Last time we were dealing with infertility there were a lot of unknowns and a lot of tests to get to the bottom of them. This time around we have a pretty clear picture of what’s going on, but it doesn’t make the situation any less bleak or frustrating.
In case you are just tuning in, here’s the Cliffs Notes version of what I’m workin with;
1. Stage 3 of 4 Endometriosis (which I just learned may be less after having River, hooray for small victories!)
2. A heart-shaped uterus (I’ve had the septum resected twice as these suckers (with a capital F) grow back!)
3. An “advanced age” for pregnancy, I was 34 the first time around, now I’m 37
4. I have only 1 Fallopian tube due to a ruptured ectopic pregnancy last year
5. A traveling husband who is gone about 60-70% of the time
6. A hormonal imbalance causing hot flashes and night sweats that my doctor is trying to figure out
Here’s what I have actually GOING for me;
1. My ovaries are in good condition and I have a pretty good reserve for my “advanced age”
2. A super patient and wonderful husband who’s on board with whatever it takes
Since a year of “trying” has passed, to no avail, I’m back with a fertility specialist. This time a new one since we moved out of state. So far I really like her.
My first appointment was Monday where we did blood work and an ultrasound. She said my ovaries looked great, this month I had at least 7 eggs on the right and 6 on the left “wake up” which is right where it should be I guess. She saw what could be a polyp or blood clot in my uterus and possibly some fluid in my remaining tube. I still don’t have the results of the blood work.
This morning I’m going in for another HSG test. I’d have to say these are one of the most unpleasant things I’ve been through. Last time I had to go through it several times because I had a couple doctors retire in the middle of my treatment and the new docs always wanted fresh info, that meant putting me through things time and again.
On the plus side, HSGs could possibly boost your fertility for a few months. Unfortunately my husband is also touring heavily at this time, damn it.