Category Archives: Follicles

Mini-milestones

First of all, if I go by my LMP which is what my ob would do, my due date is actually January 3rd, if you go by my IUI/ovulation date, my due date is January 4th. Doesn’t make that big a of a difference honestly.

So I am either 5 weeks 3 days or 5 weeks 4 days. And this is the longest I have ever been pregnant. I am overjoyed to have made it passed the doomsday from our miscarriage. Not only am I still pregnant, but I have symptoms like crazy. I’m finding this very reassuring.

Only 8 days til we see our sweet baby. I’m starting to get nervous. I very much believe there is only one, but we did have two mature follicles…so you never know. Well, we will know in 8 days.

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And…We’re a go!

I had my follow up follicle scan this afternoon, and I hadn’t ovulated yet! Woo! My lining was 7.3, which she said was great. The two follicles on the right had pretty much stopped growing(they were like a 13.5 & and 12) while my two on my left had taken off! 23.5 and 25! WOO! I trigger tonight @ 10:30pm and IUI Sunday morning at 10:30am. So here we go ladies and gents! Lets make a baby!

Follow up follicle scan

I have a follow up follicle scan this afternoon. I’m still opking today and if they go positive I’m supposed to call and let them know. At this follow scan we are hoping to see a fluffier lining, and 3 follicles. Hopefully one fell off. If I have four, I’m not sure what will happen.

I am prepared to see no follicles or “collapsing” follicles BC we missed the surge though.

either way, there isn’t much I can do right now.

Cycle 23 follicle scan

I had mg follicle scan this morning.

Right: 14.5, 14.5.

Left: 17.5, 18.

Lining: 5.6mm 😦

She is hoping one of the smaller ones will drop off, but sounded like we will proceed with iui. I’m to do opks and call if they go positive and then I’ll go in the next day for my iui. If no positive opk by Friday, I’ll go back in for another scan likely a trigger then iui about 36 hours after that. I’m staying on my estrogen patches(.05 and.0375) until the iui. She thinks within two days my lining should be about seven.

prayers for mg lining to fluff up a bit, and we found out Joseph can collect his sample at home and we just bring it to the office, which I feel like is nicer than having to do his business in a doctors offuce

What’s breaking the bank this cycle.

Everyone know TTC is expensive, well, that’s a lie. TTC with infertility is expensive. There are tests, meds, hormones, injections, u/s, sperm wash, IUI, IVF, and I could go on.

With all that being said, we have decided to make sure we are perfect for this cycle. My goal is a lining of 8.5mm… I know I said 7.5, but I really think I could get an 8.5. So, knowing this cycle is costing us bukoos of money, I think it would be worth the extra investment to do some extra supplements, juices, and teas.

So last night, I had to to go to WalMart bc they only gave me ten clomid pills when I needed 12. So I decided to pick up a few things. I got gummy vitamin C chews(eh, this is my first gummy vitamin, I’m not entirely sold.) I bought some bcomplex vits. Red raspberry leaf tea. and FREAKING ELEVEN DOLLARS A BOTTLE POMEGRANATE JUICE! I’m mean seriously people? $11 for 6 servings? For some reason that seemed outrageous to me. And I wasn’t going to buy it. Luckily Joseph was there to say “let’s just do it.” so I did. The worst thing about it is, it tastes just ok.

And I had a dream last night about my follie scan(which is in 6 days 4/8) and my RE quickly wanded her way up to looking at my ovaries, and I had three, then I asked about my lining, and she said it was a 9.5!!! and she went back up to look at my ovaries, and there was a fourth follicle. So our cycle was canceled….Ugh praying this does not happen. 2-3 follicles nice and fluffy lining.

An update.

I am currently ovulating…allegedly. It’s been 36 hours since we triggered. Also, I did a VLOG about my follicle scan, but realized I never did a written blog.

If you recall, we had decided to go all in this month. My RE upped my Femara to 10mg, hoping to pull up a third follicle. I was also put on metformin. I’ve been eating lower carb, drinking green tea, using cooking oils as lube. And we were going to try IUI if everything looked good.

My follie scan was Wednesday at 10am. My lining was 7.5mm(!) no cervical mucus was seen, BUT I wasn’t taking my expectorant as I should have been. I only have one mature follicle, on my left ovary, it was about a 19. My right ovary had a follicle about 13. I was super disappointed. The point of IUI is to have more eggs, and more sperm. But since we didn’t have more eggs, we decided to not do the IUI and waste the money. So we triggered Thursday morning in the 6 o’clock hour. So I’m probably ovulating, or really freaking close. If today is O day, we bd’d o-1 and o-3. We may go again tonight, we’ll have to wait and see.

In other news, Joseph and I were just discussing that we need to come up with a way to make more money. Because either way we look to expand our family(fertility treatments or adoption) cost a lot. And within three days, I have had two job opportunities.

I was contacted Wednesday I believe by a friend who currently does Foster care wanting to know if I would watch her two boys three days a week. I talked to Joseph and accepted, and am set to start Monday. Today driving home from my friend A’s house, I got a phone call from a sweet friend and there is a math opening at her school. She teaches at a good high school in the county I would like to get a job in. So I’m stuck. I went ahead an emailed the principal, and if he emails me saying he wants to set up an interview, I’ll tell my friend.

Its difficult.

Here’s my pros and cons list.

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Opinions?!

Neglect.

You have been neglected wordpress. I am so terribly sorry. I just haven’t felt like doing anything on the computer. Seriously, I haven’t been posting on the forum like I normally do either. I’m just in a weird place. I’m trying not to let this whole FTC(failing to conceive) thing dominate my life. I started reading a book. I’m sleeping(a lot Smile.) I’m needy more so than ususal. I’m just in a weird place. For those of your who didn’t watch my last vlog (RUDE!) we are planning on doing IUI this cycle if everything is perfect. Meaning I have three follicles and a lining of 7mm or fluffier. I am also going to ask my RE about a SHG. Jena over at Someday Mama recently had an SHG, after already having an HSG done, and they found a polyp. So I began researching, and apparently SHG’s can be more telling when it come to fibroids and polyps. My mom has fibroids(although it didn’t keep her from birthing a million children, how unfair!) so I’m going to ask my RE if maybe, some of the further testing we can do in 2015 can include an SHG. Follicle scan Wednesday. I’ll let you know!

Joy

So my RE “Trigger Thursday around 6pm, unless you go earlier than that, but I’d still trigger anyways, just to be sure. And I wouldn’t mess around with LH kits.”

So naturally, yesterday I pee’d on an OPK. I noticed some fertile looking cm, so I wondered.

Let’s all take a moment to rejoice in my fertile looking cm! WOOOO!

So I took an OPK yesterday, early evening, around 5. It was not positive, but it was definitely close. So I took another one this morning, it looked about the same, maybe a bit lighter, but I’m chalking that up to different concentrations of urine(this mornings was practically clear.) I will take another this afternoon, and trigger this evening no matter what. But I’m just hoping that my follicles continue growing until a bit more. I know I’ts just me being greedy. I am so thankful that Femara/Letrazole gave me two follicles, of good size, and so thankful for my RE who is willing to do “booster HCG” shots so they don’t quit growing. And thankful for my amazing husband who has to stab me in the stomach, and bd on demand. And so thankful for everything.

I praying for both these follicles to take. But God’s plan is one, I will be overjoyed. And if His plan is none, I will be overjoyed. My joy comes from Him, not a pregnancy.

Follicle Scan

Today I had my follicle exam, it was at 2:30, and Joseph was unable to come today, but that was fine because there was no bad news. In fact, all good news. To start off…my lining was 8.1mm! Holy cow! Every follicle scan I’ve had has my lining at less than 7. My doctor always says it’ll fluff up from then until the trigger, so it’ll likely be over 7mm(under 7mm and your chances of implanting decrease.) But DAYS before ovulation and I’m at an 8.1. She actually told me I can stop the estrogen.

Also, we could see my cervical fluid on the ultrasound. This is something that we have never been able to see(because I didn’t have any) but I am so thankful for my cervical fluid!

And…we have two follicles, one on each side, measuring 19.5, and 18. Last cycle, if you recall, all but one of my follicles WAY slowed down the growth, and she didn’t want that to happen this time, so she gave me two 200iu HCG shots to boost the growth. I took one tonight(well, Joseph gave me one tonight) and will take another tomorrow. Then on Thursday, I will trigger, and ovulate Saturday. She told me to bd every other day starting today. Normally we try and bd everyday for three days after I trigger, but this time, we’ll do every other day.

I know that our chances are super slim this cycle, but it does make me feel good that everything looks good. Lining, mucus, and follicles. I feel like this is our best chance yet.

Feeling Crummy.

I’m on cd9 and I’m feeling pretty crummy. A little bit weak, and churny stomach. I also feel like I’m feeling my ovaries during this whole time. So hopefully I have some good follicles growing. My follicle scan is Tuesday.

In other news, tomorrows high is 1 degree Fahrenheit. uhh….what?! 1 degree is the high. Many schools have already called out tomorrow, I feel like it is because of bus stops. They can’t have kids waiting at bus stops when the windchill is –27 degrees. We’re also supposed to have 1-3 inches of snow, but I really think this is because of the temperature.

As far as Letrozole side effects, I’ve had a few hot flashes and some difficulty sleeping, but other than that nothing to complain about. Even the hot flashes are nothing like clomids. I started taking guaifenesin today hoping to have TONS of fertile cervical mucus this month(wouldn’t that be wonderful?!)