I don't know about the rest of you, but I dislike hearing the phrase, "It's so great you're finally getting some answers!" from fellow infertiles about as much as I dislike hearing, "Maybe if you just relax..." from fertiles.
Now, I don't mean to sound harsh, because I understand that the sentiment behind the statement is one of encouragement, genuine happiness, and excitement for me. And for that, I am SOOOO very grateful. I heart fellow online IFers! I do!!
But c'mon, now. Can someone who's been following (even if just once in a while) my infertility story actually think I have been without answers up until this point?? Let's just take another look at some of the answers I've been given, which can (together or seperately) account for every single failed cycle I've had thus far:
limited mucus (on select cycles)
low sperm morphology
thyroid system dysfunction
Stage 1-2 endometriosis
partially blocked tubes
chlamydia trachomatis and anaerobes
moderate adrenal fatigue
MTHFR compound heterozygous
severely diminished (close to zero) blood flow in Zone 3 of endometrium (implantation zone)
And I'm sure there will be 1 or 2 more things discovered by Dr. Kwak-Kim once my bloodwork comes back.
I'm not singling out any one person here at all, I've just noticed that when I post updates on other forums (y.ahoo groups or online message boards), people always tend to respond with this statement. And it drives me crazy!! Yes, I realize it's really not that big a deal, and it's more of a catch-all phrase than anything else (kinda like the obligatory "H&H 9 months!" comment to someone who posts about their BFP). But it really just bothers me to hear this response, since I've been finding and fixing EVERYTHING since day 1 of medical treatment for my infertility (November 2006). I have never been in the "unexplained" category, and really the only reason I keep finding more and more issues to fix is because I have YET to feel HEALED. I think that one day (soon), I will know for sure that everything about my fertility has been restored, or is being treated, for optimal conception and implantation and pregnancy conditions. After that, I will be at peace with my infertility, no matter where it takes me.
I must be PMSing :P
Dr. Kwak-Kim wanted me to test at 10dpo, which is today. It was a BFN. I am fine with it, but I did go online to see just how reliable an hpt will be at 10dpo, because I wasn't so sure I should discontinue the progesterone support quite yet (even though she said to). It appears as if 10dpo is just a tad early. I will continue the progesterone until the morning of 13dpo, test again at that point, and then come off if a BFN. I don't feel pregnant or anything, but since there were two eggs this month, and Dr. Kwak-Kim is trying her best to optimize the lining for implantation, I figure it's better to wait it out. Which probably also means I'll get AF late this cycle, since I'll need a few days to withdraw from the progesterone.
My parents' Anniversary was really nice :) My sister's party was also good, I got to chat with one of our mutual friends who just adopted last year (she went through infertility, too), and that was great since I don't get to see her much. We had a good conversation, which I'll probably blog more about another time. Gotta leave you hungry for SOMETHING!