Oh, you guys! You are awesome! Thank you so much for the warm welcome. It means so much to me. I haven't had the opportunity IRL to talk to anyone who really understands this (also it's pretty intense and personal and doesn't exactly come up in casual conversation) and I feel so lucky to have found this space. Reading over your thoughts about the hcg has really helped me to have confidence in my intuition, which is telling me to feel at peace with doing the hcg shot. For some reason I was feeling guilty and scared over it at the same time, but I'm realizing those thoughts are coming at me from the outside, not the inside (if that makes any sense!).
Monkeyscience, I also have found little pro/con info on the hcg, and from what the RE and nurse discussed with me, it seems that the biggest advantage it confers is fairly precise knowledge about when ovulation will happen, so that timed intercourse is much more effective. My u/s is on Wednesday, so you'll be going to your appointment before I go to mine, but I'll definitely let you know what my RE says about it when I go. I am going to take a list of questions with me to the appointment - otherwise I get overwhelmed and forget! About the opks, last cycle (the first one I've had in forever) I used CVS brand, which unlike most tests says specifically to use FMU. A good thing for me, because no way can I hold it for 3-4 hours in the middle of the day! I got a clear positive the morning before my temp dip & two mornings before my temp rise, so I think they work well, although it was my first time using, so I'm not sure. Honestly I chose them because they are USD18 for 30 strips, but I was happy with them.
LuluRoo, I wish I had more info about slight elevations in prolactin to share with you - I was referred to a specialist with levels much higher than yours (68 and 58), but which are still considered only moderately elevated. One thing I have learned is that for prolactin, it is always a good idea to ask about the reference range for each test you get. I've had b/w done at the same doctor's office and I believe also at the same lab, but with relatively different ref ranges. For example, the last test had a high range of 30 while the one before that had a high range of 24. It's super confusing. I am hoping for you that you get more satisfying answers soon!
Sweet Bee, I hear you! In fact, one of the reasons I was so taken by surprise by my RE's suggestion is because for all this time, I've been dealing with doctors blowing me off. Fingers crossed that you finally get the care you need from your doctor and not ridiculous scare tactics.
Brichole, your house is adorable! Did you get to choose all the details for the interior? I dream of someday building a house! Btw, what a cutie in your avatar pic.
Tantylynn, I just had a baseline u/s on cd5, although I was originally supposed to do it on cd3, but then the doctor had to reschedule. She told me anytime cd3-5 is fine. By the way - does anyone know what the term baf's means on an u/s report? Or what endo thickness usually is on a baseline? My RE assured me everything looked perfectly normal but of course I need to come home and google every term on the report. Tantylynn, I hope you get the same completely boring "perfectly normal" report!
renavoo, well, first of all, could you and DH possibly be any cuter? I don't know about switching outside of enrollment but I do know that it's usually worth it to bug HR left and right until they really look into things. (Okay, you probably know that already!) Navigating insurance has been really annoying for all my treatment - lots of stuff misclassified and needing to be resubmitted as in network (hello, I looked up all my doctors on the insurance in-network directory). But how wonderful that your husband's insurance has coverage for IUIs and IVF. Although, I hope you won't need to use most of that coverage!
Sending lots of good thoughts out there to all of you! Here's to a good beginning to the week.