Do you ever feel like you are bashing against an endless wall of incompetent medical babble desperate for some real help?
I have felt like this for at least a year. Hubby and I have been trying for a baby since NYE 2011; about 20 months ago I convinced him that we needed to seek further help. It has taken than long and a barrage of tests, most of them blood tests, checking a whole range of stuff and several different doctors for me to finally find one that listened to me.
I went to this new Doctor a couple of weeks ago and told him straight, “we can’t conceive, please help us” we:
- Stopped using birth control immediately
- Have been eating well
- Well “I” have been taking pre-pregnancy vitamins
- Haven’t been drinking and neither of us do drugs
- Have figured out my cycle
- Avoid the positions where semen is not encouraged to travel towards the uterus
- Have had Hubster checked out
- Have been exercising
- Have not killed the million people who told us to relax
Here are the conception techniques we have tried:
- Charting body temperature
- Sperm meets egg
- Mucus investigation
- “Laying low” after sex
- Combination of all of the above
In spite of all of this I am still not pregnant and have been putting on weight pretty steadily.
He took me really seriously, he believed me when I said that I didn’t seem to be able to get my weight in check (we are talking about a lot of weight guys!) even though I am exercising for around an hour every second day! He immediately sent me for bloods (AGAIN), but this time he was checking EVERYTHING – this was something I had asked other Doctors for several times, but apparently they didn’t actually do it. I also demanded a referral to a Gyno who specialises in fertility issues and he gave me that, I see her this Friday.
I went back for the results of my bloods yesterday and he informed me that I did not have PCOS (quite relieved), but my insulin level was scary high and I had to go on medication immediately. I mean seriously scary high you guys, people are supposed to max out at 10… I am freaking 57!!! [He was also pretty unimpressed that when I had gone to see Dr. Evil a little while back he had not put me on medication immediately - more evidence of his large douche factor!]
He explained Insulin resistance to me and all of the symptoms I have been suffering for many months are on the list;
- Intestinal bloating
- Increased appetite
- Inability to focus
- Weight gain, difficulty losing weight
- Increased blood pressure – this is only very recently
He immediately put me on Metformin 500mgs, this should not only help with the Insulin resistance which in turn will help with weight loss, but it should also aid conception.
I certainly feel like the other docs over the last 18 months have seriously wasted my time and health. If they had have been as thorough as I asked them to 10kgs ago I wouldn’t be in such a scary position now!!!
But I can see some sunlight slipping through the clouds at last :)