Friday, 25 March 2016

Treatment Cycle 1 – Clomid + IUI + Progesterone

I had to take ovulation tests all last week to pinpoint when I'm ovulating so the RE could do the insemination when the egg was actually there. Since they need me to call by 2 to schedule the IUI for the following day that meant that I needed to test at work, which ended up being more complicated than I anticipated. I have no problem working in the lab for 4-5 hours with no break, but as soon as I had to avoid using the bathroom for 3 hours, all I had to do was go. I use Wondfo ovulation tests and normally use the cup/dipping method to test. I didn’t think I could discretely do this at work and had heard that the foil packet the tests come in can be used as a cup, so I gave that a try. It went okay the first few days but by the end of the week I was wearing bulky sweaters so I could hide a disposable cup. It all turned out to be a waste because I didn’t get a positive until Saturday. Since our local clinic is closed on weekend, that meant we had to go into the city.

My husband normally works weekends, but was actually off that Sunday, which worked out great. He did have plans with friends but ended up cancelling those because I refused to take transit home by myself after the IUI. The IUI process takes about 2.5 hours, but most of that is waiting between the boy part and the girl part of the procedure. They wash and concentrate the sperm for the IUI, which takes about 2 hours.

Luckily, they highly encourage the man to "collect his specimen" at the office so we didn't have to make a crazy sperm-drive like we did for the semen analysis. There was a lot of paper work to sign and things to initial to make sure the correct sperm got back to me at the end. I mentioned to my husband that there was less of a chance of a mistake because the clinic was empty when we were there. They offered to let me go with my husband to collect the sample but I passed on that.

There is an amazing taco place about a block from the RE office, so we went there for lunch while we waited. The tacos were SO GOOD. 

The nurse didn't give my husband the option if he wanted to come with me for the IUI. She just assumed that since he was there he wanted to come in. She went over the IUI with me and all the technical talk seemed to make him a little uncomfortable. There were 49.8 million sperm after washing and we were told that was a really good number because a pre-wash total of 45 million is considered normal. The IUI actually doesn't take that long. The nurse put in a speculum and then placed a catheter through the cervix into the uterus to deposit the sperm. Once everything was positioned she asked my husband if he wanted to push down on the plunger to release the sperm. He nope'd right out of that. It felt like a pap smear with cramping. I had pretty bad cramping that nigh plus a lot of bleeding. The bleeding stopped and the cramping was mild the following day. I was started on twice daily progesterone suppositories starting 2 days following the IUI, to continue until my blood pregnancy test or I got my period.

This past Tuesday my period arrived, so the first IUI cycle was a failure. The clomid and progesterone lessened my bleeding, but it didn’t stop it. I started my next cycle of clomid yesterday and will be repeating this whole process starting next week.

Wednesday marked 1 year since we started trying for a baby.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Dear DH

 I know you don’t want to be undergoing fertility treatments. I don’t want to be undergoing them either, but with my broken uterus and your funny looking sperm, we may not be able to have a baby any other way. Every day I wish that we could just do things the “old-fashioned” way instead of all these drugs and doctor appointments.

I know tomorrow is your day off. It is my day off too. I know you don’t want to spend part of the day driving into the city for my intrauterine insemination, and neither do I, but I have an LH surge and it’s time. I know you have plans with your friends tomorrow and don’t want to change them, but bodies are unpredictable and tomorrow gives us the best chance of success this cycle. This is our 14th cycle trying for a baby and I’m tired of waiting. I’m tired of cycle after failed cycle. I’m tired of the doctors appointments and the testing.

I know you don’t want to go to the RE tomorrow. I don’t want to either, but it will all be worth it when we have our child to hold.