Friday, January 22, 2010

ICLW & Monitoring Appointment

So this is my first ICLW so welcome to any new visitors! The good news is you haven't missed much, I just recently started my blog after my first IUI went bust. I actually hate all things writing (i've always been a math person) so my hubby was super shocked when I showed him my first post...BUT, starting this blog has been such a positive experience for me! I can't tell you much I've loved connecting with people on all sorts of paths to our common goal of getting pregnant! The women in this little blogging community are honestly amazing for so many reasons, and I feel lucky to be a part of it.

To give you a little history, we started trying last January. We actually got pregnant on our own in April, but miscarried two weeks later. I always thought getting pregnant would be the hard part, but turns out for me its getting pregnant AGAIN that is causing us trouble! I assumed I'd get pregnant shortly after the miscarriage (cause it seems like this is true for lots of people), so after a few months I convinced my dr. to run some more tests and hubby's morphology came back border line which was our ticket to the RE. We're currently on IUI #3 with 100mg clo.mid, and I'm praying this will BE MY MONTH!!!

Now to the good stuff!!! I had my monitoring appt this morning, I'm only CD11 so its technically a day early. But last cycle I learned they don't do monitoring over the weekend at my clinic, of course this was after they told me to come in the Monday after the weekend, which was CD14 and low and behold my leading follie was 29mm which the nurse informed was apparently overripe. So this cycle I learned my lesson and decided to error on the side of being too early rather than too late.

So the good news is I am ready to go!!! I had three follies she measured, two on the left at 20.5 and 18.5, and one on the right at 13. She said the 13 was probably too small...but I'm going to be optimistic and not count it out completely. Plus my follies seem to be freaky fast growers! My lining was 10.9 which is also awesome considering this is my 3rd month on clo.mid. All in all a great monitoring appt, and now I just wait for the call from nurse with my estrogen levels and about triggering tonight and going in for the IUI this weekend.

Now my question for all of you, my dr. has me trigger in the night between 6 and 10pm. BUT he has me come in the next morning for the IUI, and that's the only one I do. I've read about so many people going in the following day (so that would be Sunday instead of Saturday) so they can time it 36 hours from the trigger shot. So I guess I have to assume my Dr. knows what he's doing, but I can't help but think are we jumping the gun here? Of course hubby and bd like crazy after an IUI, but my thoughts are a) its the weekend so its super easy to get in back to back IUIs b) I know its only suppose to increase your odds by like 6%...but who am I to give up even 1% and c) I'm on IUI#3 here...maybe its time to take it up a notch?? The only downside I can think of is using up a tiny portion of my insurance (I have a yearly max), on a procedure that doesn't increase my odds very much. I'm fairly certain my nurse will let me do it, so would you do back to back? And if you do back to back, would you bd Saturday night or just hold off until the next IUI?

19 comments:

Katie said...

Those follie sizes are great! Not sure why he's having you trigger at night instead of in the morning, but you can always call and ask. (My triggers for my two IUI cycles were 36 hours before my IUI and 24 hours before my IUI) I'd also ask about the back to back IUIs, too. If you did that, I wouldn't BD in between. It might decrease DH's count.

GL and let us know what happens.

Kim said...

Nice Follies!!! i have read ther'es not a lot of supporting evidence on the double IUI, but it most certainly can't hurt! 24-36 hrs prior to IUI is generally to time for trigger (from what I have read, I haven't done my first IUI yet). Good luck!!! (Oh and good call on going in early, don't want to miss those mature follies!)

Al said...

Yea for 2.5 follies!!! I hope it will end up being the 3 you hoped for by the time of trigger.

Good luck with the IUI this weekend!!

suchagoodegg said...

AWESOME follies and lining! I hope I can get some of that ridiculously awesome Clomid karma next cycle. :)

My RE has the same protocol...trigger at 8pm and go in the next morning for the IUI. They only do one IUI per cycle, too. Just fyi.

Photogrl said...

Yay for great follies!

Good luck this cycle!

~ICLW

A said...

What a great report from the monitoring appt! My RE has me trigger at night and then go in for the IUI 36 hrs later (so like trigger at 9pm on Thursday, have the IUI at 9am Saturday)... it is so amazing to me how there are so many different permutations of procedures across the spectrum of RE's!! Praying this is the one that God blesses with a baby!

Browniris said...

You and I have very similar stories. I got KU really easily December 2008 and had a m/c in January. My doctor said if I don't get KU within the next few months, she will recommend IUI. Hopefully this month will work out for you!

ICLW

Littlest True Blue said...

Yeah for big juicy (but not too big!) follies! Good luck with the IUI this weekend and have fun with all the BD!! I'm still comin' along but hopefully I get to trigger and we both get ++++ results this month!!!
LTB

Littlest True Blue said...

ooohhh...and I LOVE Beau and Bella! Especially Beau's super cute hair, he looks like such a little boy!!!

AplusB said...

Awesome news!! Good luck! Fingers crossed so hard!!

daega99 said...

Lovely follie sizes! Hope all goes well!

ICLW
http://daega99-arewethereyet.blogspot.com/

Jane said...

Great job on the follies! Those 2 big ones sound like perfect sizes, and that lil one might catch up, too! And just to weigh in on the IUI timing thing, my RE has me trigger 36 hours before the IUI. Good luck this weekend!

Erin said...

When I did my double IUI, I came in 12 hours after the trigger AND 36 hours after the trigger. I'm sure your doctor knows what is right for you...but it doesn't hurt to ask questions either!

Leslie said...

Hello! This is my first ICLW as well! I too started blogging last year. For my two IUIs last year, my dr had me trigger at 10pm at night and come in 36 hours later for the IUI! I am currently on my 4th IUI cycle (3rd actually IUI as one was cancelled) and it looks like I could have an IUI earlier than 36 hours depending on how my follie check goes on Monday! I think it depends on when your dr thinks you may ovulate based on your ultrasound. I hope that IUI #3 is the magical charm for you! Good Luck to you!!

JC said...

Yay good news!!! I'm hoping for you!!

thegalwho said...

Good luck with the IUI! I'm so sorry to read of your loss last year.

ICLW
Rach
www.thegalwho.wordpress.com

AnxiousMummyto3 said...

ICLW
Hey! Welcome to ICLW, this is only my second one but it's a really fun experience isn't it. If you don't mind me saying so, for someone who doesn't like writing, you do so very well. Good luck for this cycle!

junebug said...

Welcome to ICLW! Good luck with this cycle.
ICLW

The Wright's said...

I am with you, I've only ever heard of people going in 36 hours from the trigger because it's a pretty exact science, or so they say. I've done 5 IUIs and always went in 36 hours on the dot after the fact.

As for "taking things up a notch," I also agree with you there. I wouldn't let them do any more than 3 rounds of Clomid. I made the mistake of allowing my general OB, followed by my first RE do several rounds of Clomid. Most experts say that if it's going to work, it will do so in the first three cycles. But there are still a lot of options for you...you could move onto injectables and it isn't THAT much more than clomid (especially since it sounds like you might be one of the lucky ones with SOME sort of coverage).

Sounds like you're a great responder...and I'm wishing you alllll the luck in the world that you don't have to worry about ANYTHING after Clomid because it worked! Best wishes, looking forward to keeping up on your progress!

Christina
the subfertile frugalista
http://subfertilefrugalista.blogspot.com
iclw