Saturday, December 5, 2009

Cycle 4 Here We Come!

So I saw the RE on 12/3 to have my baseline ultrasound. That was the first day of my cycle. I didn't have any cysts so that was a good thing. I go back to him 12/9 to get a Sonohysterogram. Then I return on 12/15 to check the egg development and see if I am okay to trigger. I ordered my trigger shot last week. I began the Clomid 150mg today. I am really hopeful that this cycle will at a minimum get me to ovulate!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Picking Up Where I Left Off

So I know I have neglected to update in forever. I am really trying my best to not get obsessed with the whole process.

So let me see… I just finished my third cycle on Clomid, this cycle I took 150mg. Today is CD32, I did not ovulate this cycle.

I had my first Reproductive Endocrinologist appointment with Dr. Slackman on Wednesday, November 11. It was a good appointment. He did an ultrasound of my ovaries and didn’t seem to find any red flags.

I started Provera last night and will take it for seven days. The first day of my period I will call Dr. Slackman’s office for a baseline ultrasound. Then the day after my period ends, I will go back in for a Sonohysterogram (SHG) which is a Saline Ultrasound for the diagnosis of uterine abnormalities. This will help the doctor check for fibroids in my uterus. My mom had to have a hysterectomy because of a large fibroid, so he wants to rule out that possibility. I am fairly certain I will have no issues. The day of this visit I will also get a new RX for Clomid, probably 200mg.
I will then return to the office around cycle day 13 or 14 for another ultrasound to check for the development of follicles. If it’s found that I have follicles that are mature enough for fertilization they will give me a “trigger shot” of HCG, the hormone that tells the egg to release.

Then we will go on and “do the deed” until I am outside of the fertility window.

I did purchase Pre-Seed for this cycle. I am concerned with the trigger I make got get the proper cervical mucus consistency. The Pre-Seed has led to many pregnancies, so I am hoping the same will be true for me.

I am excited about this cycle. I certainly hope this is the cycle I get pregnant on. I am going to take my vitamins and extra Folic Acid, and hope for the best!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fertility Massage

To any ladies interested, I had my Fertility Massage last night. Following that I had the best four hours of sleep EVER, until I had to wake at -->-->3:30--> to take my temp, but then I drifted right back to sleep.

I am on my second round of Clomid (100mg) and I figured that if massage helps with just about any ailment, it should help with my PCOS/Ovulation. So I Googled and found a great prenatal/postpartum massage specialist that is also trained in fertility massage, and she is about 20 mins from my house.

I found out some very interesting information. I am a huge believer that the body is all interconnected, and that both massage and acupuncture have positive results on the body.

So last night I had my first massage. The first thing she did was used a Castor Oil pack on my lower abdomen. What we did is spread a thick coating of oil on my belly, put saran wrap over that to “seal” it off, then laid a pillow case, then a hot water pack on top. I laid for about 45 minutes with that as she massaged the rest of me. She recommended repeating this at home for about an hour to hour and a half each night. It will free up cysts and such. Then we removed it and she massaged my lower abdomen. SIDE NOTE: You can do this at home yourself, just be sure to massage from the belly button downward to your pubic area in a clockwise pattern.


The most interesting thing I found out was about my ankles. I have very sore and tender ankles, and come to find out; the ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes are all connected to the ankle area. Additionally, I have TMJ in both sides of my jaw, and she said that the Jaw is related to the Pelvis, and during labor, she massages the jaw to help free up the pelvic area. I found that all amazingly interesting.

So I am on CD 15 today and we will see if I get that +OPK this cycle, or a good dip in my temp. I am very pleased with my temps not being as erratic as they were last month. This month they have stayed anywhere from 96.4-96.9, which makes me happy!

If you’re thinking of a massage for fertility, I recommend it for nothing more than a relaxation technique.
Good luck ladies and wish me luck this month. I hope I can at least get the ovulation thing going, and then the baby will hopefully soon follow.

Monday, September 14, 2009

5:50 Monday 9/14

Well, I don't think I have ever woken up on a Monday at 5:30 and been this excited!

I have been taking OPK's for over a week now.... all negative. However, yesterday I noticed a slight amount of "Transitional" Ferning on my microscope. This morning, it was FULL BLOWN ferning. That could possibly mean, I will be ovulating in the next few days. My cervix is also REALLY high, so I am hoping we can time all of this right.

Hopefully there will be a lot more to come.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

I was right....

Well, I was right. I started on Wednesday, September 2. I am on cycle day 5 now, and just took my third dose of Clomid. Hopefully this month is a success. We're on vacation right now at Snowshoe Resort in West Virginia. We're having a really good time. Riding the lifts in the summer is a ton of fun because you get to see the deer and wild life. We had a couples massage yesterday... maybe it will put my body in line for some good fertility vibes.

I will be back soon!

Monday, August 31, 2009

And here we are, waiting....

I am really trying not to stress out, but when is it coming? I am 9 days post the Provera, and still nothing. On my lunch break I am going to go buy a pregnancy test. It's never taken more than a couple of days for me to get my period after finishing the Provera.

On a side note, we've finished painting our Master Bedroom, now we're moving on to laying the floors tonight. I am ready for this project to be finished so that we can sleep in the same bed again. Right now we're sleeping in the spare room on the full sized and twin mattresses. The dogs don't really do well with this arrangement because they constrict me to about 10" of the bed. I'm a little too tossy-turny for just 10" of bed.

Additionally, I am currently completely mesmerized with the Jaycee Dugard story. I can't imagine being able to get away from someone and not doing it. It seems like she was totally brain washed. I want to say though, the media is making a big deal out of them living in sheds that "locked from the outside". Question... don't ALL sheds lock from the outside?

Well that is all for now. Come on period or positive pregnancy test!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

So far I have not started. I finished the Provera August 21, today is the 26th, and I am like, "Come on already!". I want to start in the next few days because if I don't my vacation will totally suck! Hopefully by Friday! I have had some cramps, but it's much different with Provera then it is with a normal cycle.

For the moment I am just waiting, seems like that's all I do these days.

In more positive news, well depending on the reader, we're painting our Masterbed and Bath. The bathroom is going to be an aqua blue color, and the bedroom is a gray. I am excited to get it finished. Once the painting is done we're replacing our floors too. The carpet has been pulled up, and we got an awesome deal at Lumber Liquidators on a nice laminate floor. With four dogs, and a husband with allergies, carpet just isn't a very good floor choice for us. The dogs don't shed, but even still, they track in dirt and leaves.

I will post some before and after pictures once we're finished. For now we're bunking in the spare bedroom. It's working, but we're ready to be back in our room, in the king sized bed!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Well, so far I am on day four of my Provera. I am hoping not to have a ton of lag time between taking it and getting my cycle. I got the results of my Prolactin yesterday, it was 11.5.

I can't wait for Labor Day weekend. Three whole days with no dogs (we have four small dogs), and no responsibility. I can't wait!!

That's all for today, nothing very informative.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

So far...

Well, I am now in my second month of TTC. The first month went fairly smooth, I did 7 days of Provera, got my cycle, then days 3-7 I took 50mg of Clomid. The Clomid didn't really cause me any side effects. The only thing I really noticed were hot flashes during the day. Luckily, I didn't have them at night. Now I am beginning my second cycle, this time on 100mg of Clomid. I have taken my Provera two days now. This cycle I changed the time of day I am taking my temperature. Instead of when I wake up in the morning, I am taking it at 2:30am. The problem I found with the first thing in the morning was that I couldn't get a solid 3-4 hours before taking my temp. This was mostly due to needing to pee in the morning before my wake-up time, or the dogs needing to go outside, or my husband snoring and waking me. The 2:30 wake up is simple, pop in the thermometer and then go back to sleep. My thermometer has a memory, so that makes it easy.

So I am hoping that I ovulate this month. It would be GREAT! I hope that I ovulate the weekend of Labor Day. We are going to be away from the house at Snowshoe, WV so I am hoping we can "conceive" a baby.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

How Did We End Up Here?

Well, my husband and I met Halloween-eve 2002. It was pretty much love at first sight, and our relationship progressed quickly. New Years Eve 2004 we became engaged, then one year later on New Years Eve 2005 we were married. Our life together is wonderful. We have four dogs and two cats, and nieces and nephews, but something is missing. We didn't really "want" kids, if it happened fine, if not it was okay, I have PCOS, so I think it made me feel less of a failure if I just said I didn't want to have kids.

After finding out my sister was pregnant, not planned, for the third time, I think something in my mind happened, maybe my biological clock struck 12:00. After my niece Sammy's 7th birthday, I knew what was missing, a child.

It was like a scene in a movie, I looked across the room, and there was my husband, holding my niece in his arms, tickling and picking at her...and all I could think was, "If we don't at least try for a baby, I will regret it the rest of my life". Seeing him in that moment, made my heart melt. So after some very long discussions, we decided that we would give it a go. We are currently one month into the process, and are moving up from 50mg of Clomid to 100mg's. I will post more each time I learn something new.