Things must happen when it is time for them to happen- Prince Lir, The Last Unicorn
We thought the two week wait was long, until we went in for a mensi check to see where Caitlin was at in her cycle after the first iui didn’t take. The tech seemed surprised that the iui wasn’t successful, but was happy see follicles forming again on her ultrasound. She recommended we wait the next cycle out to get a more accurate timeline for her cycle length. Since we mistook her very short period for implantation bleeding during the two week wait, we began tracking her new cycle from the day the bleeding occurred.
We waited for another cycle to complete. That was 32 days. During that cycle, we successfully tracked ovulation on day 17 with at-home test strips and her cycle began again 15 days later. Even though this cycle was a normal length (compared to her prior 40 day cycle), it still felt like forever.
During this cycle wait, Caitlin had an interesting interaction with one of her clients who is an endocrinologist. He seemed surprised that our first iui was unsuccessful (and unmedicated) and made a couple of recommendations for us going forward. He was kind enough to write them down so we could ask our doctor if we can proceed with medication this time.
We emailed the doctor and she agreed- the next iui will be paired with letrozole and a trigger shot. Letrozole is a drug typically used to treat inflammatory breast cancer by decreasing estrogen levels; however, when used for fertility treatments, letrozole stimulates follicle growth- more follicles gives us more eggs for fertilization, rather than just one. The trigger shot releases the egg within 24-28 hours so insemination can be planned and timed more accurately.
With the new game plan, we were given an information sheet about letrozole, how to take it and of course any and all side effects. We had to sign it and return it before we can begin using it.
We waited for the contract, the donor, the tests, the cycle, the iui and then another cycle. Now that we can try round two, Cait’s cycle has synced up perfectly with our vacation!! We planned a trip to see a show from April 23rd through the 26th. So we have to sit it out. Again. Because we can’t monitor her uterus and ovaries from 300 miles away. We just need to wait for May. Patience is a virtue.