Fertility update

I went for my internal ultrasound that you have to do before commencing IVF. It was just supposed to be for a follicle count, but the lady doing it (who it turned out was a gynecologist because they were short on techs that day) found something.

When I called to make my nurses appointment to go through the treatment plan they said I needed to go and get another ultrasound where they inject dye into my tubes and look for obstructions. I immediately called the ultrasound place and booked in (delaying my treatment for at least another cycle as the ultrasound has to take place at a particular time in my cycle) and asked them to send me the report from the one I had the week before. The results said, “Probable left hydrosalpingx”. WTF? What is that. So naturally I went to Dr. Google. Turns out it is a distally blocked fallopian tube filled with serous or clear fluid. Great. The Dr. that did the ultrasound did ask me a few times during whether I had had any abdominal surgery and I told her only the laparoscopy last September and my fallopian tubes were fine at that time. Not feeling great about this. Especially when I looked at possible treatments and apparently just clearing it out often ends up with re-occurances and a higher chance of ectopic pregnancies and that the most common treatment is removal of the affected tube because even if you do IVF if the fluid leaks into the uterus it could cause issues with the fetus. So March 7 I have the next ultrasound. Not looking forward to it, but what can you do? It has to be done.

I am kinda over the roadblocks that keep coming in the way of IVF.

On the upside of things we had our nurses appointment where we went through the treatment plan. To get started all I have to do is call them when this other mess is fixed up.


I do not enjoy needles. I am a lot better than I used to be, the multitude of blood tests and the surgery helped greatly with that. Still, I got quite nervous when she was going through it all. Then we saw the costs. I had looked at the costs when we first started going to this specialist (2 years ago), but it was still a shock! We will get some back from medicare which will be a huge help, but it will still hurt for awhile. Once we do get in our house and manage to pay for our floors (that’s a story for another post) as well as our driveway, landscaping, deck (that’s probably going to have to wait a bit now) and now the IVF we are going to be having a few toasted cheese sandwich nights in our future.

We have done it hard before and know how to tighten the purse strings enough to recoup cash and still get by. I was just really hoping we wouldn’t have to. That credit card I have not used since our honeymoon 4 years ago is going to have to be thawed out too. We had been budgeting really well so have a lot in savings, but it won’t be enough.

But if we end up with a child of our very own it will be worth every single penny, every worrying thought about money and it will be worth eating toasted cheese sandwiches until the mere thought of them makes us nauseated!


Dreaming of our baby.



About DitchTheBun

I wear many hats; Librarian, Mum, Wife, Sister, Daughter Friend, Health and Knowledge Seeker. Here is where I explore the many aspects of me and try new things on my journey. View all posts by DitchTheBun

29 responses to “Fertility update

  • mygirlmyworld

    Hope I don’t overstep…I don’t remember the medical jargon but your post reminded me of mine and my wife’s journey. After a couple years of no baby, doctors visits, laparoscopy, lots and lots of prayers…we didn’t know if we’d ever have our own child. I prayed so hard for a child. And then I started praying if gods will for my life was not to have my own child, he was going to have to help me be ok with that cause I wasn’t. I was ticked. I prayed for the lord to change my heart and help me to be ok with whatever his plans were for me. Honestly, after another year of praying I finally said to myself. I’m going to be the best dad to a child that needs a father. 3 days later my wife and I found out she was pregnant. I share with you only because I know the struggle but Gods timing and his plan is always best. If I would’ve had my daughter when I wanted there were a lot of challenges in our life at the time that could’ve made that difficult. His timing was perfect. I hope I haven’t overstepped and you sure don’t have to approve this message. Feel free to delete it now if you’d like. I just felt a connection with ur post and felt the lord telling me to share that there is Hope! I don’t know you but I’m praying for you right now and I’ll continue to pray for you as I read your blog with anticipation. God bless

  • EmilyMaine

    Argh sorry to here about the tube blockage 😦 Such a pain. I hope whatever it is can be resolved easily. As for the needles I was so freaked about them before starting but they honestly weren’t that bad at all. One cycle and you’ll be injecting like a pro, I promise! I think they lowered the Medicare rebate for IVF from this year too so that sucks for your budget. Lucky toasted cheese sandwiches taste pretty damn good! And you are right, it is all worth it once you get that little cherub in your arms xxx

  • tinakmeyer

    I wish you every bit of luck and fortune and positive energy that is possible in the universe for this to happen. I really do. Keep breathing. One step and one needle at a time. I loved the needles – if I could do that for you I so would 😘😘😘

  • My Perfect Breakdown

    I am so sorry to hear that there is a blockage. I just hate that you have another roadblock on this journey. But, like EmilyMaine, I truly believe it will all be worth it in the end when you have your little one in your arms. I just hope that day comes soon!! ☺

  • Amy M.

    This sucks. I’m sorry you’re facing another road block. Trust me, I know exactly how you feel. People kept telling me that “In the end, it will have been worth it!”…which is completely true, but it doesn’t help much in the moment. If you need to chat, please just let me know. I hope that whatever they find will not be a big deal, and will have an easy fix. Then hopefully you can move on!!
    As for the needles…I used to HATE needles!!! I got used to them pretty quick though. You can always ice for 5-10 minutes beforehand to numb it a bit, but honestly you may find that to be a bigger pain in the butt than just doing it and getting it done. If you need advice, let me know.
    And finally…thank you for making me crave grilled cheese sandwiches!!!

    • DitchTheBun

      Thanks, I knew you would understand. As much as I do not like needles I cannot wait to start. At the moment I am thinking I will have to wait at least 2 cycles, but we will see. If the ultrasound shows that it was a false alarm then it will be only one cycle behind.
      You are welcome. They are awesome (luckily) and are our go-to when we need to have a (what we have called) poor meal lol. All you need is a loaf of bread and a block of cheese and you are good to go πŸ™‚

  • Amanda

    Thinking good thoughts for you! I’m sorry you’ve hit this road block.

  • mn6363

    I’m sorry to hear about that stupid blockage! I think that God sometimes puts obstacles in our path to see how hard we’re willing to work for something, how much our heart desires it. Which is totally unfair when we’re going through what we are. You’re gonna get to do your IVF though! I just know it!

    • DitchTheBun

      Yeah, I am starting to see each roadblock as a bit of a test (which I think is a coping mechanism), but I am going to be a terrier when it comes to this. Sure IVF might not work, but I am gong to give it every chance I can. I have made a lot of life changes to make my body a good place for a baby to be and I am not going to stop πŸ™‚

  • mamajo23

    Roadblocks suck, needles suck and most definitely the huge cost sucks too. But- having hope and a plan is pretty great. Hoping it kicks into gear soon. Xoxo

    • DitchTheBun

      Hope is good. I think hope is a great thing to have in life no matter what journey you are currently taking. You should always carry hope and belief in yourself with you πŸ™‚ Thanks. xx

  • rippeesloan

    Been there done that, you can overcome the obstacles!

  • cindysn

    Boo about the blockage but better to get that fixed than cause a potential issue later.

  • Mel

    Hey there! I randomly found your blog.

    Just to give you a little bit of hope here. I had a hydrosalpinx on my right tube. My RE performed the surgery to repair it in August and found severe damage everywhere. He warned me that scar tissue may come back. I have had two HSGs since the surgery (most recently in January) and both of my tubes are open and clear. He even commented that the HSG looked beautiful. So there is hope that it can be surgically repaired. I also read many articles saying that the surgery is a waste of time to repair because the blockage comes back and to just have the tubes removed. But I am proof that it doesn’t. I believe it all has to do with how skilled your surgeon is.

    My husband and I are also going through IVF but for Male Factor issues as my RE says I no longer have any problems.

    Good luck. I hope whatever happens, you do get your baby. We’re still fighting for ours.

    • DitchTheBun

      Thank you so much for your comment. It’s great to hear from someone who has experienced it. I had never heard of it until I saw it written on the report. I’m so glad it all worked out perfectly for you!
      Best of luck with your IVF, I hope we get to start within the next couple of months.
      Keep fighting the good fight πŸ™‚

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