An IUI cycle with Injectables

One IUI cycle with letrozole and injectables looks like this:

Day 2: Transvaginal Ultrasound & blood tests
Day 3: Letrozole pills
Day 4: Letrozole pills
Day 5: Letrozole pills
Day 6: Letrozole pills
Day 7: Letrozole pills
menopur shot foronemenopurshot

Day 8: menopur shot

Day 9: menopur shot

Day 10: Transvaginal Ultrasound & blood test
hcg trigger shot foronehcgshot

Day 11: IUI

Day 13: luteal hcg foronelutealhcgshot

Day 16: luteal hcg

Day 19: luteal hcg

Day 28: Home Pregnancy Test

IUI #2 Again!

Here we go! Day 3 of this cycle.
5mg Letrozole days 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 in the A.M.
75 units Menopur days 7, 8, 9 in the P.M.
Ultrasound on day 10, hopefully followed by HCG trigger and IUI then BFP, right? That’s how the plan goes… right?

P.S. Anybody else have night sweats and trouble sleeping leading up to a new cycle? I’m also wondering if I’m losing more hair than normal. My estrogen has been really high (95 yesterday). Maybe that’s a cause? Anybody else? Ideas? Should I be asking my doc about this? I suppose so.

IUI #2 delayed

We used the same protocol for this IUI as the last (letrozole cd 3-7) and I ended up with another no LH surge ultrasound on a Sunday morning. This time, I didn’t have one monster-size follicle that was beginning to ovulate, I had a large number of small ones. My hubby was watching the ultrasound screen I couldn’t see this time and he said he counted around 10-12. There were six larger ones, with the largest of those only being 12 mm. (4 follicles 10 mm each in right ovary; 1 follicle 11 mm and 1 follicle 12 mm in left) They want to see them at least at 18mm before triggering ovulation. With six, they are concerned about multiples, so I will continue using OPKs and will also be monitored over this next week, starting with another ultrasound on Tuesday morning.

Hopefully, a couple of those six take charge and dominate, growing nicely over the next few days so we can have the best chance at success this cycle. It feels so strange to talk about my body like this. There is so much our bodies do while we are oblivious to it all. If only I could go back to being oblivious…

Update: The ultrasound Tuesday morning showed no progress. Lining at 5.8. I get to keep testing and do another ultrasound Thursday. (left ovary: 12mm, 9mm, 9mm – right ovary: 10mm, 10mm)

IUI #1

Of course, things can’t go the way that would be convenient… My ovulation tests didn’t detect a surge until I went in for an ultrasound this morning. That means a Sunday IUI it is! Excited, but I feel bad making people work on a Sunday morning.

The ultrasound this a.m. showed one follicle in my left ovary that was as big as my whole ovary! I didn’t know they did that. There was a little fluid around the follicle which evidently means that it is in the beginning stages of ovulation. We could have done the IUI today, but since we were told our best opportunity would be tomorrow morning, we’re going that way instead.

The femara/letrozole didn’t have any side effects that I could tell of other than the extremely sensitive scalp, which the DHEA caused before all on its own. I have the HCG which arrived the other day in the mail. The needles freaked me out. I’ll learn how to do that part tomorrow after the IUI and I might google for some videos just to be prepared.

I am so thankful to have met people along this journey who can share their experiences. I have also relished reading all the success stories and messages of hope. Thanking you all for sharing your journeys!