Monday, March 21, 2011

More Joyful Sarcasm Font

On September 17, 2010, (3.5 weeks after that phone call at work), we went back to my OB/GYN to get  our results.  I even took my beautiful temp charts with me to turn in to her.  My Doc started off with stating that my husband's sample had come back, again, with zero sperm and so she was sending him to a male fertility specialist out of town.  I had been hoping it was some sort of accident, but apparently it was not.

Then my Doc turned to me and my temp charts for the last several months.  She concluded that I had not ovulated 2 of the 3 months, and the 3rd was "iffy."  Then she filed them away.  All that hard work just shoved in a folder.  She pulled out my bloodwork results and stated that my hormones and insulin were messed up causing a cyst to develop each month instead of an egg.  That's not helpful.  This was also contributing to the weight gain I had experienced.  That's also not helpful.  My husband chimed in and informed my Doc that I exercised and ate very healthy.  God bless him.  He knew that I was very frustrated with the situation.  My Doc suggested putting me on a drug called Metformin for PCOS. She stated that I needed to work my way up to taking 3 pills per day, if I could.  She said that this medicine was generally prescribed for patients with diabetes but made it very clear that I am not diabetic - that my body is just confused and acting like it.  She was going to make an appointment for me to see a different fertility specialist out of town, as well.  I wonder how many years it'll take to get in there.  I mentioned that I was disappointed that my prior doctors had only prescribed birth control pills for me to mask the symptoms instead of finding out the cause for my problems.  She stated that I shouldn't be too upset with them because that would have been the treatment anyhow, as long as I wasn't trying to have a baby. Fair enough.

So that was it - meds for me and specialist appointments for the both of us.   More can probably guess that I was joyful about that....and yes, that should be in sarcasm font.  The positive outcome?  I no longer had to get up at 6am to take my temperature!


  1. My RE never really looked at my charts either. I'm not sure why...I think they're pretty important! They seem to be all about their b/w and u/s instead...

  2. That totally stinks!!! It is interesting how different docs treat things differently. My docs have had me on Metformin for years, long before I was married, let alone trying for a baby. Consider yourself lucky they didn't give you Metformin back then because until around 2009 they didn't have the extended release kind so the side effects were so much worse.

  3. Hello! Here for ICLW and wanting to show a little support to a fellow infertile.

    I am on Metformin for PCOS for the last year and it's been good for my cycles, but a little challenging in the digestion department. I suppose if it helps it will have been worth it.

    I hear you on the frustration with the weight loss. I feel like my body is working against me all the time. It takes SO much effort to lose even 5 lbs!

    Good luck to you and know that there are a lot of us out there. It's a great community to find. Come visit if you get a chance!


  4. ICLW --- what a tough road you've had! I'm so sorry to hear about all of the frustration and battles. I hear you on the weight gain as well... like you, I've always been very health conscious, but infertility has definitely taken over my waistline. Thanks for the comment... it's always helpful to meet others with similar experiences!

  5. Well that is no good. I'm sorr to hear of all of your frustrating issues. Happy ICLW?

    ICLW #123