PCOS

We Are A Go!

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We had our sonohysterogram today. For those of you who don’t know what that is, here is a definition I found on HealthLinkBC:

A sonohysterogram uses ultrasoundClick here to see more information. to look at the inside of your uterus. A salt (saline) solution is put in the uterus for a clearer image. Ultrasound images from a sonohysterogram can help find the cause of bleeding or problems with getting pregnant.

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Under Pressure

My father-in-law seems super excited at the prospect of being a Grandpa. He must have asked me when I will know at least 15 times in the past two days. No pressure…

We are Monday and I will be able to do the test on Thursday. I decided to take that day off because no matter what the result is, I will probably not be able to concentrate on working. If it is positive, I will be too excited and bouncing off walls. If it is negative, I will be depressed and will probably want to crawl back to bed and stay there.
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The Journey Begins…

Here goes nothing… Today is day 3 of my cycle and I had an ultrasound done at the clinic to get the green light to start on Clomid. I was prescribed Clomid 50 mg / day for five days.

I am worried that this will not work. About a month ago, I had a sonohystogram done. Our RE wanted to rule out any blockage in my fallopian tubes before proceeding. The way a sonohystogram works is by pushing a saline solution into your uterus and observing via ultrasound if the air bubbles come out at the end of the fallopian tubes. In my case, they were unable to see the bubbles, making the test inconclusive. The doctor believes that it was simply a question of my fallopian tubes being in a position that prevented him from seeing it. He told me not to worry since I am young, healthy and have no history of sexually transmitted disease. He decided to start me on Clomid and see where that takes us.

Needless to say that I was really disappointed in the way this turned out. Not only did I have to spend money on the sonohystogram, but it was not exactly a walk in the park (read pain). To have this be inconclusive and to have it hanging over my head while I am taking the fertility medications stresses me out.

I am already on Metformin (Glucophage) for the insulin resistance and taking folic acid. Here is to hoping that this works out.

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the leading causes of infertility in women. PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects 6 to 10% of women. The disorder causes the ovaries to produce higher than normal amounts of androgens (male hormones), interfering with egg production. Two to three follicles form on the ovary when it is preparing to produce an egg. Under normal circumstances the one of the follicles matures into an egg and is released into the fallopian tubes. However, with PCOS the egg does not mature and is not released creating these little liquid filled sacs that build up on the ovaries and can cause them to become enlarged. (more…)