Monday was clinic appointment day. Having waited six weeks for an appointment, you'll forgive me if I was expecting it to be a big thing. Instead I showed up (v slightly late due to broken down taxi. Bastard), we were immediately ushered in to see the Nurse, who told us off for not having done all the forms (to be honest, it had been so long since they'd given them to us, I'd forgotten that we had to do them!), then spent most of the time telling me stuff I already knew, and the rest of the time showing me how to use a Puregon pen. From the googling I think this is the same thing as Follistim, that drug of which you all speak so fondly. Is that right (Mare, you probably know this)?
One question I asked, to which she did not have an answer, was why I have to take the insanity-inducing clomid, followed by the fun drug Puregon, for an IUI cycle when I don't seem to have any trouble ovulating. Her answer was: "the doctor must think that you could do with some help". How does the doctor know? He hasn't even observed a cycle yet, let alone given me any drugs.
Did anyone else take drugs for an IUI? I've done some googling and a couple of studies say it increases success rates but that it's not indicated if there's no trouble with ovulation, which there (according to temperature, OPKs and progesterone levels) isn't. Colour me slightly irritated to not get a good answer to this question. I'm not so much with the stabbing or the insanity if it isn't essential. Meanwhile H is really thrilled about the idea of me having extra insanity-inducing medication. That's his idea of a good time...
She proceded to read us the riot act about not travelling at all during treatment, about the likelihood I'll have to drop everything to come to the clinic on a regular basis...have these guys absolutely no clue about the kind of jobs we do? At least they open at 7am so it will be possible to work during the week before the IUI.
Anyway I went away with my nifty pen, in its own handy maroon case with a sharps bin and all. Now I feel like a proper infertile. £700 lighter, not including the drugs. They gave me a company to order from, not sure if it's worth going offshore. Any UK ppl tried offshore drugs cos? Does it make a big difference?
So many questions for you all, I'm so glad you exist!