The Infertility Guidebook: Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

IUI (or artificial insemination) is a big step in infertility treatments – get all the info on the process here.

You’re ready for an IUI! This one is exciting. For me, this protocol felt like the first real fertility treatment. Artificial insemination – the ol’ turkey baster method – like you hear about in movies and TV shows all the time, right? Sort of. Continue Reading

The Infertility Guidebook: Femara + Injectables

Everything you need to know about Femara and Injectables for Infertility treatments.

The first line of treatment with our fertility doctor (Reproductive Endocrinologist, or RE) was an oral medication called Femara along with FSH injectables – also known as a “combo cycle.”

Many women will just do a round of Femara, the same as you would’ve done Clomid, and respond great to that. I have pretty severe PCOS and “stubborn” ovaries, as my doctor lovingly likes to say, so she thought the combo would work better for us. Continue Reading

The Infertility Guidebook: Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) Consult

The RE consult can be an intimidating part of the infertility process, but it may be the best decision you ever make. Check out this guidebook for what to expect at your first RE appointment!

So, at this point, you’ve probably already had some initial testing done through your OB/GYN, and maybe you’ve done a few rounds of Clomid, with no success.

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably filled with anxiety at the mere idea of having to see an infertility doctor and being branded “infertile.” I get it. I cried and cried and cried when we were sent off to our fertility doctor. It felt like such an ominous, daunting step, and I was not emotionally ready for it. Continue Reading

The Infertility Guidebook: Clomid

Everything you need to know about Clomid when going through infertility treatments.

Alright, so you’ve been to your OB/GYN for diagnostics, and she determined it was time to kick it up a notch. The first step is almost always an oral medication called Clomid. This pill essentially helps boost your FSH – the hormone that grows your follicles. Continue Reading

The Infertility Guidebook: Diagnosis

The complete guide to infertility, starting with getting a diagnosis.

So, you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a while. Probably 6 months or so, since that’s what most OB/GYNs recommend as the “normal” time it can take to get pregnant. You’re probably starting to think hm, this is taking longer than I thought it would… (or more realistically, WTF, why am I still not pregnant, I hate everyone and everything.) Continue Reading