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Infertility workup before PGY-1

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4 years 9 months ago #95659 by karon921
Hi ladies! It's been a loooong while since I've been on the forums! Hope everyone is doing well. So, I wanted to spark a discussion/see if anyone else out there has gone through a similar scenario. My hubby and I have been TTC for over a year now. To make a long story short: went off birth control October 2013, got pregnant within 2 cycles, miscarried, had crazy irregular cycles over this entire past year (we're talking 60 + day cycles), finally made the decision to see what's up and visit a fertility specialist in December 2014, had normal hsg, normal blood work, BUT abnormal ultrasound. I have polycystic characteristics to my ovaries, but since my hormone levels are normal and I have no androgenic characteristics, I don't technically have PCOS. I have a very high antral follicle count and therefore, I'll be managed in a similar fashion to someone with PCOS.

I guess the reason why I'm telling everyone this is, I learned a valuable life lesson TTC in 3rd year. I assumed getting pregnant would be easy- Heck! They sure make it sound that way in high school health classes ;)-, but it hasn't been, and now here I am, 3 months away from graduating, 5 months away from starting residency, and trying to get pregnant. I don't know whether I've hit yet another wall in my medical education or whether i'm tired of life smacking me in the face, but I just feel so disinterested in starting residency. In fact, I'm dreading it. I look around at many of my friends from college with 1-2 kids already and I just can't seem to help feeling that slight pang of jealousy when I see how much time they have to do the things they want.

Anyway, I didn't want to turn this post into a bitch fest, just wanted to see if there are any other ladies out there with similar stories/experiences with infertility in med school/residency.
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4 years 9 months ago #95661 by karon921
Thank you KelcieLe. I think hubby and I have agreed to give it our best with trying to get pregnant in these next several months with the aid of our fertility specialist. If it happens, then great. If not, then I think we'll have to wait until intern year is over and pick up in PGY-2 or 3. Luckily, I've matched in a very family friendly residency.

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4 years 5 months ago #95877 by Sparkle girlie
Going through something really similar now starting my PGY3 year. I have polycystic ovaries and cycles 60+ days long. Unable to concieve for 1 year. Hubby with poor morphology.

It has affected my happiness as a resident so much. My residency has truly prevented me from getting to the RE and getting treatment. We are trying to plan for July IVF mainly for better odds with more predictable time commitment.

If you have time now have a workup!!!!!! As soon as possible - and try to seek treatment. I wish I had known earlier. I have even debated taking time off which is still a possibility. It's been really tough!

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4 years 5 months ago #95881 by mlk211
Good that you are moving forward with the workup and trying. I regret not having spent time on myself during medical school, residency, and fellowship-- which worked out because I have met my fiance at 33 and now am getting married at age 35, but now I feel so behind in starting a family. I was recently diagnosed with PCOS officially after being on OCPs most of my life. I have actually quit my job and am getting married, and will take some time to try to get pregnant. Too bad you can't put THAT on your resume lol. It just became enough is enough after so many years of medicine trying to suck out my soul. Of course I am in a specialty that work-life balance is pretty bad. Anyway, I wish you luck! And I would consider not waiting until after your intern year if it is important to you, it will work out.

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4 years 5 days ago #96134 by op007
Ugh, we all have problems....
I am super fertile myrtle, now I am googling "2 under 2", while being clawed at by my 9 month old, and barfing in my bright pink toilet.
I just wish our society is more friendly to women if they want people with professional jobs to want to have kids, whether they need time for their fertility, or they are super fertile.

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3 years 11 months ago #96159 by karon921
Update on my original post: I now have a beautiful 1 month old son. Funny that I wrote the original post around the time we got pregnant. Ended up having a positive pregnancy test the day before starting our first round of clomid. It was obviously a huge shock to my husband and myself. Good luck to everyone else out there still traversing the infertility journey. :)

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