For those of you following our fertility journey, you'll probably remember me posting back in April about our newest plan of attack to get pregnant. We were given 5 cycles to try on our own, with the addition of progesterone and baby aspirin, and if we didn't get pregnant in that time, we would regroup for the next steps.
Well here we are at the next steps. Plan A didn't work for us so we are now heading back to the fertility clinic in Toronto to start another adventure. And this adventure should be a fun one. :::insert sarcasm here:::
Starting on Friday, we will begin cycle monitoring. For those of you who don't know what cycle monitoring is, here is a blurb from the hand out I received from our clinic.
"Cycle monitoring is a process of observing a woman throughout her menstrual cycle to observe a range of factors, such as how a follicle in the ovary develops during the cycle; to measure blood hormone levels throughout this process; and to determine whether and when ovulation is occurring."
Fancy, eh? Here's all you really have to know though. For two weeks, I have to make an extraordinary amount of trips to Toronto at ghastly hours to do this.
Our clinic is downtown Toronto and we are about an hour and half away. Except for that doesn't include time for sitting in traffic, which is 100% guaranteed to happen since we have to be there between 7-8:30am for this monitoring. And we have to go in on cycle day 3, day 10 and then every 1-2 days until ovulation. At each appointment, I will have blood work and an ultrasound done. The good news though? I will be staying with a friend in Toronto for that week of daily appointments, so we won't need to waste time and money traveling each day.
This first cycle will be a diagnostic one, where they will hopefully see something to fix and come up with a killer new plan to get us pregnant. That's what I'm hoping for anyways.
In addition to the cycle monitoring, both Dan and I had to get more blood work done, which we completed last week.
I was prepared this time though and lay down before they stabbed me. They only took 11 vials of blood though, so nothing like the great vampire appointment. And Dan was also super brave since they had to take 8 vials from him. Go team us!
Our current totals for vials of blood over the last 9 months now stands at:
Dan - 9
Jennie - 40
Oh infertility, how fun you are.
Dan will also need to do another semen analysis but this time they will do a more detailed investigation which includes DNA fragmentation. To be honest though, I'm not really sure what that means.
So that is what is new with us and where we are at on this road to having a baby. We aren't sure what the future holds for us but we are taking it one step at a time. We will continue to be open about our journey and hope that you guys don't mind the occasional over-sharing.
I'll be back sometime this fall to give you the results that come from this newest round of testing. Until then though, keep cheering us on!