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Exciting Updates Everyone

  • "Wow" is how I am going to begin this post. Although I am internally speechless, I have news to shout from the mountain tops! I have been officially diagnosed with my PCOS and we have a TREATMENT PLAN! Long story short- it is very possible that we could be pregnant by the end of August (Metformin/Letrozol/Surgery/Luck). Okay okay! If you are like me, you want A.L.L. off the details! Here goes:
  • After 20 months of planning our family unsuccessfully, we decided that we would seek more progressive methods and visit a fertility specialist. Thank goodness we did. I almost have been saying to myself, "If only I would have done this last year..." Dr. Schnell, from Houston, Texas- who also works out of an office close to our home, has been treating us. At our first appointment, we discussed our max options, looked over my horrible symptoms from the past few years, and planned out "our plan" to fix me. I did not think I could be fixed, I never dreamed of anyone figuring out exactly what was wrong with me, but she did. After our discussions, we did an ultrasound and a culture and we talked about what was going on "in there." She noticed that one of my ovaries was VERY high, however that wasn't the problem hindering us from babies. It was structural, but also, hormonal. She noticed a small polyp on my uterus. This was the cause for all of my bleeding the last year (and we are talking non-stop bleeding for months and months and months at a time)! She also noticed that my cervix was inflamed and we are getting that under control. But here is what really excited me- she noticed that I have two very large ovaries, one not dominate than the other, both filled with fabulous-ready-to-be-fertilized eggs, and lots of follicles! No blockages, no Endo, nothing else hindering us except a darn polyp and my hormones.
  • Here is what is about to happen- On July 22, 2011, I am having out patient surgery so that Dr. Schnell can take out the cyst. ONE WEEK-- yea, I said it- ONE WEEK from my surgery date, we will go in for post op. appointment. She will then make sure I am fine, and give me medication to start my cycle and also put me on (2) 500 ER Metformin pills (to be taken from day 1 of cycle, until my I finish my first trimester) During cycle days 3-7 I will take Letrozole (INN, trade name Femara) 3x's a day. On about cycle day 12 we will go in for an HCG trigger shot to make sure that my body knows what to do....OVULATE! I haven't ovulated since January 31st, so this is exciting! On cycle days 14-16 we will make sure to be baby dancing (however I am not limiting it to just those days) because, really- what if I ovulate sooner/later, right! On Cycle day 21 we will check my levels, I think she said something about giving me a shot of progesterone or something like that. On day 28 we will go back in to her office for a pregnancy test, hoping and praying that if it is God's Will, we see TWO PINK LINES! If not, we will make decisions from there, as far as how many more medicated cycles, when will we do the next, etc... Our cycles are very pricey, along with the initial surgery cost, so we will see. If 2-3 medicated cycles do not work, we will not be seeking any other progressive methods. For now, I am okay with that.
  • So as I laid on the medical table yesterday, I realized- I am at the end of this very long stressful and confusing journey, but I am about to start a new one. It will be stressful and long and confusing too, but it will be worth it in the end. Wish us luck and as always, your prayers are appreciated. xoxo annie


  1. Annie!!! This is amazing! Sounds like such a good plan and every step I was reading I was saying, "Yes, perfect!" I'm not a fertility specialist but seeing she will put you on MET and keep you there for the first trimester, she's giving you a trigger shot AND a shot of progesterone is music to my once infertile ears!!! Lots of hugs to you, this totally MADE MY DAY!

  2. Thank you Brandi- we a SO very excited! From all of what I learned with you/getting pregnant with Dylan- I thought this doctor was right on track too!

  3. This is great news Annie! It is a great positive new start! I have actually been going through the same plan since April. I just want to tell you to continue to keep your faith, if it doesn't happen as soon as you expect. That's truly the only thing we can hang on too! Hang on there, I was on Clomid for 7 months and I'll start my 3rd cycle of Femara this month, with 1000mg of Metformin. About a month ago I started taking 2400mg of Fish Oil, I've read many good reviews. I would recommend you research fish oil as well to take in addition to. Good luck, Britt

  4. Hi, just wanted to say good luck to you. I know exactly how you feel, I was in the same boat. My husband and I tried for almost 3 yrs and did 5 IUI's and took several fertility meds( There was nothing wrong with either one of us). After many attemps, nothing. My fert specialist finally told me that the next step was IVF. After researching the cost of IVF, we did not have a peace about going through with it at that time. I completely gave it to God and gave up trying so hard and said if it happens, it happens. If not, I'm ok with it. Within 3 months, I was suprised to find out we were pregnant! I say all this to give you hope and pray it happens for you one day :) God Bless!

  5. Update? Hope things are going well and your keeping your spirits up! ~Britt