Monday, February 18, 2013

Ready to try again? (round 2)

May 2012 (3 months after the loss of our precious twins)
Timing, ovulation tests and intimacy...
The above words don't always go together well.
We had the "all clear" from our doctors to be able to try again. I was excited and scared to try again, but I wasn't messing around. I wanted to know when I was ovulating so I knew exactly when I was getting pregnant and keep better tabs on my progression. (anal retentive, yes...perfectionist, yes...type A, yes...I am all of these at times).
We took a vacation to Washington and Oregon, staying in Vancouver, WA during this time...and I kid you not, it is also the same time I began the Fifty Shades trilogy (which coincidentally takes place in this area). If you have read the books, you understand that the storyline can definately help in setting "the mood" for baby making :)
Within two weeks of this vacation, my pregnancy test came back positive. I was again excited, but now even more cautious. My OB/GYN set an earlier appointment for us, wanting to see us at our 6 week mark and I began a prescription of Progesterone suppositories...I never made it to that appointment. I began very heavy bleeding at 5 1/2 weeks and watched my beta levels drop before my eyes with my early lab draws. It was happening again...
I couldn't understand. I did everything I was told to do and it happened again!
I didn't need a D&C this time as my body was miscarrying on it's own, but it was still devastating.
Our doctor wasted no time and scheduled us both for a TON of blood tests. 13 vials from me, 9 from my husband...then again for another 11 more vials from me a few weeks later...everything came back "normal".
We also were referred to a fertility specialist who had my husband's sperm count/motility/quality checked (came back "better than normal") and I had a HSG (hysterosalpingogram) which showed a "mild abnormality in uterine shape" and then a saline sonogram which showed a similar result with some "shadowing" on the right side of my uterus.
We were presented with 2 options...try to get pregnant on our own again, or have a hysteroscopy to see what the anomaly is, and fix it if necessary now. Both options had risks, but we chose to try on our own one more time.

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