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|Sun, 04-18-2010 - 9:10pm|
We are new to Assisted Reproduction, after losing some "prime time" working with an ill-informed local OB/GYN, taking on a relative's special needs child, and sorting out some overlapping diagnoses / misdiagnoses / undiagnoses (mine). Any input or advice will be appreciated.
Recently, follow to a uterine biopsy presented a good opportunity for an "assisted" try with the reproductive endocrinologist we are now seeing. So we jumped in: Clomid 100 (oral) x 5 days = 7 follicles; Bravelle/FSH 300 (injection) x 4 days = follicle size 10-15.5; Bravelle/FSH 300 (injection) x 3 days more = 5 follicles 18+ on right side (left tube is wrecked); then 225 x 1 day; HCG x 1 day; intrauterine insemination w/ partners processed sample (25 million motile sperm) 4 days ago, followed by prescribed "regular" intercourse daily x 4 days.
SO WHAT DO I EXPECT NOW? Was extremely cramping and pelvic congestion for a couple days, then better, now really crampy again today. Have orders for blood draw & preg test 14 days after insemination.
What now? Hints, advise, etc., all appreciated. Don't know what to expect, and I guess that I am not allowing myself to expect too much. We have "drawn the line" at this technology; husband is NOT open to egg retrieval, donor sperm or egg, traditional IVF, or adoption.
I am 43; my husband is 46. I have been pregnant previously without assistance - longest pregnancy was 11 weeks (8.5 years ago), most closer to 2-5 weeks (often don't know until it's over) - but have not been pregnant in the past year. I have PCOS, adenomyosis, endometriosis, Salpingitis isthmica nodosa (SIN), and a large benign intramural fibroid tumor. I am also allergic and/or highly sensitive to wheat, gluten, beef, soy, eggs, dairy, citrus, melon, peaches/apricots, and strawberries. Do not drink or smoke; husband drinks only occasionally. I am +/- 30 lbs. overweight - developed after adult chicken pox (along with autoimmune issues, sensitivities, etc.) which is difficult to take off even with exercise & diet.