Things That Are Our First Medicated IUI

Chase and I switched fertility clinics because we didn’t feel like we were being taken care of, and felt like we had no direction.

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So within a week of meeting our new RE I had a few days where I thought I saw Aunt Flo (AF) but it was a false alarm. The nurses asked me to come in for my baseline, even though AF hadn’t really started yet. There was confusion for me because I didn’t know if spotting was considered the start of my period. My Previous RE said that any spotting WAS cycle day 1, but really cycle day 1 is full flow. After the explanation, I went back to the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” and it said, sometimes women will start spotting towards the end of the Luteal Phase of your cycle. So they did a baseline using “wanda,” and said my uterine wall was still too thick. So taking Femara needs to be taken when your uterine lining was thin while on your period. AF showed up the next day. The nurses told me to start taking Femara that night, but I waited until the next night to really make sure my uterine lining was thinning.

I started taking Femara, 3 times a day for 5 days.  Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to be THAT emotional. I don’t think I’ve cried THAT much and have been THAT moody in all the years we’ve been trying. That was definitely a change, and not a good one. I can see how women totally freak out on their husbands when they are on Clomid, or Femara.

hCG Trigger Shot

My follicle scan was scheduled for day 11. We went in and did another ultrasound, and I had a good sized follicle on my right and an okay sized one on my left. Once dressed they told me I was supposed to give myself the hCG injection at 3:30pm that day. The hCG injection (aka trigger shot) is to get me to ovulate without waiting on my body to ovulate. This was the first time I would ever give myself a shot and it was really scary. Especially when I needed to give it to myself at work. The worst part was the anticipation of getting it ready to be injected in my belly.

I'm scared to give myself a shot for the first time IUI

Our IUI was set for 3:30pm on Chase’s birthday and he needed to give his sample about 1.5 hours before the IUI. Talking to Chase on the drive over I told him how nervous I was. When the nurse came in she went over the procedure with us. I asked questions to make sure I knew what was going down before she did anything to me. She asked if I had a full bladder, and said it makes it a lot easier to find the cervix. With my past IUI experience (where they had to use a tenaculum to straighten out my cervix) I explained how nervous I was, and said if she needed she would just use a more rigid catheter. There was a little bit quite a bit of cramping (deep breaths and Tylenol) during and after the IUI. As soon as she finished she took the catheter out, bumped up the bed so my hips were elevated, and asked that I lay there for 10 minutes.

Waiting to do our IUI

Let me say that this was MUCH better than going to an OB and having him do an IUI with a tenaculum. When we used this OB for those 3 IUI’s he kept me in the stirrups, he had the tenaculum, the speculum, and the catheter in me for those 10 minutes.

Now we are a week into our two week wait (2ww, tww). There are lots of people who would rather they go through these IUI’s alone without support. We did 3 IUI’s without telling our families, and it made it so much harder to not have that support. This time we told them, our friends and some extended family. I also posted the picture above on social media to get people praying for us. We wanted prayers and positive thoughts flowing towards us so we thought it was important to share.

Just like everyone else posts about their pregnancy announcements we post our baby making announcement! HA!

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  1. Amberly

    August 27, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Wow, what an experience! I hope it turns out well for you!!

  2. Chris and Monika

    August 29, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I really hope the best for you and my fingers are crossed for you. I have been there doing the shots and it is not fun. Let me know if you ever need to talk because I get it. I get it all!

  3. Nessa

    August 30, 2015 at 1:17 am

    You are an incredible woman! Many prayers coming your way!

  4. Nessa

    August 30, 2015 at 1:17 am

    You are an incredible woman! Many prayers coming your way!

  5. Chris and Paige Evans

    August 30, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Thinking of you and praying for pregnancy!!

  6. Tedi Palmer

    August 30, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks Amberly! It was definitely an experience, but a better one then the last ones we did.

  7. Tedi Palmer

    August 30, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks Monika! We should get together and chat!

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