Seven months after we lost Jane, it appears that my cycles have normalized somewhat, and we are on track for our first properly-timed natural cycle IUI. (Second IUI overall since Jane.)
Here’s a TMI TTC timeline:
|Cycle start||Notes||Positive OPK||Cycle length||Ovulation?|
|July 24||Delivered Jane||n/a||11 weeks||?|
|October 7||1st period postpartum||CD8 and CD16 (!)||26 days||In Europe, tried ourselves|
|November 2||CD24||35 days||In Texas, tried ourselves|
|December 7||CD35||46 days||IUI after positive OPK|
|January 22||CD15||26 days||C out of town; office closed for holiday|
|February 17||Trigger Friday (CD15)||?||This Saturday?|
Our plan was to do as many natural cycle IUIs as Kaiser would let us get away with, but our travel plans got in the way twice, and my cycles got progressively longer and more difficult to anticipate (leading me to wonder if this is what perimenopause looks like…)
After a couple of disappointing mid-cycle ultrasounds, the nurse practitioner at Kaiser volunteered that I could call as soon as I got a ‘high’ or ‘peak’ reading on my advanced OPK, and she would squeeze me in to take a look. That’s how the IUI went down in early January (the day after an ‘oops’ positive OPK and same-day sonogram showing a mature follicle). And then Presidents’ Day went and mucked up the February cycle…
All that to say that this cycle things appear to be on-track:
- On Sunday (CD10), I got a ‘high’ reading on my OPK.
- I called Monday and got an appointment for a mid-cycle ultrasound today (CD13).
- On ultrasound today, I had not one, but two nice-looking 16 mm follicles (one on each side).
- My uterine lining looked “great” (9-10 mm?).
Since the clinic isn’t open Sunday, we scheduled an IUI for Saturday morning, with plans to trigger on Friday.
Wish me luck!