I think what’s been the most frustrating throughout my TTC experience thus far has been the waiting. Waiting to ovulate, two week wait after ovulation before AF, then the cycle repeats itself EVERY MONTH. The anticipation the first several months was terrible for me. I SWORE I had symptoms, and would worry myself to death looking every thing up online. The internet can be your worst enemy when TTC. I feel a bit more relaxed now that we have a plan in place. And I’m not even thinking I’m pregnant this month, b/c odds are I’m not. Since R started Clomid to see if that would help increase his numbers we’re going to give that the recommended 3 months to see if it helps. We’ll have our first IUI in December. So between now and December I’m going to try and relax more and do more “me-things” that I won’t be able to do as often once pregnant. It’s not easy, I still get very anxious sometimes. But I’m dealing. Continue reading
I called my RE’s office today to schedule our first IUI for December…..well little did I know, it doesn’t quite work like that. The way the nurse explained it to me was the cycle we decided to have an IUI I would need to call on cycle day (CD) 1 to get a prescription for myself for Clomid. I would take the Clomid CD 5 – CD 9. Then between CD 13 & 15 (depending on the day of the week) I would go into the office for an ultrasound to see how many and what size follicles I was “growing” to determine when to do the IUI. Continue reading
I have a girlfriend who is going through the exact same situation we are (MFI), only they’ve been at it a year longer than us. She gave me some VERY encouraging news over the weekend, she is currently 12 weeks pregnant with twins. Continue reading
Even though we’ll probably need medication and/or fertility treatments I can’t help but get my hopes up each month that I’m pregnant. That’s been the most draining part of this whole experience. I wish after your fertile window you could test right then and there, instead of that dreadful two week wait! I find it impossible to “just relax” while TTC. I should be ovulating sometime soon, I stopped charting/temping a few weeks ago….but still feel like a crazy person sometimes. R just started Clomid yesterday, hoping within the next few months it makes a difference! Fingers crossed!
We decided to start with R taking Clomid to see if that would help increase his sperm count. He’s taking 25 mg/day (the normal dose when they prescribe it for women is 50, so he’s just taking 1/2 pill per day), which will cost us around $60/month. Something I should point out is that our insurance paid for 100% of our infertility testing to diagnose the problem, but anything after that is completely out of pocket. I also have him taking a One-a-Day multi-vitamin and Fertility Blend for men (an OTC medication that is said to help increase sperm count). Continue reading
We had our first appointment with the RE this morning. In a nut shell, the doctor told us that “normal” sperm counts are around 250 million, anything under 20 million is considered “low”, and any sperm numbers under 10 million (ours is 9) puts your chances at conceiving naturally very low. Our doctor specifically told us that if we kept TTC without any help that we probably would NOT conceive in the next 5 years, which was a tough pill to swallow. He gave us a few options to think about and decide on….. Continue reading
I’m a planner, I like everything on the calendar, and I’m very organized. So when R & I started TTC last fall I assumed that in just a few short months I would be pregnant…no problems. Well each month I had what I thought were symptoms of being pregnant, and it’s almost like I had pregnancy/TTC amnesia every month. Near the end of my cycle I would be driving myself crazy on the internet trying to see if a pain in my underarm could be a pregnancy symptom. Continue reading