Things. Some good. Some hard.

I had originally wanted to wait to update you all until AFTER my nephew made his arrival earth-side – which should have been by now. Unfortunately (for all of us, but mostly for his mama) the induction using pitocin did not encourage Liam to come out to this side of the belly. After 12 hours of not enough progress, she was sent home. She will go back tonight to try again. Nephew Wath 2013 has been delayed. Adorable baby photos will have to wait until another day.

Some things have happened this week, like this:


aka the best salad ever aka direct from the garden at the estate.

And this:


aka the first egg from the golden girls (there was another last night too. So exiting!)

Eating stuff from your backyard is THE BEST.

But then this also happened:


Which I guess for some people isn’t that bad, but made me feel like this:


I find it shocking that for some people with uteruses, the HSG is totally like, no biggie. This is the impression I got when I asked about it on the babycenter board and when I did some pre-procedure googling. I find this shocking because it was absolutely, hands down, the most exrutiating pain I have ever experienced. Granted, I (thankfully) have not had a lot of run ins with excessive pain. But I do have a fair number of tattoos and have undergone surgery and busted my ankle up so bad that doctors now don’t know what to do with it. So . . .I have some reference.

In any case, yesterday was miserable. After screaming through the HSG, I was informed that my ovaries looked poly cystic. I’m going back on Tuesday for another ultrasound for them to check and decide if this is actually the case.

I feel somewhat confused by this. I have very regular periods (with the exception of the last year when two cycles were longer than usual – one very long, 60 days) and appear to ovulate based on BBT signs. My metabolic panels have always been good – no signs of insulin resistance, blood pressure issues or high cholesterol. I’m a bigger girl, but my weight is much more packed into my thighs and booty vs. my belly. I don’t have acne or hair growth. Basically, this is coming as a bit of a surprise to me.

The doctor who did the HSG and subsequently informed me of the appearance of my ovaries was not the Texas Ranger, but the follow up is scheduled with her. So I’m hoping to get some answers then, and also from the fertility specialist acupuncturist I am seeing on Saturday.

I know the PCOS is not the end of the road when it comes to fertility stuff, and that it can definitely be treated in a variety of ways. But this is not the kind of news I want on the heels of BFF’s less-than-stellar semen analysis results. But, if it is in fact the case, we will just do the next best thing.

At least I don’t feel like I have a knife shoved up my cervix anymore. See, there is a bright side to everything!


7 thoughts on “Things. Some good. Some hard.

  1. If you’re one of the numerous women who have difficulties with HSG, perhaps arrange that your ultrasound is external instead of trans-V. With a very full bladder, it’s more than enough to get a diagnosis despite them saying it’s easier the internal way.
    I know it’s difficult when you’re seemingly stuck in limbo but there’s always hope as long as you keep believing it can happen.
    Good luck on Tuesday.

  2. Hi there, firstly- thanks for the Leibster. I’ve right royally f@#£•d it up as you’ll see in my post, but it motivated me to post. Secondly, sorry to hear about the awful HSG, I had a treatment that was something similar & it was unpleasant in the extreme at points but doesn’t sound like the pain you had, you poor thing. My wife had PCOS and has had awesome results health wise seeing a naturopath, doing a detox, cutting out soy products and some other diet changes, eg no sugar. So there are lots of things you can do to help. Onwards and upwards sweetie! Xx

  3. I’m sorry your HSG was painful! I’ve heard mixed reviews; some people indicate extreme pain while others insist it is no worse than period cramping. In any case, PCOS has a extremely wide array of symptoms and not all people who appear to have poly cystic ovaries have PCOS. More often than not, a PCOS diagnosis is made following an ultrasound AND hormonal testing results. I know of loads of people ( who have had fairly easy conceptions despite a diagnosis of PCOS. So, I’m hoping you don’t have it but if you do, all hope is certainly not lost! I’m sending you lots of good chi!

  4. Oh man, that doesn’t sound fun at all! I’m sorry you had to go through that! Lots of positive vibes are being sent to you right now, hopefully your answers are better news, but keep your chin up, PCOS can be overcome – I know lots of women who can get pregnant with it. ((HUGS))

  5. I’ve not had to have a hsg test but I did have some horrifying cervical checks while 40-42 weeks pregnant. Makes my vagina hurt just thinking about it. I hope all turns out okay.

  6. I was one of the lucky people who had a fairly easy time with the HSG. I walked back to work after it, actually. But everybody else I know who has had one has said it’s horrible.

    Bad news about the maybe PCOS– but as other people have said, it’s often a) misdiagnosed and/or b) not a real barrier to getting knocked up. Hope both of these things are the case for you.

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