With five mature follicles, and my husband’s high sperm count you'd think I'd be pregnant right now, right? Wrong! When we met with the RE at the beginning of my new cycle my first question was "So what happened?" He said several things like sometimes the sperm just don’t meet the egg(s), and if it does, it doesn't implant. The woman's egg quality also has to be good, too because without good eggs all of the sperm in the world will not fertilize it. Also, any woman who ovulates only has a 9% chance of getting pregnant. I guess that makes me feel better.
Speaking of sperm and eggs hooking up, my husband sent me an article discussing research that found two receptor proteins that must interact to result in conceiving a child. Read here: Oh baby:Scientists find protein that lets egg and sperm hook up.
The Clomid I am taking, which he believes the current dose (150 mg/day for 5 days) is producing amazing results (read last post), only does half of the work, which is producing more follicles, thus increasing chances of at least one egg, is of good quality, being fertilized.
This is my fifth medically stimulated cycle, and third round of Clomid. We;ll see how many follicles are produced during this round. I can only pray, keep my fingers crossed, and hope that this is my last cycle TTC that will result in a healthy pregnancy.
Good things that came out of this Clomid Cycle
- My period was shorter, and less intense. I didn't even have to reach for my overnight or heavy flow Always pads.
- My skin didn't break out. When I was on Femara, my skin broke out around the time Aunt Flow was expected to come. My skin looks amazing, but, it can also be due to the new products I’m using in my daily skincare routine. You can read about some of them here, here and here.
Some Good News
Remember one of my 30 Before 30 Goals was to be featured in Essence Magazine? Well, I have a story, “Multitasking BeautyEssentials to Pack when Traveling with Kids”, up on Essence.com. Please show your support by leaving a comment over on the post.
Since then, I've began to revamp my goals, and update my vision board. There’s so much I want and need to do. And by the way, I have two more books to read in order to reach my goal of reading 12 books in a year. I'm currently reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
If you didn't get a chance to read my post, “Resolve to know more…” please check it out. I’m still recruiting people to [anonymously] interview to raise awareness during Infertility Awareness Week, which is April 20th – April 26th.