Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tips for getting knocked up.

Arranged by cost & effort:

1) Take your basal body temp every morning
You can buy a basal body thermometer at the grocery store/drug store.
Take your temp at the same time every morning - before you get up to pee, etc.
I used an app on my phone to keep track of my temps but you could also do it on paper. I set a special alarm on my phone so that I stuck to the schedule even on my days off.
This is free and easy as hell and it tells you TONS about what is going on with your cycle.
You can also chart your cervical fluid to see when it is all egg-whitey and fertile.

2) Instead SoftCups
You can get these at the drug store on the same aisle as the tampons.
Put one in right after sex to keep all the nice sperm in place.
Also, if you can get your partner to agree you could get him to jerk off into one when you don't have time to have sex or just want to increase your odds. I call this carpet bombing. (The hardest part of getting knocked up, for me, was not having enough sex, but utilizing my partner's 'private time' we were able to double our coverage.)
This costs about $10 and can't hurt, right?

Melissa Light is amazing and she specializes in fertility. This is something that both of y'all could do, or just you.
This is about $60 a week, so it's a bit expensive, but for me was worth it.
She will also give you special herbs - but I passed on those as I wasn't really sure how they might impact my other meds.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The cost of fertility.

Of my $15,000 lifetime cap on fertility treatments through my insurance, I have used $13,942.

I've gotten A LOT for my money, considering I thought it would only cover one round of IVF and it actually covered three, so I think I've gotten my money's worth. No baby, but not for lack of trying.

Monday, March 5, 2012

The test was negative.

Putting together a new plan. Including acupuncture and our frozen embryos. Trying to figure out the next right thing and move forward.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Blood has been drawn.

I'm having a rough time of it this weekend.

I felt like total shit all week. Headaches, tender breasts, having to pee all the time, exhausted. Then yesterday I woke up feeling totally normal. No breast tenderness, no headache. And started lightly spotting yesterday afternoon. The same really distinct feeling of suddenly feeling "normal" happened last time too. Like black and white, overnight.

Trying to remain positive.

Friday, March 2, 2012

I've had a headache since Tuesday. It is worse at night/after work. I've been having a hell of a time sleeping. Haven't taken any pain killers - even though Tylenol is relatively safe. I've been putting the heating pad on my face, that helps a little.

I get this same headache right before I get my period so maybe having it for days and days is a good sign.

I've been drinking an assload of water to try and keep well hydrated (dehydration = another reason for headaches). I drank so much water last night that I had to get up and pee 5 times during the night.

If I'm not pregnant, there is a good chance I'll get a Great Dane.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pregnancy test is scheduled for Sunday.

Weird symptom of the day: gross night sweats. Could be caused by the estrogen patches or progesterone vaginal inserts.

Absolutely no strange discharge or spotting this time around.
Running out of the progesterone vaginal inserts. At $150 a box (a week's supply) I'm going to wait as long as possible before I order more.