Friday, March 27, 2009

Train is Rolling

While on the way home this evening - literally in the car in the carpool lane... John was on the phone with Renee's husband K... our world got thrown another curve ball. Only this time it was a happy note.

Dr. Mac's office called and my testosterone level responded VERY well to being back on the pill for the three weeks - my level was cut in half, and thus... we're officially on a treatment plan!!

They are still wanting John to get some tests done, but with his surgery - we'll push forward and see how things go then we'll cross that bridge when he's a little more recovered.

We had to take a little while and figure out how to work around Easter - but basically here is how the next couple of weeks will go:
  • Monday morning bright and early - I go in for an ultrasound so that they can check out my ovaries... if they are good - we move forward... if not - I don't know.
  • Assuming that things look well with the ultrasound....
  • I start taking Clomid on Friday and continue taking that for 5 days
  • Another ultrasound on the 13th to see if we have a follicle
  • If we have a follicle - they will give me another medication to cause ovulation... and well at that point - all the romance in my marriage takes a little break. (*WINK*)

I've got some research to do on the medication and things - just so I know what to be prepared for - but here we are... another upswing in this constant roller coaster... so we'll be flying high at our house for the weekend, and we'll see what happens on Monday.

Info on Clomid:

Clomid is often a first line treatment to induce regular ovulation. Clomid works at the level of the hypothalamus where it competes for estrogen binding sites. When these "sites are occupied" by Clomid, the hypothalamus responds by producing more GnRH which then stimulates the pituitary to produce FSH. Remember, in a normal cycle healthy follicles produce estrogen, which signals the hypothalamus to reduce production of FSH. Clomiphene is marketed in the United States by Aventis Laboratories as Clomid and by Serono Laboratories as Serophene.

The goal of clomiphene therapy in treating infertility is to establish normal ovulation rather than cause the development of numerous eggs. Once ovulation is established, there is no benefit to increasing the dosage further . Numerous studies show that pregnancy usually occurs during the first three months of infertility therapy and treatment beyond six months is not recommended. Clomiphene can cause side effects such as ovarian hyperstimulation (rare), visual disturbances, nausea, diminished "quality" of the cervical mucus, multiple births, and others.

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