First up, let me address the comments from yesterday’s post: the positive internet juju that was unleashed in the thread was amazing. I get giddy reading your responses.
Diving back into the fertility realm, I got my HSG done yesterday, as well as an endometrial biopsy (if I’m spread eagle on the table, might as well kill two birds with one stone, right?)
The HSG was to check the fallopian tubes and make sure they’re open, and the biopsy was a precautionary measure to make sure that my lack of periods for so many months has not contributed to abnormal cell growth on my uterine lining.
My RE was great in that she prepped me for every step of the way for both procedures, explaining in detail what I could expect to feel before she did it. I think this helped me brace mentally for everything. I also popped two Advil about an hour before the procedure, so that may have helped as well.
First up: uterine biopsy!! This involved scraping cells from my uterus–not a very happy place to have things scraped. Once the catheter was in (not painful at all), she told me the next part would be “crampy”. She asked me to take a deep breath and cough. During my cough I felt some pretty forceful pinching cramps, but nothing unmanageable. The worst part was the 30 seconds afterward when she said I would feel the cramps a bit more intensely (not sure why, but she was right). Overall: I’d rate the pain scale a 3 or 4ish? Evidently, my pain tolerance may be pretty high because the ultrasound tech in the room said she’s seen women scream and cry on the table during this test. She told me this after the procedure was done–thank God.
Next up: HSG! Liquid die was shot in pretty quickly, and I definitely experienced some more intense cramping during that. Overall, I’d say it may have been a bit worse than the biopsy in that it lasted longer and I felt more pressure. Good news? The dye went straight up and out my tubes. Clear for takeoff! Yippee! Pain scale for HSG was about a 4 or 5ish.
So that’s that! I’m on CD8 right now of 100mg Clomid cycle #2. No dominant follicles were seen on yesterday’s ultrasound, but it’s pretty early for that still, I think. Last month I O’d on CD 16, so let’s see if these eggs can find a way to ripen in a week. (pleaseGodpleaseGodpleaseGod). I noticed one on my right ovary which looked bigger than the rest (maybe about 7mm?)
I will start peeing on all the things OPK in a few days just to monitor progress.