Baby Has Two Moms

First Visit is Done and Boy Am I Sore!

My first visit to the FS is done. This doctor was good. He recognized that a lot of what he was saying to us we were already aware of. I really appreciated the fact that he didn't constantly mention my age and insinuate that any issues that I might have with infertility (and there are none yet) might be my fault for waiting so late in the game to have children. The only time that he actually mentioned my age was to suggest that I have a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to check out my fallopian tubes and to give me any additional benefits that might be possible (a slight increase in the chance of conception).

Thanks to my wonderful employer most of this process is not covered by my HMO, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that today's consultation and ultrasound were covered. The next thing will be to find out if the HSG is also going to be covered. Can I just say that the ultrasound was unpleasant to say the least. The good news is that the doctor said that the uterus and fallopian tubes look good. The probe that the doctor used would probably have been a bit less painful for someone used to heterosexual type sex (and some other folks as well). I spent the rest of the afternoon having cramps and hating the doctor.

That being said, the doctor wants to get the ball rolling with this cycle with the HSG and a round of Letrozole. The doctor seemed really pleased with himself when he realized that he had happened upon something that I didn't know about. While he said that he wasn't concerned about my ovulation and fertile period based on my basal body temperature chart he did want to lengthen the fertile time a bit. That's where the letrozole comes in. Do you know this drug? It is a drug used for breast cancer patients to suppress estrogen production. The idea is that I take it for 5 days to shut down production and then stop and the estrogen and FSH production kicks into high gear and will hopefully lead to conception. We decided that we'd go with "more aggressive" methods, if we need to, after 2 or 3 months of this. (I bet that those of you reading this blog probably don't need links to these acronyms, you probably already know them well).

On conception, 20f2 (I have got to come up with a consistent nickname for my partner) and I have checked out a number of sperm banks and their listings (CA cryobank, NECC, and ) but now we are going to have to make a first through third choice and purchase. This is not going to be an easy feat we finally have to get our priorities straight. I wonder how other people actually make these decisions! We've been contemplating this process and scanning donors for 2 years+ now, why the hell is this such a difficult decision? It's so strange and final. I know that it's just jitters, but…damn!

One thing that I am not digging? I have to go through a counseling session with the clinic's folks. Did I mention that this is a faith based hospital system? All of the hospitals within a 150 miles of my hometown are faith based. This new doctor is about 100 miles from home for me, but he's actually the closest fertility specialist. Gotta love small town life. I was raised in a religious family and I am spiritual in my own way, but having someone else's idea of Christianity forced upon me is EXTREMELY problematic. I am hoping that I am overreacting and that it won't be as bad as I think it will be. We have to complete this counseling before we can do the insemination. I joked with the doctor about having to convince them that I am not insane, he laughed and said or convince that I am but not too insane. Geez, wish me luck.

After the appointment we treated ourselves to lunch (fast food which we rarely have) and a margarita at Chipotle (something else that we don't have in our 2 horse town). Lunch and shopping rounded out our day and we spent some time looking through every damned baby store at the mall! Is that bad luck? Do people believe in jinxes anymore?

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June 20, 2006 - Posted by | FS Day, On the mommy track?

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