Let the Trying Begin

After nearly 10 years on birth control my husband and I were ready to start our family... and that's when I stop getting my period, natch.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Bloodwork Assemblyline

One of the interesting things about Center for Women's Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility is the somewhat assembly line nature of the place. From 7:30-8:30 a.m. daily, it is basically open-season for anyone who needs bloodwork. (They are open everyday to accommodate any cycling that isn't conveniently occuring mid-week during regularly scheduled office hours, so that's a plus in my book.) After my first appointment, I knew the drill -- first you fill out this piece of paper with your name, birthday, phone number for results, and reason for coming, then you take a seat and wait for your name to be called. After about 10 minutes of working on the NY Times crossword puzzle, a nurse called my name, drew blood for both Provera and Metformin testing, and then sent me back into the waiting room. Several minutes later a different nurse called my name brought me into one of their tiny meeting rooms, and gave me my instructions and Provera rx. I thought it was weird that on my last appointment they had given me the prescriptions for prenatal vitamins, as well as for the Metformin, but not the Provera, but I'm sure there's some reason. Then I was done. All told, it took less than 40 minutes from parking my car to exiting the building, so I shouldn't complain. On some level it appeals to my efficient-minded sensibilities -- so far there hasn't been a lot of waiting to see a doctor/nurse -- but it's also a bit disconnected feeling. We'll see how it goes.

Assuming I don't hear from them by 4 p.m., I start Provera tonite. I'm not too worried about it, since I've taken it before and it didn't seem too bad on my system (though I'm sure DH noticed increased bitchiness). At the end of the week, I call the office to get confirmation for starting the Metformin.

I must say, I've become wildly appreciative of DH's insurance/benefits in recent days. Not only do we have good infertility coverage (full basic infertility coverage and 90% coverage up through 3 ART cycles), but his flexible spending account reimburses us for all the prescriptions/co-pays -- since the prenatal vitamins are an rx, that makes them cheaper than OTC ones.

We stocked up on OPTs and HPTs at Costco this weekend. I was surprised when DH said that even though it would be a little "scheduled" he was very excited to start trying to make a baby. Me too!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Plan of Action

Well, the good news is that I survived yesterday's appointment with the RE. DH came along, which was probably unnecessary, as it wasn't nearly as stressful as i thought it might be, but nonetheless I'm glad he was there.

Not surprisingly, she seems to think I have PCOS and after some bloodwork, it looks like I'll be trying Metformin to regulate my cycle. She said we could try clomid right away if we wanted, but I'd rather hold off and see how this works. Due to insurance rules, I've got to go back for my bloodwork one day next week before I get started, but I was happy to discover that Clomid wasn't my only option.

The side effects of Metformin sound pretty undesireable, but we'll see how it goes. I'm just excited about the opportunity to actually try getting pregnant.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Can't We Try Like Regular People?

I have my first appointment with the RE my OB/GYN referred me to on Friday. I've been reading tons of blogs to get an idea of what exactly to expect. After talking to a friend who's undergoing their 3rd IVF cycle, I decided DH should accompany me on Friday. He's totally supportive and understanding, though he seems sorta surprised that they'd want to do anything to test his little swimmers.

My OB/GYN insisted that I'm not really "infertile" (at least not yet.) Last night, my husband said to me "Can't we try like regular people?" but I don't see how you can really do that if it seems that I'm not ovulating. Does anyone have any insight into what the protocol might be for the first steps? Will they put me on clomid right away or are there other things they try to just get the ovulation going?

Monday, July 10, 2006

Who Am I?

I guess I should have taken it as a sign over a year ago when I discovered www.alittlepregnant.com. At the time, my husband and I were in the midst of buying an apartment and I was still on birth control, as I had been for nearly 10 years. We had a winter vacation planned and decided that we wanted to wait for that to be over before we started TTC. The over-achiever that I am, I went off birth control in October 2005 and we planned to use condoms while I figured out my cycle (which had been irregular before going on BCPs years earlier.) I had a few periods, each increasingly far apart. In December, I called by OB/GYN to schedule my annual exam, only to discover that the first available appointment she had was in June! I booked it and asked to be put on the waiting list in case anyone cancelled. I never really thought I was pregnant, but nonetheless worked my way through several multi-packs of HPTs. I called my OB/GYN after 2 months with no period, and the nurse told me to call back in a week if it still hadn't arrived. Called back, made an appointment, which they proceeded to cancel on me and I had to reexplain what I was experiencing two more times before they rescheduled it. Finally got into the doctor's office, she ran the typical hormone and pregnancy tests and told me if everything was normal she'd put me on Provera to "bring down my period." The Provera worked -- but now it's been several more months since I got my last period. I called the OB/GYN again, and now I've got a referral to see an RE in a couple of weeks. Thrilling, eh?

In the meantime, I've been taking Fertility Blend and hoping that it will regulate my cycle -- but my optimism is waning.

It's overwhelming how much I think about it. My dear husband is super sweet and tries to be supportive, but now I'm off to pester the Internets with my story if only to keep my sanity and find some fellow ladies who can share my journey.