Thirty days after the miscarriage, I got my period again. Baseline ultrasound completed, non-pregnancy status confirmed and Cycle #14 was under way. Clomid/IUI with home OPK testing. This time I bought the expensive OPKs and everything went according to plan (well, mostly).
IUI completed +
The BFN wasn't part of the plan. Neither was the cyst they saw on my left ovary at the CD2 baseline ultrasound for Cycle #15 "the Cycle of the Cyst", which was now off the books.
BUT WAIT! That's not ALL!! Don't you want to see else you've won!?! It's an all expenses covered breast exam/mammogram/sonogram for that horrible pain and scary lump in your left breast!
(cue audience cheering)
After what my poor mother went through only months earlier, I was not fucking around with this! I took yet another half day off work, got to my midwife for a breast exam which got me an immediate call to the breast imaging clinic downstairs from the midwife. It must have been a slow day (or my midwife must have been REALLY concerned about what she felt) because they told me to just come right on downstairs and they'd see me then.
The first time I ever had a mammogram (we're very lumpy in my family, so I started early), it really didn't hurt but it was definitely uncomfortable. This was a different story. When there's something in there that's already hurting, the mammogram SUCKS! I won't lie - I cried. In the end, once again, it was worth it.
Diagnosis: cyst. Probably related to the hormonal fluctuations from the Clomid. Ten days later, the cyst and accompanying pain were gone.
None of this stopped us from continuing our quest unaided by medical science. Not surprisingly, my period showed up again. Baseline ultrasound completed, non-pregnancy status confirmed and Cycle #16 was a go. Clomid/IUI with home OPK testing. We've been here before.
IUI completed +