Yup, started my Metformin last night! Yay me! So, here’s the scoop:
I was given 500 mg Metformin and told to take it 3 times a day. However, thanks to suggests from you all here on my blog (especially Maybe Baby?) and also from my IF sisters on Twitter I’ve decided to ease into it. I’ll do 1 week with just one pill, then week 2 switch to 2 and week 3 be up to the full dose/day. I’ve also restarted my pre-natal vitamins. I know, I know…don’t even say it. After the last BFN I pretty much went through my house and threw all of my IF supplies into a bag and shoved it in my closet (the needles, syringes, left over Endometrium, Pre-natals, etc…). This morning I dug around looking for the bag and pulled the Pre-Natals out and took one this morning. Yes folks, hope is again knocking on my door…and I REALLY want to answer.
I’ve also decided to hold off on the Clomid that I was prescribed. I wasn’t expecting it in the first place, and I’ve always been a bit wary of Clomid, just from things I’ve read about it. So the plan right now is taking the Metformin to regulate my cycles and also using OPK’s and BBT to make sure things are happening the way they “should” happen. Once I’ve had a cycle or 2 (or 3) that seem “normal”, we will do one of two things.
1) Call the endocrinologist that was recommended to me (may do this earlier if it turns out insurance will cover it) and talk with her about the Met and possibly starting the Clomid.
2) Call my old fertility clinic and do one last try at IUI (which we are saved up for and can do whenever, but want to try this Met stuff for a while first)
So – there it is! Hopefully something along the way will work for me and I’ll be pregnant BEFORE my next birthday (which is the big 3-0. Yikes). It’s just really nice at this point to have some freakin’ OPTIONS rather than sinking into a pool of despair. Yay!
I’ve also been working out regularly. I joined Curves and I got 3 times a week as they recommend. I haven’t missed a week yet! I’m feeling pretty good about that, and hoping also that now I’m on the Metformin it’ll help me loose weight, too. The next hurdle is the diet. I’ve never felt that I eat poorly, per se, but I don’t eat as well as I should. And I love carbs. I LOVE CARBS. Give me a loaf of fresh bread anyday!! Yum. So, you can see we have a bit of a problem there, but one I’m willing to work on. The DH and I were on the South Beach Diet for a while and it was working pretty good…I lost 10 pounds on that – before we crashed and failed! So, I might try to somewhat go back to that, or really, just be more conscious about what I eat.
So far, no side effects to report on the Metformin, but I purposely started my doses at night, so I could sleep through whatever may happen on them…at least for the first week. Really hoping I don’t get hit too hard with stuff. Usually, if I do experience side effects from meds, it wears off eventually, so I’m hoping I keep up that tradition. Okay…hope you are all well!!!!