I’m new to the whole blogging thing, but have always loved to write. I decided to start a blog as an outlet for the issues my husband and I are facing with infertility and to keep friends and family updated on our journey (and hopefully) pregnancy.
For those of you whom I haven’t already bored to death with all of the details, here’s our timeline of events to date:
8/9/08: Got married!
11/08: Started trying to get pregnant. Our first step was to visit my OB/GYN, Dr. Corwin. I had gone off the pill not long after Brian & I got engaged in November of 2007. We knew we wanted to start having a family fairly early. However, I had never gotten a period during the year, which I chalked up to stress after the death of both of my grandparents and planning a wedding. Dr. Corwin did some preliminary blood work, and put me on supplemental folic acid due to a family history of neural tube defects. A few days later, Dr. Corwin called with the results of bloodwork and diagnosed me with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I was prescribed progesterone to jump-start my cycle and Clomid to make me ovulate.
12/09: The first dose of Clomid (50mg) did not make me ovulate, so Dr. Corwin increased my dosage to 100mg.
1/09: 100mg worked! I had finally ovulated, but still wasn’t pregnant.
2/09: Another 100mg Clomid cycle, and another negative pregnancy test (aka: Big Fat Negative or BFN)
3/09: Ditto, BFN.
4/09: Met with Dr. Scheiber at the Cincinnati Institute for Reproductive Health. He is a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) and specializes in the treatment of PCOS. Dr. Scheiber confirmed my diagnosis with a transvaginal ultrasound and also found four very large cysts on my right ovary as a result of hyperstimulation from the Clomid. He recommended a rest cycle to give the cysts time to shrink and give my body a break from all of the drugs.
5/09: Follow up ultrasound reveals that one of the four cysts has reabsorbed, but three large cysts remain. Another rest cycle.
6/09: Another cyst was collapsing, but two were still very large. I was placed on the birth control pill to aid in shrinking the remaining cysts.
7/09: Two VERY small and collapsed cysts remain, but Dr. Scheiber clears us to begin therapy for an intrauterine insemination (IUI). This time, he puts me on 5mg of Femara. Femara is FDA approved for use in Breast Cancer patients but has proven an effective ovulation stimulant and has been used now for several years for this purpose. The benefit to Femara over Clomid is that Femara has a much shorter half-life and stays in the system for only a few hours, thus reducing the risk of hyperstimulation like I experienced on Clomid. On day 12 of my cycle, I was checked again and foudn 3-4 20mm+ follicles which is a great starting point for IUI! That same evening (yesterday) I took a 250 mcg shot of Ovidrel to trigger ovulation. Our first insemination will be tomorrow…
Now that you know way too much about my ovaries 🙂 stay tuned for updates on how we’re doing and what our next steps will be! Feel free to leave comments…we can use all the support we can get!!