Well here we go folks, on to our fifth medicated cycle and third IUI! Which can also be loosely translated to "this better work or else I may lose my head". Seriously, I'm ready for something to work, especially since this will be our final IUI and that thought in itself is kind of scary. If this doesn't work, then what? We have been doing a lot of soul searching lately and plan to do a lot more. Infertility sucks and making giant life decisions suck too. Basically, this all sucks.
Back to the cycle. This plan is the one that our doctor has been suggesting we do since the spring. We chose not to do it in May since we had no money and thought that maybe clomid would work. I responded well to clomid so we tried it again last month but with an IUI instead of just timed intercourse (TI). Since that didn't work, we are finally breaking down and dishing out the money (approximately $1,000 just for the drugs) and keeping everything crossed that maybe, just maybe, this combination will be the magic one and we will see two pink lines the end of this month.
For those that speak the fertility language, I will be taking both gonal-f and orgalutran via injectables and then metformin, baby aspirin and progesterone on top of that. For those that have no idea what I just said, here is all you need to know: lots and lots of needles. (I am aware that this is nothing compared to what people doing IVF go through and I totally admire you guys for being so incredibly strong and brave. Go IVFers!) I will have to give myself injections daily and that scares the crap out of me. I thought one needle a month was bad! Eek!
We were in Toronto this morning for our day 3 monitoring and picked up all our drugs. We are currently waiting for the final go ahead from our doctor and then will start injections tonight. And by we, I mean me. Dan luckily doesn't have to subject himself to being a human pincushion. We're pretty exhausted and not quite sure if we're ready for another crazy ride. I guess we already kind of made that decision though so here we go!
P.P.S. Here are some links to what we have done previously, in case you are new here.
Cycle #1 - Letrozole + TI
Cycle #2 - Letrozole + IUI
Cycle #3 - Clomid + TI
Cycle #4 - Clomid + IUI