Today is the first day of my renewed focus on health. I must make myself as fertile as possible prior to the IUI.
Here is the new groundwork I've laid out for myself:
1. Goodbye all refined sugar and white stuff (flour, rice, bread)
2. Goodbye caffeine and chocolate (except for the occasional dark chocolate)
3. Hello 30-45 minutes of exercise at least 6 days per week (this shouldn't be too hard as I usually do this anyway)
4. Hello herbal remedies - i.e. red raspberry leaf and nettle tea, various supplements to balance hormones, etc.
5. Hello positive attitude and newly regained appreciation for all the goodness in my life, especially D
In other healthful news, I've officially decided to reduce my work hours to part-time in the New Year. I want to focus as much time and energy on the baby thing as possible.
So you can pretty much consider me the world's foremost expert on all things IUI now. I have done a ton of research on the subject over the last two days and I think I now know what I'm in store for. First of all, the success rate is nothing near IVF. IUI's yield a success rate of about 25% tops. That's about the same as conceiving naturally. Also, did you know that when they "wash" the sperm to prepare it for insemenation, some clinics (on request) will perform a gender selection so you can have a pretty good chance of choosing the sex of the baby? I honestly don't care what we have, I'd be thrilled with either a boy or a girl. However, D wants a boy, and he wants to ask the clinic about it. I'm almost embarrassed to ask though, because first, I don't want the clinic to think we're superficial and secondly, I'm not sure how comfortable I am "playing God". Of course, the whole procedure kind of smacks of playing God anyway. And D says God invented IUI and sperm washing so let's not worry about it.
I took my last progesterone pill last night and my period will (hopefully) start tomorrow or Monday. Thus begins the non-TTC cycle before the IUI cycle. I'm ready to get on with it.