Saturday, February 21, 2015

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Number 2

In January, we attempted our first IUI. You can read about it here. It did not result in pregnancy, so Lee and I decided we would try again. Because my cycle was still longer than normal last month, we decided to do a monitored cycle this month. This means that instead of using a home Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPK for short), I would go to the Dr. for multiple ultrasounds and blood work to confirm with certainty when I am ovulating.

We started the month with Clomid on cycle days 3 through 7. I went in around the same cycle day that I ovulated last month, and had the ultrasound and blood drawn. The best thing about working with a fertility doctor, is that he understands that time is of the essence, and doesn't ever make us wait too long for our test results. The nurse called me back that same afternoon and said that my hormone levels looked good (great news!), but the Dr. was a little concerned with the lining of my uterus being too thin. Apparently this can be a side effect of Clomid, and is fairly common. To fix this, I would take an estrogen pill, and have another ultrasound and blood work done 2 days later.

Two days later we got good news, and my second ultrasound showed the lining of my uterus to be thick enough, so I only had to take the pill for those 2 days. My 2nd round of blood work also came back good, so this meant that night, Lee would give me the trigger shot.

The trigger shot is basically a hormone injection that induces ovulation.  This shot was ordered through a pharmacy that specializes in fertility drugs on the east coast, so we had it mailed to us, and kept it in our fridge for a few days until it was time to use it. This part of the process was new to us, and certainly interesting. The same day of my second ultrasound and blood work, at 11:00pm, Lee gave me the shot in my stomach. This was a first for both of us, so we were really nervous, but it turns out, my husband is a rock star at giving shots! It wasn't too bad at all, and he made it pretty quick and painless. After taking the injection, we gave it 36 hours to work it's magic, and then we had the IUI 2 days later. If you're curious about what the shot was like, watch this video.

We got really lucky this time and had an AWESOME nurse who did the IUI. She seemed to really know what she was doing. It was much less painful than the first one, and for that I am so thankful! Now we are waiting out the dreaded 2 weeks before my pregnancy test. I have read on several other blogs and websites that the trigger shot can often times give false positives on home pregnancy tests, because it raises the woman's level of the HCG hormone so much. Because of that, I am not going to take any home pregnancy tests this month. I am going to try my best to be patient and wait the full two weeks and just get my blood work results.

We are really praying that this month's IUI will result in a safe, healthy pregnancy. Once we have our results and have had the opportunity to tell our families and close friends, I will write another blog post letting you all know if we are preparing for a baby, or getting ready for IUI Number 3. Until then, we will be crossing our fingers and toes, hoping and praying for good news!

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