This is the 2nd post about my “Training for Fertility”. You can read the first post here.
As I said in my previous post, this phase of fertility feels like the training phase for a marathon. You know it’s going to take a long time and that you’ll likely have to push through some dark times where you think you maybe just can’t keep going… so you get in some training and preparation before the marathon begins.
I’ve been having tests done and started on medications like vitamins, the pill and Metformin. I’ve even started to try and make better lifestyle choices, like quitting coke and adding more fruits and vegetables to my life.
Here’s a run down of my ‘training’ from Friday 16.03.2018 to Tuesday 27.03.2018
F 16.03.2018 (Same day I quite coke) to Th 22.03.2018
Appointment, 10:00am with Dr Moir
Reviewed test results.
Mostly good news.
High egg reserve, which is to be expected if ovulation is highly irregular and consistent with PCOS diagnosis.
Dr Moir recommends we start the Fertility Marathon. We are still waiting on Hubby’s analysis to come back, but we should get started.
- Last pill tonight to begin period/new cycle.
- Begin Letrozole on Wednesday 28.03.2018
- Next appointment on Thursday 05.04.2018 to see how cysts are developing.
Cost of the appointment was $80, medicare rebated $36.55, out-of-pocket $43.45
What is Letrozole?
According to the people at Advanced Fertility, Letrozole (also known as Femara),
When the enzyme aromatase is inhibited by the letrozole medication, estrogen levels are suppressed in young women. This results in the brain and pituitary gland increasing the output of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone).
In women that have polycystic ovary syndrome or anovulation (a problem with ovulation) the increase in FSH hormone can result in development of a mature follicle in the ovary and ovulation of an egg. Doctors call this process “induction of ovulation“.
1 pill (last pill)
Sa & Su 24.03.2018 & 25.03.2018
- Letrozole (10 tablets for $19.95, should be enough for 2 cycles)
- Menevit (vitamins, 30 pills for $21.95)
- Elevit (vitamins, 30 pills for $26.95)
Hubby has his semen analysis taken today. I’d write a post about it, but he wouldn’t appreciate that so I’m afraid I shall not be discussing it.
I’ve been lucky. I’ve not had much in the way of side effects from the medication so far. The odd bout of nausea and occasional diarrhoea, though to be fair, that seemed to happen only when I ate really bad junk foods in great quantities.
Well, that’s it. We’ve more or less made it through the training phase of fertility!
As of tomorrow Wednesday 28.03.2018, the Fertility Marathon Begins!
22.02.2018 Dr Ladwig – $255 (medicare rebate $102.50)
23.02.2018 Dr Moir – $270 (medicate rebate $102.50)
26.02.2018 Elevit $30, Menevit $30, Metformin $15, the Pill $15
28.02.2018 Lots of Blood tests – Medicare covered
28.02.2018 CF Testing $285
28.02.2018 AMH $80
15.03.2018 HyCoSy Test – Consult $72.75
15.03.2018 HyCoSy Test – Ultrasound $370 (medicare rebated $187.10)
15.03.2018 HyCoSy Test – HyCoSy test $257.25
23.03.2018 Dr Moir – $43.45
26.03.2018 Letrozole $19.95, Menevit $$21.95, Elevit $26.95 = $68.85
26.03.2018 Semen Analysis $155
Current Tally = $1,555.20 out of pocket