Yesterday I went for my second internal scan. Just in case you were in any doubt….they use these bad boys…..

Enough said on that.

The scan confirmed my eggs have not developed at all in the last week… it looks like I’ll be put on the Clomiphene. I’ve been booked in for another scan on Monday.

I actually took the time to read through the information they placed in my folder too! That helps!! Inside was some information about Clomiphene. It is also known as Clomid… I have heard of it!

The information on it says:
Clomiphene has been used for over 20 years for the treatment of infertility. It causes the pituitary gland to send an increased amount of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and lute ionising hormone (LH) to the ovary to stimulate ovulation, increase progesterone secretion during the second half of the cycle and make menstrual cycle lengths more predictable.

Side effects could include: hot flushes, mild blurring of vision, mood changes, ovulation pain, ovarian cysts and twins!

The other information provided was around the x-Ray test I have to do….it is actually called a Hysterosalpingogram. This test will look at the inside of the womb and the Fallopian tubes. Dye is injected into the cervix via a tube and flows out to, and hopefully through, the Fallopian tubes. From this they can see if there are any abnormalities or blocks present.

The difficulty now is that everything needs to happen early at the start of a cycle. So on the first day of my next period I need to go for a blood test (the one I have to pay for) and call the x-Ray department and book an appointment for the Hysterosalpingogram. If the x-Ray department cannot fit me in within the first 10 days of my cycle, on day 2 of my cycle, I start the Clomiphene. If I can get an appointment, I have to wait until the next cycle before starting the Clomiphene. Getting my head round all that took a while!

I didn’t realise at the beginning quite how close all the monitoring was going to be. I am lucky, the hospital I need to go to is within walking distance from work….and so far I’ve been able to book appointments during my lunch hour. But, if this wasn’t the case….I’d be taking a lot of time off work. Something to bear in mind for any one else about to embark on this process.

With all these different aspects to monitor…it has made me panic I’m going to do something on the wrong day or forget an important test! I just don’t want any delays to be as a result of my actions….or non-action! (If that is even a word!). Everything is being broken down into bite size chunks though….so waiting 6 days for the next step is so much easier to cope with than the 6 months I had to wait for the appointment!!