Monday, April 8, 2019
My IUI Journey 2 1st Monitoring
So I had my first morning monitoring experience which was very short. You have a time frame from 7:00-830 am to come in, along with other women who just started their first period cycle.
The first monitoring for that start of IUI was basically just blood work and we were there less than 10 minutes. Shocking! I thought it was going to be more to the process but it wasn’t. The nurse had us women in and out like clockwork. It was really great to see women with their partners during this difficult process. Some where alone but their journey could be totally different and more empowering than mine. Overall it was great to be in a space where all of us were in the same boat. So many different faces and age groups it was very comforting!
So once the nurse called me about my blood work results which was around 3:30 pm. She informed me that my progesterone (Progesterone is a hormone released by the ovaries. Changing progesterone levels can contribute to abnormal menstrual periods and menopausal symptoms. Progesterone is also necessary for implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus and for maintaining pregnancy.) levels were a bit high to start the ovulation medication Clomid. (This medication is used to treat infertility in women. It works by stimulating an increase in the amount of hormones that support the growth and release of a mature egg (ovulation). This medication is not recommended for women whose ovaries no longer make eggs properly (primary pituitary or ovarian failure.) at 1.5. They usually have to be at 1 and they allow you to start then. I was told to wait until Saturday evening 5 pm-6 pm to start my process. I am to take two 50mg which is 100mg for 5 days. I am then suppose to come back for monitoring which will be an ultrasound as well as an injection for Ovidrel (This medication is used as part of a treatment program for certain fertility problems in women. It is generally used in combination with another hormone (FSH). This medication provides the hormone (hCG), which stimulates the release of a mature egg (ovulation) and helps you become pregnant.) which one of the nurses will administer.
So the next phase will be more intense and can you believe I am actually looking forward to it.