2 days post IUI

Saturday morning Hayley and I headed to the clinic, dressed in our finest Christmas jumpers and bringing a box of chocolates to say Merry Christmas to the lovely doctors and nurses working at the fertility clinic. They do such a great job of putting us at ease and explaining every part of the process and we just wanted to say thank you, especially around Christmas.

Normally I find the IUI process a bit painful, I know that’s not the same for every woman, but nonetheless, it’s something I find I have to grit my teeth and endure. This time was much better though, there was a different doctor performing the insemination this time and she was brilliant, she explained the process as she went along and took the time to make it all as comfortable as possible. The doctor also kept me lying down for ten minutes after the procedure which I’ve read leads to better results.

So all in all, the IUI went well. The procedure was stress free and my womb and follicle looked brilliant. I’m certainly feeling better about my chances this month.

The rest of my weekend was fantastic, it was the perfect distraction for me. We headed straight over to a friends house for a small gathering of people celebrating an early Christmas. We ate wonderful food, played lots of board games and watched Christmas films. I didn’t spend any time worrying about whether the IUI process was going to work this month or not, it was really relieving. I’m hoping that the two week wait will go by really quickly now that Christmas is almost upon us.

2 days to go

Well this month has felt much better than last month! I just went for another scan and my lining was the thickest it’s ever been and my follicle was a really nice size. The nurse thought my lining looked great, the pattern was exactly what you’d expect to see and everything looks ready to trigger ovulation.

So I’ll be triggering at 14:30 this afternoon, ready for treatment on Saturday at 10:30. That works out really nicely for us as we have a busy but relaxing weekend which will definitely help take our minds off the treatment.

This weekend we’re visiting a friends house for an early Christmas celebration. We’ll be there all weekend (the dog gets to come along too) and we’re planning to play lots of board games and eat lots of wonderful food. I think this will be a great distraction for us and a lovely way to relax after the IUI.

We also had a lovely conversation with the nurse who explained that our odds of concieving statistically improve each attempt. So all in all we’re feeling much more positive about this cycle.

Fingers crossed for the third attempt!

3rd time’s a charm?

Well as predicted, last months treatment didn’t work. I wasn’t surprised and honestly it wasn’t that upsetting. Nothing really felt right about last month, it took a while to get to the stage where my lining was thick enough and my follicles were barely at the minimum requirement when I triggered. So when the pregnancy test was negative, neither Hayley nor I were surprised. We knew that it just wasn’t our month.

But we’re back trying again this month. There are many positives of trying for a baby in December;

  1. If it works this month, our baby would be born in September and would be amongst the oldest in their school year rather than the youngest.
  2. I love Christmas! I love winter, I love the festivities and I love buying gifts for my family and friends. The two week wait should be easy this month as there will plenty of things to distract myself with.
  3. I don’t need another excuse to take it easy and cosy up infront of the fire with a good book or board game, but I’ll certainly take it. IUI means I’ve got a great excuse to enjoy some of my favourite wintery relaxing activities.

So I’m choosing to focus on the positives of trying for a baby in December and I’m staunchly ignoring the fact that I can’t indulge with some of my favourite cheeses during the two week wait!

I’m now on cycle day 11, if previous months are anything to go by, I’ll probably go in for insemination around the 11th (which would make test day, Christmas day).