Archive for November, 2010

What’s Normal? FSH blood test

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
What’s Normal? FSH blood test

I got so aggravated with the nurse at my ob/gyn when I called for the results of my FSH test and all she would tell me was it was ‘normal’. “What does ‘normal’ mean?” I asked, and was met with silence. I could almost feel her face pucker over the phone, but why is this such a difficult question? Read more »

Follicle Fairy – Stop Here!

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
Follicle Fairy – Stop Here!

No way it has been 4 days since I wrote last! Time seems to be on speed.

Follistim has been pretty uneventful, thankfully. My first injection was probably the easiest. Not that any have been difficult – but I did feel it a very little bit after the needle was in. I think because I’m not holding it steady while I’m ‘counting to 5’ before withdrawing it. Yesterday (day 4) we had some trouble seeing the drop that should form at the needle tip before injecting, to know the meds are flowing properly. Read more »

Follistim Friday

Friday, November 26th, 2010
Follistim Friday

Today is cycle day 5, and I started the Follistim injections.  I was pretty anxious about giving myself an injection, though I used to help my dad with the at-home sugar monitor for his diabetes, and I’d test with him to kind of ease his anxiety about it. I knew I was brave enough to poke myself with one of those finger pricking things, but this needle has to go in my belly – and was longer than the needle from the diabetes kit. Read more »

Staying positive, giving thanks

Thursday, November 25th, 2010
Staying positive, giving thanks

Thanksgiving isn’t always picture-perfect like it is on TV where there’s a big, happy family gathered at a big, beautifully dressed food-stuffed table, but it is always a day we can step back and be thankful for those things in our lives that are most important to us. Going through your struggle with infertility isn’t easy, Read more »

Cycle Day 3: F is for Fertility with Femara!

Thursday, November 25th, 2010
Cycle Day 3: F is for Fertility with Femara!

Well, I finally got a call from the specialists office yesterday around 3:30 – just before I gave up hope that they’d ever return my call.  My baseline ultrasound looked good, so I was on schedule for the fertility treatments for this cycle.

We already picked up the Femara, so I just needed Read more »

Cycle day 1: 28 days of fertility fun

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
Cycle day 1: 28 days of fertility fun

So, another month of ‘doing what we are doing’ didn’t work, and today is day 1 of the cycle that will be our first (and hopefully last) try at fertility treatments.

The way this fertility cycle is supposed to go is as follows: Read more »

Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) Fertility Specialist

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) Fertility Specialist

At first I didn’t even know what an “RE” was. I have really come to hate the acronyms used for those of us trying to conceive (TTC). It’s almost like you need a pocket dictionary of acronyms just to read some first-hand accounts from women on forums and the like.

An RE is a Reproductive Endocrinologist.  A specialist that specializes in the chemical part of reproducing.  I suppose most notably, they are the ones that administer fertility drugs and IVF. Read more »

Follicle? Check!

Sunday, November 21st, 2010
Follicle? Check!

At our follow up appointment, the PA looked at the BBT charts that we started right after the HSG, and since my temps seemed to be all over the place, she suggested we have a vaginal ultrasound on day 14 of my cycle, so we could see if I was ovulating, along with some blood tests to check my FSH, LH and estrogen levels.  We scheduled the vaginal ultrasound, and the blood work to be done on that same day. We’d need to return on day 21 for another LH test, for comparison, since your LH level is supposed to rise when you’re in what’s called the Leutal phase. Read more »

HSG results

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
HSG results

At the end of my HSG, the doctor told me that one of my fallopian tubes is blocked, and I should make a follow-up appointment after a few weeks.  My husband and I were hopeful that some minimal blockage may have been cleared, so now we’d just get pregnant and this would all be over.  Read more »

My HSG experience

Friday, November 19th, 2010
My HSG experience

A test for infertility patients, a Hysterosalpingiogram is an x-ray of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.  This is done as an outpatient procedure, and doesn’t have to be done in a hospital.  Mine was, because my doctors office happens to be attached to the hospital.

After my husband’s sperm count came back normal, I was scheduled for a Hysterosalpingiogram, or HSG.  I was anxious to find out what was happening – I suspected the problem was probably with me because my husband is a young buck at only 30 years old.  I was the ‘old lady’ over 35 (37 going on 38). Read more »