Can we really be fooled into thinking that there is no explanation for our infertility? I suppose if you’re new to this game then you may do, I certainly did at first, but it’s basically a term that you are branded with when funding or testing has been exhausted… but then after all that testing, you find yourself pretty exhausted too and willing to take anything that’s on the table!
So, to catch you up, our last cycle failed… sure it sucks, but you grow a thick skin to it after a while. I chose to believe it was going to happen, which in turn really lifted my spirits. My positive energy was through the roof and when my period arrived I didn’t even cry, well until the following day but that’s progress! Another thing that probably helped was that a few days later we had our ‘next steps’ appointment scheduled at our Fertility Clinic.
Now, a week after our referral back in June we received a letter saying that our clinic would be stopping all assisted treatment from November, so it wasn’t a shock when we were told we are being handed over to a new clinic. At the moment, we don’t know where this will be, but it should only cause a delay of a month or two at the most. Had it been the middle of summer, that might have been hard to deal with, but with Christmas around the corner we’ve got lots to keep us occupied!
We have been purely funded through the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK and are very grateful to receive such good care, however we are aware that the services we receive can be quite limited. Following the tests we’ve had done, we have now been put into the category of having ‘unexplained infertility’. Well, of course there must be SOME reason for our infertility, but all the tests they do through the NHS simply don’t stretch to find out our ‘why’. I could get all upset and frustrated about this, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help us get pregnant.
Due to all my symptoms, I was told I may have mild Endometriosis (which is where tissue that usually lines the uterus grows elsewhere in your body), however because there is none on my ovaries or in my fallopian tubes they no longer need to address this issue, hence why my Laparoscopy was cancelled. I get it, I do… they’re not there to deal with my medical problems, they’re there to get us pregnant.
So, we have a plan! We have been offered three back-to-back rounds of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and failing that one round of In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) on the NHS. I can imagine if you’re reading this from another country you fully appreciate what a generous offer this is. (I’ll do a post on those procedures as and when we get to them… if you’re not sure what they are, please ask Dr Google). We did have the option to jump straight to IVF, as the success rates for an IUI is only 15%, but we have chosen to believe that WE WILL be in that 15%. Whilst we’re waiting we are continuing on with my old friend, Clomid. I popped my first pill of this round last night… let the fun commence!!