My appointment at the fertility clinic is now over and thought I would update you while everything is still fresh in my head. The clinic was actually very nice on the inside. A little dated with décor but that wasn’t a concern 😉 It was clean, the receptionist was nice. Of course, as per usual, they were late taking us (appt at 7:30, saw the nurse at 8am) but she was extremely welcoming, warm and helpful. Very sweet. She asked us a few questions, got our histories in order before passing us off to the doctor. She acknowledged that they were late getting us and made sure the Dr. saw us before the other 15 or so patients waiting for him. This clinic was PACKED. They open at 6am and when we arrived at 7:30 there was a line up, people going in and out and for the first time in a while, I was actually feeling a sense of comfort. Seeing so many faces, some young, some older, all here for the same reason. I thought “ok, we really aren’t alone in this”.
Anyways, about 10 seconds after we met with the nurse, the doctor met with us and was very, very, very nice. He was so positive and reassuring. He went through some of what they do in the clinic, and explained where they start, why etc and where we can go from there. He said there was no point in discussing ALL the options, because I am young, seemingly healthy (despite the long cycles!) and really wanted to just get started in an investigative cycle. He gave me the option to wait another cycle to start from CD3 but since my periods are not coming every month, he said if we want to get the ball rolling, he’d be happy to see me right away to get things started.
I go back for an ultrasound and blood work tomorrow morning at 6:30am, to see how the follicle is maturing (?) or something like that… and will come back on Monday for a follow up with the doctor and another potential ultrasound. My DH was amazing. Amazing. He asked all sorts of questions about risks with the use of drugs, what our options were, what he thought was best for us etc. I wanted to cry I was so happy that he was there and so interested. They took 7 viles of blood from the poor guy and he didn’t even flinch.
The Dr said that if ovulation is being delayed because of how my body is functioning there are lots of ways to “trick” it into ovulating, obviously by the use of drugs. So. His last words were “let’s get you started, and hopefully we can get you a baby by the end of the year, shall we?” Again. Wanted to cry.
I am CD6 today so missed the window (kind of) for the CD3 ultrasound. He wants me to go get it done anyways since my cycles are long he thinks that we won’t be any further behind starting a few days late. Better this than waiting until CD3 of my next cycle which really could be anywhere between now and… April!? LOL.
Anyways. I really liked him! DH liked him as well and felt like they were very good at what they do. Confident, very polite nurses and answered lots of his questions.
As a kudos to all of you bees, he was extremely impressed at my/our knowledge of what’s going on. He said there are SO many couples that start coming to him in their late 40’s who have been trying for YEARS with no success, and have no idea why, never sought out help. No idea about charting, OPK’s, ovulation, when to BD, sperm friendly lubricant etc… he was really very complimentary when I started mentioning the charting, pre-seed, OPK’s etc and letting him know that I felt very educated on what was going on but still needed help. He said at our ages (29) and education on our bodies, he hopes that we will be “short term” patients and come back to him only when we want #2.
So, did I get the warm and fuzzy feeling? Absolutely. I wasn’t sure if I’d be all for starting a treatment plan right away, but I am. He was so reassuring and I just felt like maybe there is a reason we are here, right now, with him. The only downside is that he wants me to stop taking my naturo meds for this cycle, so that the blood results etc are “natural” and unassisted. It makes sense, he doesn’t want any of my numbers/levels artificially increased/decreased as it can inhibit his treatment plan. He was however, open to discussing this again after the first investigative round, and even offered to discuss with my naturopath personally if I was adamant that they work together. The clinic had one of their ultrasound techs call in sick for tomorrow, so were extremely booked/backed up for tomorrow. He kept stating to the receptionist she needed to make something “happen” as I needed to get in ASAP tomorrow morning. He ended up calling their other clinic which is close to my office and got me in at 6:30am tomorrow so I could be at work at usual time. I was very happy with his sense of urgency and that he seemed genuinely interested in getting things started for us.