How to fall pregnant in 12 easy steps…

Step 1: Try to conceive for almost a year.  Don’t tell anyone except close family.

Step 2: Have multiple doctor appointments that include many scans and scripts for Clomid.

Step 3: Discover that your tubes are blocked.  Have a laparascopy to clear them.

Step 4: Try more Clomid.

Step 5: Come out the closet.

Step 6: Have a scan that shows you have no viable eggs and your lining is shit.

Step 7: Psych yourself up for maybe having to move from your doctor to a fertility specialist if your next cycle of double dose Clomid doesn’t work.

Step 8: Fill out many many application forms for procedures, medication and scans applicable to Infertility that may or may not be paid for out of the Prescribed Minimum Benefit. Send to medical aid for approval.

Step 9: Receive approval from the medical aid much to the astonishment of your doctor who told you medical aid would not pay for it.

Step 10: Wait for your period so you can start the next round of double dose Clomid.

Step 11: Pee on a stick the day your period is due.  Expect it to be negative

Step 12: Make sure you are sitting down when you take a look at the test and two lines show up!

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So, I wrote this post 4 weeks ago, when we first peed on that stick.  We didnt want to say anything until we had been for our first scan which was this morning!

Baby aka #theSQL, is perfect, measuring 7w5d and has a beautiful heartbeat of 144bpm.

Im already showing (have been since about 5 weeks!).  Im feeling ok-ish, started with morning sickness last week and it mostly hits me at night, Im also exhausted all the time, which I wasnt with Aaron at all.  Oh!  My boobs are already growing!  WooHoo for bigger boobs!

We are so so so over the moon, it still doesn’t really feel real…

A rather irritating symptom

Common symptoms of PCOS include:

  1. Irregular, few or absent menstrual periods
  2. Infertility resulting from a lack of ovulation
  3. Hirsutism
  4. Hyperandrogenism resulting in excessive acne and caused by excessive production and/or secretion of androgens

I suffer from all the above in varying degrees.

1. Thank Gd for Clomid as that keeps my periods fairly regular.  2. Infertility, DUH! 3. I am not too hairy but I definitely have a few stray hairs that shouldn’t be growing where they are growing, lots of tweezing and waxing ensues.  But its 4. that I have a major problem with at the moment.

I have always suffered from spots, I cant say acne, as to me acne is constant and many pimple all over the face.  I do not get acne as such, what I get are 2 or 3 pimples on my face, usually around my nostrils and on my chin.  They start off mild, blind pimples and a lot of the time the go away but when they dont… Oh boy, they get huge and red and sore, I look like I have been stung by a swarm of bees and did I mention they are sore?

The last two months have been hectic, as one disappears another takes its place, right now I have a large red patch below and to the right of my nostril, this one is blind and freaking sore, I have three, evenly spaced spots across my chin, one smack bang in the middle and one on either side of my mouth.

I also have two small cysts/pimples on my panty line and these ones take forever to go away because of the constant pressure of my underwear.  I have been getting these cysts since I started getting my periods 17 years ago.  They are the bain of my existence.

I can deal with all the symptoms, I can even deal with red spots on my face, what I cant deal with is the pain!  I live on pain killers.  I’m grouchy and irritable and touchy and miserable.

I have tried face washes, supplements, facials, reflexology, the works!  The only way to stop the spots is to either fall pregnant or go back on my pill…  Need I say more?