The past two months since our first appointment at the Fertility Institute have been a whirlwind. Taylor announced to the world that he would be leaving the engineering world and entering the brewing world as the brewer at Brieux Carre Brewing Company. We traveled to Germany together and spent almost two weeks exploring. It’s funny, I had “accepted” that we would need help getting pregnant. But I was still holding on to hope that we would make that miracle baby on that trip. Alas, no miracle baby. See, world? The whole “just relax” advice is a load of crap.
I feel this huge ball of emotions that I cannot describe. I normally have a decent handle on identifying emotions but this has me floored. Undergoing fertility treatment has left me feeling like I need to be sitting under my desk with a blanket over my head rocking my teddy bear to sleep. I worry if we made the right decision. I worry if we will be good parents. I worry about what will happen if it doesn’t work. I worry that we will have wasted money if we go through IUI and then IVF and we fail.
And.. the crazy thing is… I’m normal. This. Is. Normal. Normal? What is normal again?
Okay – I’m okay. Brief lapse of sanity there. So today is the day I start my first round of clomid! Yay! This morning I had a transvaginal ultrasound at the Fertility Institute to confirm that I do not have any cysts that would affect this cycle. I called on Friday, the day my period started (CD1) and since typically you have your baseline ultrasound on CD3 and that was a Sunday, I was instructed to come in on Monday (today, CD4).
This is the ultrasound room at the Fertility Institute in Baton Rouge. There is an additional tv screen that I couldn’t get in the picture on the left where you can watch what she sees on the screen. You go in and are instructed to undress from the waist down and put the cloth over your legs. It’s important to get used to this – as with IUI you will have two, maybe three or four, ultrasounds, and IVF you have more. It’s really not too bad, the ultrasound tech will insert the device (for lack of a better description, it looks like a vibrator with a condom on) and move it to either side to take measurements of your ovaries, follicles (where the eggs grow, they’re always just chillin’ there on the ovaries), and uterus.
Since everything looked good – we start medication tonight. I will be taking 100mg each night at bedtime from CD4-CD8. Clomid works by stimulateing an increase in the amount of hormones that support the growth and release of a mature egg. It’s often used for to treat female fertility issues and unexplained infertility. So what can I expect in taking clomid? Here are the listed side effects:
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Hot flashes.
- Breast tenderness.
- Swelling of the ovaries and pain in your pelvic area.
- Unusual bleeding from the uterus not related to your menstrual period.
- Blurry vision.
- Scintillating scotoma, or seeing zigzags or other objects before having a migraine.
Well, awesome. It should be an interesting next week. My biggest fear is that it will add to my migraines, which I have had all too often in the recent past. So, what next?
I’ve been set up with a mail-in pharmacy for the hCG trigger shot that will induce ovulation. Next Tuesday, (CD12) I will have another ultrasound to see how my eggs are progressing and it’s at that appointment they will tell me which day to do the shot.
Then we will execute Operation IUI.
Fertility Treatment Running Cost:
Ovulation Kits for a year: $80
Pregnancy Tests for a year: $100
GYN Apt: $50
Semen Analysis: $175
Semen Analysis w/Urinanalysis: $250
Fertility Institute Consultation: $166 ($250 without insurance)
Clomid: $9.60 ($100 without insurance)
IUI Payment #1: $880