Wednesday, August 22, 2007

An impatient infertile

So Y had his semen analysis done in June. We were worried, due to his leukemia as a child, that his counts would be affected. Thankfully, he's least in the semen department anyway. ;)

Dr. S put me on 2 months of Loestrin Fe. Yeah, I'm a bad patient. It didn't shorten my cycle at all and I'd had enough of no sex drive and major hormone issues. It's coming up on a year since we started trying. It's time to try something else. Technically it's been two months...just not two cycles on the birth control pills. Who would have thought a person trying to get pregnant would end up on birth control pills....if that's not ironic, I don't know what is!

I called today for the Clomid prescription. We'll see what happens!! This would be a great time to be successful. Not only are we about to hit a year of TTC but we're headed back to Disney World for our first non-family vacation.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Our Story...

We stopped preventing in July 2006. Once I had my pre-conception visit with my new OB/GYN, Dr. A, in September we "officially" started trying. We were happily trying figuring it wouldn't take long considering my Mom and sister had no problems getting pregnant. Boy were we wrong.

By the time January 2007 rolled around, my cycles became increasingly longer and I began to suspect that something wasn't right. I called my OB/GYN for a follow up to discuss my concerns. I should have followed my gut instinct after my initial visit with Dr. A. I felt like she was rushed and could have cared less about me as a patient. That, and the fact her nurses couldn't take a blood pressure to save their soul. Because of that I was yelled at numerous visits because I could have preeclampsia. Umm, I'm perfectly aware of that but I HAVE TO BE PREGNANT TO HAVE THAT WORRY!

Dr. A wasn't convinced anything was wrong and wasn't willing to do the blood work just yet. Instead, I was sent for a transvaginal ultrasound. Of course, I had to wait for AF to arrive before I could schedule the ultrasound. Finally, mid-March comes and I'm finally able to have the ultrasound. I'm still not 100% sure what she was looking for but from those results I was told: my uterus looks normal, my ovaries looked good with lots of young, healthy follicles, and my lining appeared normal.

I returned to Dr. A's office two weeks later where I was told "everything's normal". I asked if blood work could be taken to see if anything was wrong. You have to understand the thoughts of anyone TTC....if it doesn't happen after 3 months you start freaking out and researching everything. In my freak-out I began reading up on PCOS and suspecting that was my issue since I had several of the "symptoms". Anyway, she refused to do blood work. When I asked why my cycles were irregular she said, and I quote, "Maybe irregular is regular for you." I'm sorry, I'm paying you to consider my concerns and I'm pretty sure "irregular is regular" is NOT a diagnosis. I left that office and never looked back.....

I decided to get a new OB/GYN. Dr. S had a good reputation so I decided to give her a try. Since it takes a while to be seen as a new patient, I decided to visit our PCP, Dr. E, to discuss my concerns. This was in May. I explained my concerns to her, an Internal Medicine Specialist, and she immediately says "I think you may have PCOS. Let's do some blood work to confirm." Hallelujah! I'm getting somewhere and it only took 5 months to do so! 36 gallons of blood taken later (I might exaggerate a bit), the results slowly came in...according to those results I didn't have PCOS.

June arrives and I finally get to see Dr. S. She's a tiny little thing but I instantly feel comfortable with her. She asks a ton of questions and listens to my concerns. She says, "I really think you have PCOS. Let's run some more tests and get your husband tested as well." She prescribed 2 months of birth control pills to regulate my cycles and then 4 cycles of Clomid. If those didn't work, I'd move on to a Reproductive Endocrinologist. And so begins our current journey......