Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Fertility Specialist

We had our first appointment today with the infertility doc. He was very, very nice and I'm excited to have someone who's interested in KEEPING me pregnant the next time. Here's where we are.

1. Wait for first period after D&E.
2. Get blood drawn after period ends and before ovulation.
3. Wait for second period after D&E.
4. Get hysterosalpingogram. (Also called HSG or tubogram.) This is an injection of dye into my uterus and x-ray to make sure there are no abnormalities. Doc says that a septum can exist even though we have had one healthy baby, and it can make it very difficult to conceive again. He's seen it before.
5. Try to get pregnant on second cycle while taking Progesterone and baby aspirin. (Progesterone and baby aspirin were what I was expecting.)

The thing that is weighing on my mind is PCOS. He said, "I'm not saying that you necessarily have it, but it's possible." See, I spot for a couple days before I get full flow. I never knew that it was abnormal to do that because I guess I don't really chat about my cycle with a lot of people, but apparently most people just get the full flow right away. I also have more hair (luckily most of it is very blond) on my face, arms, etc. than most people. I have also struggled with my weight for my whole life. I was an obese teenager, and finally got my weight more under control during college. Now I'm at a weight that I'm comfortable with, but still maybe 15-20 pounds more than where I'd like to be. All these things can be signs of PCOS.**

When I was between 16 and 20 I brought an article that I ripped out of Good Housekeeping or something to show my doctor. I am not 100% sure, but I think it was about PCOS. I asked her if I could have it because of excessive hair growth, obesity, and very irregular periods (they were then, but not now.) She pretty much told me that she didn't think so, and I'm sure it was because I was obese (which can cause irregular periods and excessive hair growth). It will be interesting to see if maybe I self-diagnosed 10 or 15 years ago...

**Edit: I forgot to add that I have some ovarian cysts, which can be harmless, but they can also be a sign of PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.


Anonymous said...

Whoa Whoa Whoa. Wait a minute. What is PCOS? I'm doing the progesterone and baby aspirin too, but I have all those other symptoms....okay, I gotta go look this up.
Good luck, progesterone is WaCkY....prepare your hubby for some severe mood swings!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you have a good plan and that the RE is covering everything. ((hugs))

Amy said...

I'm glad the RE has such a solid plan and reassuring personality. It's amazing how many insensitive people work with infertility patients and I'm glad you've found one that doesn't fit that profile!

PCOS is so scary. I've wondered if I have that, too because I share in the symptoms.

Wifezzilla said...

I'm so sorry for all of this, I had no idea. PS - I took your advice from the comment you left on my blog, wink wink!

Good luck, and I hope the new year brings new beginnings (and happier endings) for you.