We learned early on during J’s health issues that you try to find the most knowledgable doctors possible and hope that they know enough about their speciality that they fix you. We didn’t find that in Atlanta, so we went to NY (Mount Sinai to be exact) and we found really smart doctors. Unfortunately their “smartness” didn’t continue past two brain surgeries, so we went and got smart doctors in Louisville. And there you have the team of doctors.
I am saying all of this, because we went to GRS because they are smart. They know what they are doing. I realized this even more when Dr. Perloe did all the research on Follistim for Jesse. LEARNING POINT: Makes sure your doctors are listening to you. Make sure they ask questions. Make sure they do their research and understand what you are going through. No infertility journey is the same, so don’t let them treat you like it is.
So you remember we decided to do IVF before we came back from Louisville…when we got back to Atlanta and met with Dr. Perloe, he was pretty sure that we should try 2 rounds of IUI before IVF. J’s #’s were way better and it was silly to not try. And not to mention we still had to see if the Follistim helped. PLUS– there was a IVF trial that they were hoping to do and maybe we would be candidates for it if it actually happened. Hence the title to this post…when we were in Louisville we made a decision to do IVF based on numbers, but we decided to go down the IUI route based on knowledge. But before we did anything I had to have a HSG* done. I was totally petrified about the idea of having dye shot through my fallopian tubes to make sure there was no blockage. FYI– don’t google it. Everyone says it is the worst pain they have ever had. I promise you…it’s not. My friend Christina told me it was a piece of cake, and she was right. If you are reading this and you are going to have one…deep breaths, its over fast and you will be fine.
Making the decision to do IUI was one that meant we needed to plan. We had to time things based on my cycle and of course we had a vacation planned right smack dab during that time that it was supposed to happen. One of the weirdest things that has happened to me during this journey is that after 23 years of always being like clockwork, I am now always late…and March was no different.
*HSG – Hysterosalpingogram – is a uterine xray where they shoot dye through your fallopian tubes to make sure that they are open and ready for the egg to travel.