Hand In Hand

Hand In Hand

Monday, September 21, 2009

Where to Begin?

Where do I begin...Phil and I decided over two years ago, August 2007, that we should start to try for a family of our own. We prayed hard about this decision, since we didn't want to enter into it without it being in God's plans. So I went off birth control pills after ten longs years of being on them to regulate my cycles. Although the birth control aspect was nice when we weren't trying to conceive, that was never why I was on them. So I stopped taking them but didn't inform my OBGYN right away that we were TTC. I didn't really think it was necessary. Rewind to 1997 when I first had issues with irregular cycles, I should have After all, known to see a doctor right away, but I thought I could do it. Women get pregnant all the time naturally, without doctor's help, and without medication. 

Fast forward to October and November 2008. My cycle had seemed mostly regular from going off the birth control. My OBGYN knew, by this point, that we were TTC. I was already on prenatal vitamins, but my doctor never offered anything to guide us along. So at the end of October, my period came and come November, it hadn't gone away. Instead, it got ugly and hostile. I won't go into details other than to say that I was ready to drive myself to the Emergency Room for blood transfusions. I was scared to death. Something was really wrong with me! 

So that started the more proactive course in this journey. I went to see my OBGYN and was started on a round of Provera. Well, that did it's work but then my period again didn't go away. So I did another round of Provera. I also had to start keeping a Basal Body Temperature chart. This is very unfun and quite annoying, as you have to take your temperature at the same time every single day. Holiday? Doesn't matter. Weekend? Doesn't matter! Vacation? Still doesn't matter. So anyway, my first month charting, I apparently didn't ovulate. Why? We'll get to that later. Anyway, that was the start of the intense journey I'm on now.

My doctor instantly started me on another round of Provera and then started me on the Clomid at 50mg. Guess what...it did nothing! Another month without any ovulation. My body is broken. It was a very frustrating realization for me! So after that, I started on 100mg of Clomid. I stayed with my OBGYN for 3 cycles of 100mg. I ovulated on two but not on the third. So he referred me to a Reproductive Endocrinologist (Fertility Specialist). Don't you know that at my first consultation, the doctor proceeded to inform me that I have Policystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). And then came the question. "Why did it take you so long to come to this office?" 

Needless to say, I'm still taking Clomid. The RE added an hcg trigger shot, Ovidrel, to the routine. All these drugs just so I can mature eggs and release them! So I spend at least 3 days a month at the RE's office getting ultrasounds, Intrauterine Inseminations (IUI), and bloodwork. Oh, the good times! So this is my last cycle, I think, before moving on to daily injections. I'll keep you all posted with my thoughts, my struggles, and all the good and bad times that will come of this.


  1. Thanks for the comment. :)
    Looks like we're both on Clomid cycles this month. My ovaries are feeling weird and it sort of freaks me out! Lovely. ;)
    Good luck!

  2. My ovaries are just kind of hanging out in the 2-week wait.