Friday, July 13, 2007


Its been a while since I first started this blog so I guess its time for me to add an introduction. C and I tried for 4 years to get pregnant on our own (with one mc in there). We finally went to an RE and got pregnant with D on our first clomid cycle. D was born born prematurely - at 31 weeks - due to a previously undiagnosed bicornuate uterus. He spent 7 weeks in the NICU but now he is a strong, healthy almost 4 year old. When D was about a year old we starting trying again. I went back to the same RE and thought clomid would do the trick again. Well, we tried 8 clomid cycles total (with 4 IUIs) with no luck.

After that, we took a break for a while and actually got pregnant on our own last year. Unfortunately, I lost that baby at 12 weeks. A few months after that, I found a new RE and thought I'd see what he had to say. I really liked him - he was much more personable and would take the time to actually explain things. On my first clomid cycle with my new RE in Januaray of this year, I had several good follicles on my right side (my left ovary never really developed so I only have one working ovary). After the trigger and IUI, I had excrutiating pain and ended up in the ER diagnosed with a very large cyst. Seems that even though I has several good follicles I did not ovulate that month after all (maybe the cyst prevented ovulation???). It took a few months for the cyst to go away. I have done two other clomid cycles since then and neither of them produced any follicles at all. Doctor thought I was going through pre-mature menopause but my FSH levels are still under 10. I havn't been back to talk to him since I got those test results back.

Does anyone know if it is possilbe that the cyst could have damaged my ovary so I am not longer producing follicles. Thats the only thing I can think of since I had always responded to clomid before.

Last time I saw him (when he thought my FSH would be high), he mentioned donor eggs, however, by that time, C and I had already decided to adopt. I'll post more later about the adoption process so far. I has been a whirlwind already.



GLouise said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Interesting about your follicles, etc. I have a very similar situation, where I am classified as a "poor responder." My FSH is still considered "good," but I just don't respond well to the stims.
I'll be praying for you guys as you enter your adoption journey! There certainly is a lot of great info out there online!

SarahSews said...

I'm a new blogger too so I came by to say hi. I'm sorry you have been having such trouble figuring out what is going on with you. Other than the clomid challenge did you do any other testing? Developing cysts on clomid is actually a common side effect so that in and of itself isn't unusual. Have you stopped ovulating (and stopped having periods) since that happened? That would be a much bigger thing than one cycle with a cyst I think in terms of diagnosing your situation. And there are some women who don't respond to clomid at all, ever, who do find other meds that help them ovulate. It sounds like that drug just wasn't working for you anymore (which doesn't necessarily mean bad things).

Anyway, hope the new doc helps you sort it all out.

SarahSews said...

I should have also mentioned that I have been accused of diminished ovarian reserve despite good FSH numbers and regular, predictable ovulation with no meds. We've been trying for 2.5 years and have only had a chemical pregnancy despite a year of treatment.