Weight Loss Series Week 5: Tough Week, NIAW, & Mini-Goal Met

Weight Loss Series Week 5: Tough Week, NIAW, & Mini-Goal Met

So for whatever reason this week proved to be more challenging than the previous four weeks. I was doing pretty well for a while but I was starting to slip up a bit these past few days. I told myself from the beginning of this weight loss series that the goal is not perfection, but to aim at meeting my goals around at least 80% of the time. Because “80% of the time” is a 100% improvement of how I was doing before all of this.

 

Disclaimer: All content and media on the Hoping For Baby website is created and published online for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health advice.

 

Catch-up on Previous Weight Loss Series Posts

Weight Loss Series Week 1: Fertility Clinic Closed, Focusing on Health

Weight Loss Series Week 2: 100 Miles in April Challenge & Online Infertility Group

Weight Loss Series Week 3: The Difference & BFFs with My Treadmill

Weight Loss Series Week 4: Variety is the Spice of Life & Virtual DIY Walk of Hope

Countdown Until Target Weight Date: 5 months & 1 day (as of 4-28-2020)

 

Weight Loss Series (3)

 

Tough Week

I think part of the reason this week was a little tougher was that my body was getting exhausted from working out so much. I kind of hit a wall of exhaustion. I took a day off to recover and then another, and then a third day. It’s not the end of the world. I just need to re-evaluate how I am doing things and aim to find a good balance. I want that balance to be about reasonable expectations and consistency. 

I’m going to have this week be a “test” of working out twice in a day, as opposed to doing one long workout session like I was doing. We’ll see how it goes, maybe it will be even better than what I was doing. I was working out 1-2 hours all at once 6 days per week. But my body finally said, “Naw, I’m going to curl up on the couch and make you immoblile for a bit.” I want to listen to my body but also challenge it. I think working out twice per day might be more reasonable for me. Wish me luck!

 

NIAW

NIAW stands for National Infertility Awareness Week, and it was held April 19th through April 25th this year. I recently started becoming more active on Instagram (follow me @hopingforbabyblog) and I was blown away at how active the infertility community is during this week. There were so many posts from people of all walks of life dealing with infertility. I liked that each day of the week there was a theme. One day people were posting photos of their pets, another day was photos of those who have supported them, and Wednesday was photos of people wearing orange for NIAW. It was cool to see. I think maybe next year I will be a bit more involved with the photos. I didn’t realize until halfway through the week there was a theme for each day. I saw a few people mentioning their health changes they have made that helped them improve their fertility. 

Some women seem convinced their weight loss was the reason they were able to smile into the camera while holding their baby, and maybe that’s true. But the more I learn about infertility the more complex it seems. When I reach my weight loss goal I’m not going to have inflated expectations of being able to have a baby. It would be nice if it were that easy, but I see so many women of all shapes and sizes that struggle to have a baby. But if I can improve my odds even just a little bit of having a baby, at least I know I did everything I could. Plus I’d have the added benefit of not feeling so bloated, which is a good thing right?

 

Mini-Goal Met

Although near the end of the week I ran out of steam, I am happy to share I met my goal of 20 miles for the week. I had pledged to donate 50% of the miles I walked this week to RESOLVE’s Virtual DIY Walk of Hope to raise funds during National Infertility Awareness Week. I just got done donating tonight. Even though money is a bit tight for me at the moment, I figure this small amount is able to help out a bit with RESOLVE’s mission to provide infertility education and services to those experiencing infertility. Even if you missed out on the walk from last week you can still donate to RESOLVE.

 

 

This accomplishment has planted a seed for me and I am considering doing something similar over a longer period. I think that would help me to keep my momentum going. I’m thinking of selecting one or several infertility foundations to donate to, based on exercise and health challenges. I’m going to meditate on it and think about how I am going to execute this. Maybe I will select one foundation per quarter possibly. I’ll let you know when I decide.

 

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Credit: 100 Miles Bonus Challenge. So close, almost to my 100 mile goal for April.

 

 

Darn it! Went up a bit with my weight. Oh well, there’s always next week.

 

 

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Mini Victories for the Week

Walked 21.5 miles this week for the Virtual DIY Walk of Hope and donated today.

Became more active in the NIAW events on Instagram.

Applied to Fertility IQ grant and CNY grant. 

 

Work in Progress

Gained a little weight (doh!) but still motivated to keep going.

Try exercising 2x per day instead of a long session like I was doing.

Get back on track with doing 1200 calories per day (missed a few days).

Weight Loss Series Week 4: Variety is the Spice of Life & Virtual DIY Walk of Hope

Weight Loss Series Week 4: Variety is the Spice of Life & Virtual DIY Walk of Hope

This past week I’ve been trying to mix up my workout routine. I recently read that if you are doing more than one hour of exercise most days of the week, it’s good to add variety to your workout routine. It helps to work different muscles in your body which can prevent overuse injuries. I did HIIT on my treadmill, workout videos from YouTube, and went for a walk outside. The snow is melting here in Alaska and I am so happy for summer to begin. 

 

Disclaimer: All content and media on the Hoping For Baby website is created and published online for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health advice.

 

Catch-up on Previous Weight Loss Series Posts

Weight Loss Series Week 1: Fertility Clinic Closed, Focusing on Health

Weight Loss Series Week 2: 100 Miles in April Challenge & Online Infertility Group

Weight Loss Series Week 3: The Difference & BFFs with My Treadmill

 

Countdown Until Target Weight Date: 5 months & 9 days (as of 4-21-2020)

 

Week 4

 

Variety is the Spice of Life

As you read in my intro, it is really important to do a variety of different exercises. I think this is especially true for anyone that is in the beginning stages of their weight loss journey and they may not have built up enough strength yet. In the past I would be super gung-ho about getting back into an exercise routine that I would sometimes get an injury from overdoing it. Whether it was shin splints, achilles tendinitis or even a sprained ankle, I was notorious for ending up hurt not too long after I started my new exercise routine. 

 

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On our walk Sunday afternoon. Coastal trail with city of Anchorage, Alaska in background. See more photos on our Instagram.

 

I decided that this time around I wanted to be more calculated with my exercise routine to avoid injury. Firstly, I started slow. I was sedentary for so long that I started off moving more by simply cleaning the house. It got me off my butt and moving. The following week I started walking slowly, then the next week I incorporated more of a light jog. This last week I have been doing a variety of exercises. Even my cardio routine looks different each day. I’ve been doing strength training too, several times a week. I’m trying to be very conscious of focusing on exercising different parts of my body throughout the week. For example, upper body strength training one day and lower body the next. 

 

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Cook Inlet during “Spring Breakup” where chunks of ice are starting to melt.  See more photos on our Instagram.

 

I can feel I’m getting stronger and stronger each day. My arms are in the beginning stages of starting to tone up and my stomach is slowly starting to get a little smaller. It’s cool to already see a few changes. I’m looking forward to seeing how many inches I’ve lost by the end of the month.

 

 

Virtual DIY Walk of Hope

I am looking forward to participating in the Virtual Walk of Hope, as part of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) through RESOLVE. If you didn’t know, NIAW is April 19th through the 25th. Although money is kind of tight for me at the moment with my reduced hours at work, I’ve decided to pledge 50 cents for every mile I walk this week.  Check out how you can participate by going to their website. My goal is to walk at least 20 miles over these next seven days. Let me know if you are also participating in the Virtual Walk of Hope and what your goals are for this walk. 

 

 

Currently in Alaska we are still allowed to walk outside during the pandemic but we must be 6 feet away from others, except for household members. Now that it’s warming up outside I’m looking forward to sharing more of my walks and hikes outside with you all. Follow me on Instagram as I get outside and walk and hike here in beautiful Alaska.

 

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My progress for the 100 Miles in April challenge so far.

 

 

Last week’s weight 189.0, this weeks is 187.4 lbs. (1.6 lbs lost this week)

 

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Mini Victories for the Week

Continuing with the momentum of my workout routine.

Knowing when to rest when my body is tired from exercising.

Did not go over my 1200 calories per day at all this week.

 

Work in Progress

I got outside once this week, would definitely like to do more of this.

Find a new trail to walk on this week that I haven’t been on before.

National Infertility Awareness Week 2020

National Infertility Awareness Week 2020

National Infertility Awareness Week

 

Why have a National Infertility Awareness Week?

National Infertility Awareness Week, also known as NIAW, was founded by RESOLVE, a foundation that supports those going through infertility. NIAW was created as a way to bring awareness to infertility by educating the public. The more people understand infertility and the challenges that come with it, the more likely people are willing to donate to scientific research. Infertility is complex and the reasons for being infertile vary from person to person. But recent research and new treatments have allowed people to pursue parenthood that previously would not have been able to. Some people choose not to have fertility treatments, discontinue treatments and live child-free. It’s important to have open dialogs and for people to feel supported whether someone chooses fertility treatments, adoption, fostering, or living child-free.

Infertility advocates can discuss with lawmakers topics that are important to improving the science and laws regarding fertility treatment. They can also advocate for topics relating to adoption and foster care. Writing to your congressman or becoming a RESOLVE infertility advocate are some of the ways to make a meaningful impact on the different subjects that are important to those experiencing infertility.

 

 

When is National Infertility Awareness Week for 2020?

For 2020, National Infertility Awareness Week is being held April 19th – 25th. Each year the dates are slightly different but it is normally held for one week in every April.

 

I thought October was National Infertility Awareness, what is the event in October called?

The month of October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, where people honor the babies they lost. The Wave of Light is a worldwide event on October 15th, at 7pm where each timezone lights a candle to remember their babies, creating a wave of light across the world. There are different events held during October for National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness including support groups that come together as a group to remember the babies they lost. There are also different charity walks to help raise funds for pregnancy and infant loss research. Women who have lost a child during pregnancy or in infancy can also participate in National Infertility Awareness Week.

 

What events happen during National Infertility Awareness Week?

There are many local and national events that take place during NIAW. One of the biggest fundraising events to support infertility research is the Walk for Hope. This walk can also be done virtually for 2020, which is a great way to stay safe during this pandemic while also still fundraising for NIAW. This year there is a Virtual Summit being held by Beat Infertility where different speakers will present on various topics relating to infertility. Check out some of the other events on the calendar page of infertilityawareness.org.

 

 

What are some ways I can talk about infertility?

There are so many different ways to talk about infertility. You can share your story anonymously online, talk to a trusted friend or family member, create artwork, record your story on YouTube, make a podcast, or even make a social media post. Sharing a news article about infertility is one way to begin the conversation online with friends and family. Many people find that once they talk to someone supportive, they begin to feel less alone. It can be very healing to talk about your struggles as well as what you have learned. As we learn from each other we can all build each other up. You might be surprised how many people in your life are also dealing with infertility or know someone who has experienced infertility.

 

Where can I get support?

Look into infertility support groups locally, nationally, and worldwide. There are infertility support groups that are also being done online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sarah’s Laughter is a national infertility support group and has recently did an infertility group held virtually on both a national and local level. RESOLVE is an excellent resource for both in-person support groups as well as online information that helps connect people who experience infertility.

 

Where can I learn more about National Infertility Awareness Week?

Infertilityawareness.org 

Resolve.org

modernfertility.com/blog/niaw/

verywellfamily.com/national-infertility-awareness-week-niaw-1959978

Documentary Review: “MTV True Life: I’m Desperate to Have a Baby”

Documentary Review: “MTV True Life: I’m Desperate to Have a Baby”

“MTV True Life: I’m Desperate to Have a Baby” was filmed the same year I met my husband, in 2013. I remember watching this for the first time during that year. Little did I know that I was going to experience the same infertility challenges that Jenna and Candace went through on this show. The show was my first introduction into the grueling process of IVF. So when it came time for me to start IVF, I knew how difficult the road ahead was going to be. I recently decided to track down this episode and rewatch it again so I can review it for you all. The first couple featured in this show is Jenna and Kurt, and the second couple is Candace and Chris. Their stories are emotionally raw and also inspiring. Both couples showed an immense amount of strength to persevere despite the odds. 

 

MTV True Life: I’m Desperate to Have a Baby

Season 2013 Episode 19

MTV True Life Series

Length 39 minutes

Air Date: July 28, 2013

Available on Amazon 

 

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Spoiler Alert! I talk about some of the outcomes of the couples from this documentary. Go watch this documentary series first on Amazon if you don’t want to read any of my spoilers beforehand.

 

 

 

Jenna and Kurt (Chicago, Illinois)

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Credit: Chicago Tribune Kurt and Jenna with their baby.

 

They have tried everything; naturally, with ovulation kits, and fertility drugs. But after 2.5 years of trying and nothing working. Jenna learned that she had a fallopian tube issue that was most likely the problem to whey she could not conceive. After learning this, they decide with their doctor that her next best chance at having a baby was to move onto IVF treatment. By doing IVF the doctors can extract Jenna’s eggs and put it with Kurt’s sperm, completely avoiding the many issues that can arise from fallopian tube obstructions. 

During the time that Jenna was struggling to conceive she talked about how she chose to stay off of Facebook, due to knowing multiple people who were all pregnant at the same time that were posting their pregnancy updates and baby pictures. 

Jenna’s sister and several other people she knows are all pregnant at the same time. Jenna talks candidly with her mother about how she feels with each pregnancy announcement, “I get happy all the time to hear it but then at the same time, it’s like that’s how easy it was?”

I laughed out loud when Kurt provided his sample and spoke with his wife in the procedure room before her egg retrieval by saying, “Honey, I’m home! That’s one of the most awkward things I’ve done.” Kurt called it the “magic room.” I think it’s great that they are having a sense of humor about the whole process.

Jenna had 16 eggs retrieved and eight fertilized. They were deciding whether to transfer more than one embryo. Jenna asks her fertility clinic about her chances of pregnancy with implanting two embryos, “Does it go up a little bit, the chances for getting pregnant by putting two in?” and they respond, “Three to ten percent. What doubles is your risk of multiples, by a lot, by fifty.” So how did Jenna decide? She explains, “If I did one and it didn’t work, I could regret that. But if I did two and it didn’t, at least I did as much as I could.” Deciding whether to transfer more than one embryo is a very personal choice and many factors go into these decisions. It really depends on the person and also the clinic restrictions.

Jenna was struggling during the two-week wait after the transfer of her two embryos. She thought about taking the pregnancy test early. One of her embryos implanted and at five months along Jenna says, “I don’t think I’ll be totally relieved until I’m holding that baby in my arms.” She was able to give birth to a healthy baby boy.

 

Candace and Chris (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

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Credit: IMDb Candace and Chris

 

Candace and Chris have a blog which I’m a huge fan of called Our Misconception. I’ve been reading that blog for a while now. When I saw that they were featured in the MTV show I had watched years ago I decided to rewatch the show. It was really cool to see their journey of the years, not only on their blog but also in this show. 

At the time of this show, Candance and Chris had five failed rounds of IVF after trying to conceive for six years. They had spent about $60,000 on all of their treatments so far. Candace had issues with her uterus which led them to seek out fertility treatment, and they decided to try IVF. Chris helps administer her shots and seems very supportive of her throughout the process. 

Candace decided to try some medication that helps suppress her immune system, so it doesn’t attack the embryo. I’ve heard this process is starting to catch on more. If I recall correctly, I’ve heard that natural killer cells have been correlated to immune responses in some women, that are believed to attack embryos that have implanted. I myself have not tried this treatment but I am interested in getting tested for this.

The medication that Candace uses to suppress her immune system is a five-hour long procedure. The scene where the nurse “blew” her vein had me literally clutching my face with both my hands and made my jaw drop. I was so freaked out for Candace after that, and then to see the blood dripping from her hand had me even more freaked out. Dang that girl is tough!

They decided to transfer two embryos. Candace decided to not wait the full two weeks and took a home pregnancy test. While they are waiting for the pregnancy test to process Chris said, “I’m terrified.” Sadly, the pregnancy test was negative. It was so heartbreaking to see the pain they were going through. After their failed transfer, they decided to start looking into adoption seriously. Their friend Korinn considered helping them by being their surrogate. If they were going to do surrogacy it would cost them around $40,000.
If you want to continue to follow Candace and Chris’ story go to ourmisconception.com to read their blog.

 

Featured Image Credit: https://www.ourmisconception.com/candace-and-chris-true-life-update-show/

 

Weight Loss Series Week 1: Fertility Clinic Closed, Focusing on Health

Weight Loss Series Week 1: Fertility Clinic Closed, Focusing on Health

Have your fertility treatments been cancelled due to COVID-19? The uncertainty of infertility treatments is hard enough, and now we face the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation. Now is the time to focus on what matters most, our health. I recently read that having a higher BMI can increase your risk for having complications from COVID-19. Not too long ago I also read that a higher BMI reduces fertility treatment success. I feel like now, more than ever, I need to get my ass in gear and make some major health changes to lower my high BMI. Due to my fertility treatment cancelling my FET procedure, I am shifting my focus from my FET Prep Series to instead my Weight Loss Series. The weight loss series will be individualized to my own experience, and you are welcome to follow along. 

 

Disclaimer: All content and media on the Hoping For Baby website is created and published online for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health advice.

 

Countdown Until Target Weight Date: 6 months & 1 day (as of 3-31-2020)

 

Weight Loss Series

 

Let me be real with you, I did not feel fully prepared for my FET (originally scheduled April 24th, now cancelled) as much as I wanted to be. My weight has been an issue off and on over the years. My last round of IVF left me feeling extra bloated and I struggled to lose the weight from the hormones I was on. My weight crept up with each infertility treatment, each miscarriage, each surgery, and was compounded even more so with the depression I was experiencing. I kept thinking that my body would somehow magically bounce back to my pre-infertility treatment weight, but it never did. 

 

I can’t blame it all on my infertility treatments though, but I can definitely blame my habits. In order to deal with the stress of everything going on, I became more relaxed with how I was eating. “Fast food today isn’t that big a deal” I would tell myself. Instead of cooking at home I was starting to replace more meals with eating takeout often. Unhealthy food and being a couch potato is a surefire way to pack on the pounds. 

 

But with COVID-19 I had no choice but to make more meals at home. I started eating more veggies and fruits and making healthy dinners. I’m still working, but it’s significantly less hours now. So with my extra time I decided this first week I wanted to really focus on cleaning the house and being active that way. I accomplished quite a bit of reorganizing and cleaning. My measurement of a successful active day was whether I broke a sweat cleaning for at least an hour. As I was cleaning I was either listening to upbeat music, a podcast, or an audio book. Once I get into it, the cleaning process was actually pretty therapeutic for me.

 

On March 21st, 2020 I weighed myself, the scale flashed 200.6 pounds. It’s not the heaviest I’ve ever been, but it’s damn near it. At my heaviest I was 220 pounds years ago. But I’m facing the facts now, and I’m realizing my situation is serious. I have high blood pressure and I’m pre-diabetic, both of which are reversible. It seemed like it was just a few months ago I was only 180 pounds. 

 

 

My starting weight of 200.6 (March 21st) to today 195.2 (March 31st).

 

My last miscarriage was September 2019, which required me to have a total of three surgeries due to complications from the first surgery. My depression increased with each surgery. I had zero control over the situation, there was simply nothing I could do other than follow doctors orders. I had to continuously postpone my FET plans with each surgery. Now with COVID-19 it has been postponed again. 

 

But instead of sinking into a deeper depression and gaining more and more weight I decided enough was enough. Sometimes I tell myself, “I’m going to do the opposite of what I feel like doing today.” Instead of spending an entire day escaping by binge watching Netflix like I wanted to do, I focused on cleaning the house instead. With the consistent daily movement I started to feel better. I didn’t feel quite ready at the time to hop on the treadmill again, and I wanted to ease into exercising by cleaning the house first. I’m feeling much better this week physically and emotionally, and I feel like I am ready to start actively exercising again. 

 

I’m hoping to lose about 50 pounds over six months, give or take. So by October 1st I’d like to have shaved off quite a bit of weight. Even if I don’t reach my exact goal I think any amount of weight loss is better than the weight-gain trajectory I was on. I have no idea how long the COVID-19 fertility clinic closures will last, so I might as well focus my energy into becoming healthier. 

 

Have you decided to focus on improving your health while you are waiting for your fertility clinic to reopen? If so, I’d love to hear the steps you are taking to take care of yourself. Whether you are focusing on your physical health or mental health (or both) please comment below. 

 

Mini Victories for the Week

Cleaned the house daily.

Lost 5.4 pounds already!

 

Work in Progress

Work out on the treadmill this upcoming week. 

Focus on 1200 calorie/day.

Start with 5 minutes of meditation daily.

 

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FET Prep Week 12: Clinic Says “No FET” due to COVID-19 Pandemic, Digital Roundtable on COVID-19

FET Prep Week 12: Clinic Says “No FET” due to COVID-19 Pandemic, Digital Roundtable on COVID-19

On March 17th, ASRM gave directions to U.S. fertility clinics advising them to stop all fertility treatments due to COVID-19. The following day on March 18th, I received an email from my clinic that told all patients the clinic would suspend services for an undetermined length of time. Although I was initially disappointed to hear this, I learned soon after how necessary it was. 

 

Catch-up on Previous FET Prep Posts

FET Prep Week 1: 3.5 months until FET

FET Prep Week 2: Supplements, WTF Email, & Increased AMH Level

FET Prep Week 3: You say Future Tripping, I say Future Planning

FET Prep Week 4: Bad News from SIS Test

FET Prep Week 5: Surgery, Depression & Trip to Nevada

FET Prep Week 6: Relax! You’re on Vacation. 

FET Prep Week 7: Food Plan, Medical Debt,  Post-op Follow-up, & Imagining Motherhood

FET Prep Week 8: Migraines & Some Good News

FET Prep Week 9: A Tough Decision

FET Prep Week 10: Down-Regulation Started, Infertility Group, Coronavirus Concerns

FET Prep Week 11: Possible COVID-19 Travel Restrictions, Postpone Fertility Treatment?, & The Skyrocketing Cost of Leuprolide

Countdown Until FET: ? days (Waiting for clinic to reopen after COVID-19 closure)

This will be my last weekly FET PREP post until my clinic approves me to continue with treatment. I will pick up where I left off with my FET PREP posts once my treatment resumes. I’ll be posting on other topics in the mean time.

 

Clinic Says “No FET” due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Here’s a quick breakdown of how quickly my plans had changed due to COVID-19:

March 10 – Started BCP to down-regulate for scheduled FET.

March 17- ASRM advised clinics to suspend all fertility treatments.

March 18- I received a message from my clinic notifying me of ASRM recommendations, FET cancelled.

March 19- Medications I had ordered previously for FET arrived at my home.

March 24- First day of FET medication would have been this day, had it not been cancelled.

April 24- Original date of FET, now cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

Honestly the week leading up to the message from my clinic on March 18th was the most agonizing for me. I was stuck in limbo, not knowing whether to fly to my Seattle clinic. If I did fly I would risk getting COVID-19, which is running rampant down there right now. If I chose to postpone my treatment it would push out the timeline for any future egg retrievals even further, and when you have a low AMH level like I do it can cause you to feel like you may miss your chance at being a mother altogether. I went back and forth thinking at times, “I should go now before it gets worse” and also “Seattle has some of the highest numbers of COVID-19, why would you go now?” If I did decide to start injecting myself with the medication, book my flight, and make all the final plans to go, it was possible that President Trump would suspend all domestic travel. He had mentioned on the news several times he was considering it.

Thankfully the decision was taken out of my hands, the ASRM decided to recommend no one do fertility treatments right now. Oddly enough I was relieved and grateful to hear that news. The timing of everything worked out fairly well for me, because I wasn’t in the middle of my cycle. I had only started my BCP and that was it. As it turns out my medicine had just arrived in the mail the day after my clinic suspended all treatments. On the bright side, my medicine has a long shelf-life and should be perfectly fine to use within about a year or so. I was able to avoid being pregnant during one of the worst pandemics of our lifetime, and that would not have been possible if not for the science of reproductive technology, where my little embryo waits safely in it’s cryopreserved state.

Now that the April FET procedure is off the table, there now comes the question of “When will I be able to do my FET?” As of today, no one knows the answer to when women can resume their infertility treatments. It may be a matter of weeks or months before we will be able to continue. But this is a minor inconvenience compared to the fact that so many people are suffering and dying from COVID-19. My heart goes out to all of those affected by the virus and to all of their families.

 

Digital Roundtable on COVID-19

I recently participated in the “COVID-19 Digital Roundtable Presented by Modern Fertility & Alma” on March 20th. Dr. Jane van Dis (OB-GYN) and Dr. Lucy Hutner (Reproductive Psychiatrist) gave an update on the COVID-19 situation as it relates to family planning including Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART). They answered questions live via Zoom video conferencing. They talked about the emotional impact of having to cancel fertility treatments, especially with regard to how some women feel their “time is running out” due to their diagnosis. 

This was my first time using Zoom so I thought it was pretty cool to try something new. It was a good experience. I had some questions written down ahead of time. Many of the other questions that were asked were also on my mind, so I felt a lot of my questions were answered. The one question I asked them was:

“I was taking a prenatal vitamin as well as other vitamins for my upcoming FET. Should I continue to take all of my vitamins as originally planned? Or should I drop down to only taking a prenatal vitamin until my fertility clinic reopens?”

They answered my question saying that it would be fine to continue taking my vitamins. I suppose my concern is there might be a long stretch of time to where I would need to pay extra amounts of money for vitamins. But on the flip side of concerns about cost is the fact that my body will have more time to prepare and absorb the vitamins needed for my future FET. 

Main takeaways from the Digital Roundtable:

For pregnant women, doctor’s office visits will become more limited and shift towards telehealth during this pandemic.

Postponing pregnancy is probably recommended during this time, but it is ultimately up to the individual.

Pregnant women have a more suppressed immune system, leaving them susceptible to having complications if they were to contract COVID-19.

Consider that SARS and MERS are similar to COVID-19, and SARS and MERS showed an increased risk  of miscarriage rates. There is currently not enough information on COVID-19 relating to increased miscarriage risk.

Now is the time to reach out to friends and family that can support you (using social distancing of course).

Avoid watching the news too much, because it can be overwhelming.

Dr. Lucy Hutner suggested having a “highly flexible mindset” relating to family planning timeframes.

 

Although I had no control over my clinic closing, after listing to the digital roundtable discussion I feel like it was explained in such a way that it made more sense as to WHY the clinics stopped services. They clearly explained the reasoning behind ASRM’s explanation to close fertility clinics. I highly recommend you listen to the discussion, because it might provide you with some clarity on some of the common questions many of us are asking right now. 

 

To my readers who were about to start their treatment and now it has been delayed due to COVID-19:

I understand your frustration, I felt the same way. You will save yourself so much pain if you accept the circumstances as they are. Just know that this is only temporary. It could be just a matter of weeks before we may be able to resume treatment, we just don’t know. It could also be months. But instead of wasting this time dwelling on the situation, I hope you will find peace in other ways. Here are some healthy coping skills you can do right now; clean your house, get outside (allowing for 6 feet for social distancing), take your dog for a walk, listen to happy music, watch some comedies, take a hot bath, and catch up on sleep. Do whatever you normally do to take care of yourself. We are all in this together.

 

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Want to find out how fertile you are?

The Modern Fertility test is an affordable test that shows your hormone levels and gives you an overall picture of where you stand with your fertility. I recommend taking this test at least every 9-12 months to keep track of your hormone levels. What hormones will be tested? Depending on the type of birth control you are on they can test up to eight different hormone levels which may include:

AMH (Anti-mullerian hormone)

FSH (Follicle stimulating hormone)

E2 (Estradiol)

LH (Luteinizing hormone)

TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone)

FT4 (Free thyroxine)

PRL (Prolactin)

T (Testosterone)

Order your test today.

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FET Prep Week 11: Possible COVID-19 Travel Restrictions, Postpone Fertility Treatment?, & The Skyrocketing Cost of Leuprolide

FET Prep Week 11: Possible COVID-19 Travel Restrictions, Postpone Fertility Treatment?, & The Skyrocketing Cost of Leuprolide

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I don’t know about you, but the COVID-19 pandemic has already impacted my life, both in small ways and in big ways. A decent amount of people I know are not able to go to work. My city has restricted people to not allow them to eat in restaurants, exercise in gyms, or go to the movie theaters. It’s being taken very seriously in many parts of the world. President Trump has mentioned he may possibly restrict domestic travel to locations where the outbreak is the worst. Seattle has some of the highest number of cases of COVID-19 and unfortunately this is where my fertility clinic is located. Now comes the question of whether I should continue with treatment as planned, and the answer is more complicated than you might think.

 

Catch-up on Previous FET Prep Posts

FET Prep Week 1: 3.5 months until FET

FET Prep Week 2: Supplements, WTF Email, & Increased AMH Level

FET Prep Week 3: You say Future Tripping, I say Future Planning

FET Prep Week 4: Bad News from SIS Test

FET Prep Week 5: Surgery, Depression & Trip to Nevada

FET Prep Week 6: Relax! You’re on Vacation.

FET Prep Week 7: Food Plan, Medical Debt,  Post-op Follow-up, & Imagining Motherhood

FET Prep Week 8: Migraines & Some Good News

FET Prep Week 9: A Tough Decision

FET Prep Week 10: Down-Regulation Started, Infertility Group, Coronavirus Concerns

 

Countdown Until FET: 38 days (as of 3-17-2020)

Possible COVID-19 Domestic Travel Restrictions

I recently read on CNN that President Trump is considering restricting domestic travel to certain parts of the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He has not made a decision as of yet, but with the news rapidly changing by the day it could very well happen at any time. If he does this it will impact people in many ways, and for those of us who have no choice but to travel for infertility treatment it creates many issues. The fact that he already restricted travelers from China and Europe shows that he might follow through with the domestic travel restrictions as well. I have been following the CDC guidelines and comparing it to the WHO guidelines regarding travel during this time. I wish President Trump and the government would make a decision faster on whether to restrict domestic travel. I need to know and I need to know ASAP, as do many other people undergoing fertility treatment.

 

Postpone Fertility Treatment?

I emailed my doctor’s office this morning asking my doctor, “Do you recommend I postpone my FET due to the COVID-19 pandemic?” I have yet to hear a response. Several days ago the clinic sent out a letter that essentially said they were keeping their clinic clean and they are still doing procedures at that time. I’ve been checking my email regularly to see if there are any updates from them. 

At this time it could really go either way, I could just as easily not travel as I could continue with my plans to travel. At first I thought that it was all blown out of proportion, but now I see the gravity of the situation is really coming to a head. Instead of relying solely on the news networks or social media (please don’t do that!) to determine whether I should continue with my treatments, I am focusing staying up-to-date with the more reputable sources of information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus (COVID-19)

World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus 

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Novel Corona virus (SARS-COV-2) and COVID-19 Updates

European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE)

I will also take into careful consideration what my fertility clinic says. One of the big concerns I have is that I will get the green light to go ahead with treatment and inject myself with $1,000 worth of medication, only to be told that President Trump is restricting domestic travel to where my fertility clinic is. It’s a real dilemma, and it would really suck. But there are definitely worse things that could happen, and I know other people are dealing with way harder situations. 

I am waiting for the pharmacy to respond back to my email about my order of my medication for the FET. The patient representative I’m working with had an automatic email reply to my order that said she was out of the office. I hope the lady isn’t out of the office due to COVID-19 restrictions and therefore not able to respond to my order. I plan on ordering my medication whether I postpone my treatment or not, as long as my medication doesn’t expire shortly after ordering. From what I recall, most fertility medicine has a long shelf-life. I’m supposed to be starting my FET medication in seven days and I have yet to receive them. I have not made my final decision as to whether to continue with my FET or to postpone it. Soon enough that might be decided for me, either by the government or by my clinic.

 

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Out of toilet paper at my grocery store. We bought some before all the panic-buying started, but I was curious to see if it was as empty as everyone was saying it was. Only some paper towels in the middle.

 

The Skyrocketing Cost of Leuprolide

Another stressor I’ve been dealing with this week is I’ve been making many phone calls trying to track down a specialty pharmacy with decently priced Leuprolide, also known as Lupron. This time last year I was quoted for the same exact amount of Leuprolide at $148.59, but this year the cost is $549.90. If you do the math, the price has nearly quadrupled. I spoke with multiple specialty pharmacies that specialize in fertility medication and this was the best price I could get. If I had endless amounts of time to scour the internet and make phone calls I might be able to find a cheaper price, but time is not on my side. As I mentioned earlier, I only have seven days before I’m supposed to be injecting this medicine. Mind you, I live in Alaska so I also have to factor in the extra time it takes for my medicine to get to me from out of state.

After talking with my insurance company, my clinic, and multiple specialty pharmacies I decided to go ahead and place my order with the original pharmacy that gave me the quote. Some of the pharmacies refused to give me a price quote without the prescription, so I had to call my fertility doctor multiple times and ask them to send out my prescription to different places just to get a quote. I heard from everyone I spoke with about it that the cost of Leuprolide has increased dramatically this year, all across the country. 

The fact that Leuprolide seems to have artificially increased in price so dramatically really angers me. I told my husband the other day, “After all of this s***, I am going to DC next year.” In the past I have thought about lobbying for reproductive rights through RESOLVE in Washington DC to include fertility treatment rights. I feel very strongly that it is not okay for companies and clinics to jack up prices so high that women dealing with infertility who are low-income have zero options. I consider myself very lucky that I was able to win a grant for my first round of IVF, and my mom helped me with part of the second round, but there are so many people out there who have no help. Everything I’ve been through really motivates me to speak up in Washington DC and to talk to my congressman about why this is important. Women’s rights should include access to fertility treatment if they choose to pursue it. Fertility clinics, fertility pharmacies, and insurance companies should not be unregulated to where it feels like the Wild West and prices for treatment can be increased dramatically with no explanation other than, “prices change from year to year.” Yes, but no one is explaining to me why that is happening other than simply ending the conversation with that statement. Let’s be transparent, all across the board. Any time I get really mad about this infertility treatment process I find myself saying, “I’m going to DC” and some day I plan on doing just that. I have some connections with people who have lobbied in DC through RESOLVE so I have some insider information on how it works. I think it’s definitely in my future if given the opportunity.

Mini Victories for the Week

Not losing my mind with all the Coronavirus issues coming up.

Took the time to call around to price shop for fertility medications on a short timeline.

Got my month’s worth of groceries that is being recommended due to Coronavirus. I was able to get fruits and veggies too, both perishable and non-perishable. 

Work in Progress

Waiting to hear back from my fertility clinic whether they will still remain open. Continue to check email for word of any cancellation of treatment.

Reduce stress! Schedule an alarm in my phone to meditate daily, listen to more happy music, watch comedies.

 

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Want to find out how fertile you are?

The Modern Fertility test is an affordable test that shows your hormone levels and gives you an overall picture of where you stand with your fertility. I recommend taking this test at least every 9-12 months to keep track of your hormone levels. What hormones will be tested? Depending on the type of birth control you are on they can test up to eight different hormone levels which may include:

AMH (Anti-mullerian hormone)

FSH (Follicle stimulating hormone)

E2 (Estradiol)

LH (Luteinizing hormone)

TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone)

FT4 (Free thyroxine)

PRL (Prolactin)

T (Testosterone)

Order your test today.

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FET Prep Week 10: Down-Regulation Started, Infertility Group, Coronavirus Concerns

FET Prep Week 10: Down-Regulation Started, Infertility Group, Coronavirus Concerns

This week was a blur. Lots of stuff going on lately. I’m a little behind posting this but better late than never. Last week I mentioned I wanted to stop my prescription medicine and my supplements for a few days to see if it would help with my headaches and migraines. Well, sure enough my daily headache disappeared and I only had one migraine this week. I started back up with my supplements and have not had any issues. This last week I have been drinking non-caffeinated herbal teas. The week prior I was drinking regular black tea which is caffeinated, and the week before that I was still trying to break my coffee addiction. So it was a step-by-step process of finding something to replace the one habit. I’m glad I’m doing this now as opposed to scrambling to break the addiction once I’m pregnant. I imagine my transition off of caffeine probably was a factor with the headaches. 

 

Catch-up on Previous FET Prep Posts

FET Prep Week 1: 3.5 months until FET

FET Prep Week 2: Supplements, WTF Email, & Increased AMH Level

FET Prep Week 3: You say Future Tripping, I say Future Planning

FET Prep Week 4: Bad News from SIS Test

FET Prep Week 5: Surgery, Depression & Trip to Nevada

FET Prep Week 6: Relax! You’re on Vacation.

FET Prep Week 7: Food Plan, Medical Debt,  Post-op Follow-up, & Imagining Motherhood

FET Prep Week 8: Migraines & Some Good News

FET Prep Week 9: A Tough Decision

Countdown Until FET: 41 days (as of 3-14-2020)

Down-Regulation Started

I got in touch with my nurse from my out-of-state clinic to let her know my cycle started. She said I needed to start my BCP (birth control pill) on Day 2. It’s official! This lady is down-regging! And in less than two weeks I’ll be starting all the shots. I’m in the process of putting in my order for all of my medicine including Leuprolide, Endometrin, Progesterone, and Estradiol. 

I imagine my headaches will probably return due to starting BCP. In the past I’ve had a low-grade headache with BCPs. I’m taking one that is a progesterone-only pill that does not increase blood pressure. I recommend talking with your doctor about taking a progesterone-only BCP or other alternative if you have blood pressure issues. Years ago I was on a BCP that increased my blood pressure to “stroke levels” my doctor told me. It’s kind of freaky to think that you are feeling completely normal but inside your body is freaking the hell out. 

For this upcoming FET I declined taking the BCP when they originally wanted me to start, which was months back. I instead asked them, “What is the least amount of time necessary to be on birth control prior to the FET?” They ended up having me start the pill one month before my FET. If you are about to do your FET or IVF cycle and you don’t like being on birth control, consider asking your doctor what the minimum amount of time is to be on BCP. I’ve also heard some women do IVF without any birth control. I think it all depends on your diagnosis and IVF protocol, which varies from person to person.

 

Infertility Group

Years ago I went to a miscarriage and infant loss support group. I only went to one or two meetings and it was just the group leader and myself. The group leader was dealing with a deep depression after the loss of her infant. I had just experienced an early pregnancy loss. I was trying to be supportive to the group leader because I felt like her loss was so much greater than my own. It was a very sad experience and I tried my best to be supportive of her. I decided to take a break of a month or two from that group because I didn’t feel I was emotionally able to handle it. I found out that group had ended due to low turnout. That experience made me nervous to return to whatever new group would start in the future. But a new group didn’t start for a long time.

Now there is only one infertility support group where I live, and it’s fairly new. I was really nervous to go in. I find it easier to write about it and ask questions in online infertility groups. So it was a big step for me to do an in-person group with people I have never met before. 

So this last Thursday as I sat in my car, about to go into an infertility group I had never been to before, I could feel my heart racing. I’ve been able to open up to friends and family about my struggles, but could I do it with strangers? I went in and as soon as I walked into the room with the three other women I immediately felt welcomed. I’d describe the energy in the room as light-hearted, kind, and open. Each of them were interested in my story and how I was doing. I felt like I needed this support to help me before my upcoming FET. I am so happy I went and not only did I feel incredibly supported but I also learned some new things to help me.

Over the years I have opened up with family and friends about my miscarriages and infertility issues. It was a very slow process at first. I had kept my miscarriages mostly to myself in the beginning. I felt like I was the only one dealing with it, while everyone else seemed to have babies so easily. I hadn’t even told some of my friends yet. Years ago my coworker had mentioned the reason she hadn’t had any kids yet was due to a miscarriage. I listened to her and gave her support, and then I told her that I had several miscarriages too. This was the first time I had talked with anyone other than my husband and Mom about my miscarriages. She was so brave to have gone through that and even braver to talk about it. She doesn’t know it, but she was the first person to help me feel more comfortable about sharing my story with others.

That moment, with the two of us sharing our story created a whole domino effect. I started talking about it more easily in time and had no idea how many women in my life had been dealing with exactly what I was going through. It was as if each of us was waiting for someone else to talk about it, and when one person did we all started talking about it. Even the women who hadn’t experienced it themselves always knew someone else who did, and therefore had an idea of what I was going through. Soon enough I had built up a very strong support system of friends, family, coworkers, doctors, nurses, and an online community that was all rooting for me. 

 

Coronavirus Concerns

There are so many layers to the COVID-19 virus. I admit, I vacillate between being concerned and actively trying to avoid the news in order not to get overly concerned. I think the best thing we can all do is to follow the guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I’m not going to pretend to be an authority on the subject, so please seek out information from reputable sources. 

As far as its impact up here in Alaska. We just had our first case of COVID-19 announced in the news March 12. From what I hear, many people did panic-buying and decided to clean the shelves of toilet paper of all things. Thankfully we did our shopping before it all went down and have a big Costco-sized thing of toilet paper at home. Facebook is flooded with funny toilet paper memes. Other things I’ve heard we are low on are sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer. The other day at work our maintenance guy came in with sanitizing wipes and I heard our contracted painter ask him with intense interest, “Where did you manage to find that?” I get the impression there is a lot of panic-buying going on, but I haven’t gone shopping in about a week, and it didn’t seem bad at all when I did.

 

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Credit: KTUU News I was watching this news report in January.

 

I’d say for me personally, my biggest concern is when I have to fly to Seattle for my FET in April. As of March 12, 2020 there have been 270 cases with 27 deaths in Washington state. I’m worried about possibly contracting it and it affecting my chances of conceiving and I’m also worried about passing it on to those in my life with immunity and health issues. I’ve heard that if you plan on traveling to do a self-quarantine period of 14 days. So essentially I’m taking the traditional 2WW to an extreme. I planned on being off work for two weeks after my FET anyway, so it hasn’t changed my plans. 

I’ve been checking my email from my Seattle clinic for updates. I’m wondering if they will send out an email cancelling any procedures. If they do it’s not the end of the world. I just hope I don’t get pumped up with all these hormone injectables, costing hundreds of dollars, only to find out it has to be cancelled. They did send out an email saying that they are being vigilant about cleaning and telling patients to follow CDC guidelines. I’m sure some women have opted to postpone their IVF cycles. 

In 2016 Kurtis and I had decided to try to conceive right after we got married. But we had to change our plans when we found out our wedding and honeymoon locations had cases of Zika. If you don’t remember, Zika is an “Infection during pregnancy can cause a birth defect called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects” (CDC, 2020). After we learned about the awful effects of Zika, we decided to wait six months to try to conceive after our trip, as the CDC suggested. In a way I feel like COVID-19 is yet again another issue that may potentially delay our plans. 

But so far we are still good to go. My husband and I are both healthy and plan on follow CDC guidelines in order to avoid this. We only planned to be in Seattle for a couple nights anyway and weren’t planning on doing anything while we were there other than be lazy in the hotel, so I feel like we won’t be missing much anyway. I feel for the people and their families who have been affected by COVID-19 and hopefully we will find a way to control this virus soon. 

 

Mini Victories for the Week

Went to a new infertility group and shared my story.

Started my BCP.

 

Work in Progress

Order my FET meds this week.

Plan to work less hours in April to prep for FET.

 

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Want to find out how fertile you are?

The Modern Fertility test is an affordable test that shows your hormone levels and gives you an overall picture of where you stand with your fertility. I recommend taking this test at least every 9-12 months to keep track of your hormone levels. What hormones will be tested? Depending on the type of birth control you are on they can test up to eight different hormone levels which may include:

AMH (Anti-mullerian hormone)

FSH (Follicle stimulating hormone)

E2 (Estradiol)

LH (Luteinizing hormone)

TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone)

FT4 (Free thyroxine)

PRL (Prolactin)

T (Testosterone)

Order your test today.

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FET Prep Week 9: A Tough Decision

FET Prep Week 9: A Tough Decision

Something’s got to give, and so I took a risk and made a decision to do something that most everyone told me not to do. Sometimes you have to do what you feel is right, even if it flies in the face of everything you have heard. I’m going to be talking about a subject that is pretty controversial, when to listen to your body and not your doctor. Before we get into it, if you are following your doctors advice and you just don’t feel right go seek a second opinion. 

 

Catch-up on Previous FET Prep Posts

FET Prep Week 1: 3.5 months until FET

FET Prep Week 2: Supplements, WTF Email, & Increased AMH Level

FET Prep Week 3: You say Future Tripping, I say Future Planning

FET Prep Week 4: Bad News from SIS Test

FET Prep Week 5: Surgery, Depression & Trip to Nevada

FET Prep Week 6: Relax! You’re on Vacation.

FET Prep Week 7: Food Plan, Medical Debt,  Post-op Follow-up, & Imagining Motherhood

FET Prep Week 8: Migraines & Some Good News

Countdown Until FET: 53 days (as of 3-2-2020)

 

So what was the big decision I had to make? I decided to stop taking every medicine and supplement for a short period of time until I could figure out which one may be causing my migraines. It is a big risk but I felt that I had to do it this way, like starting from scratch. I have the MTHFR gene mutation, which is another controversial subject in itself. But with the MTHFR gene mutation, we cannot process folate correctly and are more likely to have a buildup of toxins in our bodies. If our liver cannot process medication properly it wreaks havoc on our whole body. One way a person can be symptomatic with their MTHFR gene mutation is through recurrent miscarriages and migraines. This is where you picture a big blinking neon arrow pointing down at me.

I think it was a whole domino effect, with no single root cause but various things that have contributed to the crappy situation I found myself in these past few weeks with my migraines. I decided to stop my blood pressure medicine which pretty much every single internet page on the subject screams at you to never do. But after revisiting the side effects of my blood pressure medicine, it’s no wonder I’ve been feeling like garbage. 

 

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Some of the side effects of the blood pressure pill I was on. I had all of them except upset stomach.

 

My doctor told me if I don’t take my blood pressure medicine within a 1-2 hour window of when it’s prescribed, I’m basically asking for a rebound headache. And when you are experiencing pain in the body, such as headaches or migraine, it can elevate your blood pressure. Then I would have to take migraine medicine which I’ve been told not to take when trying to conceive. You see my predicament now? 

It boils down to “You need this pill, but if you don’t take this pill on time you will probably need this second pill. You may need a second dose of the second pill if your first pill didn’t work. In the morning, if yesterday’s second dose of the second pill didn’t work for the issue of the first pill, just take the first pill again along with the second pill. And it’s totally okay if you take two of this third pill with the second pill. And if the third pill doesn’t work for the second day’s dose of the second pill that was supposed to help with the first days first pill, then yes you can take a second dose of the third pill. But don’t forget to take your first pill again at night after that.” That is essentially the conversation I had with my doctor, minus the brand names of the pills. And when I asked the question, “But what if my second pill doesn’t work at all anymore?” she had a completely dumbfounded look on her face and said, “That won’t happen. It’s the only medicine that will work to help with your headache. It’s the best one out there.” Now here I am three weeks later and was still having daily headaches. Hence my decision to say “f**k this s**t” and start from scratch.

Mind you my blood pressure isn’t at stroke levels, it’s just elevated. Honestly losing weight, eating better, and exercising more is probably all I need. I am going to slowly reintroduce my supplements, one at a time to see if that’s what is causing the headaches. I have a blood pressure monitor at home that I will be using to check it. 

Mini Victories for the Week

Made the tough decision to take a break from medicine to see what may be causing migraines.

Replacing 1 meal per day with a protein shake.

Work in Progress

More exercise. 

Monitor blood pressure levels.

Slowly start taking supplements again.

 

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Want to find out how fertile you are?

The Modern Fertility test is an affordable test that shows your hormone levels and gives you an overall picture of where you stand with your fertility. I recommend taking this test at least every 9-12 months to keep track of your hormone levels. What hormones will be tested? Depending on the type of birth control you are on they can test up to eight different hormone levels which may include:

AMH (Anti-mullerian hormone)

FSH (Follicle stimulating hormone)

E2 (Estradiol)

LH (Luteinizing hormone)

TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone)

FT4 (Free thyroxine)

PRL (Prolactin)

T (Testosterone)

Order your test today.


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FET Prep Week 8: Migraines & Some Good News

FET Prep Week 8: Migraines & Some Good News

This past week sucked. I was having daily headaches and for half the week I had a full blown migraine. I’m not exactly sure what triggered all of these, but dang, can’t a girl catch a break? But on the bright side I did get some good news recently.

Catch-up on Previous FET Prep Posts

FET Prep Week 1: 3.5 months until FET

FET Prep Week 2: Supplements, WTF Email, & Increased AMH Level

FET Prep Week 3: You say Future Tripping, I say Future Planning

FET Prep Week 4: Bad News from SIS Test

FET Prep Week 5: Surgery, Depression & Trip to Nevada

FET Prep Week 6: Relax! You’re on Vacation.

FET Prep Week 7: Food Plan, Medical Debt,  Post-op Follow-up, & Imagining Motherhood

Countdown Until FET: 58 days (as of 2-26-2020)

Migraines

These migraines are seriously affecting my quality of life. I’m waiting to get in to see my neurologist about it. I asked my neurologist the last time I saw her how quickly my migraine medicine leaves my system, because I was concerned about how it would impact my upcoming FET. She said that it’s leaves the body fairly quickly, within the day. I’m still wary about this because from what I’ve read they say you should act as if you are pregnant the three months prior to your FET. And I certainly don’t want to take anything that is not recommended for pregnancy. 

It all boiled down to the decision of either I take my migraine medicine or I don’t. If I don’t take it I will probably end up needing to go to the ER because it will have inevitably progressed to the point where I can’t open my eyes, each movement makes me want to throw up, and every sound pierces through my head like I’m being stabbed in my ears for hours on end. The pain from my migraines also puts my blood pressure through the roof, even with my blood pressure medicine. It’s a whole domino effect.

Unfortunately I just have to take that migraine pill at the risk of possibly having a residual effect on the FET. But like I said, my neurologist says this medicine leaves my body quickly. I wish I had my neurologist and my out-of-state reproductive endocrinologist sitting in the same room to hear them debate over this medicine and when to stop it before FET. In fact, I think I will probably send an email to my RE to see what he thinks about this. 

 

Some Good News

Miracle of miracles, I don’t need another SIS procedure! Oh yeah, party time! You all know how much I hate those stupid SIS procedures. My RE’s nurse wrote back and said that my uterus is all clear from my last surgery and I am good to go with my originally scheduled FET in April. Yay for a squeaky clean uterus, it’s the little things in life, right? I was almost certain I would have to do another SIS. But with this last procedure since they used the hysteroscope, a camera to help them actually see what they are doing, so they took pictures of when they were all done. The pictures confirmed they got all the scar tissue out. 

When you are so used to everything going wrong, it’s good news like this that helps you to keep carrying on. Now I just need to wait for my next cycle and I will make that phone call to my nurse. My nurse will then send out my medicine to me and create my FET medication calendar.  Now that I am in the clear, I am actually starting to get excited about my FET. 

 

Mini Victories for the Week

Picked up some more healthy groceries.

Watching my calories.

Finally got my migraine down to just a headache level.

Work in Progress

Email out-of-state RE my question about my migraine medicine.

Drink more water.

Go to the gym this week.

Stick with 1200 calories per day.

 

This post may contain affiliate links. You can read the disclosure here

Want to find out how fertile you are? 

The Modern Fertility test is an affordable test that shows your hormone levels and gives you an overall picture of where you stand with your fertility. I recommend taking this test at least every 9-12 months to keep track of your hormone levels. What hormones will be tested? Depending on the type of birth control you are on they can test up to eight different hormone levels which may include:

AMH (Anti-mullerian hormone)

FSH (Follicle stimulating hormone)

E2 (Estradiol)

LH (Luteinizing hormone)

TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone)

FT4 (Free thyroxine)

PRL (Prolactin)

T (Testosterone)

Order your test today.


Modern Fertility Test – Women’s Health Hormone Test You Can Take at Home – Not Available NY, NJ, RI

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