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a little game of catch-up

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I figured I'd better get you caught up to speed before I really start getting crazy with my posts...the Captain and I have been TTC since the spring of 2006. We tried on our own for one year and then we sought out Dr. C (whom I LOVE!) to help. I read TCYOF and learned more about my body than I ever wanted to know {a quick blurb about TCYOF - if you have a daughter this book is a must have; it will teach her everything she needs to know about her body and how it works}. I began charting and using OPK's. After I failed to get a "+" OPK 3 months in a row...and after having to rely on the assistance of progesterone to start AF during those same 3 months, I was diagnosed with the dreaded "I" word: Infertility.

Dr. C suggested we try Clomid. We did 4 rounds of Clomid, beginning with 50mg on cd3-7 and ending with two months @ 150mg on cd5-9. Each month, I went in for follicle scans (transvaginal ultrasound - sounds like fun, huh?) to see if any were growing to the recommended length and in turn, could "catch the egg" (link). I had no such luck; my follies, while large in number, were only growing to 13mm at most - not the needed 18mm. Further testing needed to be done.

In the fall of 2007, Dr. C referred me to an RE. It was then that I was diagnosed with PCOS & Type II Diabetes. I was prescribed Metformin and began taking 2000mg daily. Let me just take a second to tell you a little something about's a nasty, beast of a drug! It does vicious things to your colon/bowels and well, I'll spare you the details. Anyway...the Met will not only help control my insulin-resistance but will also help with the PCOS and infertility. Ok, so maybe it's the wonder drug!?!

So, where are we today? We're nearing 2yrs and we do have a plan. Right now, I will continue to take the Met b/c I am having issues with AF. Around August, we will begin taking Clomid again - with the Met. We do have a Plan B, a Plan C and even a Plan D but for now, it's one foot in front of the other.

In future posts, I will no doubt discuss the impact that being infertile has had on both myself and the Captain. A friend sent me a video about infertility; it was created to help friends and family understand the IF community's struggle. It is titled Tears and Hope.

**all of the acronyms I've used can be found to the left of the screen under "lingo"...and all words/titles with lines underneath them are links - click on the underlined word/title for more information**