I’m back from the fertility clinic. D was able to come which was great. I really wasn’t expecting him to be able to make it. It is vintage here in the Australian wine industry so it can get busy and demanding for him. I’m grateful that today was a light day.
The doctor was a lot more explanatory about things this appointment and talked about previous results with more detail than before. It could have been because it was like an overall summary of everything that can and has been done before the IVF decision is needed. Or it could have been because she had a medical student sitting in on the appointment. If this was the case then I am very grateful! It meant we got a clearer picture on things than we have in the past.
The HSG scan showed that my tubes are all clear – no blockages! Good news. The pain that I had was probably from muscle spasms. The results said that my “…tubes were slow to opacify [which can be caused by spasming, so that makes sense] but with time, contrast was seen to enter the peritoneal cavity via both tubes...” Contrast being the iodine and opacifying meaning that the tubes and uterine cavity looked white on the image from the flow of the dye. In summary, both tubes were clear and the dye spilled right on through!
I asked her if the scan showed anything else and she said no. Some research I came across said that scan can be used to show fibroids and endometriosis. I did ask if it showed cysts or anything else and she simply referred back to my pelvic scan.
When she first got the results of D’s sperm analysis, she simply told me everything was fine. Today, however, was more detailed. Whether the fact that D was there this time made a difference as well, I don’t know. However, she said that his sperm count and motility was good, but his morphology (sperm shape) was lower than average at 25% instead of the average 30%. While she said that this is fine under normal circumstance, it could make a difference if we choose to do IVF.
Her concern in regards to this, was combining it with the fact that I’m over 40. Sigh.
She also gave me more information in regard to my pelvic scan from several months ago. There was a follicle that shouldn’t have been there at that stage in my cycle. She was unsure what it was about but believes that now that my cycle seems to have settled down and regulated a lot more, it is something we no longer need to worry about.
Of course, what was never mentioned was why my cycle has settled down over the last 6 months. She is not even questioning it or wondering, which considering she hasn’t given me any medication, you would think she would be wanting to know why. I wonder if in her head, she is even thinking about the fact that I am seeing Queen Naturo and it is her treatment that is working!!
My progesterone test from this cycle only 2.2, indicating that I haven’t ovulated this cycle. This is a figure more likely seen in the follicular phase of the cycle, so she got me to take another P4 blood test for today. She wants to determine whether I haven’t ovulated or whether I have ovulated late and may just end up having a long cycle this time around.
I’m due for my period on the weekend, so the results of the test will let us know what to do if my period hasn’t come by Monday. Ovulated – wait another week to see. Not ovulated – wait another week to see. Oh yea, the same action either way!! :)
All in all, she believes that I am ovulating enough to not warrant taking clomid - that it is normal for a woman my age to not ovulate every cycle. She believes that the affects of clomid could actually disadvantage us at this stage. I can’t remember everything she said, but something to do with clomid possibly causing problems with implantation.
This clinic doesn’t do IUI, so if we wanted to go down that path, we would have to go somewhere else. She has given us information about IVF and sent us off to read it over and discuss what we want to do.
However, we are already decided. We are going to continue with the natural path for the rest of the year. Queen Naturo is ready to do the saliva tests again to see how much improvement there has been since she started treating me and to see where to go next with natural therapy. I have a copy of most of the results from the clinic which I will take to QN for her to look at.
We both believe that by following this path, we will conceive. So much has improved over the last few months with my statistics. If by the end of the year we aren’t pregnant, we will look at it again. Also by then, our years waiting period with our health fund will be over and we will be able to go into the private stream, with our choice of doctors and clinics. And that’
s really important to us as well.
We know we don’t have a lot of time on our hands and the doctor was most encouraging that we start sooner than later. But I really don’t want to go down the IVF path. We truly believe in natural therapy and the 100% success rate from the natural therapy clinic.
We have achieved what we set out to do by going to the fertility clinic. We know that we are basically okay and fertile. There are no blockages, no abnormalities. There is some concern over the regularity of my ovulation but she believes that I am ovulating. D’s sperm morphology is slightly lower than the norm but also fine. We are functioning!
Now we do all that we can in the natural medicine realm for the next few months.