The Whole Sordid Story, Part I

So, how did we get here? We got married in 2003 and decided to start trying for a baby in 2005. By the time we left for vacation that year, I finished my last birth control pill and we were giddy at the thought of having completely unprotected, baby-making sex. Needless to say, we had a great vacation.

I realized when we got home, though, that I remembered nothing from 9th grade biology about how my cycle worked. After all, why did I need to pay attention before then? I had been on birth control pills for the previous 10 years. The most I thought about it was to know that I needed to refill my prescription. I recalled from my days on the Knot boards that there was a book that every girl who wanted to get pregnant should read: Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. I dutifully got my copy and was wowed at how little I really knew.

I faithfully charted for several months and tried to figure out if I was ovulating. When I finally did ovulate, I was ecstatic! I told everyone, including my parents who promptly responded that they really didn’t need to know that much detail. But, I still didn’t get pregnant. Five months after we started trying, we moved to a new city and had to spend time getting acclimated.

By January 2006, I knew something wasn’t quite right. I went to see a GYN and he promptly put me on Clomid. He told me at the time that if I didn’t get pregnant on Clomid in six months, he would refer me to the infertility clinic across the hall, which sounded an awful lot like being sent to the principal’s office. Of course, six months later, I wasn’t pregnant. So, across the hall I went.

I didn’t like the RE at all. I knew that immediately. He just seemed very disinterested and unsympathetic. I had met a neighbor who also went through infertility and she told me to visit her former doctor. That is how I met Dr. Uterus.

Late August 2006, Dr. Uterus performed an HSG and found that both of my tubes were almost completely blocked. This was a total shock, especially since before the procedure he opined that it would be very unlikely that I would have that particular problem. I was told that there were two options: surgery or IVF. Sweetie and I talked it over and decided that the best option was surgery, particularly since I had been diagnosed with endometriosis when I was 19 and I wanted to know if it had gotten worse. In early October 2006, I had laparascopic surgery in which Dr. Uterus completely cleared out my tubes and found no endometrosis. The most frustrating part was learning that the tubes were just blocked with debris but there was no particular reason why that would happen. I scoured the Internet searching for information on this happening and couldnt’ find anything.

While I was healing, Sweetie went back in for another analysis, since he had also had low sperm count. It was still low, so Dr. Uterus advised that it was best to go with IUI with my newly opened tubes.

Part II: in which our heroine learns how to get a shot and tries out turkey basting 101.

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One thought on “The Whole Sordid Story, Part I

  1. Mrs. X,
    Congratulations! You have been through a long and tough journey but, even so, I am so glad that you are now a mother of two incredible miracles called human beings! I am a mother of four wonderful children now happy, healthy, and active contributors to society. I am 62 yrs old and my 35 yr old daughter, on her second attempt 2 years ago, gave my husband and myself the gift of becoming grandparents with the birth of a healthy baby girl.
    I just found out tonight that one of my daughter’s dear friends just lost her first pregnancy. My daughter and 3 other friends all had miscarriages during their first pregnancy in the last 4 years (since 2007-8). This seems to have happened with almost every friend and seems to be too high a percentage rate to not have one wonder.
    To rule out exposure to toxins I am asking these questions:
    Did you live in New Orleans for a long period of time prior to your leaving after Katrina?
    When you lived in New Orleans, did you drink the water directly from the tap? If so, approximately how many years would that be?
    I have several friends that lived in NOLA and/or drank tap water their whole lives and either had cancer in their 50’s or died from it or some other scary illness such as brain tumors (in his early 50’s) or dementia at the age of 52 and died 6 yrs later.
    There may be a trend here.
    Please e-mail me any information or thoughts you may have or have had on this matter of toxicity interfering with pregnancy or being the source of health issues.
    Sincerest regards,
    Linni

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