Mini update.

Hi all!

I decided to not do a FET cycle this month. The clinic told me to call when I’m ready, but they didn’t give me Letrozole. That is OK, I had a refill left and I used it. Not that I’m expecting to suddenly conceive on my own, but I don’t want to lose my regular cycles.

Hopefully I’ll be back around here soon.

Love,

Mrs. Hope.

I don’t like Metformin.

As prescribed by the doctor, I started Metformin two weeks ago. It was awful. I couldn’t stay on it. It made me dizzy the whole day and gave me a terrible fatigue. After talking to other ladies in an online forum, they made me realized that the Atlanta doctor had put me in a natural supplement that does pretty much the same. So after clearing it with the doctor, I’m back to Inositol.

I was also supposed to start a LDN, but I’m not doing it until my actual IVF cycle. Is anyone taking it? Do you have any experiences that can share with me? I’m not even sure why we are supposed to take it.

I’m really confused right now and I don’t know what I want to do moving forward. Last month everything was clear in my head, now it is not.

I didn’t tell you about the SHG.

As I mentioned before, we are moving forward to IVF in CNY Fertility. Since all my fertility tests were done in 2017, they required me to do them again. I explained that I wouldn’t be doing the HSG again because I’m allergic to Iodine. They said I could have an SHG and I agreed.

SHG: sonohysterogram, a saline infusion sonogram. It is supposed to be like a vaginal ultrasound, but they also insert a catheter with saline to look at the interior of your uterus. It is also the most uncomfortable thing I have experienced so far.

The hospital where I did it requires this appointment to be done over the phone. I called, scheduled it, asked my job for permission, and was told to be there on Monday, February 4th, at 1 pm. When I arrived at the clinic, they explained that the scheduling department booked me for the HSG, not the SHG and that I would have to reschedule. I refused, and since I hadn’t pee in over two hours, and they probably saw my frustrated/angry face, they told me they would do it.

The tech that did the vaginal ultrasound was the most impersonal healthcare provider I’ve seen. She even asked me to put the ultrasound machine myself. The doctor who came for the saline part was really nice, but the procedure was awful. It is way longer than the HSG and way more uncomfortable. I had cramps and pain the whole afternoon.

The only good thing about it the test was the results: uterus is good to go. Still retroverted, but healthy.

Just relax.

Just relax, that is the funniest phrase I’ve heard since we are TTC. Relax? Really?

Let’s see:

  • Day 1 one your period: call RE. Make sure they send the medicines to the Pharmacy.
  • Day 3 to 7: Don’t forget to take those little monsters each day at bedtime.
  • Day 10 until Ovulation: Don’t forget to pee every morning in the pee stick. We don’t want to miss the ovulation window.
  • Day of the smiley face: Hurry, let’s have sex! Stop everything.
  • 8 days after ovulation: Is too early, don’t test yet.
  • 9 days after ovulation: BFN, but there is still hope.
  • 10 days after ovulation until period: Hanging in there.
  • Period day: Oh crap. Cry (the first cycles, after a while you are used to it). Call RE. Start again.

I would love for the “just relax committee” to explain how exactly I can achieve that, lol. I would also love to learn how relaxing is going to help my body ovulate on its own (without the medicines).

I know most people are just trying to be nice. I’m mostly upset at the ones that understand the process and still say it.

PS: This was a venting post. Sometimes reading those TTC forums have that effect on people. 

IVF got this… (I sure hope she does, because I don’t).

ivfWell, here we are. The final stop in the fertility ladder. Or what I wish is the final stop…

We had our initial consultation at the CNY Atlanta office. I wasn’t impressed by the doctor, but I knew she was only necessary to “get in”, not for her expertise. We decided to do IVF on my next cycle (the one after the current one). After that, I was told to expect a call from the Syracuse office with further instructions.

What the Atlanta lady failed to explain to us is that after a year, you have to re-do all the tests. I refused another HSG (I’m allergic to Iodine), so I will be doing a Saline Sonogram instead (SHG). We are not re-testing my husband’s sperm because we already know he is not the problem. We also have to do a preconception genetic test (first on me, based on the results, he may or may not have to do it). Apparently, this is the best choice, because of my age, and I certainly prefer to do it on me than on the embryos.

The Atlanta doctor gave me a lot of supplements that I’m drinking daily. The IVF medicines are sooooo expensive. I didn’t have a clue of how expensive they are!

So, I’m overwhelmed, but I wanted to give a brief update of what is going on.

Until next time!

First IUI.

So yesterday was our first IUI. We woke up early, had breakfast and then proceed to take DH’s sample. We rushed to the doctor, and we made it on time. They took the sample and told us to wait in the lobby.

After 50 minutes more or less, they called us for the procedure. The nurse asked me to verify the information and to lay down. The first speculum was too big, so she had to change it. After that, she had a little bit of trouble find it my cervix (my uterus is retroverted), and I had to cough a few times. Then, she cleaned the area with some huge Q-Tips. And then, she slowly inserted the catheter with the semen.

She said that I didn’t need to lay down for 15 minutes, that it doesn’t make any difference. I was confused because everything that I read said that. She told me that we had the room for as long as we needed it, so I was welcomed to lay down. But after 5 minutes I figured she must know more than me, and I got dressed. My husband went to work, and I came to mine.

The first hour was uneventful. Then I started to have pain, lots of pain. I had pain in my ovaries, my abdomen, and parts of my body that I don’t know how to describe. By the time I left my work, I had pain even walking. I’m going to assume that it was ovulation pain because of all the medicines. I took it easy yesterday night, and by today, the pain is so much better. It went from 8 to 4 in the morning. By now, is like a 2.

So now we just have to wait and pray.