Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Trip to the New Doctor

I was going to wait to post anything about this because well there isn't much to tell yet and I don't know what the final outcome will be. But I am no good at Not talking about things and I could really use all your prayers.

I had a doctors appointment last Thursday. This was my first female doctors appointment since my last cycle of fertility treatment in NJ in June. I have mentioned several times before that I have felt off since then and since I didn't have any type of follow-up I was concerned about cysts from all the follicles in the last cycle (especially the 43mm one)!

Anyways, I had to go to my PCM first on base and then she referred me out to a normal OBGYN which would then refer me to a specialist (I know..annoying process)! Since I was trying not to take time off work I had to wait till veterans day since I already had it off. I was excited because the address for the doctor was literally around the corner from my house…well that was until I showed up and found out she had moved and had to jet across town to try and not be too late to the appointment. My main goal out of this appointment was to get an ultrasound, make sure everything was okay and see what the next steps were. I was surprised to find that, when I actually made it to the right dr's office, that Girl Doc (since my doc in NJ was a male) was not only a regular OBGYN but also a fertility specialist as well! The appointment ended up being very interesting. Since I had only been to the Boy Doc in NJ I guess I just figured that they would take the same approach. I am glad it was different though because the NJ approach didn't seem to work for me to well..I was excited to have a new set of eyes for this process.

I had brought my charts from the Boy Doc as well as the temperature chart I had been attempting to do this last month. I was also concerned because as I was charting my temp it was too low for the normal chart (averaged about a 96.5) and I didn't know if that meant anything. I know most people's gets up pretty high when they are ovulating but mine has topped out so far at 97.67. Anyways Girl Doc didn't seem too concerned about that and said that my chart looked like a regular ovulatory cycle so far, but was concerned with the fact that I didn't have any sort of discharge (sorry if this is TMI)!

As I talked to her I started to feel better about finding out what is going on. I have been having a lot of pains and after looking at my history from the Boy Doc, Girl Doc says the first thing she wants to do is an ultrasound to see if I have any cysts. She was really concerned that I had been over-stimulated from the last cycle.From there if I do I will have to have laparoscopic surgery to remove them and at the same time she will check for endometriosis and also to see if my tubes are blocked. She was a little concerned about why I hadn't gotten pregnant yet since my last treatment cycles were pretty good. Since I didn't get the HSG  at Boy Doc's office If I don't have cysts that is the next step. She did talk to me some about IVF since I seem to have a problem releasing the egg and I guess if my tubes are blocked that might be our only option. The Hubs and I are still not sure on our thoughts on that but I guess we will have to cross the bridge if necessary. I asked Girl Doc about acupuncture and she said that although she doesn't work directly with it, anything that is suppose to help and doesn't harm is worth a shot. I know some of you girls have tried that so any advice on acupuncture would be appreciated! She also said that she would put me on Metaformin but she wanted to wait to see if I needed surgery first since it can make you dizzy and nauseous.

I am just so ready to be pregnant and everything is so up in the air right now, but I do feel better that we are at least moving along in the process again. Since I am working through the end of December, any major things will have to wait until the first of the year, but at least I will know what is coming. I am still trusting God and I do truly believe that He has His timing for us and whatever method he chooses to use. I know they say it's not good to pray for patience but that is what I have been praying for because this is hard! I felt kind of dumb because when I was talking with Girl Doc and telling her that a lot of the people who have been trying also are now pregnant I started crying. I asked her about being supper emotional (I seriously cry all the time) and she said it is part to do with the medication still in my system and part to do with PCOS. I also asked her about the weight gain (I have gained about 5-10 pounds since starting all of this and no matter what I do it won't go away) and she said that is also due to the medication. Girl Doc told me that it takes about 6 months of no meds to get all the medication out of a person's system.

I have my ultrasound on Thursday and then I talk with the doctor afterwards. I am really glad because today and yesterday I have been spotting and had a lot of pain. I really appreciate any prayers you wouldn't mind sending my way :)

For now I just get to live vicariously through the wonderful ladies that either just found out they are pregnant or are in the midst of their pregnancy or just had their little one..I am ecstatic for you all and I can't wait to hear more..and maybe some of your fertility will rub off on me :)


  1. Thanks for the fertility update! Your doctor sounds nice, I'm glad you have another game plan going. I'll be praying for you, that they'll figure out what's going on and know the best thing to do about it, and you'll have your own announcement soon! :-)

  2. I would check again with your doctor regarding your morning temps. Usually pre-ovulation should be 97.4 or higher and post-ovulation should be 98.0 or above. Yours seem to clearly indicate a thyroid problem. I would ask to have your TSH, T3 and T4 checked and be persistant. Your thyroid is definitely connected to your fertility!

  3. I'm glad that you met with another doctor. She sounds great. I will definetly be sending prayers your way.

    Good to hear from you.

  4. You're in my prayers. Keep the faith, love. Trust me, I know how impossible that seems, but it will happen. If God tells you you're a mommy, you're a mommy. It will happen in such a perfect time, you will be so happy!

  5. I'm glad to hear an update! I have been thinking about you. I tried acupuncture and I liked it. I can't say it's what definitely got me pregnant, but I was doing it the IVF cycle that we did get pregnant. So it obviously didn't hurt! :) As far as your temperature and the comment above, my temps were always low (lower than your's) and I had my thyroid tested on several occasions and nothing was wrong. So you could have it checked just to make sure (it can't hurt), but it doesn't necassairly mean something is wrong. :)

  6. So, I don't know you, but I came across your blog and check it every once in a while to see how things are going with the baby stuff. I'm happy for you that you feel good about your new doctor! One of my very best friends is also struggling with fertility issues and I feel at a loss as to how to support her, how to encourage her, what to say... I was wondering if you would do a post as to what you want/need from your friends, or how you want people to support you as you go through the treatments, etc. Obviously everyone is different, but I would love to have some advice as to what I could maybe do to support my friend and love her better and what things I probably really should NOT say (i.e. "don't worry, it will happen someday...") anyway, I'm sorry if this is too personal a request, but you seem to be pretty open about your situation, so I thought I'd ask. :-)