Over the last few months, Seth and I have taken some steps forward on our fertility journey. In March, after 13 months of trying to conceive, with one early miscarriage in the mix, we saw my doctor to discuss next options. Based on my history with irregular periods, she recommended that I try taking Clomid, to give my body a little boost. If you have not heard of Clomid, it is a fertility medication that women take to help induce ovulation. It basically tricks your body into ovulating, when it doesn’t always do it on its own.
During the first month on 50mg of Clomid, I did not ovulate, based on tracking my temperature and Ovulation Prediction Kits (OPKs). I had an ultrasound on cycle day 12, and we saw three decent sized follicles (10mm and 11mm), but they didn’t quite make it. A follicle is usually around 20mm when it bursts and releases the egg for ovulation.
On my second cycle of Clomid, we upped the dosage to 100mg. I went in for another ultrasound to see if I had decent-sized follicles, and I had one that was 18mm. Woohoo! And guess what?! I ovulated! I tested positive on my OPK and tracked a temperature increase after ovulation. But unfortunately, the cycle ended with a big fat period.
The third and fourth cycles of Clomid were the same thing. I tracked ovulation, both with OPKs and temperature increases, but still no positive pregnancy test.
During this time, Seth was a trooper and had his swimmers checked. We were relieved to find out everything looked great on his end!
This last period, I was miserable. I came home from work every day and just sobbed into my pillow. I was beginning to doubt that I would ever be a mother. I wondered why I couldn’t get pregnant and why it has been so hard for us. I felt so hopeless and lost.
Fortunately, Seth came to my rescue and made me feel a lot better. He told me we would get through this together. I also met with my cousin, who faced fertility issues, and she made me feel like I was not alone. And most importantly, I prayed a lot and reminded myself that God has a plan for us.
We made an appointment with my doctor, who recommended we change up the medication I was taking. I made a switch to a drug called Femara, which also helps induce ovulation. It works a little differently than Clomid, but for some women, it is more successful.
I also went in to the hospital today to get my Fallopian tubes checked. I was a little nervous for the procedure. Not only did I hear it hurts pretty bad, but I was also anxious for what we would find. If my tubes were blocked or damaged, basically the only thing that could get me pregnant would be In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), which is super expensive and not always a guaranteed thing.
The HSG procedure was quite uncomfortable, but extremely quick. I was so relieved when I heard the doctor say, “Everything looks good!”
I pretty much started to cry, as a sense of relief rushed over me. I immediately thanked God for the positive result.
So, my tubes are clear! My uterus is regular-shaped. Things are looking good!
At my appointment last week, I asked my doctor if there was anything we could do to help the situation. She said she hated to sound cliche, but told me to RELAX.
So, if you are looking for me over the next few months, I will be soaking in the bathtub with a glass of wine and getting my Zen on at yoga. Namaste!