How did we get here? We waited our two months after the miscarriage before we started trying. We tried for three months on our own. And here we are.
I called my doctor the week of Thanksgiving to see the game plan b/c I was set to start my period over that weekend. I remembered from my appointment in June that I had to take the Clomid on certain days of my cycle and I sure as hell didn't want to miss my window. Even during that phone call with my nurse I wanted to know my options but at the time I wasn't ready to take it (the Clomid). I was obviously still hoping I was pregnant. On Friday night I started spotting and knew the chances of me being pregnant were pretty slim. Saturday there was a whole lot of nothing so I started to get my hopes up again. Sunday morning I took a pregnancy test and it was negative. I started spotting again Sunday night and by Monday afternoon I had started my period. By that time I was confident in my decision to take Clomid. I want options and answers. I just can't keep doing what we are doing b/c that is obviously not working. So if a little Clomid will help us out then that's what we are going to do.
I called my doctor on Tuesday and by Wednesday we had a plan. 50mg of Clomid days 5-9 and then on day 12 I go in for Follicle Ultrasound Scans. Cycle day 12 is tomorrow. I had done some research on Clomid but none on the scans, so the googling began.
Clomid is a medication used to treat infertility in women. It works by stimulating an increase in amount of hormones that support the growth of a mature egg (ovulation).
Based on some of the charting and blood tests I had done before my miscarriage we know that when I ovulate it is late in my cycle, which is abnormal. There is also a possibility that I don't ovulate monthly, even thought I have a regular monthly cycles. So the Clomid should help both of those issues.
So step one is complete. Now, what I think I know is that on Friday...
- They will take scans of my ovaries.
- They will look for how many follicles I have.
- I originally thought ovaries made eggs so I had to do a little research on what follicles actually were. That wasn't totally wrong. The eggs are inside of these follicles.
- I think mature follicles are the follicles that are capable of releasing the egg(s) during ovulation. From some message boards I read online there is the possibility of me having no follicles to having too many. They said not to get discouraged if your have none b/c they can increase the Clomid the next month to help that. If I have too many I guess my doctor could tell us not to try b/c of the increased chance of multiples.
Here are a couple of articles that I found helpful:
Anatomy of the Ovulation Cycle
Clomid Fertility Drug Treatment