I got my test results back and feel very blessed that they were all good. Good progesterone (which means I ovulated last month) and good AMH levels, which means I supposedly have a good reserve of eggs. I’m especially sensitive to these issues as I’ve become aware (through my new on-line community) of fertility issues and how challenging it is for many women to get pregnant. I still don’t know my journey on this front, but gave a shout out to God for the favorable results.
This month is the first of a possible series of pregnancy attempts.
Will inseminate in about two weeks at home. My friend M said it best: So when are you going to uh, have intercourse with a needle? Of course I quickly corrected her: I’m having sex with a syringe, NOT a needle.
Many have asked how this actually works so here’s the brass tacks:
- Tank with frozen semen is overnighted to my home.
- I’ll time this with my LH surge, which indicates that I should ovulate in the next 24-36 hours.
- My brave and supportive nurse friends K and E are my ‘baby making’ duo. We’ll thaw the sperm and use a syringe to insert the sperm close to the cervix. Afterwards I’ll attempt to relax and keep my hips elevated for a while.
This will be the plan for 2 or 3 days in a row, I haven’t decided yet. I’ve opted out of any fertility drugs this first time, since my test scores are positive. My plan is to get more aggressive as I go: Clomid next try; possibly an IUI (where a doctor inseminates my uterus, bypassing the cervix–what the sperms usually swim through to get to the uterus) in a few months. And on and on.
And one of these days, or months, I may get a baby out of the deal.
(If anyone of my new virtual friends has had success with this route please share your story, or any tips you may have!!)