This month is my Clomophene Challenge (‘Clomid’ for a the namebrand). Clomophene Citrate is a drug that stimulates a woman’s ovaries to ovulate. It is often a first step of fertility treatment for women who are anovulatory. In my case they are using it to test my “ovarian reserve.” Basically, they took my estrogen and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels yesterday and then I will take Clomid for 5 days. On day 10 of my cycle they will test my estrogen and FSH again. The hope is that my FSH stays very low. If it was elevated, that would mean the Clomid didn’t stimulate me enough and my ovaries need more prodding. This is having a “low ovarian reserve” basically my ovaries are old. It really just informs them about the needed protocol for IVF. Still, cross your fingers that my FSH stays low. Dealing with just one infertility factor is better than two (or three, or four).
On CD (cycle day) 9, I’ll also have a saline ultrasound that will show my uterus to be free of adhesions, polyps, and endemetriosis. Now, since we are stimulating, my doctor also wants to do an IUI (intrauterine insemination). I’m not really considering it an attempt at pregnancy but I’m sure I’ll feel differently during the TWW (two week wait).
So that’s where I am for now. I guess I’ll send my name into Cycle Sistas and keep my hopes up.