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So round 2 of Clomid is done.  I should have re-read my previous posts, because I’d forgotten about the trouble sleeping….but as last time, as soon as I finished the tablets, my sleeping went back to normal.

Because I had already had 1 ‘successful’ round of Clomid, the doctor told me to wait until day 10 for my next scan. However, it would help if the hospital answered the telephone to book an appointment. I rang and rang and rang.  I was letting the phone ring out until it cut off – giving up before I did!  

So on day 10, I was working close to the hospital, so went in on my lunch break.  All they could tell me was they were short staffed! Anyway, they couldn’t fit in a quick scan, so I just booked one for a week after ovulation. That was what I had been told to do last month. 

The medication does seem to be keeping me on the right path time wise.  My period arrived exactly 28 days after the start of my first one. And yesterday, I tested positive with the ovulation test – bang on 14 days.  I could get used to this knowing when things happen malarkey!  So I seem to be following the same trend as last month, although I don’t know exactly how many eggs have matured to be released. 

I’ve been paying particular attention the last few days as well, to any twinges I’ve felt. It appears the pain I felt last month was either a one off or something unrelated as this time round, bar a few pangs, have experienced no pain through ovulation.

But knowing dates mean you know when you need to get jiggy with it.  Many of you will know this if you’ve tried to get pregnant….but you say bye bye to being spontaneous and where sex is fun, to it being a chore and having to ‘negotiate’ schedules. I chuckled to myself last night as my husband and I were discussing it yesterday….’not tonight, but I can squeeze you in here….’

So here we go again….lets see if we get lucky this month!

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At my last appointment, I had to book in a follow up. And had to wait 2 months for it!

In between the appointments, I needed to book myself in for a Hysterosalpingogram…..I think I mentioned that test in earlier posts.  The rule was, on the first day of my period I had to call to book the test and it needed to be done within 10 days.

My period arrived and I called.  Sorry, the doctor who does the test is off for 2 weeks, call back next month. Great! With my unpredictable cycle I had no idea if that would be in 4 weeks or 4 months!. Luckily, 5 weeks later, My next period started. But wait, it’s Easter weekend. By the time offices were open again, I was 4 days in to my 10 days and they had a huge backlog.

So I arrived at my appointment today without having done the test.  But it still needs to be done, so I have to keep waiting! Hopefully, the next time I call, they will be able to fit me in.

I was literally in with the doctor for 5 minutes.  All she said was, your tests are all in sync with poly cystic ovaries……no s**t Sherlock! I already know that!!

The plan is that we will go onto Clomid.  My next cycle, I have to get the above mentioned test and then the cycle after that start the Clomid ( I can’t start the meds at the same time as doing the test). The Clomid should address my hormone levels, as other tests confirmed I have plenty of eggs.  They will put me on Clomid for 6 cycles and if nothing happens after that, we try other options….IVF I guess…..

Why is it that all we seem to do is wait…..arrghhhh!

Today was the final scan of my ‘cycle monitoring’. It was also today I realised that things may take longer than expected.

But let me backtrack slightly.

This week saw me fall ill and my husband have a wobble. Wobbles aren’t exclusive to us girlies you know!! His main concern was our living arrangements. If I’ve not mentioned it before, we live with my parents. It’s ok….I know what you’re thinking, but they have a big house. So we have our own bedroom, living room and bathroom. We basically just share a kitchen. Anyway….the concern was….’it’s not ideal….we should get our own place’.

Don’t get me wrong, I agree. BUT…we also dream of building a house in Cyprus and living there permanently. If we moved out now – either moving back into our house we rent out, buying again or renting – that dream will fly out of the window. I’m not prepared to give that out. And after talking it through, neither is he! Wobble resolved!!

Then I managed to catch a stinking cold. Snivels….the most attractive thing in a woman….and such a turn on!!! Hmmmmm!!

So back to today. The scan confirmed I had ovulated, no baby though. I’m not surprised at that. The doctor also didn’t seem surprised and noted that she thought my womb lining was a little thin. I was then sent for a blood test to test my progesterone levels.

She also changed her story about some of the things she had told me before……so confusing! I was told to make an appointment for a ‘follow up appointment’. This is apparently with the main doctor (which she apparently isn’t). The waiting list for that is much longer, so my appointment is on 21 April!! More than 2 months away. I will not be starting on Clomiphene until told to, and that might be at that appointment or later. I am not to go on it before then.

In the meantime I have to do the x-Ray test (I’ve completely forgotten the technical name for it!) and another blood test (all as soon as possible when I start my next period).

In reality, if I have ovulated this week, at least I know that should happen in the next week or so.

Maybe something will happen at some point this year!!

I realised recently after a friend discovered my blog, that I hadn’t actually updated anything on here for a year – so thank you for the reminder!  (Check out her blog @ http://www.georgiesmummy.com/).  Not helpful I know, although not a lot has really happened in this year – except that I have FINALLY been referred through to a specialist.  I am totally disappointed with my doctor’s surgery and am glad things are taken out of their hands.  I have also heard wonderful things about the specialist I am being referred to – and even work with someone who successfully had a son thanks to him – so that builds a little more confidence for me.

So before, I promised to write more about the tests for any of you that might need to endure them. So here goes:

Hormone levels:

FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) and LH (Luteinising hormone) levels.  This is for the girls.  The tests provides an indication of certain levels of these hormones which indicate whether your ovaries are going what they should be.  It is a blood test.  For me, I had several in fact.  I’ve had my tests done at various points, but some key tests have needed to be approximately 5 days before your period.  Therefore – if you are like me with irregular periods – you will need to start keeping a diary so you can at least ‘guess’ when that might be.  For a normal person, you’d think you can do this within a few weeks of being told to – for me it took months before I managed to get the timing right.

Internal Ultrasound:

I don’t know if everyone ends up having this but I did.  This was as a result of my first FSH/LH blood test which gave the doctor cause for concern.  Again – this is for the girls.  And what a treat!  (Yes I am being sarcastic!).  This involved a wand like instrument with a BIG round ball at the end (with the camera) being insherted down below so they could look at my ovaries etc.  For me, this confirmed I had bad PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovaries).

Ovulation:

I think part of this gets tested with the FSH/LH blood tests, but I would also advise anyone to get the home testing kits as well.  Apparently my hormone tests confirmed that my levels weren’t peaking when they should – indicating I don’t ovulate.  This ties in with the PCOS.  The question is then – do you ovulate every now and again, or not at all.  Because I had spent a fortune on these kits and had months of peeing on sticks every morning – it meant I could confirm several more months of tests where I had not had confirmation of ovulation.  If I hadn’t done that – I think I would have had to endure far more blood tests.  Eurgh.

Smear:

Sorry girls – again this one is for us.  We all know what this does and what is involved 😦  The most unpleasant test of all to me!  And for a referral it needs to be relatively recent – so I’ve had more than my fair share in the last 6 years!

Swab:

Near enough the same as a smear.  Exactly the same test but it checks for STDs etc (apparently).  Again this is just to tick off boxes on the referral as far as I can understand.  If you have a doctor with common sense – they will do this at the same time as the smear.  Sods law I didn’t have one with sense – so I had to go through this undignified process yet again one extra time!

Sperm:

Yay – one for the boys.  To get referred as a couple – you both have to provide test results.  For us – there is no issue with my husband, so this was the only test he had to do.  It may be that if there are issues on the man’s side – blood tests etc may have to be done.  Some key factors to note when doing a sperm test – whatever the doctor says – do the test on site and get it to the testing facility as quickly as possible.  The longer delay there is – the more of the little guys that die off and skew the results.  Unfortunately our doctor again gave us the wrong advice on this.  For this – speed is of the essence.  Anyone in the UK – if the results are low on the first test – you HAVE to provide 2 more samples before a referral can be done.  There is no negotiation on this.  Another piece of advice – get them to give you the shallower – wider sample pots as opposed to the taller – narrow ones!! Its all about practicality on that one….!

I wish I had known all of this before I started.  I would have pushed the doctors earlier and done them all as quickly as possible.  Instead there were significant delays because of bad advice.  Now the referral is being made.  I thought we’d never get here!  It may still be months before I even get an appointment – but fingers crossed something can be done to help.  And so the waiting begins……

Looking back over my previous posts and I realise as much as I’ve written a lot, I’ve not really said much at all.

I recently found another blog that spoke about trying to conceive (TTC) and it was very helpful because it went into detail!!!

So I’m going to try and tell you more….just in case some of you are also TTC.

So, I’ll start at the beginning. Apologies if there is some repetition from earlier posts.

Five and a half years ago, my husband and I got married. But my story goes back a little further. Ever since I ‘matured’ I’ve never had regular periods. So, at 17, I went on the pill….both for contraception, but to also help regulate my periods. Fast forward again now to 2006. It was approximately a year before the wedding and I purchased my wedding dress…..yay!! As soon as I bought the dress, silly as this sounds, I became paranoid about getting pregnant and not being able to fit in it!! How little did I know! Once it got to 6 months before the wedding…..this was when I really started panicking – again ridiculous as I was still on the pill! But we were getting married abroad….and I’d paid a fortune for this dress. I was expecting something to jeopardise that.

Once we got to 3 months before the wedding, I relaxed. I then actually started thinking – it would be perfect if I could fall pregnant now. I knew that at 3 months I probably wouldn’t be showing, and what an announcement to make at the wedding!! But common sense prevailed. We were getting married abroad, and then going on honeymoon for 2 weeks – so basically away for a month. I didn’t want to then have a period whilst on holiday!!! Or worse yet – on our wedding day!!
So I stayed on the pill so that I could skip a period as needed.

So a fabulous wedding and honeymoon later…..we returned home. The pill packet went straight in the bin. Each month for the next 3 months, I came on, regular as clockwork, the same as when I was on the pill. Then nothing. One month went by………then a second……dare I consider I’m pregnant???

As I sat in the toilet after peeing on a stick, nerves made those 2 minutes seem like hours. For nothing!! Negative. Gutted is an understatement. A third month, and several pregnancy tests later, I book an appointment at the doctor – still with a false hope. Although friends mean to be helpful – coming out with all these stories of people who have false pregnancy tests and get to giving birth without realising they are pregnant really doesn’t help.

When in the doctors office, the nurse asked me what they could do for me. I explained and she asks me, “do you feel pregnant?”. How the hell do I know? I’ve never been pregnant before!! I feel weird, but how much of that is in my head???

The doctor does another pregnancy test – again another pleasant experience. Doing it in your own bathroom is one thing, but having to carry a cup of pee through the doctors waiting room – NICE!! Every shred of dignity gone! And then him confirming its negative. Right then. That’s it. What now????

It was at this point I was sent away with a blood test form to test for hormone levels and a referral for an internal ultrasound.

With blood tests relating to fertility – they have to be done at certain points in your cycle. Fine and dandy for people with normal periods….but HELLOOOOO….that’s why I’m here!!! I don’t have a regular cycle. How can I know when is 5 days before my period when I haven’t had one in 3 months???

I will write again next time describing the tests…….

It’s been a while since I last updated my blog!

So, as per the title, we are back to the start. I am so frustrated. Last week I was back to the doctors. BUT this time I saw a different doctor. What a breath of fresh air!

There are more tests….yet again….for me to do, but he couldn’t understand why I wasn’t tested before. And my husband was given completely wrong information about his test results. A classic example of everything going wrong where it can!

So….I’ve got my tests booked in and my husband has an appointment on Wednesday.

Is this the start finally of progression down the right road???

Fingers crossed!

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I’ve now got 3 weeks off of work 😀
Fab!
Which means I’ve committed to having a clear out and spring clean.
In doing so, it means I’ve ended up taking a trip down memory lane…..some of the books I used to read when I was little, old certificates, school reports and even my first plane ticket!!!

I like to keep memories, but I also want to keep these books from my childhood for my own children. The books are a little tatty I’ll grant you that, but they are timeless classics!!! They never did me any harm!!

I’m not entirely sure what the weeks ahead will bring. I had to take the leave from work as the end of the year was looming and I still had too much left.

I was hoping that during these weeks I would need to go to Cyprus for a job interview after biting the bullet and taking the plunge with the application. Unfortunately I didn’t hear back after all those nerves, so that seems to be off the cards 😦

In addition, tomorrow being the first working day off….it’s back to the doctors for some more tests. Hopefully we’ll get through the day without too much stress and I can get on with relaxing. Maybe even digging out a few more memories will be part of the week!