My first IUI was a breeze, but ended in a BFN. IUI # 2 coming up in approximately 11 days! AF arrived exactly on time, last Saturday. I waited until Monday to call my clinic nurse to let her know the news. I left a message for her as all the calls go right to voice mail. I asked if the RE wanted to change/increase my medication as I only had 1 mature follicle last cycle, I thought the goal was 2.
The nurse called back and said that “Your treatment plan is for 3 Letrozole IUI cycles.” She stated that I did have 1 mature follicle and I did ovulate. I felt kind of cheated by this, I produce a follicle and ovulate on my own anyways, so whats the point of taking medication that doesn’t do anything additional? I know I should be happy that I can/do ovulate/mature follicles, but when I’m still getting no where its hard to be happy. So she RX’ed me the same 2.5mg Letrozole for CD 3 – 7. It’s recommended to do the ultrasound/blood work on CD 10, but I requested to do CD 9 or 12 so I don’t have to miss time from work. The nurse was hesitant to let me schedule for CD 12 as they don’t want to miss the surge/ovulation. Last month I went on CD 10 and the follicle wasn’t even close to mature. I told the nurse that I have ovulated on CD 15 every month for at least the last year. She agreed to let me schedule for CD 12 as long as I start OPK’s on CD 10 and come in for IUI if a surge is noted .
If all goes to plan I’ll have my US next Wednesday then return on Saturday for the IUI. It’s amazing to me how quickly the first half of the cycle goes, then the luteal phase is a snails crawl.
Goals for this month:
Start Acupuncture – I found a provider the next town over that specializes in women’s health and fertility. I still have to call and find out what they charge and set up an appointment.
Sleep 8 hrs per night! – I have been good getting at least 7 hrs, but I know I can do better! I love sleep but its hard for me to wind-down so early. I usually don’t get home from work until 7, then try to walk for 30 min on the treadmill, eat dinner, then straight to bed! this leads me to my next point…
Boost my bedtime / self care routine – Herbal tea, Aromatherapy, Guided meditation, Self-fertility massage (after menses & before ovulation). This should help me fall right to sleep.
More Yoga. – I do yoga regularly 2-3 x per week, but I’d like to increase it by doing some gentle yoga in the AM before work. It’s just really tough actually getting out of bed earlier!
More Walking – I usually walk 2 miles @ 4mph 2 – 3 times per week but I’d like to increase this. In the nicer weathered months I was walking at least 4 x per week. Now with all the snow/cold I usually walk after work on the treadmill, and I’ll be honest I don’t look forward to it.
Accountability – If you have goals like me and are having trouble finding motivation and accountability a fitness band might be a big help.
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I use my fitbit charge 2 to keep track of everything. I’ve had it for almost 1 year now. It was hubby’s idea to get them, and at first I thought it was a pointless expense. I was wrong. I love it. I can see exactly when I fell asleep, what my sleep/wake cycles were like. I also can track my exercise, food journal, water intake, and plenty more things too.
I plan on updating this post as my cycle progresses, so check back soon 🙂 I love to hear from readers so feel free to leave a comment or post your own blog so I can follow your journey!