My journey through infertility

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

OMG my dog is too cute!

This was little Moomoo the other day trying to guilt me into sharing my pizza rolls. 

It didn't work, but man she is good.  Just looking at the picture makes me want to run home and give her cuddles.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

taking the next steps

We met with the RE today to discuss my husbands recent SA (sperm analysis) and see where he wants to go from here.  My husband's numbers came back low on a few factors, so he is going to run some blood tests to rule out a few obvious causes, and then we are being referred to a urologist.  The urologist will be able to tell us if surgery is an option or if my husband is as good as he is gonna get.  Since his numbers were only slightly below what they like to see it is very possible that we will just proceed as we are.  Once we have him all squared away we have 3 options:

1. Continue on Clomid plus IUI one more cycle.   I am very against this plan.  Clomid hasn't worked yet, and the side effects are getting worse each cycle.   Some women just don't have any luck on Clomid and I have accepted that I am one of them.

2. Injectables plus IUI.  He made it sound like the chances of getting pregnant this route are pretty good, the issue with it is how pregnant do I get?  The chance of twins goes up to 1 in 4, the chance of triplets (yes, that is 3 babies crammed in my ute) is 1 in 20, and there are women who end up with 4+.  This route would still be relatively affordable assuming I respond well to the meds.  He said about $1500 for the meds plus the cost of multiple ultrasounds and the IUI.  We are very lucky that our insurance has IF coverage, so for at least one cycle we would only be paying a small fraction of the total cost.

3. IVF - chances of pregnancy would be good ( I believe he said around 50%) and we would be able to control the amount of embryos that get put back in to avoid high order multiples.  The downside is of course cost.  It is about $18,000 per cycle, and we do not have any insurance coverage. 

Since we don't have $18,000 lying around, and I don't want my husband to leave me because of insane mood swings, we are going with option 2.  So as soon as hubby gets squared away I get myself ready for daily shots and uncomfortable monitoring appts. 

Friday, March 18, 2011

TTC light

BFN on Wednesday and CD1 today, so we are now doing TTC light for at least once cycle.  Possibly more depending on the finances.  I still want to temp because I am curious if maybe the clomid knocked some sense into my ovaries, but that is all we will be doing.  No opks or meds involved.  I'm looking forward to the break, but kind of sad that I won't really feel like we have a chance for a while. 

Our future plans are still up in the air.  There is a possibility of finding an RE in town that will put me on Femara.  My current RE does not like to prescribe Femara because he said there has not been enough research on it as a fertility aid, so I have to find a new doc.  I'm not real thrilled about this idea, but the femara is a lot cheaper than option 2, and much less involved.

Our second option is sticking with my current RE's plan.  He wants me to get a laparoscopy to check for endo and then start on injects.  Injects are not cheap and this plan involves me having surgery, so I'm not real thrilled about it.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Talk some sense into me please

I want a 3rd dog.  I have spent the last few hours browsing petfinder and falling in love.   Someone please tell me that having 3 dogs is for crazy people.  I know it would be a bad idea with Moomoo and Guiness already both fighting for our attention, but there are so many adorable dogs out there looking for homes.  I think I need to step away from the computer.

Friday, March 11, 2011


The good news is that I remembered my progesterone today.   The bad news is I did not remember to bring my purse with me to work.  Soo glad I packed a lunch today.  Can I mark this down as pregnancy brain?  It can start at 8dpo right?  Right?  OK, no.  I'm just an idiot.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I suck

I managed to forget my darn progesterone already. I'm going to pretend it is the dogs fault for being ridiculous this morning, but really I need to get my act together.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Started the progesterone supps

The absolute worst part of the 2ww for me is the stupid progesterone supps.  They are probably the most disgusting things ever.  Also, I am terrible at remembering to take them.   I don't have too much trouble remembering in the evening, but the morning dose gets me every time.  I can't even count how many times I have been in the car on the way to work before I remember I forgot the supp again.  Luckily I have always remembered when I'm still in range of the house so I can turn around. 

Wish me luck remembering!

Friday, March 4, 2011

IUI #2 is a done deal

I just had my second IUI, and I think we timed this one a little better than last time, so fingers crossed!  I was pretty uncomfortable right after the procedure but I'm feeling back to normal already.   I am super relieved that once again my body let me O early to avoid the weekend.  Thank you ovaries!!!  I have 2 birthday parties and some shopping to do this weekend so I'm glad I got this out of the way.  Best thing about this due date is now my Dad's birthday.  yay!!  Come on Thanksgiving baby!