I’d rather just have sex with my husband
“Fall seven times, stand up eight”
~ Japanese Proverb
Remembering IVF the good years – Part 1
Not long ago we found out that our 18 week scan was perfect, so I thought it might be a good time to remember just how I happened to get up the duff again:
I’d always thought when our baby would be conceived, that at least I would be in the room. My husband also, but only as an optional extra. I’d also always thought that the use of stirrups would come later at the delivery and not at the conception but alas, how wrong I was. Men in white coats, local anaesthetic, test tubes, oh turn up the romance!
With no medical explanation, who would’ve guessed it would take us 4 years of invasive infertility treatments, (3 x IUI, 6 x IVF) and a whole team of world-class experts before we would see the birth of our Blessed First Child. And now it was time to start the ball rolling again! Bring out the Tracksuit Pants of Comfort and sperm shaped balloons! Let’s just see if the whole Mac vs. PC issue could be solved again or will a sibling for our daughter be coming from Taiwan?
Day 23 – Syneral starts
Oh joy of joys! The day has finally rocked around when I get to put my body deliberately into menopause. With the help of a simple nasal spray, down regulation medication is used to suppress my own natural hormones so that the doctors can control what my body is doing.
It is exciting to get started with things after a few months of waiting. It is excruciating to get started with things after a few months of waiting. Why hadn’t the good old-fashioned method worked? Again.
We’ve done IVF so many times, who knows when it will work. We are going to give it a good try for a few runs but once we hit double digits, we will focus our hopes on adoption. At the end of the day, we just want the chance to fuck up another kid just like anyone else; it doesn’t matter where it comes from.
And with my hormones being controlled by a team of doctors north of Stockholm, it is the part of the IVF cycle that is famous for words such as: divorce! I hate this! piss off! unfair! and I’m going home! Usually, they are coupled with tears, tossing of the hair and the slamming of doors. Oh my poor Swedish Husband, we might be in this together but I’m taking drugs up my nose and they’re not the good ones.
After years of this, he knows what to do for his own sake. ‘Get down low and go, go, go’. Go to the pub, stay clear and do what I say, everyday, well at least for the next 2 weeks.
Side effects of Syneral include, but are not limited to:
hot flushes • headaches • mood changes • depression • acne • muscle pains • decreased breast size • irritation of the nose • pain and/or swelling of the joints • change in weight • insomnia • yelling at your husband • over reacting to everything • incredibly irrational behaviour • PMS on steroids
In other words, just another Friday night at our house.
[Photos courtesy of http://www.sxc.hu ]