The last 6 months have been quite the roller coaster in our house. To fill you in on what’s happened and provide some necessary background for my posts, check out the timeline below.
Warning: Periods, Ovaries, and Cysts (oh my!) will be mentioned in this post – Don’t understand where this is coming from? Read this.
- March 14, 2015: The day I took my last birth control pill (BCP)
- March 17-22, 2015: The period that subsequently ensued
- May 7-10, 2015: My first non-BCP-induced period
- Note: This is just over 7 weeks later (a 51-day cycle)
- Fun side note: We were in Munich and Venice!
- June 20, 2015: Negative pregnancy test
- June 29, 2015: Positive pregnancy test
- June 30, 2015: Told Jason
- Celebrated our 5-year anniversary with the news, chocolate-covered strawberries, onesies, and a trip to visit friends in Cleveland
- July 6, 2015: First pre-natal appointment
- Thought to be right around 8.5-9 weeks, due on February 11, 2016
- Ultrasound scheduled for July 15th to confirm due date
- July 8, 2015: First signs of miscarriage that evening
- July 9, 2015: Miscarriage confirmed via ultrasound
- Told to wait at least two cycles before trying again… those two cycles still haven’t happened
- Ultrasound identified that my left ovary has two larger cysts (could be one, but they can’t tell), one may be dermoid (meaning that it has characteristics of skin and the potential to grow hair and teeth… yuck!)
- Ultrasound also identified that the right ovary was the one that ovulated, resulting in the pregnancy (can tell because of the corpus luteum cyst)
- 10 long weeks of waiting…
- September 18-27, 2015: First round of Provera (progesterone, 10mg for 10 days), in an attempt to cause a period (started on August 29th) and jump-start my system (did not jump start)
- September 30, 2015: Follow-up ultrasound to monitor cysts
- No change seen in the cysts on my left ovary
- Right ovary had become polycystic – essentially barricaded by tons of tiny cysts that won’t let an egg out… fantastic
- Our file was selected for a communal review by all the doctors at the practice to determine next steps
- Ultimately, it was decided that we could try Clomid (a drug used to stimulate the ovaries and cause ovulation) and see how/if the cysts reacted or acted up
- October 6-21, 2015: Attempted to monitor my basal temperature daily – enough to drive anyone crazy!
- October 21, 2015: Appointment to discuss Clomid
- Told not to bother with basal temp monitoring because it was enough to drive anyone crazy!
- October 26-November 4, 2015: Provera again
- November 9-13, 2015: Clomid (50mg, days 3-5)
- November 13-27, 2015: Prime time
- Lots of hoping and finger crossing
- November 27, 2015: Bloodwork to determine success of Clomid
- Result: Unsuccessful – progesterone levels were not indicative of ovulation
- December 1, 2015: Began new round of Provera to be accompanied by a longer Clomid cycle (50mg, days 3-9)
- Took the first three Provera pills (stopped after 12/3 appointment), period started 12/7 (probably from Provera, but wondering if the Clomid did work…)
- December 3, 2015: Follow-up ultrasound to check on cysts after the first round of Clomid
- No change in any cysts
- Doctor cautious about overstimulating the larger cysts in left ovary – this could cause the ovary to become “heavy”, causing it to “twist”, causing it to be donezo…
- Did not want to open up the option of Metformin (a diabetes drug that has show great success in clearing up polycystic ovaries), nor try another round of Clomid
- Referred to a Reproductive Endocrinologist who will be more cautious about preserving ovaries and who may also recommend surgery to remove cysts
- December 21, 2015: Appointment scheduled with a Reproductive Endocrinologist at Wake Forest Baptist Health
Wow! That’s a lot… and that’s just the high-level, key information so that you know what I’m talking about in future posts. A lot has happened in the last 6 months and I do feel fortunate that our case seems to be getting the attention and escalation it deserves at a faster-than-normal rate.
So, what’s next?
Well, I just received my information packet and history questionnaire from the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health and will be filling that out over the next week or so. After having done some online researching, I’m actually feeling pretty good about the referral. It appears that these folks at Wake really know their stuff and have a ton of tools and techniques at their disposal to help us out. Basically, I’m just preparing myself for all of the appointments ahead and am anxious to get the first one under our belts. In addition to answering all of their questions, Jason and I will also be compiling a list of our questions, which I will, of course, share here!