Okay, so I guess it’s pretty obvious by now, but I am a terrible blogger. It’s weird because I want to blog and share and write and be creative and have this place that I make my own, but I just never post. Hopefully I will get my lazy butt in gear and you will see a lot more regular posting from me!
Anyways, I wanted to give you all–like the three of you who visit– an update about how trying to conceive is going. First, here is a little background on how we got to where we are:
Jr. Stac and I decided to go off birth control in May and not not try to get pregnant. I realized in September that my cycles were a little off, but I didn’t really worry too much about it since I was on birth control for so long. But my curiosity got the best of me and not not trying just wasn’t cutting it. I wanted to know more about my cycles and I hated constantly thinking ‘what if I am pregnant?’ when we would have sex near when I assumed I was probably ovulating. So I started charting, and right away I knew something was “off.” I guess you could say it was instinctual because it really had nothing to do with my temps; I honestly didn’t really understand much about charting.
In late 2010 I had a 45 day long cycle and I had no idea when I ovulated. So I scheduled an appointment with my OB/GYN. She sucks, by the way. I got a “don’t worry about it, lots of people have irregular cycles, here are prenatal vitamins, have lots of sex.” If you know me IRL you know that did NOT fly well. This is my life! I want to know WHY they are irregular and what that means. At this point I was determined to get pregnant.
That pretty much brings us to this month. On CD 77 (!) Jr. Stac and I saw a Reproductive Endocrinologist or “fertility doctor” who I will call Dr. Perfect. I call her that because omg she is perfect. Like, she is MADE to be an RE. She let us talk and explain our concerns, then politely explained things to us–not in a way that made us feel dumb, but in a respectful, kind manner. She is also perfectly cute. She had on riding boots, hair slicked back, designer glasses. There were fresh flowers in the office. I just REALLY liked her and just the whole experience. Besides her, there’s a receptionist and nurse. The three of them run everything so I will always know the people who call and greet me. I like that.
We went through all of our medical history and answered a lot of questions. Even though I have irregular cycles, Dr. Perfect didn’t think I had obvious signs of heightened testosterone so she wasn’t comfortable diagnosing me with Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) yet. She explained that it’s a clinical diagnoses and you need to meet 2 of 3 conditions: 1) irregular cycles 2) outward signs of increased levels of testosterone like excess facial hair or male pattern baldness 3) a “string of pearls” around your ovaries. She suggested an ultrasound to check out my ovaries.
Two days after my appointment, I FINALLY got a visit from Aunt Flow. I called Dr. Perfect right away and she brought me in on CD2 for bloodwork and an ultrasound. Jr. Stac met me there to “produce a sperm sample.” It took my adorable husband about 30 seconds to “produce” and I thought that was just the funniest thing. When he came out of the room our eyes met and we both giggled; it really lightened the mood.
As soon as the ultrasound started, it was SO CLEAR I had the string of pearls on my left ovary. The right one wasn’t as obvious, but, nonetheless, that combined with my irregular cycles led Dr. Perfect to diagnose me with PCOS. I had 17 and 21 follicles, 5mm lining, and a “perfect” uterus.
Yesterday, I had to go into the hospital for the last of my diagnostic work up, a hysterosalpingogram or HSG. They insert iodine in your uterus, then take an X-ray to see if there are “spills” meaning that the ink can easily get through your fallopian tubes. The HSG went well. I didn’t cramp much and I had two “good spills” meaning my tubes are clear. Woooo!
This morning I went in for more blood work and another ultrasound (yes, the copays will start to add up.) Dr. Perfect wanted to see if the Clomid was working and indeed it was! She found two mature follicles on my right ovary! They were adorable Now we just need to have sex and hope for the best.
We are leaving for Mexico on Sunday for a week, so we will be doing the baby dance with maracas! Hasta luego, mis amigas!