The Oversharing of My (Fertility) Life Part 2/2: (If you haven't read part one check it out here.)
Month 21 (August 2011): Try to get an appt with a reproductive endocrinologist -- we can't get in until October. Must maintain good attitude. Western medicine to the rescue.
Month 22: I'm not patient. At all. And October feels forever away. Maybe I should put my faith in Eastern medicine instead. I hear about someone who had success with accupuncture and go ahead and make an appointment for that. Accupuncture = total disaster for me. Who knew my heartrate could get that fast when I thought about dozens of needles being stuck in me? I will continue to try Accupuncture for a few months, but I never really warm to it.
Month 23: Our first visit with an RE (that's reproductive endocronologist for those of you fortunate enough to have never seen a babymaking doctor). Casey and I visit with him for over an hour and leave his office feeling really confident. He tells us we will be pregnant by March.
Month 24: I spend this month learning to enjoy being a human pincushion. I thought Accupuncture involved a lot of needles. I was wrong. Bloodwork multiple times a week (because it needs tested and retested on the right day of your cycle) takes alot of needles.
Month 25: We don't have all of the bloodwork and results yet, but the baby doc puts me on Clomid this month. Clomid is a drug that helps a woman grow and release multiple follicles (instead of the one follicle/egg your body releases naturally). He starts me on the minimum dosage and I respond like a champ. Three follicles! Woohoo! Babydoc thinks this is a good enough cycle we should try IUI. Casey and I prayerfully consider this - is IUI a step we are ready for?!? We decide what the heck we're going to go for it... *womp womp* I ovulate on Christmas Day so now IUI possible for us. But I am really excited. I am convinced that Christmas Day, which is Jesus' birthday AND my dad's birthday, is the PERFECT conception day. Who needed IUI anyway? Of course I'm pregnant!
Month 26: Big Fat Negative. Not pregnant. Also get really bad news from some of the bloodwork and tests. My AMH level came back at 0.36**. That's super low, but the doctor doesn't explain it to me so I don't know to be concerned. I start telling my close friends we are TTC. I decided that stabbing one of them with a fork is probably a bad idea. We try Clomid again and this time we do IUI. Babydoc calls it a textbook cycle with 4 perfect little follicles. He says his only concern is our high chance of twins! I'm really excited about our chances.
Month 27: Big Fat Negative. Babydoc wants to do a test on me called an HSG. It basically tells him if my tubes are clear. Hallelujah -- nothing wrong with my tubes. Apparently chances of conception go up in the months after this test (something about dyes cleaning your tubes out -- I didn't really understand) and babydoc convinces us we should try IUI again this month even though I didn't take any drugs and so only have one follicle. Immediately after the IUI (as in minutes) babydoc starts explaining why we should try IVF for our next cycle. I leave his office in tears. How can he be so sure this IUI cycle isn't going to work that he is already talking about next steps? Why did we spend the money to even try IUI this month?
Month 28 (March 2012 -- current cycle): Not to spoil the surprise of future of furture posts but so far: Big Fat Negative.
** Your AMH level gives an approximation of how many eggs a woman has. Ideally that number should be above 3. At least it should be above 1. Anything below 0.5 and your chances of ever conceiving are almost zero. Luckily the doctor doesn't explain any of this to us, so while I know that 0.36 isn't a good AMH number I have no idea how bad it really is.