After we reunited and married, I started a new job, we got a new place together, and I was finally seeing a fertility specialist. Through our journey to this point we had determined that yes I do ovulate EVERY month and things were okay with my husband so we moved on to the next step.
I was sent to get a Hysterosalpingography, or HSG to see if my tubes were possibly blocked. Let me tell you a little something about that…. It is a very emotional appointment and isn’t the most uncomfortable test to go through. I cried the entire time I was there. Take SOMEONE with you for emotional support!!!
What if my tubes were blocked?
This would be the end of the road for us because we could not afford IVF. I was terrified of the results and to be honest I think they should give some feedback right then and there to ease your mind a little.
We were only able to determine that at least one side wasn’t blocked as I was so uncomfortable and couldn’t physically get into a position for them to see the other side.
From here I started taking 3 medications in specific times and orders through my cycles:
1) Clomid to increase FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH production (luteinizing hormone),
2) Estradiol to support my natural estradiol levels, and
3) Prometrium to support progesterone levels after insemination.
Taking these medications was the start of our IUI (Intrauterine insemination) journey. We decided to try just the meds for a month and then an IUI and continued on that back and forth from October-May 2013. During this time I went through 4 IUI processes. (Most doctors will only do this 3 times but because there was no underlying reason why I wasn’t getting pregnant my doctor tried one more time.)
Join me as I continue sharing our journey in my next blog post!