Hi all. I went for my first scan on Friday since starting the medication and things were all looking good. Ready to go good. I had one follicle on each ovary – 19mm on the left and 17 on the right with my lining at 9. I did have enough Meriofert to take until Sunday evening but the plan was set as: Take Friday evening’s dose as planned then trigger at 14.30 Sunday and I have my appointment for IUI in London on Monday.
I’m actually going up on my own this time but I don’t need a general anaesthetic this time so I’ll be up and back on the coach with some books to keep me company.
Then it’s a waiting game. My period is due when I’m on holiday in October. Obviously I’m really hoping it doesn’t come but I’ll be with good friends if it does.
Keep everything crossed for me.
Nothing much has really been happening in trying to conceive land for a while and instead I have had some wonderful turning 40 celebrations. I can’t wait to see the photos from my Harry Potter/cake smash session with my friends. Here’s a sneak peek.
Today, however I went for a hysterosalpingogram (HSG)- try saying that three times fast?! This was basically a test to check whether my Fallopian tubes are clear and – I’m waiting for the proper report – but all looks good.
To have this test I needed to have a swab to make sure I had no infection and to take two lots of antibiotics, one the evening before and one the morning of the procedure to make sure I don’t get an infection. The procedure itself is similar to a smear – I know joyful – but hey I paid for the privilege this time! PSA – go get your smears ladies – they may be nasty but they are important.
Then they inject dye into your tubes and scan/X-ray to make sure it all passes through. At this point you do get cramps similar to period pain. Afterwards you need to wear a pad to capture any blood or dye fluid. I’ve had a little cramping this evening but not too much. I had worse on my period early hours of Wed morning when I woke up having leaked. Being a lady is so dignified.
This all means that I should be having at least one round of IUI – Intrauterine insemination with the donor sperm I already have, starting with my next period in September. Supposedly there is evidence to suggest that doing this the cycle after the HSG may be more effective.
I have an appointment with my consultant on 10th September to clarify the process but I should be doing the injections again to boost egg production but with a slightly different protocol. Then after the trigger injection this time I go for IUI with no need for general anaesthetic and we just hope Mother Nature/ Golden Egg and super sperm meet and fall in love and …
The percentages are lower than for IVF but it is less invasive and cheaper and this time, thanks to my sister I have Pax the Pineapple to cheer me on. As well as all my lovely friends and family.