We did our first and only round of IUI on 8/19/19. For those who do not know, IUI stands for Intrauterine Insemination……basically they turkey baste the chick. To prepare for this process, which was immediately started with my first cycle after surgery, I had to take a medication called Clomid. The medication was alright. It caused me to produce multiple eggs and I was on the lowest dose for it. I took the medication for 5 days and then I waited. I began taking ovulation tests during this stage of the cycle, so we could pinpoint when the procedure needed to be done. I used ClearBlue easy at home ovulation tests. This was the one recommended by my clinic, since it provided 4 days of an ovulation time frame versus the usual 2 days. So, we waited for the high fertility day on the test to be positive. That day came! Woo hoo, One day closer to trying to have a baby. You can be cautiously hopeful during all these steps because at least you are moving forward and that is what I continued to remind myself. The day came and I finally had a peak fertile day! This was it, our one chance at IUI. So, we went to the office and I was turkey basted! (yes, I use turkey basted because you do need to be able to joke/laugh at it sometimes. You need to remind yourself that even though it stinks and there is a lot of heartache with infertility, that you can still laugh and smile) ….now we entered the 2 week wait. Once the 10-minute timer went off and we left the doctor’s office, we wondered what were we going to do for 2 weeks?!?

Of course, I reminded myself that if this did not work then I still had options. So, this was not the end of our journey if it did not work. We had to try it though. There was a lot of discussion as to if we would try IUI or not since one fallopian tube was no longer connected to my uterus. I was however told by my doctor that you can still get pregnant from your right ovary ….ummm what?!?! How the heck is that possible? My egg can no longer go into my right fallopian tube to do its job. (just a disclaimer I am not a doctor and am not using exact terms for all of this) My doctor explained that your left fallopian tube can get the eggs from the right ovary…excuse me? My body can do what kind of magic? That is correct, apparently the bottom of the fallopian tube is free floating and can pick up eggs from the opposite ovary. Our bodies are so insane.

Well the 2 week wait was over and we were advised we were not pregnant…..what were we going to do now? Well, I can answer that….we will immediately start IVF. So….we begin the IVF journey………