Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Beginning of a 2WW

My Mother's Day Present From My Mom & Dad :)
After 12 days of giving myself Follistem injections, I had my 4th IUI on Monday and am currently on my 2WW. I had a total of 4 larger follicles. I think they were 11, 12, 15, and 25mm. I know from previous IUI's that they prefer them to be over 18mm, so I don't really know what the chances are of 11, 12, and 15 getting fertilized. Is that size considered mature? Mike's sperm count was 6 million with only 61% motility. We were pretty disappointed with that number. His sperm count for the first 3 IUI's ranged between 2.5 million and 6.5 million, but the motility ranged from 76% to 98%. I have a progesterone check this Friday and then my pregnancy test is on June 3rd.

With that being said, I think we are going to take a break from IUI's, so this will be it for awhile. Maybe we will luck out and not even need anything more, but I am NOT going to get my hopes up! The reason we are going to take a break.....Mike is in construction and has worked for almost a year straight, but today he was laid off and is #432 to go back out. Ugh. While we have pretty good insurance, we still have to pay like 20%, so that will not be easy to do just living on his unemployment. I will be out of work soon too, so it's not going to be easy. For many reasons, I am praying that I get a teaching job next school year in the district that I currently work. A) I love teaching, B) I need money, C) I was told by a teacher who was an IVFer that their insurance covers 100%. I hope our luck turns around soon!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week! Prayers and baby dust to you all!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day

Me & My Momma in 2006
I put my feelings about Mother's Day in my Facebook status earlier, and this is what I said:

"Many infertiles find today to be a very difficult and sad day for themselves. I do not. Today, to me, has ALWAYS been about my wonderful mother. She has always been there for me and has loved and supported me every step of the way. I hope that when I do become blessed with a child, that I will be just like her. She is my role model and I love her to pieces. Happy Mother's Day, Mom! I hope you are having a blast in Las Vegas! I love and miss you immensely!"
To my Blogger friends that are sad today: Celebrate YOUR mom and all the wonderful mom's today and know that someday you will be blessed to be a mom. I can just feel it. :) It might take a lot more time, patience, and money, but we will get there.
This goes out to all of my Blogger friends! Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Quick Update

Since my menstrual cycle started on Sunday, I went to the clinic on Monday morning for blood work and an ultrasound. Apparently I have a large cyst on one of my ovaries. I was worried that they would cancel this round, but the nurse called me on Monday night to tell me to start injections on Tuesday night. I asked her about the cyst and she said that it isn't producing estrogen, so I guess there isn't an egg in the cyst. I just started doing the FSH injections last night and I go back on Friday.

On another note, I completed my first week on Weight Watchers on Monday and I am down 6.2 pounds! :)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Next Step & Is It Time To Start Already?!

My husband and I met with the RE this past Monday to figure out our next step. We decided to do one more IUI (#4) this month. Then she recommended that I have laparoscopy and hysteroscopy done. Has anyone else been recommended to do this?


After the  laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, I will do two more IUI's before IVF. For IUI #4 I will be using the Follistim pen (no more Clomid). I was told that this should work better for me. It works directly on the ovaries. I HATE doing the Ovidrel trigger injections, so this should be fun. Not. However, I was able to give MYSELF the injections before IUI #2 & #3, so maybe it'll get better/easier the more I do it. Below is $200 worth of meds for my next round. I shutter to think about how much this would've been without insurance. Eek.

Here is the video of instructions (mainly for me to easily find it when it is time for the injections). :)

Now, here's where I wonder if it is time for this already. I was thinking that I still had at least another week and a half before my next period. My first day of my last period was April 12th. Since I normally ovulate really late, I started testing with OPK's on CD13 instead of the recommended CD6. I thought I would be okay since I have an irregular cycle. So, I have tested every day since April 24th and have gotten negatives on all of them. See, my husband and I had intercourse last night and it was sort of uncomfortable. It didn't hurt, it just didn't feel normal. When I woke up this morning to use the bathroom, I wiped and saw quite a bit of blood. When I used the bathroom about an hour later, there was still quite a bit of blood. This is weird because I am only on CD24. Can getting off of the fertility medications cause this? The last cycle before I started fertility treatments I had ovulated at CD28 and started my period on CD40. This just seems really weird to me. I'm going to continue to monitor it. If it appears to be my period, then I have to go in for labs and an ultrasound tomorrow and start injections tomorrow (from what I understand).