Monday, March 23, 2015

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Number 3

This month, we had our third IUI. If you want to read about the first two, you can find the first one here, and the second one here. Neither of the first two procedures resulted in pregnancy, so we decided to try for a third time. We started the cycle with me taking Clomid on cycle days 3-7. The past few months that I have taken Clomid, I (thankfully) have not noticed any major side effects, other than some headaches here and there. This month I took an increased dose, and definitely noticed a major difference. During the time I was taking the medication, I was very emotional, and had a hard time not crying at the mention of the word "baby". I was anxious about doing  the trigger shot and the estrogen pill the following week because I was already feeling so hormotional (Hormotional= hormonal + emotional. I learned this term from Elisha, and have definitely put it to use this month. haha),

At the beginning of the month, I wrote a post about how defeated I had felt the first several days of my cycle. I was definitely feeling the side effects of the the hormones this month. On Tuesday that week, my sister-in-law sent me a sweet edible arrangement and totally made my day. That night I prayed and asked God to help me to truly give up my worries to him, and to help me kick this bad attitude. On Wednesday I woke up in such a better mood! Much less emotional, and a lot more encouraged about this cycle than I have been. Although that overwhelming emotional feeling came back again later that week after my shot, it only lasted for a day or so, and then I felt pretty normal again. Now that that week has passed, I'm really feeling good about this cycle, and hoping, wishing, praying that March is our month.

After I finished the Clomid on cycle day 7, on day 10, I had an ultrasound and blood drawn. We got those results that afternoon, and the nurse said I should start an estrogen pill to help thicken the lining of my uterus. According to the nurse, Clomid can cause the lining of the uterus to be thin, so this issue is not uncommon. I started the additional pill that day and went back the very next day, on day 11, for another ultrasound and more blood work. After the second round of ultrasound + blood work, the nurse called back and let me know that the doctor would like for me to continue that estrogen pill for the next 3 days (cycle days 11-13). In addition to that pill, Lee would give me the trigger shot on the night of day 12, and we would have the IUI on the morning of cycle day 14.

The trigger shot again, went pretty smooth this time. Lee did an awesome job making it quick and as painless as possible. The IUI itself is never enjoyable, but the good news is the procedure goes pretty quick, and this one was by far the least painful. We got the really awesome nurse again this time and I was so relieved. She is one of those people that you meet and know that God really meant for her to have this job. She is such a good nurse because she has a way of making a not-so-fun situation a little more bearable, and doesn't make my pain or anxiety seem like an inconvenience.   Each time I tell myself that this could be the last IUI I ever have to have, and that is a pretty great feeling.

Now we are in the two week wait to having a pregnancy test. In the meantime, we are planning to meet with our doctor later this month to discuss our progress thus far. We will talk to our doctor about what our options are going forward if this round of treatments do not result in pregnancy, and we will also ask him about what to expect if this month is successful.

Having a plan always makes me feel more at ease, so we are looking forward to meeting with our doctor and seeing what he has to say. Also, it will break up our two week wait a little bit, so that will be nice. Currently we are simply praying to ask that God bless us with pregnancy this month, and would love for you to pray for that as well. I will write another post after we meet with our doctor, and again a few weeks later once we have our results. Thanks to everyone who has been reading my blog. Lee and I appreciate all of your love, support, and prayers.

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