I apologize for the dearth of updates. The last cycle did not work. It ended - or the next cycle started, depending on how you look at it - very oddly. I had two days of very dark spotting, one day more of increased dark spotting - almost a light flow - then into a very heavy period. I'm not sure if something started to happen and didn't take? Or maybe it was related to the Chinese herbs I had begun that month? In any case, it was very strange and like nothing I had experienced before.
That was 13 days ago. My OPKs this cycle tried to confuse me with several light lines, sometimes a bit darker, but always significantly less than the test line. Finally, I saw a dark line on Thursday morning and went in for the IUI yesterday. This is cause for celebration! I finally got an IUI in on a "bump cycle," following a medicated cycle. There was a lot of psychological weight around that for me, for whatever reason, and it helps me feel like we made our best effort to conceive with my own eggs. Other things I'm doing right now to give a best effort:
- Added Fish Oil and Wheatgrass to my load o' daily supplements (currently: DHEA, COQ10, vitamin D3, L-Arginine, prenatal, baby aspirin).
- Seeing a "real" acupuncturist every week or so, which includes electro-stimulation, heat lamps, and lots of needles.
- As mentioned above, I have also added Chinese herbs under the care of my acupuncturist.
- Listening to hypnotherapy fertility meditation at night, as I go to sleep. Just started this one. Thanks Honesty for the tip!
I will try and do better with posting updates over the next couple of weeks. S and I head off to the big Transition/Permaculture conference next weekend, so I'm gearing up for that and preparing to lead the Saturday opening circle. S will be moderating a political panel. We had a rough time this week but, after some open talking and a counseling session (for him) today, we are in a good place. Having some adult time today was wonderful - and helped with the ttc efforts, as well!
Happy Beginning of Fall to Everyone!