Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tick Tock goes the Fertility Clock

 I know I've blogged about my issues with getting pregnant. I was diagnosed with PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) in August of 2005, and since then it has been an upward battle in my body. Sailor Man and I have been trying for 2 years to get pregnant (yes he was gone for about 7 months, so it's only been 17 months straight -- but even before he left we were trying so it = 2 years) and we've not been successful. I have been begging my PCM for the last 6 months to send me a specialist to talk about this problem. I know there are solutions out there but no one was listening to me. Finally, after nearly breaking down in tears, I got my wish. I was given the chance to talk to an OB-GYN, and I did today. I got a lot of fabulous information from her, a lot of information! I was worried about going in, Military doctors can be very impersonal and so I was worried that she wasn't going to listen to me. BUT she did! So I had my annual "fun" exam done and then we sat and talked. She listened, asked questions, and then come to solutions. She did a brief medical history with me, then I went down for a pee test to make sure I'm not pregnant right now, I will know tomorrow if I am or not (I'm thinking NO!) and then I will start a pill called "Provera" which is a 10 day course of pills that will make me have a period.

On the 3rd day of my period I will start "Clomid", and I need to go in for some extensive blood work to make sure there isn't anything going on. Like a thyroid or diabetes problem.

On day 14 of the cycle is when we need to have sex (!) and a week later go in and have a blood test to make sure I ovulated and if I did, go in a week later to have a pregnancy test done. If I did NOT ovulate we start all over with a higher dose.

She would also like Sailor Man to go in and have a semen analysis just to make sure nothing is going on on his end. She told me that a lot of women with PCOS suffer from secondary infertility -- they get pregnant once (pretty easily) and then have a hard time getting pregnant again.

She did say that if I could lose 10% of my weight my chances would increase a lot of getting pregnant ------- So I'm working on that as well.

It's a lot to take in, but as of this moment, I'm feeling less discouraged now than I have in the last 3 years.


Sarah C said...

I feel your pain! I had secondary infertility and it took six years to get pregnant again!

Stephanie Solis said...

I wish you the best!

Shanon Pruden said...

I am glad you got support from the Navy docs! It is hard to come by, you are right... a lot of people feel that way! Best of luck to you on your journey! For sure let us know how it goes! :)

Jenny and James said...

Yeah! Glad you got some information and that the doctor was helpful. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you guys. Text me if you ever need to talk or anything! Love ya!!!

kmelanese said...

I'm glad you had a doctor that actually listened to you! That is awesome that you have a plan now. I am praying for you!!

Navywife102409 said...

I am also having that problem! We have been trying for 14 months now and have nothing. I went to talk to my PCM, she did a bunch of bloodwork and sent me to an infertility specialist who proceeded to tell me that I was too fat to get pregnant and even if they gave me drugs, they wouldn't work. I basically balled in her office and she could care less. It was so upsetting! I am glad that you found a Dr who actually LISTENS to you and is trying to help you because I am so not impressed with my Dr. Best of luck to you and hubby!

Mandy said...

Bring on the multiples! Just kidding! I hope everything works out your you guys. My cousin had some of the same issues and did two doses Clomid and now she had two beautiful 10 month out boys!! Love ya!!

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