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?