Thursday, March 10, 2011

Teh Appointment

As a recap, at this point my previous doctors have tested every hormone possible, shot dye into my uterus, had every person in a white coat look at my lady business, and told me they have no idea what is wrong. I've been told that all my hormones are normal, some are a little off, but still well within normal. They labeled me as having unexplained infertility. I've been taking Clomid for six months now, and the dose I took in January failed. 

I went to Portsmouth yesterday for my first appointment with an actual infertility specialist. After going over a quick list of questions and informing me that she thoroughly went over my file the day before, she decided to do a quick scan herself. I got a quickie with the dildo wand and all I heard was her counting. What was she counting, you ask? Somewhere between 15 and 20 cysts on one ovary. She moved to the next ovary an didn't even bother counting because it looked just as bad as the first ovary. She informed me that my high LH and prolactin levels, my lack of menstrual cycles, and all the cysts mean I have PCOS. 

Getting the actual diagnosis was bitter sweet. I am so incredibly happy to have an actual diagnosis so we can effectively treat the problem. However, at the same time it is sad to know that something is actually wrong with you. 

Soooooo, we are starting a new treatment plan. The doctor prescribed prenatal vitamins (she is the first doctor to do so), Provera to start my cycle, and Metformin for the insulin resistance. Up side, the doctor said the Metformin should aid in weight loss. Woot! On the first day of my cycle I am to call my doctor to schedule a mid-cycle scan. On day three I go in for fasting blood work. On day five I will begin taking my Clomid until cycle day 9. Between cycle day 12 and 14 I will go in for the mid-cycle scan. This scan will be used to see if the Clomid did its job. If it did I should have produced follicles. These follicles will be measured, and if everything goes well, we will be doing our first round of IUI. If the Clomid does not work we will try Letrozole with the next cycle. We plan do four rounds of IUI before deciding to evaluate our other options.

I really hope this works...


  1. Getting a diagnosis sounds like a relief in, like you said, a bittersweet way. I'm happy to hear that you and your Dr. have a plan based on a diagnosis and treatment can commence! Best Wishes.

  2. This is wonderful news - I know it's hard to hear that something is wrong, but now you know what you're dealing with and you can TREAT it!!! I hope everything goes very well, and all the new meds start to work!!!

  3. Thanks guys! I'm definitely keeping my fingers crossed, but I'm trying not to get my hopes high.

    I hope you ladies are doing well!

  4. i embrace the knowing. For me it is so much better than the not knowing. Especially when the knowing means that you can begin to treat it.

    We also planned 4 iui's before moving on to ivf but changed our minds after the second failed iui. I wish you the luckiest first round ever!