So here, is my story, with as much detail as I can recall. We started this process in May 2013. I went for every workup one could get including an HSG. Everything looked normal. However, I was told previously by a regular endocrinologist that I had low progesterone. Apparently, he was not lying, in my trial run cycle, my progesterone was only 6.8 (they wanted to see at least 10 to know we had a good strong O) which then meant we needed medication support.
IUI #1- 5/25/13, w/Femara 5mg = BFN , used two vials of donor sperm with 25 mil motil but my progesterone was still in the crapper at 5.5.
IUI #2- 6/27/13, w/Femara 7.5mg = BFN, one vial of donor sperm, lots of EWCM, O seemed timed perfectly and my progesterone was 22.5! So upset, don’t know why this one didn’t work!
IUI#3- 9/19/13, w/Femara 7.5mg and Trigger (u/s showed 3 mf) = BFN, one vial of donor sperm, trigger shot, everything looked great on my end but his numbers were terrible… barely 9mil motil!
IUI#4 10/17/13- w/Femara 7.5mg and Trigger (u/s showed 3 mf) = BFN, one vial of donor sperm, his numbers were better, about 20 mil motil, trigger shot…. What????
Our donor has now met his quota and we can no longer purchase him. Glad to know he is getting someone pregnant!! So, we picked out a new donor and bought two vials so there was no surprises.
cd3-7 Took 5mg of Femara
cd7- 9 took 75iu of Follistim
11/11/13- cd10, had ultrasound this morning… two nice big follies ready to go…took Ovidrel trigger shot at 9pm
11/13/13- cd12, had IUI …. Tons of EWCM, 2 follies, and donor had about 55mil motil… hopefully there is going to be a meetup in there soon!! Right ovary was hurting so badly (the worst I have ever felt) until about 7-8pm and then it started to subside. Thinking that this is O which is grand that it is happening within the first 12hrs!!
11/14/13- 1dpi, weird feeling in left side but that seems to be a regular occurrence…
11/16/13- 3dpi, grouchy, feeling ravenously hungry, a few twinges here and there and a weird pain on my left side, but I’ve felt it before to some degree so not figuring it means much of anything.
11/17/13- 4dpi, mild crampiness, engorged feeling in my labia, quite a bit of lotiony cm.
11/18/13- 5dpi, feeling symptoms that I get usually right before AF, but that is nuts because AF is well over a week away… feeling ravenously hungry ... like can't stop eating... feel lots of blood flow to my girly parts and some noticeable arousal.... very thin lotiony cm, almost watery... and super mild crampiness, like it is just very alive in there.
11/19/13- 6dpi, had progesterone drawn today and levels came back at 22.3… feeling very hopeful and thinking at least that painful O was worth it! Also, my face and chest have broken out. Really wondering if this means I am pg!! I never break out… maybe a pimple here or there around AF, but this is a smattering of small little acne like bumps on my forehead and my upper chest. The only other time I have broken out is the very first time I ever did a trigger shot.
11/21/13- 8dpi, watery cm, mild stomach upset in the evening… gassy and feeling like I have to go but never do
11/22/13- 9dpi, watery cm, nothing of note happening
11/24/13- 11dpi, watery cm, nothing spectacular going on but was starting to feel irritable and depressed
11/25/13- 12dpi, woke up feeling extra cranky and evil... got in car to go to a meeting and pants just felt so uncomfortable, I had to unbutton them. Just decided to go ahead and test with SMU just to see because I couldn’t hold out. Used a Walmart cheapie and got a light bfp. Jumped in the car and went to buy a CBdigi. In less than a minute, it popped up “pregnant” and took it about a minute longer to show “1-2”. Went for 1st beta a couple of hours later and levels were 196!! So, have my fingers crossed that this could be twins!!
11/26/13- 13dpi, some mild spotting this afternoon… so glad I tested yesterday. I would probably be upset and thinking I am out today. Nurse said its no biggie unless cramping or bright red.
11/27/13- 14dpi, 2nd beta done and levels have doubled nicely at 385 and progesterone was about 29. Go for first ultrasound on Dec 16th!
Other than having a new donor, here is what was also different: Follistim was added to our protocol. We made sure to have the big O soon after to ensure my body knew that reproductive activities were happening… lol… never did this on any other cycle but figured it was worth a shot! I drank Odwalla Original Superfood. I know my body is fairly acidic, so I drank this hoping to improve the ph.