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Every story has a beginning…

My fertility story starts at puberty. I just didn’t know it yet.

Endometriosis plays a very large role in our fertility problems. The starring role. Really, it’s a solo act. I’ll cover more on my disease(s) later, along with importance of early diagnosis and adequate treatment.

As soon as my Mister and I promised to love each other forever and ever, my doctor here in Hattiesburg started encouraging us to “go ahead and start a family.”
Slow your roll, Doc! We just got back from the honeymoon! Don’t we get some “just us” time?
No. Not really.
As a side note, I love my Doc here. Can’t say enough good things about him. He’s quite literally seen me (as a person and as a collection of malfunctioning parts) at my worst, and he doesn’t run the other way when he sees me coming. Neither do his nurses. They’re all on our Christmas card list. We’re that close.

I opted for the DepoProvera shot as a last ditch effort to control my endometriosis and buy us some “just us” time. It was a nightmare. It may work for some people, but I’m not one of those people. I cried at every.single. Olympic medal ceremony, regardless of whether or not the USA was anywhere involved. My endometriosis also continued to spread. I lasted 6 months.

In November of 2013, we decided we’d listen to our doc, and go ahead and try for our family. We’ve always wanted a really big one, might as well get a jump start on things, right? It was also a “do it now, or you may not be able to do it ever” kind of thing. Scar tissue and endometriosis is no joke. No pressure.

January of 2012, we officially started “trying.” My body basically flipped me a very unladylike like middle finger. I went 6 months without a regular cycle. No amount of added hormones to “force” one worked. It was finally a change in diet, a few natural supplements, a full moon, and a whole lot of prayer that got me back on the regular track.

We started Clomid in the summer of 2012. It is the first drug most docs will try, as it works on most people.
I am not most people.
I maxed out my dosage with horrible hormone results. We never even got close to the right number, much less made it to a pregnancy test. We discovered that I had completely stopped ovulating.

Clomid check.

Next cam Framara. Originally used as a drug to treat women with estrogen based breast cancer. As it turns out, you can use it on the right days, and with most people, it will trigger ovulation. No where close.
I am not most people.

Framara check

Now Doc adds Metformin, a Type II diabetes medication that regulates sugar absorption and insulin production.
Side note: I’m hypoglycemic.
Keeping my blood sugar above an 80 became a serious chore, but I did it. No one judge me for my stash of M&Ms in my nightstand. And purse. And office desk. Back off. On that combination of drugs, most people see a leveling of hormones. Restores them to a zen place, if you will.
I am not most people.
My system went bonkers. Scratch that cycle. Doc called a mulligan. Re-do! My hormone numbers came back almost in the negative. That’s almost not possible. Almost.

My sweet, wonderful, smart, and patient Doc finally threw up his hands. He made a few phone calls, and sent me to Jackson, MS, as that is the closest Fertility Endocrinologist to Hattiesburg.

At this point, I’ve been on estrogen-blockers for over six months. Guess what thrives on estrogen?
Hair follicles.
My hair thinned so badly, I had to cut about 7 inches off. I now wear my hair shorter than I’ve ever had it since a very unfortunate haircut in middle school. My stylist is fantastic, and didn’t even give me time to cry about it. No time for that.
Now, I have “sprouts” all over my scalp. Baby hairs everywhere. I have to pluck my eyebrows again. I can’t skip a whole week of shaving. It’s coming back, slowly but surely, and no longer falling out in very scary chunks.

We’ll continue our journey in Jackson…