The results of my latest tests are in–zero hCG, progesterone under 1. The nurse said I hadn’t ovulated. I asked how that could be the case since I had a chemical pregnancy this cycle–she corrected herself to say that I had the chemical but that my body isn’t recognizing it somehow, probably as a result of my “severe ovulatory dysfunction.” Great. Now I’ll induce with 10 days of progesterone–another couple of weeks of delay. (And it looks likely that as a result, our IUI will fall exactly in the middle of a planned–but luckily not yet booked–mini vacation.)
In better news, we have an official plan–we’ll do an IUI with Femara and Ovidrel trigger this month, combined with an HSG at the beginning of the cycle. If the HSG is clear and the IUI is unsuccessful (and I expect both of those to be the case), I’ll go on bcps at the beginning of the next month and start the IVF process. I’m relieved and excited to be moving forward!
Now CD 49 without a period. I finally got an answer from the clinic–come in for another pregnancy test and another progesterone test. The nurse claimed that they are checking to see if I’ve ovulated–if not, I’ll take progesterone to induce a period. I asked why they’d be checking for ovulation now when I had a (very low) positive hcg test two weeks ago–she didn’t have an answer. She also didn’t have an answer for why, two weeks after dropping hcg levels, I still haven’t had a period or even any spotting. Does anyone have any idea? I’m glad that at least we have a plan to move forward now, though.
I also got the results from my Counsyl panel today–I am not a carrier for any of the 102 genetic diseases for which they screen. That was a relief–I’d had mixed feelings about the test and felt a little pressured into it on the spot at our initial consult, but now that we got good results I’m glad we did it. I do understand that it’s not a guarantee, but reassuring nonetheless.
C and I have officially decided that if this IUI cycle (if/when it ever starts) is unsuccessful, we’ll move straight to IVF. IVF had seemed so scary and unknown to me, but the more I learn (from other IF bloggers, mostly!), the more manageable it is starting to seem. Yes, I wish we could get pregnant the easy (and cheap!) way, but since we can’t, I’m thankful that we have an opportunity to move forward anyway. And reading others’ stories has been so helpful. I am so impressed and inspired by many of the stories of women who have suffered great loss and disappointment but remain hopeful and positive nonetheless. Here we go!