I Have {Fertility} Issues!

I have 99 problems, but a baby ain’t one of them!

It’s the getting a baby that a problem. If wishing, hoping, praying, and (sorry to put it this way) screwing could get me a baby- I’d have 30+ of them… well, biologically I could have 2 children and one close behind them by now. My Dear Husband (DH) and I started Trying To Conceive (TTC) in July of 2008. Currently we are 28 (me) and 33  (the old man), so by no means are we the couple who are TTC later in life, nor have we been trying for several years… just a couple who’ve been trying for a couple to make our couple a company of three!

When you’ve got the Fertility Crazies here are some books that I recommend: The Silent Sorority, Taking Charge of Your Fertility, and more to come when I get home and insert the names and authors…

Here’s our outline:

July 2008 –

  • On your mark, get set…. Start TTC!  It was fun back then…

November 2009 –

  • First appointment with OB/GYN to discuss our little ‘issue’, started charting my Basal Body Temperature (BBT) [To date: I’ve gone through 2 basal thermometers @$12 each for a grand total of $24 (not including the two that I bought but didn’t like, so I don’t use them)]

August 2010 –

  • First appointment with fertility specialist, first trans-vaginal Ultrasound (US) and the good doctor told me I was thin (I am not really) and had a pretty uterus – two of the best compliments I’ve ever received! We discussed our next steps and left the appointment with a scrip for lab work and instructions to call  and schedule a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) on Cycle Day (CD) 10. Finally!!! A plan of action!

September 2010 –

  • 9/1/2010, 5:30am… Big Fat Positive (BFP) on a home pregnancy test (HPT). Happiest. Day. of. My. Life.
  • 9/24/2010, 3:30pm… D&C (Dilation and Curettage) to remove the “products of conception” I was pregnant, we conceived a baby… but no baby grew. It’s what is called a blighted ovum or an anembryonic pregnancy. All that was growing in side of my belly was a gestational sac and the placenta, but no baby. It’s a common form of miscarriage caused by a high level of chromosomal abnormalities.

November 2010-

  • Hysterosalpingiogram (HSG) … it all went well, both fallopian tubes are open (to my surprise) and my DH fainted.  Oh, in case you don’t know what an HSG is- it’s an exam where x-ray contrast (dye) is introduced into the uterus through a catheter and the physician uses life x-rays (fluoroscopy) to see if the contrast flows through the fallopian tubes, indicating that they are open and egg and sperm can meet.  DH was a good sport as we laughed about it later, but we decided if when we have a baby he will be seated or lying down in a bed next to me during the delivery!

January/February 2011-

  • A new year and a new hope. We started our first Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) cycle with Clomid (100 mg for 5 days, starting on cycle day 4 – it should have been cycle day 3, but we didn’t make it to the pharmacy in time).
  • 2/7/2011 – Insemination day.  It was quick and easy all went well, and now we wait… [$350 at the door]
  • 2/21/2011 – BFN (Big Fat Negative) on the home pregnancy test.

February/March 2011-

  • 2/22/2011 – Start IUI Cycle #2. Taking 100mg of Clomid for five days, and actually started taking it on time on cycle day 3! [$17 for 5 100mg doses of Clomid]
  • 3/8/2011 – Positive LH test… and positively uncomfortable feelings below- definite follicle stimulation!
  • 3/9/2011 – Insemination day! Had a good laugh after the insemination and are hoping for the best! [Another $350 at the door]
  • 3/21/2011 – 13 dpo, BFN pregnancy test. IUI #2 = Fail
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