savers to the both of us during challenging times. There is nothing like hearing their excited little scurrying paws at the door as we get our keys.
They are now so patient with our toddler who doesn't know his own strength sometimes...they just scurry out the way. But we walk them twice a day along with our son who loves it.
We, knock on wood, (hope this doesn't jinx it) haven't had any expenses...just their food and we get them groomed every 3 months, their shots but nothing earth shattering. We got one as a pup and the other two as older rescue dogs, the pup was definitely hard work in the first months (toilet training etc) but the unconditional love is just amazing.
If you are a dog person I say go for it, research the breed best suited to you and your home/lifestyle and I doubt you'll regret it - just my humble opinion :)
But if you do get one you'll have to post a pic!!!!

Me 30 DW 34 - Two mummies to be! I'll carry my wife's egg so we can blend our family


First IVF Cycle

March 2012 Fresh - BFN

April 2012 FET- BFN

May 2012 FET- BFP - M/c6w6d icon_cry.gif


Second IVF Cycle

August 31 Fresh- th_abfp.gif

1st Beta 265 (TG) 11dp3dt

Sep 8 - 2nd Beta 8751 18dp3dt

Sep 15 - 3rd Beta - 43066 25dp3dt


babyboy.gif DS is born the 4th of May 2013 and we are so smitten!


stork-baby.gifProject Sibling stork-baby.gif

Me - 32 DW - 36 DS - 1


Second IVF Cycle

April 2014 FET - BFN 


Third IVF Cycle

July 2014 Fresh - th_abfp.gif

1st Beta 105 (TG) 9dp5dt

2nd Beta 1150 14dp5dt

Third Beta 12470 21dp5dt


babyboy.gif DS is born 7th of March 2015 and he is so precious.


stork-baby.gifProject Siblingstork-baby.gif 

Planning in 2016


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#28 t-bird

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Posted 03 May 2015 - 01:06 PM

Last year when I was going through a huge maternal phase, we adopted a puppy. We actually already had two other dogs, but I was longing to care for a baby and the puppy really helped get me through some rough spots.


He is just over a year old and having three dogs is a LOT of work. I have no idea how we will make it work if we are lucky enough to have IVF success, but I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.


My dogs are a huge source of comfort and joy in my life. If you have the energy and time to give to them, I would recommend it.

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May/June 2015 - First time IVF @ 43 years old. AMH 1.05, FSH 7

16/05/15 - 9 antrals on Day 2

01/06/15 - 3 eggs Retrieved

03/06/15 - 2 eggs fertilized (2 cell & 4 cell)

04/06/15- Transfer two embryos (4 cell & 5 cell)

19/06/15 - BFP!! Beta 872

29/08/15 - 1/10,000 risk on Panorama Test

19/02/16 - Welcome baby THEO!! 

#29 Cassandra_Angela

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Posted 03 May 2015 - 06:19 PM

We got a dog (a boxer) after our loss (which resulted in needing IVF). He was wonderful but unfortunately died at the age of 4 and so it really was a painful loss all over again. A while later we got another dog (boxer again) and she has been a blessing.

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#30 north

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 09:22 PM

We got a sweet sweet puppy just before Christmas after our last OE IVF. She is just perfect and we're in love with her. She brought the joy and funny back into our life and she's been a little angel. 


#31 themidnightwillow

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 09:15 PM

Hi! I've been thinking for a while about getting a dog... I feel like I'm going crazy with the waiting (waiting for a lap surgery, no idea when it's going to happen) and I just want to love and take care of another being. The only thing that's stopping me right now is the fear of the expenses incurred by getting a puppy. That and... What if having a dog creates added stress in my life?
Has anyone here gotten a dog as a way of coping with infertility? Now please don't bite my head off, I realize that the dog is not a quick fix to my problem - It would be cruel to get a dog for the hard times and then ignore it once pregnant. I just want to know if anyone has the same yearning as me...



me too......






IPs looking for a GS in United States, Canada and UK. We are on our journey to building a family and hope to share our knowledge on your forum.



#32 Stellabella28

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Posted 18 May 2015 - 05:09 PM

We had one dog and two cats, a year into dealing with IF my cuddly cat died. I found it harder to cope so we rescued a one year old pup who had a hard start in life. I gotta say it was the best decision ever. Im so in love with her and she with me, she makes coping easier. Someone to give my love too, someone to care for and protect someone to spoil!!

#33 Krys83

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 11:01 PM

We rescued our pup a year before TTC. It was good to do the training before we tried. I didnt know we would have fertility issues. He has been great at getting us "trained." He's a husky/Sheppard cross, so house training took a little longer, but he's worth it. He needs a long walk everyday which has been great for us. It helps me relax after work & gets me moving when feeling down. He has a husky personality so he's full of energy & funny.
We havent started treatment yet. I'm not sure if I would have the energy to have a new puppy & IVF at the same time. But I dont think you can go wrong if you commit to including a dog in your family.

2002 met my Handsome Hubby!

2010 September; Married


2013 September; TTC

2014 September; "Normal" results for both at Gyne appt ( HSG Sept. 14). Clomid x 4 months.


2015 March; Appt in Edmonton clinic. HSG showed hydrosalpinx. still no explanation... any thoughts?...dontknow.gif 
2015 June; Surgery left salingectomy + polyp. Still have "Righty"
2015 July; On the Clomid train again with lateralization U/S to see which side the follicles are developing on.

2015 October; IUI BFN

2016 Jan; Hysterscopy 


Starting IVF

2016 April; Retreival 25 eggs, OHSS Freeze All cycle. 6 Frosties (Day 5, all variations of grade 4) 

2016 July; FET 4aa BFN Didn't attach cry.gif

2016 October; Endometrial Biopsy

2016 November 9; FET 6!! & 4ba. All our Frosties are graded as "4," but after they lasered it in the morning, it HATCHED! It came out of the shell, we were able to see the zona. 

2016 Novemeber 18; th_abfp.gif




I feel like this is an opportunity to throw in a quote about not counting the years, or making the years count... the joy is on the journey... I'll work on finding one that doesn't make me want to scream eusa_wall.gif


#34 Pegara

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 11:30 AM

We got one three years ago, after about three years of TTC. He has helped get us through some tough times. We do spoil him a lot, but he also seems to know exactly how to cheer us up. In all likelihood we would have gotten one anyway. I grew up with a dog and really wanted one - hubby was afraid of dogs so it took some convincing, but now he can't imagine not having one.
Me - 38, DH- 37 (both teachers)
Three furbabies - Luna, Taz, Loki
Began TTC May 2009, finally saw specialist in Nov 2010
Diagnosed with complex hyperplasia with atypia Nov 2010, megace treatment for 18 months
May 2012 diagnosed with hyperplasia again, megace treatment for 10 months
One round Clomid October 2013
Diagnosed hyperplasia AGAIN Nov 2013, megace treatment 4 months
Rejected as patient from Aurora due to high BMI
Accepted as patient at RFP - August 2014.
First consult with RE at RFP - Oct 2014.
Three rounds of Clomid - Nov 2014, Feb & March 2015. - all BFN
IVF -July 2015 - 1 blast (5 day) transferred, 4 frozen. - BFN

#35 Miss_Boos

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Posted 29 July 2015 - 12:14 PM

Just as everyone else said, yes, the dog(s) help.  I have 3 Golden Retrievers.  My avatar is my puppy at a year and 80 pounds (Titan).  I had his dad, and he was my baby boy (Steeler), he died last year, at 7, someone fed him rat poison in my back yard. Steeler was there through my divorce and my dark days.. But sadly, the day he died was my darkest...  But I have his son, and I have my 2 girls (one is Titan's mom, Luna, the other is my oldest girl, Jade) .  My dogs are my kids, and yes, they are spoiled.. (shocker).  I do spend the time training them, but I also enter CKC & AKC events with them, so I have to (just not because I want well behaved dogs, but because I enjoy it and so do they).  Training will just enforce the bond you have with them.  As much as I want a child, I wouldn't give up my dogs for anything.  I made a promise to love them, shelter them and do whatever it takes to keep them safe, the same promise I will make to my children. 


Me - 39 - type 1 Diabetic (30 years), last A1C 6.8!

DH - 40 - Low Count, Low Motility

Parents to 3 wonderful fur-kids, Jade, Luna & Titan and one fur Angel, Miss you everyday Steelerheart.gif

Failed IUI February 2015

IVF # 1 - August 2015, Freeze all, mild OHSS

FET # 1 - Sept 27 transfer, BFN on October 6

FET # 2 - November 20 2015 with remaining embryo, BFN, starting Ivf #2 Late August early September

#36 Blondie81

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Posted 06 October 2015 - 08:07 AM

This is an old thread but I just found it and wanted to chime in.


We already had a 14 year old dog and then we got a puppy during our first year of IVF treatments. I can't tell you how much both dogs have meant to me during this process. When I was having a bad day they are so loving and when they demanded that I stop crying, get up and take them out to play I couldn't say no.  They honestly helped me keep my sanity and although we still haven't gotten pregnant (YET!) I can't wait to see our children get as much joy from the dogs as we have. 

DH - DX Azoospermia. 2 x Mtese (immature sperm found). Varicocele repair. 

Me - no problems as far as tests have shown. 

Nov 2014 ICSI #1 BFN 

Feb 2015 ICSI #2 BFN

June 2015 DIUI # 1BFN

July 2015 DIUI #2 BFN


Donor ICSI #1 Jan 2016 


Beta #1 13dp5dt - 256yahoo.gif

Beta #2 17dp5dt - 1533yahoo.gif

Beta #3 23dp5dt - 9716 yahoo.gif




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#37 Dori77

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Posted 23 October 2015 - 01:27 PM

I just saw this old thread and had to comment. We got our dog a few months after we were married and just started to ttc. Little did I know at the time it would take us 4 1/2 years to have our son. Our dog was a life saver!!!! She was there for me when I needed a cry or snuggle. In many ways I believe she kept the sanity in our house and our marriage together.
She is still here with us and my son adores her. She is part of our family. I would highly recommend getting a dog when going to infertility!

Me 38 & DH 40 TTC since July 2008

March 2009: m/c

July 2009: m/c

April 2010: BFP - Sadly Baby diagnosed with Cystic Hygoma and Trisomy 21. D&E at 16 weeks

Oct 2010: m/c due to Trisomy #3

March 2011: m/c


IVF#1 - September 2011 with PGD on my eggs (Chemical)

March 2012 - Septum Surgery for uterine septum & immune testing with Allan Beer & treatments

IVF#2 - July 2012 (BFN)

December 2012 - Surgery to remove uterine adhesions from previous D&C

IVF#3 - February 2013 (Chemical) - 5 blast frosties


April 2013 - Natural BFP Perfect Baby boy born January 2014 !


TTC #2

February 2015 - FET (BFN)

May 2015 IUI#1 (BFN)

August 2015 IUI#2 - BFP !!!

November 2015 - Panorama results are in and we are team PINK !!!​

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#38 sdfce879

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 11:36 PM

I don't have one. Actually I'm afraid of them. LOL.