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I heard back from my nurse regarding how many IUIs the doctor wants me to do before moving on. I thought that at least KNOWING where the next decision point is would take off some stress.

The magic number is three. I understand why, but I'm not entirely thrilled. I know that IVF is a lot more stressful, physically. I get that it's a lot more invasive. I understand that having proven that IUI works for me, there's no medical reason not to continue trying IUIs. I even respect the fact that the clinic isn't being driven purely by the bottom line on their dollars, since they stand to make a lot more money off of me if they move to IVF. I appreciate that the best medical decision to make for a patient is the least invasive, least risky plan which still has a reasonable chance of success. And I know for me right now that's IUI.

BUT I HATE THIS.

Oh well. At least I know where the next decision point is. And by the time I'm halfway through my next IUI cycle, the first of the three being recommended, my regular RE will be back from maternity leave, because it really IS going to take THAT long to get back to a treatment cycle since my hCG refuses to go down. I'm betting I can negotiate with my regular RE more than I could negotiate with Dr. S. In part because I know her, in part because she knows me, and in part because I don't think she's particularly opposed to me moving on to IVF anyway. So maybe that will do it.

Whee!

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Pretty high on my list of things I never thought I'd be wishing for: a negative pregnancy test. Well, I mean, sure, before I was married I wasn't praying for a positive pregnancy test either, but you know what I mean. The point is, I took a pregnancy test yesterday to see if there was enough HCG in my system to trigger a positive result. I figured this would save me the trouble of going to the lab today to get blood drawn unneccessarily. Since I need my level to be below 5 and the HPT I have reads anything above 30, I think, it would tell me if it was a useless endeavor.

Sure enough, I've never had a pregnancy test show such a definitive positive result. Nor have I seen the result appear so quickly. Yeah. So according to EPT, I'm still pregnant. Even though, you know, I'm not.

I wish there were some way to speed up the decline in HCG levels, because this is, for me, the really frustrating part. This time where I'm just sitting around waiting until I can start the clock on counting down four weeks until a provera cycle so I can move on with my life. But that clock doesn't start until my HCG levels drop below 5. So please, that negative pregnancy test can't come fast enough for me!

Sometimes I feel like my entire life revolves around my reproductive system. A friend of mine (a single, unattached, not-trying-to-have-babies friend) tells me that it's simply not true. That of course my whole life isn't about my reproductive health. But you know, in a lot of ways, my life DOES revolve around just that. I rearrange work schedules to accommodate appointments, I get back up child care for J when I have monitoring, I spend countless hours each week researching the latest and greatest in fertility science, or sometimes just reading blogs for personal accounts of this fun, fun journey. If I'm not actively in a treatment cycle, I'm spending my time either waiting for a beta, or waiting for the go ahead to start a new treatment cycle. Even now in my downtime, I've got three lab slips waiting in my bag to be taken to the lab at strategic times over the next six weeks or so. I'm still taking a prenatal vitamin. I still can't take effective migraine medicine. I still think about fertility/pregnancy/whatever at least 6 times an hour. So really, what part of my life doesn't revolve around my reproductive health? I am really, really ready to be on to the next stage of my life. Four years of total preoccupation is starting to get to me.

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So I have this envelope full of ultrasound pictures. I have about 10 of them, from various points in the "pregnancy that wasn't." I'm especially attached to the last several… the ones with actual fingers and toes. But I don't know what to do with them. On the one hand, it seems morbid to keep them. On the other hand, it seems disingenuous to get rid of them. Is there some reason I should NOT acknowledge that I had that experience? That I was pregnant and then I wasn't? Getting rid of them seems like I'm trying to pretend it never happened.

So I'm feeling like I should just keep them in their little envelope in my big ol' fertility files. But maybe I'm just being morbid. What would you do?

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So I have this envelope full of ultrasound pictures. I have about 10 of them, from various points in the "pregnancy that wasn't." I'm especially attached to the last several… the ones with actual fingers and toes. But I don't know what to do with them. On the one hand, it seems morbid to keep them. On the other hand, it seems disingenuous to get rid of them. Is there some reason I should NOT acknowledge that I had that experience? That I was pregnant and then I wasn't? Getting rid of them seems like I'm trying to pretend it never happened.

So I'm feeling like I should just keep them in their little envelope in my big ol' fertility files. But maybe I'm just being morbid. What would you do?

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