so far so good

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Posted by Olivia Adams, Mommie-to-be | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 22-01-2011

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So my period came on the 8th day instead of the 7th, which was weird. My doctor finally got back to me and said that it was normal. I swear, me and my period are having war. I’m supposed to be taking my clomid on day 5-9.

I was doing some research and found that “about 25% of female factor infertility involves a problem with ovulation, and clomiphene citrate, as a fertility drug, is easy to use (taken as a pill, not an injection), with not too many side effects, is pretty inexpensive compared to other fertility drugs, and is effective in stimulating ovulation 80% of the time.” (http://infertility.about.com/od/infertilitytreatments/a/clomid101.htm).

That’s good to know and to know that I’m not the only one out there. I just hope that this works. I know that the doctor wanted us to try this a few rounds and them up the dosage and then try artificial inseminating before in vitro, but I might try this for another month and if not, do the artificial. I got an awesome comment from a reader in my last blog, when I was talking about the different methods. I am feeling a bit anxious and want it now. I don’t want to wait 3 months and then up the dosage again for 3 month and then do artificial, I mean that’s like almost another year and a half!

Do you remember many blogs ago, I was trying this “twin diet?” That was ridiculous but look what clomid can do:

“The side effect you’re probably most familiar with is the risk of multiples. You have a 10% chance of having twins when taking Clomid, but triplets or multiples of more are rare, happening less than 1% of the time.”

Wow…10%. That is huge..I am almost tempted to double the pills or ask my doctor to increase the dosage! Just kidding.

Here is the flipside:

“Clomid will jumpstart ovulation in 80% of patients, and about 40% to 45% of women using Clomid will get pregnant within six cycles of use.

Using Clomid for more than six cycles is not generally recommended. If six cycles go by, and pregnancy is not achieved, other alternatives may be considered.”

Again, 6 months is not in timeframe. I plan to try this this month and the next month and then artificial insemination it is. I would prefer to just do the artificial but the husband said no. He wants to try this method, but with our awesome insurance, its only $78? Will have to try to convince him.

It’s OFFICIAL!

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Posted by Olivia Adams, Mommie-to-be | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 08-01-2011

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It’s official! I’m preggo! Jk…I wish..but I have a good feeling about what’s going to happen. So, what I meant to say about being official is that were enrolled in the infertility program! Yaay! Gosh, I sound like this is like some cool club or something. I am just glad that there is hope for those that are going through the same thing I am. This goes for those first time parents and those trying for their 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.

The hubby and I went to see the doctor this week. We went over our results and have completed steps 1-4:

1. Hubby has to give sperm count.
2. I have to provide a blood test before period.
3. I have to provide blood test during the 23rd day.
4. We both have to watch the video.

The hubby has awesome sperm count. You’re supposed to have 26 mil but he has 54 mil..my goodness! The doctor said that everything looks great for me except I’m not ovulating. The doctor said that a lot of women have this problem, which was good to hear. I don’t want to feel guilty for being the “broken one.”

He gave us a few options:

1. Clomid – Pill to help me ovulate. Take it during day 5 through day 9. Have sex on day 13, 14, and 15…and hope for pregnancy.
2. Artificial insemination – They take the sperm and inseminate my eggs at the precise time.
3. In vitro

I think we’re going to just try the first method a couple of times and then if all else fails, we will go ahead and do step 2. Trying to avoid step 3 because its $15,000 each time and it’s not even guaranteed! EEK!