My HSG Experience

After waiting 6 weeks for my cycle to start, I called the hospital and explained that due to my PCOS I could possibly be waiting another few months, I was definitely not pregnant and I just wanted to get it over with. They said as long as I tested negative on the day I was good to go so they booked me in for the following week.

The day of the HSG had finally arrived… and i was scared out of my skin!
I, like so many other women, had made the mistake of googling the procedure.

When we arrived at the hospital, we only had to wait a few minutes before my name was called. I was told my husband and my Mum could come with me and i started to feel a bit more at ease. We were led to another waiting and told the doctor would come and get us soon.

Twenty minutes later, a nurse came to get me. She told my family that they would have to wait in the first waiting room and she would come and get them when it was over. I nearly had a panic attack.

After getting changed into a hospital gown and taking a ( negative ) pregnancy test, i was led into a massive white sterile room with a bed in the middle of it. I laid down and was introduced the techs while they opened all the medical stuff and we waited for the doctors.

Once the doctors arrived, they explained the procedure, answered my questions and it was time to begin…

First, the doctor cleaned me, ( which was one of the weirdest experiences of my life) and inserted a speculum…and then a different speculum. He then disinfected my cervix and started inserting the catheter through my cervix and into my uterus.

At first it stung but he quickly started inflating the attached balloon, which resulted in the worst menstrual type cramps i have ever experienced times 20!
Once the dye was pushed through i felt alot of pressure but watching myself on the xray distracted me. I just kept thinking ” This is not as bad as labour will be. Just think of the babies”, and then it was over! The procedure itself only took about fifteen minutes but the prep took around an hour so i was keen to let my family know i was okay.

After i got dressed, the nurse walked me to the bathroom. I was still in a lot of pain at this point and as i walked out of the bathroom i had an overwhelming feeling that i was going to faint. The nurse noticed this, pulled me into a room, sat me down and went to find a wheelchair. She said she literally watched the colour drain from my face.

When the nurse came back, she wheeled me to the recovery room and went to get my family.
After taking pain killers and waiting the mandatory 30 minutes, it was time to go home!

All in all, it was the longest, most painful, exhausting day of my life but i wouldn’t change it for the world. Now i know that i can do anything if i want it bad enough and my fallopian tubes are cleared out.

The doctor said that in the 3 cycles following the HSG i will be very fertile. It’s been 2 weeks and i’m still waiting for my cycle to start.

Here’s hoping the doctor was right and i get pregnant this year!

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Update!

After three failed attempts, (no doctors on to see me, even though I had appointments!) today was the first time I actually got to speak with the gyno. After going through my/my husbands history, she basically told me there wasn’t much they could do.

She did however, order a Cycle Day 21 blood test to see if and when I’m ovulating, ( which I didn’t do last month) and I have finally been booked in for a HSG sometime in the next 6ish weeks!!

My GP will put me on a waiting list to see a public fertility specialist and in the mean time, I have to lose 20 kilos.

While I’m over the moon about finally getting answers, having waited 6 months for this appointment, possibly having to wait another 12 months has seriously bummed me out. I feel like I’m once again back at square one.

My TTC Tag/ Update!

How long have you been trying to conceive?
Pretty much since we got married in October 2014.

How many kids do you have/want?
I don’t have any yet, but I would be really happy with one or two.

How old are you and your husband?
I’m 25 and my husband is 24.

How long have you been married?
It will be 2 years on October 21st 2016.

What are some crazy things you do while TTC?
I go completely OCD and write down every symptom so I can compare month to month.

Does your husband know all about TTC?
He knows the basics lol!

Have you been diagnosed with any kind of Infertility?
I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2014.

What keeps you busy during the 2ww? (2 week wait)
Not a lot! I pretty much countdown to the day I can test.

What day do you usually ovulate?
I don’t usually ovulate but when I do it’s around cycle day 17/18.

What gender are you hoping for?
I would be over the moon with either but I have a feeling I will have a boy first.

How many pregnancy books do you have?
3 or 4… Every time I see one in an op shop I can’t help myself.

How many home pregnancy tests do you take in 1 cycle?
Too many! Last month I took one every day for a week.

What are some stress relievers when TTC?
I am yet to find one 😦

Do you plan to do pregnancy blogs if you conceive?
I would love to do pregnancy blogs but we shall see!

What have you bought for your future baby?
Nothing! I am very superstitious and I believe its bad luck.

Do you have a birth plan?
I have an idea of how I want the birth to go but I know that it will probably be thrown out the window when the time comes.

*UPDATE*

I have my first appointment booked for November 11th 2016! I will definitely update you guys afterwards!

Keto Update

For 2 weeks, I followed the Keto diet the best I could.

Lunch was Avocado’s and cheese.
Dinner was Chicken stir fry with broccoli and cauliflower.
Strawberry smoothies with almond milk was dessert,snacks and sometimes breakfast.

But I QUIT!

2 weeks doesn’t sound like much time but when you gain 2-3 kilos a week, in my opinion, it’s not worth it!

In the 2 weeks since quitting the diet (eating carbs, drinking soft drinks…ice creams!)  I have already lost the weight i gained during my keto experiment.

*Disclaimer*
I am in no way saying that Keto is a bad diet or wouldn’t work for you.
It just didn’t work for me.

Harder than I thought.

When I first decided to create Dashlen’s Journey, I didn’t realise how difficult it was going to be to write 100+ words on what i was going through at the time. Not that my life is boring, it’s just hard to put into words.

Originally, I wanted to write about our struggles with infertility but seeing as we are STILL waiting for an appointment with an obgyn, I have already run out of things to write about.

One update i do have is that my body remembered how to ovulate!
For the past 2 months, my cycles have been 32 days.
Compared to previous cycles averaging 58 days ,I am feeling pretty hopeful!

I’m going Keto?

I am the biggest sugar/carb addict out of everyone i know, so this is going to be really hard but *hopefully* so worth it!

What is a Keto Diet?

A ketogenic or “Keto” Diet isn’t really a diet but more of a way of thinking about food.
I, like a lot of other people, were taught that carbs = good and fat = bad but Keto teaches us to flip everything we think we know about food.

Eating keto forces our bodies into a state known as Ketosis ,which basically means that our bodies use our fat storage as an energy source rather than the carbs we eat.

This diet consists of first working out our Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) which is basically how many calories (or kilo joules) we burn while going about our everyday lives.

You can work that out by using an online BMR calculator such as the one that i used.
My BMR result was 2075 kilo calories.

The next step is to work out your macro percentages, you can do this on the online calculator I used to work out my BMR.
According to my daily calories intake, my diet should consist of ; 6% Carbohydrates, 22% Protein and 72% Fat. It then goes onto to say that if i stick to this specific diet for 1 month i will have lost 2 kg. That might not seem like a lot but with PCOS every kilo counts!!

 

The Hardest Part

One of the hardest parts about struggling with infertility is not knowing.

Not knowing when, or even if, our dream will come true.
Not being able to truly let myself look forward to the future
or make plans.
Never knowing what i should do next.

Trying not to get my hopes up every month, and watching
everyone around me finding it so easy to experience what i can’t.

However, I still have faith that everything happens for a reason
and i believe that God has a plan for me.
I just need to be patient and trust in Him.