I haven’t done ICLW for a long time, but we’re finally at a new crossroads in our IF journey, and I decided it was time to jump back on the bandwagon. 🙂 If you’d like to join this month – click on the link above today!
A quick synopsis of our journey… (for the long-winded version, click here)
Married July 2008.
Started TTC July 2009.
Feb. 2010 went to my OB/GYN after a 118 day cycle – diagnosed with probable PCOS.
4 cycles of Clomid got me ovulating, but no BFP.
I still have very irregular cycles, so timing is a pain in the ass. I’ve taken my temperature and checked my CM nearly every day for 18 months. I definitely think this will be one of my favorite habits to abolish the day I get that BFP!
We tried 3 natural cycles with just acupuncture & herbs in the fall of 2010, but by Dec 2010 I was tired of waiting, and we finally took the step of contacting an RE. We were both just laid off, and even though we don’t have a ton of money right now, at least we have the time, right?! 😉
Part of the reason it took us so long to do this is that we live in the middle of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado… we love where we live – the hiking, skiing, and rafting are amazing…but we’re also 6 hours and many mountain passes from the nearest RE. Not exactly convenient. Plus, like most of you out there, this is all OOP, so biting the bullet was a scary step!
That being said, I had my initial consult with CCRM (I highly recommend this clinic!) in January 2011, just as I was turning 29, and we went up for our ODWU just last week.
The plan moving forward…
(1) Freeze a sample from my husband b/c he just got a job working out of state – 16 days gone, 12 days here, so the chances of him being gone when I ovulate are pretty high.
(2) Gear up for my next cycle in March! We’re going to do Clomid + gonadotropins + IUI. I am so stinkin’ excited for this next phase of our journey.
Our RE is extremely optimistic that IUI will be our ticket… he says he’s confident that 3 cycles would be the max we’d need. Most of our tests came back great, so with careful monitoring thanks to the PCOS, we’re hoping this finally work! If 3 cycles don’t do it for us, we’d be on to the big bad scary IVF world. Praying that doesn’t happen.
If you choose to follow, my blog is kind of a clusterfuck of information. I drink (though I’m cutting that out for the IUI cycle… eek!), I swear (though I’m trying to cut back, Mom, I promise!), and I have faith in God that somehow this is His plan for us. I write about our life here in CO nearly as much as I write about my CM – you’re welcome for that. 🙂
So there’s our story. Thanks for stopping by!
Very exciting! Do you have the dates in March ironed out, or do you have to wait and see when AF shows up again? Can't wait to see you again so soon.
Thanks for the update!
Stopping by from ICLW. I also have PCOS and my husband and I lived almost 2 years in Jackson Hole, WY. I really miss being out West, but love being closer to family (we are now in Upstate NY.) I know what you mean about all of those mountain passes, I can't even imagine going through the infertility journey from Jackson (already we are about 45 minutes from our RE.) Best of luck this cycle!! We will be looking to do an IUI in the near future and I can't wait to hear how yours goes.
It is so nice to hear the excitement in your voice since you have a sturdy plan. How nice! I feel as optimistic for you as your RE does!
Thanks for visiting my blog! I thought I had a long commute to my IF doctor (2.5 hours), but you win! Good luck with the IUI and don't let my IVF story scare you, most are not like that, I am just a lucky lucky girl, envy me 😉
Thanks for the comments – especially the solidarity re: my failed relationship.I hope the IUI is really your ticket out of this suckhole. Good luck!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! We have a similar history…I was diagnosed with PCOS too after a super long cycle (I was terrified it was early menopause), and I ovulated on clomid but that wasn't what worked for us.Best of luck with your upcoming cycle! I hope you get your BFP soon!!
Good luck! It sounds like you've got things figured out.