June 11, 2015
Cycle Review 8 + My Half-Surgiversary
Yep, I finally decided to write this up! It's been, oh, almost two weeks since my doctors appointment, but who's counting, right? So, cycle recap for you: same old same old with the clomid 50 mgs for 5 days. Only thing changed was swapping the progesterone pills for progesterone shots. I noticed a few days of clomid moodiness, but not too bad (other than the day the moodiness coincided with an interview, ugh). What with the job transitioning there was A LOT going on this cycle, and I really thought that might mess with ovulation, but my peak day actually came a day or two earlier than usual. That was unexpected, but helpful, because it meant I would actually be able to go to a doctor appointment before starting the new job.
I talked about the first progesterone shot here, and the rest of them weren't that bad, there was only one that made me yelp, lol. My butt cheeks were sore for a few days after each shot though, lol. I did feel amazingly better post peak. My nausea and breast tenderness stayed away for the majority of my post peak, up until a few days before the end of my cycle. Yep, spoiler alert, no pregnancy resulted from the last cycle, not much of a surprise. I did have an annoyingly long post peak, probably due to my body getting used to the progesterone, but it was driving me crazy.
So, according to the doctor, lining was good, hormones were better than ever, and I ovulated from both ovaries again. It was probably my best cycle since starting medical treatment. The only negative was my cm was not awesome this time around again, though that may have been due in part to one of my supplements not shipping in time. We also got results of a repeat test on the Hubs. He did one a year ago and had made some changes since then so we were hoping for some improvement. Unfortunately, things were pretty much the same, which isn't dismal but isn't great either. Now the Hubs gets to take more supplements and make some lifestyle changes of his own, muahahaha (what, is that mean of me to be happy I'm not the only one having to do things?).
So for the next cycle, well the current cycle now I guess, we're keeping with everything the same (except for the Hubs's changes). I literally made the decision that I would go with the plan this morning. I seriously considered taking a break this cycle, and really probably should have. I was supposed to give my doctor a call about it and talk about the pros and cons, but didn't get a chance. On top of that, although there were tons of factors telling me to take a break, in the end I couldn't get past the idea that things were just starting to even out and I didn't want to mess with that balance. Since I didn't get a chance to talk to my doctor about whether a cycle off would mess things up, I didn't want to take that chance. So I guess we'll see what happens
In other news, yesterday marked 6 months since my surgery. I've been thinking about it a lot, and not quite sure where my feelings land on it. It's true that things have gotten much better with my body post surgery. Before surgery we couldn't get me to ovulate for anything, and now I've been ovulating every month! My hormones are getting better every cycle too. That's awesome! On the other hand, I'm not one of those super success stories either.
I keep hearing stories about people who get the ovarian wedge resection then have natural perfect cycles thereafter and get pregnant without any help in a matter of weeks or months. That's obviously not me. I still need clomid to help me ovulate and progesterone because my body's not producing what it needs to on it's own. And I don't know if it makes any sense, but I feel like the surgery started another count of 6 months of fertility focused intercourse that didn't work out, so its like I'm labeled as infertile all over again. I don't know if it's been contributing to the funk or the funk contributing to the negative feelings, but either way it's not so great. I know I need to pull myself out of it and look on the bright side, hopefully I do that soon.
Here's hoping things are looking up with the next cycle review!