I've been mulling this over for a long time and finally bit the bullet and sat down to start this. My name is Angela and my husband and I have a 2 year old daughter named Erin. We didn't even try for her and figured that we wouldn't have any problem at all getting pregnant again. So, I stopped taking my birth control 11 months ago. We've been trying since June of 2007. When I didn't get pregnant within the first couple of months, I thought it was just due to the stress of us having moved across the country, my husband's job, etc. Then when it got to be about 4 months, I was concerned. I knew in my hear that something was wrong.
In January, we had a sperm analysis done. It showed that my husband has severe morphology problems- 100% of his sperm are shaped abnormally and he only has 39% motility (50% is normal). This means that they may have two heads or two tails, or a crooked tail, or an oddly-shaped head, or no tail, or pinheads. Most of them don't swim correctly, and if they do, they can't penetrate the egg (theoretically). Another S/A showed consistent results, with motility worsening to 21%. We're not sure if he has always had these numbers or if something happened during his Iraq tour. Most likely, this is the way my husband was made, and things have worsened over the last 2.5 years just enough to cause this, or we got very lucky with our daughter.
In February, I had an HSG. My left-tube was either in spasms or is blocked. Also, there was an odd "filling" in my uterus- a straight line that looks like it could be scar tissue. It may even be in the abdominal tissue directly above the uterus but appeared to be in the uterus due to the x-ray. Anyway, the RE told us to try on our own for 2 more months.
Here we are, 2 months later, and it hasn't worked. I've just started seeing a new RE, because I wasn't totally satisfied with the original one. I feel very good about the decision to switch. I met with my new dr. on Friday, and she has ordered some blood tests, an ultrasound, and possibly another HSG to determine if my left tube is open and what that line was. After that, we'll be pursuing an IUI with Clomid.
Anyway, this will be my place to vent, cry, update people, etc. Infertility- even secondary infertility- is a confusing and very upsetting thing to go through. It will be nice to type all of this out.
Well, I've met with my new RE again and she did an ultrasound. My ovaries and uterus looked good, and all of my hormone levels are great. We had a long discussion about how to go about determining whether or not my left tube is open or not. We decided to do another HSG....both tubes are open and my uterus looks good. Also had another S/A done and it looks like DH's sperm is improving- his motility went from 21% to 56%. We are perfect candidates for an IUI, which we'll be starting in May.
I should be starting AF tomorrow. I'll go in for a baseline ultrasound and then I'll start Clomid from CD 3-7. I did some research and discovered that taking Clomid on CD5-9 (the typical protocol) produces stronger eggs. Taking it from CD 3-7 produces more than one egg. That makes sense since they'll want DH's boys to have more than one target to hit.
I'm feeling hopeful. I think about this coming cycle and I'm hopeful. The last 6 months I haven't been hopeful and I haven't not been hopeful- apathetic would be a good word for it. I guess I've just been going through the motions, passing time each month because I *knew* we were going to need some help to get pregnant.
And now we're finally here, and I'm hopeful. I still can't walk through the maternity section at Target without getting weepy, and I still will not hold a newborn baby because it makes my heart ache. Hopefully I'll be able to do all of that soon without feeling so much sadness.
Well, I'm waiting for AF to come. My temp was way low this morning and I've been spotting. As soon as she really starts I'll call the RE and set up an ultrasound and an appt. to get my Clomid. Fun stuff!
I got a new book yesterday to read to keep me busy at night. I love to read and love to get involved in a good story, so that will keep me busy at night. I also ordered 27 Dresses and P.S. I Love You from Netflix for this weekend.
We're also going up to Montana for week in a month. I figure that if this IUI doesn't work, at least I'll have something to look forward to and something to pass the time between the next one.
AF arrived this morning, and my baseline ultrasound is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9:15. If my ovaries look ok, they'll be calling in an RX for Clomid and I'll start that on Saturday.
We both had 4 vials of blood drawn this afternoon for our infectious disease panel that they have to do before any IUI. I have never had a tech hurt so badly when they poked me. And I could feel the needle just sitting in my vein....ugh. Not fun.
I had my baseline ultrasound this morning. Everything looked great! I start Clomid tomorrow. Instead of going in for another ultrasound, I'm going to be using an ovulation kit. That's fine with me, since I've peed on about a million this last year, and I certainly know how to read them. The RE's office recommended the ClearBlue digital easy read- the ones that give you the nice little smiley face- because the results are not as ambiguous as determining the color of a line. I've got a bunch of First Response but I'll also get a pack of the ClearBlue to use as a back-up. The day I get the positive ovulation test, I have to call right away and we'll do the IUI the next morning.
We're also not using the trigger shot. I ovulate on my own each month so the doctor didn't see any point in giving it to me to induce ovulation.
I just bought plane tickets for Montana. I'm excited about our trip! It's giving me something to look forward to.
I'm pretty sure the Clomid is starting to give me sore boobs. And an appetite.
Lovely- all of my hard work the last few months will be undone by Clomid...I guess if I get pregnant, that would do it too, though. And if Clomid helps me to get pregnant, then I'm all for it.
Yea for no shot!
"Yea for no shot! " referencing trigger shot above.
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