Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fertility Update

So many people have been asking how my health has been and I would say it's on the upside. We are now working with a fertility specialist here in Charlotte and their knowledge has made a world of difference. It's more expensive, yes, but you get the answers you were looking for. Since going there I now know that I officially have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) which caused my weight gain and my infertility. It's always a relief to get to the root of the problem. So they put me on Metformin and it seems to be working okay. After a couple of weeks on Metformin we decided to go ahead with an IUI (Intrauterine Insemination). An IUI costs roughly $800 (procedure plus medicine) so it's definitely a sizable commitment. The process is very interesting - they follow you closely, you got in for several blood tests and ultra sounds so that they can see where you are on your cycle. Once you've had your period they give a ($135) shot that makes you ovulate. In the next 24-48 hours you have your IUI procedure done. With that comes a nice lil estrogen patch that you change twice weekly. Both the shot and the estrogen have their own fun side effects like always being hungry, dry skin, tiredness, and of course, my personal favorite, mood swings. I got my blood work done this morning and will know my hormone levels later this afternoon. If my progesterone is low they will probably put me on a progesterone suppository (fun stuff). And then next week is when we find out if the IUI was a success. I have heard more stories of women getting pregnant on their 2nd or 3rd IUI - not many stories of them getting pregnant on their first. So we are not getting our hopes up but rather just keeping in mind that whatever is meant to happen - will happen.