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Hysteroscopy

Just a quick update, as I am still feeling pretty crampy from the events of today’s office visit, and would like to remove this laptop from my pelvic region as soon as possible.

So, the hysteroscopy went well.  Dr. F and her colleagues didn’t find anything of concern while they were poking around in my business.  The video was cool to watch, and was a welcome distraction from the discomfort I was feeling with a camera up in my hoo-ha.

She also did an AFC (antral follicle count) and checked to make sure fluid was flowing between my tubes and uterus properly.  My AFC was slightly high, as is the norm with PCOS patients, but Dr. F said that the follicles she counted looked to be healthy sizes, for whatever that’s worth.

Everything today looked normal, as per usual.  Dr. F said as she was leaving that she has great faith that we can do this thing without IVF, and that all signs point toward a very healthy reproductive system that just can’t get its business together.  She aims to help me with that, and I feel good about my chances.

In other news, I had my full thyroid panel drawn today, including thyroid antibodies, which I’ve wondered about for some time.  I’ll be interested to hear those results in a few days when they come back.

I also had my Vitamin B-12 levels checked.  I’ve been reading a lot lately about B-12 deficiency and its effects on the body.  I have many of the symptoms of B-12 deficiency, but those could be attributed to other issues as well, so I will just wait on the results to find out my next step, if there is one.

I’ve decided to move forward with Metformin.  Not today, but soon.  I have the prescription waiting for me at the pharmacy, but I want to get my B-12 results first.  I have read that taking Metformin can actually cause B-12 deficiency, and I want to gauge my levels before I start taking the drug.  I know my acupuncturist won’t be thrilled with me taking the Met, but I know she will accept that I’m doing what I feel is best based on doctor recommendations.

I also ordered a month’s worth of Pregnitude.  For those of you who have never heard of this product, Pregnitude is a powdered supplement of Folic Acid and Myo-inositol, both of which are essential B vitamins that your body needs.  This particular combination is a high dose, and many women with PCOS have found that it has helped regulate their hormone levels when used with (and without) Metformin.  I figure I might as well give it a shot.

I’ve also eased up on my self-placed dietary restrictions.  I am allowing myself gluten again, but being sure to only consume whole grains if possible.  I’m still avoiding processed foods, and having sugars only in extreme moderation, and mainly from fruit or honey.  I’m trying to keep with a low-glycemic index diet as much as I can, and I feel that the regulations help me to make better choices all around.

I received my blood work results from my PCP this morning, and they came back with a slightly low glucose level (72) and a very slightly elevated VLDL level (which is a triglyceride, apparently), so I am seeing more clearly that while I may not be insulin resistant, I am sensitive to the peaks and valleys of my blood sugar.  I was told not to be terribly concerned about the VLDL as it was just a bit high, but it’s one more thing pointing toward pre-diabetic tendencies, insulin issues, and PCOS.

So that’s what’s up in my neighborhood.  Pieces are falling into place, little by little.

For now, I’m going to sit with my feet up and relax till my acupuncture appointment in a couple of hours, and then I’m going to make myself a dinner  high in protein and low in carbs, and watch Hell’s Kitchen till I fall asleep.

To each their own, am I right?  🙂

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Don’t See That Every Day…

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013.  CD17.

OPK

Sorry for the crappy phone pic – I was just so excited!

That, my friends, is a VERY positive ovulation prediction test.

You might be thinking, “Big fat deal!”, but what you don’t know is that the odds of me getting a flaming positive like that one in a non-medicated cycle are very slim.  I don’t know why it is, perhaps what the doctors have told me is a “weak ovulation”, but my hormones don’t like to rise and fall very impressively on their own.

It’s also pretty awesome that I’m getting a positive OPK this early in a natural cycle… I typically don’t see this until closer to CD23!

So now I’m wondering, what’s with this sudden burst of enthusiasm from my endocrine system?

Is my body having some kind of resurgence of its natural cycle after having been on meds for so many months in a row?  This one I doubt a bit, mainly because last month was my first off-meds month and I’m honestly not even sure I ovulated.  I definitely didn’t have a positive OPK, and I tested for ten days straight…

Is it the dietary changes I’ve made, trying very hard to exclude caffeine, sugar, dairy, anything processed, and yes – even gluten, that has helped to even things out so quickly?

Is it the Chinese herbal dirt-ass-and-foot tea I’ve been drinking in strong doses twice a day for what… four whole days now?

Is it the one acupuncture treatment I’ve had thus far that’s made such a difference in this cycle?

I really don’t know why this cycle seems to feel better, more normal, than most, but I do know that I’ve felt very full in the pelvic region since leaving the acupuncturist’s office.  That’s not something I typically feel unless I’ve had several days of injectable meds and I know that my ovaries are full of ripe follicles ready to burst.

I have no way of knowing if what I’m doing in the off season is helping me or hurting me, and I realize that this might all be a coincidence.  It’s enough of a difference, though, to encourage me to keep at it!

Day by day, folks… day by day.  🙂

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Giving Up

No, no, no…

I’m not giving up on having a baby.

No.  Not that.

I’m talking about giving up dietary choices that may be holding me back…

For one, I am completely caffeine-free.  You may not think that’s a big deal, but it’s been rough.  The last time I “gave up” caffeine, I basically allowed myself one caffeinated beverage first thing in the morning, and then none for the rest of the day.  When I was at my highest caffeine consumption, I was drinking probably six to eight caffeinated beverages per day.

And this is the worst part:  I don’t drink coffee, so almost all of my caffeine came from pop.

Which is why it’s also a big deal that I’ve almost entirely eliminated sugar from my diet.  I still drink a small glass of organic, no sugar added, fruit-and-vegetable juice blend in the morning, and I sometimes add a tiny bit of honey to my green tea.  I also eat fruit, sometimes with yogurt sweetened with honey.

Other than that, I’m not consuming any processed sugar or sugar from anything but natural sources.

These choices are a big deal to me, and it can sometimes be challenging to find things that I want to eat, because so many foods have processed components.  I have slip-ups from time to time, but I know that doing these things can help me get my body healthier, and maybe give me a better chance at conceiving.

Another choice I’ve been debating is whether to eliminate dairy from my diet.  I’ve read some pretty terrible things about the process involved in pasteurizing milk products, and also about the over-consumption of cow’s milk products in the US compared to the rest of the world.

Americans have weak bones not because they drink too little milk but because they drink too much, Campbell says. Animal protein, such as the protein in milk, makes blood and tissues more acidic, and to neutralize this acid, the body pulls calcium, which is a very effective base, from the bones. Because dairy products contain substantial amounts of animal protein, drinking milk actually robs the bones of calcium, he says.

– LA Times on The China Study

I’m not one of those people who diets.  Hell, I don’t even work out.  I’ve always been thin, to the point of having people take me aside to talk to me about anorexia (which is hilarious if you have seen me eat).

I do not have any urge to be a vegetarian.  I don’t even want to think about a vegan lifestyle.  Gluten is my BFF.  I want to eat bacon ALL THE TIME.

I don’t always make the healthiest choices when it comes to my diet, but I think I do pretty well in maintaining a balanced lifestyle.  I add spinach to everything.  I substitute quinoa for rice in as many recipes as I can.  I rarely eat bread.

I’m starting to wonder, though, if some of the foods that we grow up assuming are healthy for us, are actually a detriment to our health – or our fertility.  I’ve read some horror stories about antibiotics and steroids in milk products, and the effects those can have on our hormones.

I definitely have some kind of hormonal imbalance going on… Is my diet partly to blame?

I don’t know, honestly.

What I do know is that I love to eat, and I’m finding myself thinking more and more about what I put into my body.

I love to eat, and I can make careful choices that feed my body nutrients instead of empty calories.

I love to eat, and I can choose delicious meal options that are natural and healthy.

I love to eat, and I crave chocolate and cheese and fresh baked bread, but I love the thought of having a baby more than I love those things.

I don’t know if sacrificing my dietary fixes will get me pregnant, but it can’t hurt to try.

If the worst side-effects of giving up cheese are occasional crankiness and a longer life, well then it seems like a worthwhile venture to me.

Adios, dairy.  It’s been real.

Slow down, Ryan. I’m not there quite yet.

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RE-Day, Epilogue

This is totally going to be me: On my period and all smug and Zen and crap. Just wait.

Alright, first of all, thank you for following all of this madness today.  I wish this blog had a Facebook-like status update button so I could have avoided bogging down the whole site with teeny two-sentence posts.  Alas, I am not that savvy, and so, again, thank you for sticking around!

The rest of RE-Day went a little like this:

After a bit of a wait (and a delicious lunch), I was brought in for my date with the ultrasound wand, which is just as much fun as it sounds.  The very nice ultrasound tech told me a few things I already knew (thanks to a good friend!):  My uterus is retroverted, my egg supply looks good in both ovaries, and all of my girl-parts look like they’re healthy and in the appropriate places.

She also asked me what cycle day today is for me, and I told her–CD15.  But, I said, I have long cycles and ovulate late, so I don’t expect ovulation for another few days, maybe even a week.  Trust me.  I chart these things.  Religiously.

The very nice ultrasound tech informed me that it looked to her like I already had ovulated on my left side.

Wait.

What?!?

Pardon my French, lady,  but No Freaking Way.

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May Day!

May 1st, 2011.  CD2.

I had Mountain Dew, Midol, and a bag of Baked Lays for dinner last night.  Went to bed way too late after watching hours of DVR-ed soaps.  Slept like absolute crap.  Awakened from a dim sleep by cramping which rendered me immobile.  Took more Midol.  Curled up in the fetal position, wide awake and in pain, catching up on Tweets on my phone for about an hour before I felt I could get out of bed.

Opened the bedroom door to find both cats staring at me.  Continued further into the house to find that they’d broken into the hall closet, somehow slicing open the bag of chicken jerky dog treats, and leaving a comically long trail of said treats throughout the house.  The dog was more amused by this than was I.

I didn’t even bother temping this morning because I was fairly certain the thermometer would beep and then say, “Whoa bitch, you’re a hot mess.”

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