Needles!

Last week we saw the specialist for the first time. I was expecting a pass straight to IVF, as Miss Acupuncture and the Ob/GYN I was seeing before he referred me, both told me that in my unexplained case there wouldn’t be other options laid on the table.

They were wrong. She offered us injectables. It took me by surprise, but I was happy to have another stepping stone rather than leaping right across the pond into IVF. I know this continues to be an issue for me; the idea of IVF scares me, although I am getting there and, honestly, I’m so utterly ready to move on from this trying to conceive journey one way or another that I know the time is imminent. Living in this limbo feels like living half a lifI’m here and going through the motions, but not giving things my full attention or enjoying what I have to the full. And that makes me sad, because I have a lot to enjoy and be happy about.

The appointment was … short. That was a little disappointing. Not getting pregnant is such a big part of the life of the couples that end up in these offices, and we felt a little like just another set of ovaries to get working better! But, this specialist is supposed to be the bomb, so we will give her the benefit of doubt. In a nutshell, the reality is we won’t get onto IVF, even if we said yes today, until the new year and she felt a few injectable cycles was worth a shot (I hope anyway!). Reviewing all our test results, she diagnosed our only issue to be a mild ovulation disorder due to late ovulation, which we already knew. Hubby looks all good to her. So injectables. No IUI. I was rather anxious, bringing these pens and needles home. I was so afraid of pain when sticking that first needle in that I messed the first dose up and pressed the button first as the needle entered the skin. Oooops! I’m happy to report that it really isn’t that painful at all. In fact, I think I prefer it immensely to clomid. I’ve got no side affects at the moment (other than some decent cervical mucous, which can only be a good thing, right??) which is a welcome relief after two of my clomid cycles were a massive rollercoaster of emotions. The specialist also said that this is better as it doesn’t affect the endometrium which can thin with clomid. I also like that there is more monitoring of me through the cycle to better understand what it happening. Only thing with this treatment, I think, is that there feel there is more at stake. We are spending more money on this, and there is a chance of cancelling the cycle if the ultrasound doesn’t show good news on the ovaries.

I’m back later this week for another ultrasound to see if I’m ready to trigger. TMI (as the ttc online forums users say), but I’m a little uncomfortable down there with thrush so am desperately hoping that has passed before the appointment so that a) I don’t have to feel mighty embarrassed and, b) so that we can get trigger happy in the bedroom.

Hit me up with some positive injectable cycle stories! I also need to find the answer to my question: I already ovulate, albeit on approx. 6 week cycles, so how does inducing ovulation improve my chances? No one has been able to explain this to me! Any insight appreciated!

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7 thoughts on “Needles!

  1. This is exciting and holds promise, I’m happy about you having this option and not having to wait until the new year had she said IVF was your only option. As for how ovulating more predictably can assist with conception and viable pregnancies my understanding is that egg quality can be diminished when our FSH and LH don’t get the show on the road in a timely fashion. Delays can also impact endometrial lining, which can affect implantation in turn. Optimizing egg maturation can assist with quality and implantation, in short (barring any undiagnosed immune or other issues). At least that’s what I’ve been led to believe. Also, injectables should increase the number of follicles that develop to maturity in a given cycle and multiple chances are better than one they always say.

    • Thanks lovely, that is sooooo helpful. I’m beginning to wonder if Little One was a true miracle after discovering all this info, as I conceived her on a long cycle. I guess it shows, what will be will be?! Initially I didn’t feel injectables would give us a different outcome to clomid, but I’m feeling really positive at the moment. They look well worth doing from the reading I have done. Much love. XXXX

  2. That’s exciting! I would agree with spirit baby that the injectables will likely increase the number of follicles and thus increase the number of “targets” for the sperm. I haven’t done injectables yet, but I always had 3-4 mature follicles with Clomid, so I’m guessing injectables would be the same. Glad the injections are going ok. Fingers crossed for you this month!

    • Thanks honey! I’m kinda hoping we won’t have to get as far as IVF, but if we do, we do. I’m all out of anxiety and worry. I was never monitored closely on Clomid so I’m not sure how I responded other than knowing I did ovulate and sooner than I would in a natural cycle. I was getting very noticeable and uncomfortable ovulation pain with clomid though, so my guess would be that there was more than one follicle! The specialist seemed a bit dismissive of clomid due to the possibility of lining thinning. I was hopeful it would be what we needed to push us over the edge and into a pregnancy; it wasn’t, but hopefully these injections will be. Keep those fingers crossed! xxx

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