Update on Fertility Treatment (or lack thereof…)

I’ve been meaning to give a quick update in this department for the past two weeks, but with work, class, and our Vegas trip, I haven’t really had the desire to write during my free time. Anyways, I’m going to make this short and sweet since there isn’t much to discuss right now unfortunately.

I mentioned in my last post that my doctor prescribed me Provera to induce a period. Well, it didn’t work. She concluded that it was probably due to the fact that my estrogen and progesterone levels were just too low (my estrogen was in normal range the last time it was tested in January, but this is when I found out that my progesterone levels were almost none existent). To put it in simple terms- estrogen builds the lining and progesterone makes it shed. Or, if you become pregnant, progesterone is a HUGE factor in keeping the pregnancy viable- low levels can result in a miscarriage, although they are typically earlier on in the first trimester.

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I was prescribed birth control for one month to try and jump start a period. Two steps back…but there was really no other choice than to wait and see if I ever started naturally on my own. Given that I was on birth control for about 10 years, she didn’t want to do this as we really have no clue what my natural cycles are. I sometimes didn’t even get a period being ON birth control! My previous gyno thought abnormal cycles even on birth control was due to stress. So yeah- I’m mid-cycle on birth control, and let me tell ya- I don’t miss it. My body is probably wondering what the heck is going on with the fertility meds, then provera, and now birth control….I won’t get into this now, but I do have some opinions on long-term use of birth control. I believe that it masks any issues you could be having.

As I mentioned before, I’ve been adding more calories to my diet. Low or high body fat/weight play a definite role in conception, so gaining a few pounds was necessary to see if this effects my hormone levels. Tyler thought this meant eating shit food everyday, but that is not the way to go! I’m sorry, but I don’t understand how people eat fast food and crap every day. I feel so lethargic and blah after indulging in too many meals out and whatnot. Anyways, I’ve gained 8 pounds in the past 6 weeks or so we shall see. Some of the weight may be from the birth control as I’ve literally felt bloated since I started taking it. I have no idea, but hopefully this will be the only month I’m on it.

SO…if I get a menstrual cycle from the birth control, we will try another round of Clomid. If that doesn’t work, she said she’ll try Femara (very similar to Clomid, but the side effects are supposed to be not nearly as bad). My doctor said she’s hopeful for us, but to start saving soon as we will have to seek help from a RE if the next two attempts don’t work. Oh, and she said that she believes the first time I got pregnant was a fluke, haha.

I must admit, the time away from tracking days and going in for blood tests only to get myself anxious about the results has been wonderful. I was completely effing over peeing on ovulation tests after getting positives for two week a few months ago. Thought I was gonna go out of my mind! The job has helped me take my mind off of things too- I feel more normal now than I have in quite a while. However, time is still ticking and we still have our ultimate goal in mind- a healthy pregnancy and baby. One day πŸ™‚ Keep your fingers crossed for us!

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5 thoughts on “Update on Fertility Treatment (or lack thereof…)

  1. Sorry you are dealing with all of this, Kim! It sounds like you have the right attitude, though! When I went off b/c, my period was messed up for about a year (long, short, long, short cycles – 45 days, 26, 43, 27, etc). I was only on for a year and a half. Praying things keep moving in the right direction!

    • It’ll be interesting to see if the birth control jump starts my cycle. If not, we’ll request to see an RE. I’m not sure what other types of testing they could do for me- maybe check egg quality? I’m praying for you too, Kate!

      • They have a whole battery of tests that the regular ob/gyns don’t do…Praying it all gets resolved for you! Enjoy the summer, though! πŸ™‚

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