Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Let's Make a Baby

I have talked about my struggles with getting pregnant a few times, but always felt that I should hold back more because I know there are many women out there who have been trying way longer than we have (10 months), have worse diagnosis than we do and probably want children even more than we do.  And believe me, we want children more than anything in this life, but how far will we go?

I, in a pretty emotional state (really experiencing PMS for the first time courtesy of metformin) asked my husband how far he would want to go if we can't get pregnant naturally.  Heck, we aren't even doing the natural thing right now.  Have sex and boom pregnant.  Not happening for us.

My husband pretty much blurted out that he didn't want to do IVF, he would rather adopt because he doesn't want to spend his life savings trying to have a baby.  Umm, I had to inform him that the price of both is closer than he thinks.  I was devastated.  I wanted to try everything and anything possible.  Just a note, after thinking about IVF for awhile, I agree with him.  For now.

I told him about all my obsessive research on things we can do from now until we just don't want to try anymore.  We have agreed on a few things we would try.  I am not saying we will actually do them, but they are in the yes pile.

1.  Fertility meds like Clomid and Femara.  You basically take one pill a day for cycle days 2 - 6, 3 - 7, or whatever your doctor tells you to do.  It helps you have larger follicles and ovulate stronger.  We have a few friends who have succeeded in this approach.

2.  Hormone injections.  In conjunction with the fertility meds, you can have the hormone hcg injected in your thigh or butt near your ovulation time.

3.  Test for any blockages in the fallopian tubes (hsg test).  A dye is injected into a catheter and monitored through x-ray to see if there are any blockages in the fallopian tubes and/or uterus.

4.  Intrauterine insemination (IUI).  A doctor places the washed sperm directly into the uterus increasing the changes of fertilization.  It is way cheaper than IVF as there is no manipulation to a woman's eggs.

5.  Ovarian drilling.  This is where the doctor goes in laparoscopically and "drills holes" in the ovaries to help trigger ovulation.

Now I don't know which if any treatments my fertility doctor will recommend on Thursday, but it did feel good to get it out there on how far we would be willing to go.

I really do hope that we don't have to do anymore than what we already have and we can conceive this baby on what we have done so far.  So here is to my last more natural (supplements only) approach to conceiving working.  And if it doesn't work, then get ready for more posts about my continued journey to conceiving and fertility treatment.


  1. It still hasn't even been a year, so I'd keep waiting and hopefully you won't have to do any of these things. Happy baby-making vibes coming your way! (That sounds kinda dirty, not how I meant it! ;))

    1. We got some good news and some ok news, but we have a plan in place and I am anxious to hear my blood test results. Thanks for the baby dust. Send lots of it!!!

  2. I hope the doctor was able to really help you today! Can't wait to catch up with you! xo

  3. I can't wait to hear about what the doctor told you. Sending sticky baby dust your way! We will both conceive our miracle soon!

    1. Thank you. Hopefully it is around the corner for the both of us.