Wednesday, February 27, 2013

NFP & NFP ART

The NFP rout to overcoming infertility. Yap it exists!

Back in the day when I was on birth control, I hated it. I hated the drugs, how they made me feel (physically/emotionally), I hated my fiance for not wanting kids and not having to suffer through daily regimens and hormonal angst but getting ALL of the pleasures his heart desires with none of the "consequences"Jerk... Things were getting very very ugly.

We have since only practiced NFP because mentally I couldn't handle hormonal birth control, I'm very pro-life so the "medical" non-hormonal alternatives broke my heart, and oh surprise my partner wasn't disciplined enough to use a condom every time, but he did not want children...

Like I said, I started to HATE him.

But everything is good now. We started NFP years ago, 2008. Since coming off birth control we have grown much closer and have become much happier. We have since practiced NFP making us equally responsible for our fertility. We are partners, I was no longer a slice of chubby meat (oh and I GAINED WEIGHT on the short time on birth control)... Thinking back on it. I felt more like his personal prostitute than his loving partner when I was on artificial birth control.

Okay well now we have infertility issues. He and I both have issues to overcome (I blame my part to the birth control pills, since I was perfectly healthy before them). We have begun talking to a reproductive endocrinologist and I told the nurse that I don't do well with hormones, and she jokingly responded "You better get used to it, shots and pills are the name of the game."

Uggh.

So this past Sunday my fiance and I went to pre-marriage preparation class at the church where I learned of the most wonderful concept! They call it naprotechnology.

NAPROTECHNOLOGY
"NaProTECHNOLOGY (Natural Procreative Technology) is a new women's health science that monitors and maintains a woman's reproductive and gynecological health. It provides medical and surgical treatments that cooperate completely with the reproductive system... It is a fertility-care based medical approach rather than a fertility-control approach to family planning and gynecological health." naprotechnology.com

Um, yes. That is exactly what I want. I don't want to force my body to do things, just help them along a little. Fix the problem with medicine, not treat the problem with drugs.

We are already making huge strides with our RE, I wonder how he'll respond when we tell him that we want to take a NaPro approach to overcoming our fertility issues... Or to do this, as non-invasive as possible. I am glad to know that a more natural body friendly approach is an option. We would rather not start over with someone new but we are confident that this RE will help us achieve our first pregnancy and really, we will do what ever it takes to get there.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Lab Work Check

Did a ton of labwork Tuesday. My favorite phlebotomist is still the ones at Concord Women's Specialty. I went to labcorp today and the phlebotomist did NOT get me on the first try and she did that tummy turning "hunting for a vein" needle digging thing. *aauuugghhhhhh* I almost lost it. And I consider myself GREAT at giving blood for labs.

I would have asked for another phlebotomist if there was one available, this Labcorp was a one man show. My receptionist, nurse, phlebotomist, and billing person was all wrapped in one. There wasn't a single other worker present.

I don't have time for coming back later; I have a job, I have school, I have an internship, and I have a dog at home. Today is CD11 and they wanted to draw my FSH...

Uggh, no matter the results, it was pointless.

Got the results in on Friday for the semen analysis. All they told us is that it was irregular and we should start seeing an RE. :-/ That's a little disappointing. Nothing like infertility issues coming in from both ends. The "abnormal" diagnosis has helped my partner to understand the importance and attention I have been putting on optimizing our fertility... because not doing so is apparently not working.

Oh well, on to the next one.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Nothing Tastes as Good as Becoming a Mother Feels

We met with Dr. Katz at REACH on Friday.

Um, this was the first doctor's visit I have had and left feeling more confident in my mommy potential. He did an ultrasound to view my ovaries and they are very Poly-Cistic which we knew but the way he phrased everything made us feel more comfortable with our chances.

He explained to my dear dear fiance that it is not normal for a couple our of our health (greate), weight (normal/healthy), and age ( <25 ) to take more than a couple of months to conceive. A single year is a stretch for young healthy couples. My fiance was under the impression that this was somehow normal at all. Glad he heard it from a doctor that it's not.

Oh he's testing me. Like REALLY he's testing me. I will sneak a picture of all of the viles I will have to fill to represent the number of tests I have to do. But I'm glad, that finally we're going to be getting to some sort of plan. The Works, anything & everything we are being tested for down to our recessive genes. I am so excited. I think he is excited too judging by his upbeat personality this past weekend.

He told me no more carbs. And I'm am more than happy to oblige. Nothing tastes as good as becoming a mother feels.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

And We're OFF!

Cycle Day 1 Starts NOW! 


So the schedule of tests are as follows:

  • CD3 FSH Test 02/11
  • CD21 Progesterone 03/01
  • CD24 Progesterone 03/04

 Big Day-> Friday, February 15th --- We meet with our Reproductive Endocrinology team and make our fertility plan.
             --- Submit Semen Analysis
             --- Fiance Submits for Genetic Testing
             --- Receive New Home Address :-)


Thursday, February 7, 2013

+ Tea

This weekend my friend Hannah and I went to Teavana, a sweet tea shop in Northlake mall. Initially, my gaze was mesmerized by the assorted tea sets and diffusers. I love tea sets! My hoarders dream is to have a room filled with assorted tea cups and saucers. Each tea cup with a name each design with a story.

I digress. So Hannah and I are I Teavana, samples are available so samples we try. The first tea we tried was an Oolong blend called "Strawberry Rose Champagne" this tea is naturally sweet and fantastically delicious (I'm actually drinking some right now). It's a blend of strawberries, rose buds, rhubarb, white grapes, vanilla, And a hint of champagne. From that moment on, I became a serious tea drinker. Many other teas were available to sample but this one, this one was mine. (The other teas also didn't give me that yum, I can drink this forever feeling or the desire to drink it again).
Since I had my mind set on the tea I was bricking home I had time to browse their booklet of tea varieties. I see a stunning photograph and learn its name "Raspberry Riot Lemon Maté" . This tea is a blend of red and golden delicious apples, lemon, raspberry, rose buds. Do I love all these things? Yes. Did I bring some home? One can full. Served over ice this tea is a show stopper.

The best news? I got the two best tea types for my fertility issues! The Raspberry Riot Maté Tea is a natural source of inositol a B-vitamin that helps with egg health and insulin resistance! Win! And Oolong tea, like my Strawberry Rose champagne is all over PCOS blogs and fertility websites as being beneficial in numerous ways. Win-win. So far I have had one cup of each tea everyday since Sunday. Now that I think I will use it, I have put a cast iron tea pot on our wedding registry!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Gynecologist: Infertility Seminar 1

Got a letter from my insurance company stating that I will no longer be under my parent's policy as of Mid-June. In the dawn of potential insurancelessness we have become much more aggressive with our pursuit of getting answers and a working plan of action.

Had our infertility seminar conference with my specialty gynecologist, Monday.

The PLAN:
- Get Tested
-Analyze Tests
- Make a Plan to continue testing

Fiance Garr is submitting a complete semen analysis as well as getting his genes tested for potential complications. While I get my CD 3 FSH and CD 21 and 25 progesterone whenever my cycle begins again, non-induced. Disclaimer: Today is Cycle day 50. We have done these tests before but my gynecologists wants to make sure that we have the most up to date and accurate results for analyzing our next steps.

So we enter the waiting game. Fortunately, my OvaCue is indicating that I can expect a visit from Aunt Flow within the month, which is pretty exciting.

We have an appointment with our potential infertility doctor at REACH next weekend. Since we are not able to have children on our own we will be setting up our fertility plan with them. We're pretty confident, based on the advice given to us from our physicians so far, that our options will be between intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization.