Friday, May 28, 2010

Halfway through with one....

Well, I am officially half-way through my Prometrium. Last night I took pill #7 of 14. I have been experiencing a little bit of lower back pain and I’m praying that I am not experiencing the onset of a kidney infection. BUT, I’ve said all along that I would not complain about any of this; it’s all going to be worth it in the end, right!? I can handle a little back pain, I’ll just spend a little time laying on the heating pad.
I am so glad that I have come across the FERTILE THOUGHTS website. I could probably spend all day on the forums reading the stories of inspiration, success and determination from other ladies that are going on this journey with me. There truly are some amazing women on that site. I’ve also learned some very interesting information on that site that I had not heard of. Don’t get me wrong, I know there is a lot of information out there, some true to fact and some more like old wives tales. I’ve also learned to take everything with a grain of salt.
One thing I have read of most of the women there using is baby aspirin with their daily dose concoction of meds, supplements and vitamins. This really peaked my interest, so I decided to look and research that a little more. So, off I went to good ole’ GOOGLE and ASK.COM and this is what I found:

According to a study published in Fertility and Sterility (operated by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine), "Low dose aspirin treatment significantly improves ovarian response, uterine and ovarian blood flow velocity, implantation rate and pregnancy rate in patients undergoing IVF. Aspirin seems to be a useful, effective and safe treatment in patients who undergo assisted reproductive technologies." information from here
If you are suspicious about miscarriages, or have suffered from them in the past, ask your doctor about aspirin. It could very well be what the doctor orders. When you are trying to conceive, it is important not to take any type of drug, even an over the counter one, without talking to your doctor first. information from here

After reading all the information I did yesterday, I too decided to start taking baby aspirin once per day before bed. My thoughts are that it can’t hurt, and if anything it might help and lower the risk of any miscarriage.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Well, I'm doing some tweeks to the blog to make it prettier on the eyes! hehe
I'm learning as I go along, so please bare with me as I make the adjustments. If you have any insight or help you can lend, I would greatly appreciate it.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

And it starts...

Well, althought I have blogged before, I decided that I would start a blog, a journal so to speak, on my journey with infertility and TTC (trying to conceive). So...let me catch you up on a little about me:

Me: 34
DH: 51
2nd marriage for both of us (we married Sept. 2008).
0 childrend from each of us.
Diagnosed with PCOS when I was about 22-23 years old.
Put on metformin when I was 25 (if I remember right)
No infertility issues with DH (count, motility and morphology all ok).

Ok, now that I have that out of the way, I will lead into where I am at now.

I was married to my DH#1 for 10 years. We tried the entire stretch of our marriage to have children...unsuccessfully. About 2 years into our marriage I seeked a specialist (RE) to help with my mission. That is when I was officially diagnosed with PCOS. With that doctor I did 6 treatments with Clomid; gradually increasing my dose each cycle but still not having any luck. Other than having the medication, we were trying the old fashion way with some good ole' fashion BMS. I hated the symptoms I had while on the clomid, and it obviously wasn't working, but our insurance just didn't cover any other options (IUI/IVF), so after the failed 6th cycle we decided to take a break from that and just try it naturally.


Fast forward to 2010! On April 20th, I had my first appt with the RE (from this point on, he will be known as Dr. C). This consultation left me feeling kind of bummed, because the first thing that he mentioned was that "with your husbands age, you should consider IVF...blah blah blah! "No offense Doc, but I think that with that being my last resort, I would prefer to do a few rounds of IUI's and then re-evaluate. Anyway, after a butt load of bloodwork and the poor DH going in for his SA, we got the "GREEN LIGHT" on May 20th to move forward with the IUI process. That's right, you heard me took a month to find out our results! It was a long agonizing month at that.

For this first take, our protocol is:
  • Prometrium (once/day for 14 days to bring on AF)
  • On CD3 I am to go in for an u/s and bw to determine when and what dosage to start the rest of the meds.
  • The next rounds of meds will be: Femara for 5 days, then follistim, with the Ovadril (trigger shot)
  • IUI will be scheduled anywhere from 36-40 hrs after trigger shot.
  • Then the dreaded 2ww.

Im keeping my prayer beads handy, and that bible on the stand by my bed.

RIGHT NOW: I am on day 4 of the prometrium (10 more days to go).