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The last few days have been a big lesson in feeling ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that something is NOT working, and then being proven wrong. Yes, yes, I know I got a positive OPK yesterday morning, and yes, I felt a sharp pinch on my right side yesterday evening-ish, and yes my temperature was up this morning…blahblahblah. Even after all of these signs, I have so little trust in my body that I just couldn’t believe that Clomid would actually do what it was supposed to do. I thought I would feel different…Shouldn’t I have had, like, killer side effects? Sore boobs? Major headaches?All I got were a couple of very minor hot flashes. Plus, this is CD 16 we’re talking about here. This is when NORMAL people ovulate. Not people like me with cyst landmines on her ovaries.

The kicker was my appointment with the shiny new RE today (#holygodilovethiswoman). I know she is the first RE I’ve seen on my quest…but I think she might be “the one”.   I dub her, Dr. Sparkles. Her office is impeccable. Run like a well oiled machine. And she was the nicest, most informative doctor I’ve seen in God knows how long. Not only is she extremely well educated in PCOS, she was not condescending about my knowledge on the subject at ALL. I cannot STAND when I get a doctor who says, “Wow! You really did your research, didn’t you?”. Of course I did my research, you little dip shit.  I’m only shelling out THOUSANDS of potential dollars on this freaking disorder.  But I digress. She was beyond wonderful about answering any and every question.

After our consultation, she wanted to take a look at my ute and ovaries. I had let her know that there was a slim chance I’d actually ovulated yesterday on my right side. Before even getting to my ovaries, she exclaimed, “Well you certainly made a beautiful lining this month!” Excuse me? I thought you just uttered “beautiful” and “lining” in the same sentence while pointing the vag wand at my uterus.

10MM of plush cushy lining beeyotch!!!!!! BOO YEAH! Take THAT PCOS.

She then meandered over to my right ovary, and sure enough–there was a large pool of fluid right where I popped an egg!

Me.

Popping an egg.

I ovulated.

Sorry, I’m just flabbergasted.

I changed a lot of things this month, so it’s hard to tell if it was the Clomid specifically, or the Clomid in combination with Met, diet, increased exercise, and no caffeine or alcohol that helped this along.

As for the odds this month…we’ll see! Hubs and I had sex once Monday night (so, a little less than 3 days before ovulation), once Thursday morning (12 hours pre ovulation), and again this morning (12 hours post ovulation)…doc wants us to go again tomorrow morning just in case…

The plan as of now is to continue with the 100mg Clomid because it’s cheap and seems to work all right. She says I have about 25-30 active follicles on each ovary which would give me a VERY high chance of overstimming and a 40-60% chance of twins on injectables. Most “normal” women have about 6-10 follicles on each side. I’m basically freakishly fertile, except I produce cysts instead of eggs. We’re looking into whether or not insurance will cover my ultrasounds and bloodwork as “diagnostic” during a monitored cycle, in which case that would save considerable amounts of money. Overall, her prices seemed very comparable to others, although the price of their bloodwork is on the high side ($85/hormone!) Ultrasounds are $250, and an IUI is $375 (including wash). Does this seem about right? If I get my period, she wants to do an HSG and an endometrial biopsy since PCOS-ers are more prone to endometrial cancer. She says that this should be covered as part of my PCOS care, and she’ll bill as such.

The sort of weird unexpected news is that my 2ww is falling right smack dab in the middle of a business trip to Cannes for work in which tons of wine and rich foods will be served. Guess I’ll be sitting out on the drinking…GAR! I was looking forward to a glass of French wine. Also, does anyone know how plane travel could effect implantation? I’m thinking it’s nothing to be too concerned about, but wondered if anyone knew?

The moral of the story is…I guess I don’t know my body as well as I think I do. And little rays of hope that I may not be completely barren after all are a nice way to start a weekend.

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About Sunny

I'm a happily married, 31 year old gal who is just starting her journey to conceive. I also have ovaries that may need a jump start. This blog is an attempt to channel my obsessive research on my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome into something positive....like a pregnancy test. That would be awesome. I also hope that other women with this condition will find support in this blog. There are a lot of us out here! Happy reading, whatever your journey may be.

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  1. Whoo-hoo! Fantastic news all around!

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  2. Hell to the yeah girl!!!

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  3. WOO HOO Go follicles!!
    Those prices sound about right to me – an ultrasound at my clinic is 240. my HCG bloods have been 90 (80 for the HCG, 10 for the venipuncture). Estridol is 90. FSH 87 and LH 88

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  4. Yay! I say drink that wine! I had half a bottle of wine the day before I took my positive pregnancy test and my baby is fine! Also don’t worry about plane travel, just be like the fertiles and pretend you have no idea about implantation!

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  5. Yeah! Congratulations on popping an egg. As for the prices, the ultrasound prices seem high. I’ve had $190, $110, and $200. As it turns out, my ultrasounds are covered by my insurance. The first two REs wouldn’t even bill it but the third gave it a try and I now only have a $20 copay. Moral of the story: make them try to bill it no matter what they think. The price for an IUI is the lowest of the three REs I worked with, which is fabulous. (Like Jesica I would also drink the wine.)

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  6. Well that’s just plain awesome! Sounds like your timing was good too! I also have 30ish follies on each side…so I am a little nervous about Ivf! Us and our stupid ovaries.

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  7. Yay yay yay yay!!!!!!!! Congrats girl! So excited for you!

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  8. Awesome news! And your new doc sounds great! I say drink the wine. Enjoy yourself! So happy for you!

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  9. Wow! All of that is so exciting!! I LOVE the south of France. We went there for our honey,on and it remains one of our favorite spots in the world (and we just traveled to Australia, new Zealand, and Fiji this past winter). Don’t worry about missing out of French wine, the food will more than make up for it. In the south of France the food is so amazing, it’s like a fusion of Mediterranean and French cooking that is so fresh and wonderful..make sure you get some food that has extra virgin olive oil while there. It is the most amazing I have ever had. Sorry..I’m a foodie…I could go on and on… 🙂
    Anyways, good luck with the two week wait, you’ll have some wonderful distractions on your trip!

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    • Oh, you better BELIEVE I’m going to be sampling all of the delicious food. Not to mention, I get to expense it! It’s a win/win in my book. Cannot. Wait.

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  10. A trip to Cannes sounds like the perfect remedy for a dragging TWW. I hope it helps yours fly by. I flew to Paris at the end of my TWW (and only from Madrid, Spain, so not so far) with no ill effects. I can’t imagine the little embyro would even know the difference! AND, I drank right around my lucky IUI and while in Paris after getting my BFP (like a glass). I understand if that’s not something you’re comfortable with but most doctors would say it’s fine.

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