So it's been a long time since I have even looked at this blog. But very literally, nothing has happened since then.
I guess I am going to be writing on here more often now given that Mother Nature fired my uterus from ever making a baby. Chris and I had our first appointment at the Center for Reproductive Medicine. Man, it was surreal. I couldn't believe the day had finally come where I actually went to see an RE. I mean, we sat in the actual doctor's office, with the mahogany desk and two chairs in front of it. I thought I would cry when I told the doctor the story of how we got there. But I think I just want to move forward with this. My OBGYN told me at my last appointment with her that me taking the Clomid at home is very isolating. Here, at the specialist's, I am being monitored and checked up on.
I am going to attempt to explain the game plan in place for the next several months. Dr. Kuneck established the Center for Reproductive Medicine, or CRM as I am going to refer to it because I am just that lazy, and is one of the best. CRM has the best rates of success and one of the best in the nation. My ovaries are jumping for joy. I truly feel we are in good hands. The best part is we are starting right away. Three months of Clomid and IUI. I am supposed to call the clinic on day 1 of my cycle, come in for labs and a baseline ultrasound on day 2 or 3, then go on the Clomid days 3-7. On day 10 I will go back to the clinic for another ultrasound to see how my follicles are growing. I will then give myself a trigger shot of Ovidrel at home to make myself ovulate.
Then a few days later, we will do the IUI (Intrauterine Insemination). Chris goes to the clinic in the morning and gives the semen sample, via masturbation or fear tactics. It then takes two hours to prepare the sample. Then the sperm (nicely cleaned and incubated) are inserted through a catheter into my uterus. By bypassing the cervix, it gives the sperm more of a chance to find and fertilize the egg. We are going to do three cycles of this and if there is no pregnancy, then I think the next step is IVF. But I am not going to think about that now.
I was really nervous for our appointment. But I am just ready to git 'r done. There is no guarantee IUI will even work. But it makes me feel better to be taking action. I have about a week and a half until my cycle starts so I will be writing a lot throughout this. Writing things down help me make sense of things and I know I will want a record of this.
Labels: Doctor Appointment, Infertility education, Inspirational, IUI