Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Cycle 3, Day 12

I went in today for my sonogram. I had one mature follicle measuring 18mm by one side and 20mm by the other. She said they measure it from 3 different views. I had no clue. This follicle was, like last month, from the left ovary. I was always under the impression that you ovulated from the right one month and the left the next. My right ovary doesn't really seem to be responding to any of the medicines that we have tried. I did have another follicle that measured somewhere around 12mm on the left side but she didn't seem to think it would amount to anything.

I asked her about giving me the prometrium this cycle but she said she didn't think it was warranted because I didn't have enough follicles. So I picked up my shot of Ovidrel and I have to take it tonight at 11:00pm.

We go in Friday at 10:30am for our first IUI. I'm a little nervous about the whole thing. I just never in my life dreamed that I would be experiencing the things we are going through or doing the things we are doing to have a child. I am very thankful that we have been able to do these treatments though. Even if I don't conceive I'll know we done all we could. I won't have any regrets.

So I guess the future plan, if this cycle isn't successful, is to move on to Bravelle. At this point we are still on go for it. The nurse I seen today (Paula must have been off) was Carolyn, and she really encouraged me to go forth with the Bravelle and she helped me feel more calm and less fearful about the decision. She seemed to believe that my body would respond much better to Bravelle than it has to Clomid and Femera.

Of course if cycle 4 isn't successful we are taking a break.

Thank-you for your prayers. I am full of hope and excitement.

(edited to add this definition of IUI, that I copied from Beth's blog, I linked her in the post below. I needed this here so that I could refer back to it.)

IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) is commonly refered to as artificial insemination. Here is the definition I found on WebMD...

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the placing of sperm into a woman's uterus when she is ovulating. This is achieved with a thin flexible tube (catheter) that is passed into the vagina, through the cervix, and into the uterus.
IUI can use sperm from the male partner or a donor. It is often combined with superovulation medication to increase the number of available eggs.


My Quest said...

I like your last statment, full of hope and excitement. That is the right attitude. I pray that as you go through with this that God will make it work. You won't have to go through this process again, because you will concieve with the cycle.

Alicia said...

Infertility treatments can be so taxing on the wallet, mind, and heart......but like you said it's so worth it to give it all you can because children are worth it. And it would bring such peace of mind knowing that you did all you were able to.May God bless your efforts with a joyful pregnancy! I will be praying for you :)

Ashley said...

I am praying for you too!! Good Luck!!

Gina said...

Oh I'm praying for you!!

kcmarie122 said...

Wishing you TONS of prayers that your IUI goes perfectly on Friday! It sounds like your cycle is going really well based on your sonograms so I am hopeful you will have good results!

And I agree, I always thought your ovaries took turns ovulating too! Strange!

Jesus, My Best Friend said...

i am Praying for you! thank you so much for your kind words. you are so right... it's not worth losing my Jesus over. i Pray that i can continue to use this situation to point to Him. i Pray that i will get to share this story with my kids some day and tell them just how much of a blessing it was to go through infertility even though it was one of the hardest things that i had to ever deal with. i know i don't know you personally but i feel as though i know you and i love you in Christ dear sister!

Rebecca said...

Wow. Thank you for sharing. I know you said you had another blog, but I never would have guessed it was about this. It is SO refreshing to listen to your struggle (I started reading from the beginning). Our secondary infertility IS explained (endometriosis), but my thoughts and questions for God are still the same. We cannot use the monthly drugs because of the endo. The doctor gave us until the end of the year to conceive, and then intervention because the endo will have grown to the point of needing surgery again. I feel like the things I've written about waiting should not even be valid...I cannot imagine what would be going on in my heart and mind after 7 years! I can't wait to catch up on your story and read the rest.

Ashley said...

Thank you for the prayers!!! I am praying for you too!!