A New Cycle Brings New Hope

After 5 failed IUIs and a surgery, I needed change.  I can’t do the same thing over and over again as I mentioned in the last post.  But I also understand that unless we move to IVF, there really isn’t much my doctor currently can do for me that is drastically different.  So I did what they do in sports — when a sports team suck, since you can’t fire ALL the players, you fire the coach.  And that’s exactly what I did today.  I got a new coach.

Switching to Dr. R from Dr. S is actually a step up.  My new coach, Dr. R is the senior partner of the practice.  He has a lot more patients, he is definitely a lot more busy (evidenced today by his 45 minute tardiness to my appointment) but he is a lot more experienced.  And the icing on this cake?  His bedside manners are just superb.

As soon as he came into our room (DH came with me today), he sat down and said:

“I’m so sorry it didn’t work out.  It’s frustrating, I know.”

No, his apology doesn’t mean anything.  It doesn’t change things.  But I was at ease that my doctor cared.  Dr. S wasn’t bad.  He was sympathetic too.  But I never felt it was genuine.  This doctor, I LOVE him.

So here’s our plan:

1. I go on Letrozole-only cycle again.  Since I was responding well to Letrozole, there is no reason for me to do injectables.  It was uncomfortable, and I felt it unnecessary.

2. Dr. R is sending DH to a urologist.  His last SA, he had 60 million but only 12% motility.  Quantity is not bad motility could be better.  We also have not checked morphology.  Hoping the urologist would.  He’s also getting some blood test.  FSH, TSH and some other stuff that I will in the next couple days research.

3. I’m getting more supplements.  They are for inflammation – endometriosis.  Since endo comes back – lap is not a solution for endo – these supplements are supposed to help with implantation.

4. If this cycle does not work, we will very likely move onto IVF.  He believes if we’re not pregnant in 3-4 cycles after a lap, IVF is the right way to go.  He gave us 3 recommendations.  One I had already called — wait listed for 2015 — crazy.  One I don’t like because of distance.  One I have called, waiting for a call back tomorrow.

So here we go!  We have a plan.  One more IUI.  And then we move onto IVF.  Our next appointment is Thursday.  That’s right, Thanksgiving Day.  Something to be thankful for — a dildo cam.  Isn’t the life of an infertile amazing?


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23 responses to “A New Cycle Brings New Hope”

  1. Lisa {Amateur Nester} says :

    Hi from ICLW. Best wishes with your new RE. When you say you were waitlisted for 2015, does that mean waiting until then for IVF? Wow!

    • hopeloveandfamily says :

      Thank you! Yes, I called a couple weeks ago and they said we’re full for 2013 AND 2014. I called yesterday and she basically said the same thing. My doc recommended this clinic as apparently they have a great embryologist. It’s crazy. I thought people don’t do IVF because it costs so much?!

  2. InfertileMyrtle says :

    Good for you for making the switch! We always worry so much about offending people or doctors (not to say doctors aren’t people) by moving on, but you have to do what’s best for you! Best of luck in your upcoming cycle(s) and I hope a new RE does the trick!

    • hopeloveandfamily says :

      After my appointment I saw my original doc standing at the waiting room registration desk talking to a nurse. I had to sneak out so I don’t have to have the awkward conversation with him. But I think I made the right choice. LOVE my new doc.

      No one else will look out for our interests, we gotta take charge. I agree. Thanks!!

  3. cindysn says :

    Hi from ICLW…you have to wait a yr for IVF???

    • hopeloveandfamily says :

      Yes if I want to wait for this clinic. I have called another one, waiting for their call back. I also have an appointment with one other place but my doctor said their embryologist is not that good so we will end up canceling that appointment.

  4. Rachel says :

    I’m happy that you have a plan but sorry the previous one didn’t work out. Sometimes, a change is needed….I recently changed doctors and I am so glad I did.

    Best of luck on this new cycle!


  5. PNG says :

    Hi from ICLW! Your plan sounds good to me. I also love your sarcasm, one of my favorite defense mechanisms. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  6. megsnyc says :

    Hello from ICLW. Good for you for switching doctors – sounds like the right move. I hope this IUI is it for you.

  7. Jennifer says :

    Hi from ICLW! Hope everything goes well with your new RE! As other commenters have said, I am shocked that it would be over a year’s wait for IVF! I don’t think I would have the patience to wait that long.

  8. Kasey says :

    Hi from ICLW! We just recently decided to move forward with IVF after 6 failed IUI’s. Hoping your 6th time is the charm!

  9. Katie says :

    I recently changed coaches as well and it was very good decision for me. I’m glad you feel comfortable with your new guy and I hope it brings you more success!

  10. Caroline says :

    Hope your next appt goes well!

  11. AlleyRose says :

    Hi from ICLW. So glad you have a new RE and a new plan of action. Hope this last IUI works out for you!

  12. rosiedd78 says :

    So good to have a plan. Hope you don’t need to move onto IVF!
    (Hi from ICLW)

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