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Q: So, where are you in the baby making process?

A: We are still trying some natural things on our own in hopes that we just have missed something. We are trying this month on our own with prenatal vitamins as well as "pre-conceive" lubricant. It's supposed to increase mobility as well as viability.

Q: What will be the next step (1) and why has it taken so long to get here (2)?

A1: Our next step is to go to the lab for two blood tests that they want me to do. I have a written request from Dr. Schmidt to go and do these tests at any lab. I just have to do it.

A2: The reason that it's taken so long to get to this point was for a couple different reasons.
  • We wanted to try a few more "all natural" things on our own.
  • We were not sure how insurance was going to charge us for these trips to ORM. So we were a little hesitant.
  • We just wanted to have a few months to try things out. Test a few theories and work through them. So far (with the exception of this month), they haven't worked which is why we are talking about going back to ORM. We're going to try the lube this month and then we'll go to have the tests done.
Q: What have you been doing these last few months?
  1. August/September cycles: Optivite. 3 pills with each meal. (2 cycles)
  2. October/November cycles: Robitussin. 2 tbls, three times daily. (2 cycles)
  3. November/December/January cycles: Evening Primrose Oil. 3 pills with each meal. (2 cycles)
  4. January (current cycle): Pre-Conceive Lubricant. (WARNING: maybe TMI) It says you can apply to intimate areas 30 minutes prior or during baby making.
Q: What will the upcoming tests show?
A: The tests are another thyroid test and something else that I've had done before but he wanted to just test my levels.

Q: And then what happens next?

A: Well, if those blood tests are normal, then I will be asked to "go do it" with my husband around the 13th day of my cycle and then they will have me come back in for a postcoital test that will show us what my cervical mucus is doing after sex. You can read more about this test at the attached link to learn more about what they are looking for during this test. Oh and apparently this test will only be $40.00 out of pocket (excluding the dr. visit costs).

Q: If this doesn't show anything positive (movement or viability), then what?

A: From what I understand, if this shows that my cervical mucus slows down or stops the sperms from swimming, then I'm going to go straight to IVF. An IUI wouldn't be worth my time, nor would it work (even though it would be cheaper!).

Q: What are you thoughts on that (IVF)?

A: Expensive. Not sure that we could afford it. Failure. Lots and lots of emotions.
Q: How long have you guys been trying?
A: Well, if you look over -------------------------------------------------> there (in the "our journey" section), you will see that we've been:
  • Off BCP (birth control pill) since 06.2004
  • We've been "practicing & not preventing/protecting" since 09.2006
  • Thought we were pregnant in October 2006. WRONG.
  • Buckled down and starting trying in 12.2006
So I've been saying that we've been trying since 09.2006 because that's when we made a conscious decision to stop protecting. We were trying to have fun with it, thinking that would help our chances of it being "easy". Well we were wrong. So, 28 cycles later and that brings us to the current day.
Q: So, what now?
A: Wait until this cycle is over and then I'll be getting the blood tests done. I'm looking at doing them the week of February 9th, as long as I'm not already pregnant. If that's the case then, all of this is out the window.
Staying hopeful, always.

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