Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Intrauterine Insemination a.k.a IUI

'Washed sperm', that is, spermatozoa which have been removed from most other components of the seminal fluids, can be injected directly into a woman's uterus in a process called intrauterine insemination (IUI). - Wikipedia

IUI
After our failed cycle with Clomid + Hcg + trying on our own, the doctor advised us to go in for IUI at the next cycle. We did. Eggs were ready and matured on Day 11. I was given the Hcg shot by the doctor himself. Was asked to come back the next day for the IUI procedure.

On the day itself, I was very nervous. For some reason, I knew that mine won't be as easy as it is suppose to be. Even my HSG was a nightmare. I woke up at the ambrosial hour to do my morning prayers. It was going to be a long day, I had to take time to pray.

First off, hubby had to go to a fertility centre at Damansara to produce his soldiers and get them washed. The fertility centre we go to, do not have a lab. At the beginning, we thought he could produce them at home, and send it over to the lab. Like what he did when the doctor wanted him to do the semen analysis. But then we were afraid he won't make it on time, being a weekday, and it has to be at the lab within 40 minutes.

Anyway, hubby did the necessary and had to wait for 2 hours to collect his then washed soldiers. I was nervous at home. Obviously. Well, he gave me the cue to leave and meet him at our clinic. He was to keep his soldiers that were in a glass tube and wrapped in tissue and kept in a small plastic bottle in his shirt pocket as it has to be at body temperature until the IUI procedure.

Once we reached the clinic, we submitted the pack of catheter etc that was given, to the nurse. In about 10 minutes, we were called in. I was asked to change and lie down. The nurse prepared all the items needed for the IUI.

Doctor walked in, tried first time to insert the catheter, it refused to go in. Same case with HSG. But here, my gynea is way experienced. He immediately knew, that the cervix was in the way. And to top it off, I have a retroverted uterus. It's tilted way to the back. He told me, I am sorry my dear, but this is not going to be as quick and easy. I replied, what else is new doctor? I am so used to hearing all that. I guess he knew, it was going to be painful.

You see, he had to get hold of my cervix, clip it, and hold it to one side, and then insert the catheter right to my uterus and shoot the soldiers in. The painful part was the dilating and clipping of the cervix. This time, I was so glad hubby was right next to me holding my hand. Can you imagine the agony I went through all alone doing my HSG? The radiologist used a metal catheter for God's sake! And just kept probing in trying to get to my uterus. Sigh.

Anyway, the doctor wasn't optimistic about this cycle. The reason is way too P&C to share. We were both very hurt. The doctor told us, we should do another round of IUI next cycle. It seems, one time may not be so fruitful. Well, we trust this doctor. As he is by far, the best we have seen. Nevertheless, he did say, keep your fingers crossed. Who knows? It may just work! But of course, if it does, there's still a scare of ectopic pregnancy.

I was on bed rest for 2 days. By the 3rd day, I was already able to walk about and didn't have bad cramps and soreness.

I do not know what's in store for us. I am a bit scared to keep going on clomid fearing of ovarian cancer. But then I don't want to regret one day looking back, that I should have tried. So for now, it's still IUI. We may have to look into IVF or ICSI, but we'll cross the bridge when it comes. It's too pricey for a start.

And the journey continues yet again!
 

Send baby dust our way! Pwwweeaaase!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Jalan-Jalan Cari Makan!

Over the past months, hubby and I tried places we've only just passed by. Here's some snapshots of places we've been to and some basic review...

Name: Gao Ren Guan
Location: Jaya One
Food Genre: Authentic Southern China
Servings per plate: Generous
Value for Money: Yes
Environment: Cozy & very clean. Even their washroom is so clean! 
Friendly waitresses. A plus point as they understand English!

Gao Ren Guan
 
Name: Antonio’s Trattoria Calabria
Location: Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI)
Food Genre: Italian
Serving per plate: Generous
Value for Money: Yes
Environment: Cozy, rustic & clean
Friendly waiters & waitresses. While we were there, I think the owner and his team were having a meeting. The owner was very friendly himself. A definite return one day soon.

Antoni's

Name: Brussels Beer Cafe
Location: Jaya One
Food Genre: Belgium
Serving per plate: Moderate
Value for Money: You pay not just for the food, but for the place itself
Environment: Comfortable seating area, to either dine or drink  :)
Knowledgeable waiters & waitresses. 

Brussels Beer Cafe

Name: Frontera Sol of Mexico
Location: Jaya One
Food Genre: Mexican
Serving per plate: Moderate
Value for Money: You pay not just for the food, but for the place itself
Environment: Comfortable seating area, to either dine or drink  :)
Knowledgeable waiters & waitresses.

Frontera Sol of Mexico
Name: Ole-Ole Bali
Location: Sunway Pyramid
Food Genre: Contemporary Balinese Bistro
Serving per plate: Generous
Value for Money: Yes
Environment: Cozy & very Balinese

Ole-Ole Bali

Name: D'Tandoor
Location: Damansara Utama a.k.a Uptown
Food Genre: North Indian
Serving per plate: Generous
Value for Money: Yes
Environment: Cozy but too small. On a crowded day, it's too congested. May not return. 
Hubby told me, it's like home food whenever I make typical Punjabi dishes.

d'Tandoor

My bestie took me for a Birthday treat to LaRisata. Here's what I think:

Name: La Risata (which means The Laughter)
Location: Damansara
Food Genre: Italian
Serving per plate: Very Generous
Value for Money: Yes
Environment: Cozy & Rustic

La Risata
 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Clomid

Clomifene (INN) or clomiphene (USAN) (also known as Clomifert), marketed as Clomid, is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) that increases production of gonadotropins by inhibiting negative feedback on the hypothalamus. It is used mainly in female infertility, in turn mainly as ovulation induction to reverse oligoovulation or anovulation such as in infertility in polycystic ovary syndrome, as well as being used for ovarian hyperstimulation, such as part of an in vitro fertilization procedure.[1] Clomifene citrate is marketed under various trade names including Clomid, Serophene, and Milophene. -Wikipedia

We did first round of clomid plus HCG trigger shot on our last cycle. But failed. Nothing happened. Except for UTI. 

And the period that I got following this cycle, OH MY GOD! One of the worst periods I have ever had. I got it on Monday at around 5am, and I was in so much pain despite taking Ponstan 500mg. My back was hurting like someone was stabbing a knife at it! I couldn't get up from the bed. I of course had to be on EL. Hubby was so worried to leave me alone at home. But I didn't want to go to my mum's or anywhere. I just wanted to be left alone. The pain was so bad that I didn't have the chance to even feel depressed. I was at a juncture where all I wanted was to be normal. I was willing to tell the doctor, just get the surgery over and done with and we don't have to keep trying anymore, let nature take it's cause. I just want the pains to stop. Enough is enough. I even have to wear a loose dress, and I couldn't wear any jeans or pants - it hurt.

We went to the doctor's the next day, and my period by then was not as heavy. I could walk. Thank goodness, cuz hubby couldn't follow me in the morning. He was called by his boss no matter what to be in office in the morning. Work is work eh? I managed to drive and slowly got myself up to the clinic. Gave my card and told the nurse, that if my number comes up and my hubby isn't here yet, I will wait. But knowing how it is there, by the time hubby came and joined me, my number was not up yet.

Doctor has advised to go on another round of clomid and IUI (intrauterine insemination). I was a bit hesitant at the beginning, as I was more for the surgery, but after the doc explained why etc, I said okay. We went again on Day 6 to check on the eggs. I have 3 eggs on my right ovary but only 2 active, and 1 egg on my left ovary, which is active. On Day 11 is my next appointment, and most likely IUI if the eggs are matured. The egg has to reach a minimum size of 16mm in diameter in order for it to be fertilized. Currently, mine is at 11mm. I am not on any injectables. Let's see how the eggs do on Day 11.

The journey continues...