Quick update on things. Last cycle started on February 6th…so it’s been about 6 weeks. I got labs on cycle day 22 and cycle day 27ish …cd 22 showed that my progesterone was at .46 or something which resulted in a huge sob session and calling my mom 😉 I honestly haven’t bothered looking at what the second labs read. It’s in my history, and I’ll find out eventually. Since I haven’t started a new cycle, I’m sure it’s not good.
I have an appointment next Friday, March 27th, with my first OBGYN. If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know that she was the one we initially saw when we sought infertility treatment, but we happened to get pregnant on our own a few weeks prior to our appointment. She went on maternity leave (after going through 2 rounds of IVF herself!); hence, why I was seeing another doctor. My current doctor (who is awesome!) is deploying in April, so it only made sense to go back to who we saw before as she is back from maternity leave.
This doctor is also the one who said we should start saving our pennies as IUI runs about $1,000 PER cycle…and IVF is obviously way more…but first things first. Both doctor’s concluded that I have an ovulatory disorder; thus, don’t frequently ovulate on my own. All of the lab work I have had done the past year has verified this. There have only been TWO cycles where my progesterone has been decent and showed signs of (weak) ovulation…but ovulation, nevertheless (both occurred in the Fall while TJ was deployed).
I mentioned this before, but we truly believe that birth control masked this issue. I was on it for 10 years (with a few months here and there when I wasn’t due to insurance reasons), and I’d sometimes be late even when being on BC though I was a mad woman about taking it at the same time each day (I’m sorry, but if you forget to take the pill all the time, you’re a moron and need to get that shot or something instead…not that hard to remember!).
I don’t really have much to ask my doctor next week aside from what she thinks the next step should be and when can Tyler get another semen analysis done (sometimes the soldier has to schedule it himself). His came back normal last time (whatever that means…I never saw the actual reports…she just said they’re normal), but he was told that his vaccinations could affect things. His shit better be flying colors as we have enough issues with my lady parts 😉
I think I’ll ask her about Clomid vs. Femara again. Clomid is more well-known, but has more serious side effects (thin uterine lining and ovarian cancer). If anyone has any advice/insight to this, PLEASE let me know! I took Clomid twice and my progesterone was at about 19 the first time and 13 the second time. However, I had a vaginal ultrasound after the second round and I was on cycle day 32 and the tech said I should expect a period within two weeks based on her examinations…UHHH what? I believe it thinned my already thin uterine lining, but who knows.
TJ’s deployment has given us the opportunity to examine things. We’re both so grateful for Tricare for covering the monthly labs and doctor appointments. There is a 3-6 month waiting list to see the ONLY Reproductive Endocrinologist in El Paso, so it might be best to just wait until we move to Arizona next year. We shall see 🙂
Anyways, let’s hope I start a new cycle soon. My luck, it’ll happen when I’m wearing my white skinny jeans at work 😉
* Clomid vs. Femara- PLEASE- any thoughts?!