Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CD 4 - Clomid is go!

Started the Clomid last night. No big whoop. This cycle, I'm REALLY trying not to get my hopes up. I won't chart my temperatures this month, and am planning ahead so that if/when I find out my BFN, I can take the day off if necessary. I'm also trying to stay the hell off fertility friend, but despite my better judgment I keep finding myself back in those boards. My Day 12 ultrasound is next Wednesday, and I expect the IUI will be Friday. (my clinic ALWAYS does the IUI's on day 14, it seems). I'll check in on Day 12.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

CD 2 - here we go again

AF arrived yesterday, a day early. I called my RE's office, who are only open for a few hours on Saturdays, to ask them to call in the Clomid prescription so I can start it tomorrow. They never called it in, so I'll have to pester them again tomorrow to call it in. I estimate that the IUI will be around June 4. Let's hope third time's a charm. This will probably be my last Clomid cycle.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Mexican infertility remedies

I have a lot Mexican and Central American clients, whom I love dearly. Most of them come from very poor indigenous backgrounds with little exposure to Western Medicine. Many of them offer me folk remedies for various ailments. When they find out I'm infertile, they like to offer solutions to my infertility. It's often just the usual "have relations 10-14 days after menstruation and stand on your head!" advice. Today I was chatting with a client who asked if I have kids (as they often do). I explained that I haven't been able to have a child and she told me that she had the same problem. She said that she had a "vientre frio" (cold uterus) and that I should drink "te de ajo" (garlic tea) every night. I asked how you make it and she said you peel a head of garlic and boil it in a liter of water, then drink it nightly. Yuck! It's amazing how similar this hot/cold advice is to Traditional Chinese Medicine, which also talks about a cold uterus and ways to heat up the body. It makes me think that maybe there's something to it.

The Ovidrel arrived today and AF should be making her appearance on Sunday. So I should be starting the Clomid sometime next week. Looking forward to a beautiful weekend so we can get some housework done and refinish our deck!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gearing up for IUI #3...

I'm getting ready for IUI #3 this coming cycle, which will start around May 24. That would make the IUI around the 4th of June. This will most likely be my last IUI on Clomid. If this one fails, I'm pretty sure the doc will put me on injectables or something else. I haven't met with the RE since our first meeting - they wanted to do the 3 IUI's and then go from there. We have been taking a total break from TTC the last two months. I wanted to have an IUI this month, but we were out of town on Day 12-14. So much for that!

I found a clinic in this area that has a very interesting IVF program. If you have extra eggs during the IVF process, you can donate them and the clinic will "comp" your IVF procedure! This could be a good option for us, since we have no fertility insurance coverage.

The months of June and July will be somewhat stressful due to some work issues, so hopefully that won't affect the IUI's.