Cycle Report: 8 dpo

The IUI went swimmingly, so to speak. ;-)  Although, perhaps not as painlessly... the doctor on duty was one I had never seen before and, to begin with, she tilted my head down/hips up somewhat, which was a new twist.  Then, she had trouble locating/positioning my cervix.  Finally, she poked the back of my uterus, causing me to cry out.  So, her technique was not the smoothest, yet she got the job done.  And I wondered afterwards whether poking my uterus might actually be a good thing, due to what I've heard about uterine biopsies increasing pregnancy rates.  What do you all think about that idea?  Oh, and S's counts were great, as they were previously. 

I've had a few signs over the past week, which could also be attributed to the progesterone I'm taking:

  • Sore breasts since the day after the IUI (even before starting the progesterone).
  • Very, very emotional - easy to anger and easy to cry.
  • My temps stair-stepped up the last couple of days and today were 98.74.  

Regarding the last sign, I'm wondering if progesterone is cumulative?  In other words, the longer I take it, the more my progesterone level rises?  I also think the multiple follicles had an additive effect on my hormone levels, both with estrogen in the follicular phase and now progesterone.

The emotional side of things has been pretty brutal.  S and I went to Tahoe to spend time with my parents, brother and family, and sister and family - plus my aunt and cousin - from Wednesday until this morning.  We had several arguments, which I felt very sad about because we can't seem to have an argument-free visit with family.

One good insight that came out of the arguing and our processing on the way home is realizing that we approach family visits and prioritize things differently.  To me, the most important thing is our connection to each other, and for him, the most important thing is contributing and interacting well with family.  I think the latter is important, also, but a lower priority compared to maintaining our own relationship.

In any case, it was clear that I was progesterone affected and became angry or upset much more easily.  If progesterone does accumulate, then this next week is going to be a wild ride.

We did have many good experiences on the trip, too, including some great time with my nieces and nephew.  Baby V let me hold her even though she had an ear infection and was fussy.  My oldest niece, J, and I colored together, which is always special, and my three-year-old nephew, E, sat on my lap on the boat ride and played cars.  We also ate some great food, enjoyed hanging out on the dock, and had a great dance party with the kids one night.  I wish I could see the kids more often.


  1. Wishing you the best of luck with this cycle & with surviving the hormone roller coaster. :-)

  2. That might be a good thing that she poked your uterus! And it sounds like she really got far in there. I think having the extra follicles make a big difference. The increased hormones can better support a pregnancy. I think that played a part in my successful cycle. So whether it's just hormones or progesterone, I still think your symptoms are very good! Hoping & praying!

  3. I do not know if progesterone accumulates, but I do know it creates one hell of a hormonal ride! Glad you had a good time with your family but sorry you and S had some arguments but as long as you got something positive out of it then it was hopefully worth it. Family can be stressfull as it is and then add the hormones on top of that and yikes! Wishing you the best of luck this cycle. Sounds promising so far!!

  4. Good Luck! The progesterone hormonal ride won't last forever, and hopefuly will be replaced by a pregnancy hormonal ride ;). Glad you were able to spend time with your family. Although you and S have had some arguments it always seems like your able to work through them and come to a better understand of each other. That's better than never having any disagreements.

  5. It sounds like the IUI went as well as it possibly could. I'm keeping my fingers tightly crossed for you!

  6. Good luck -- I have my fingers crossed!!

  7. I'm about a week late here, but I hope that all is still going well. And maybe (soon?) you'll have more to report? *fingers crossed*