Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Summary

We are a lesbian couple, Gail and Lyn, parenting our two-year-old daughter, Leigh. We are also trying to grow our family by one. Gail gave birth to Leigh in 6/06. Leigh was conceived on the second try, at home, with frozen, so I'm afraid we may owe the universe back for how easy it was the first time around.

It has taken over one year of acupuncture even to get me ovulating regularly. HSG and CD3 blood work prior to trying came back fine, though during the HSG the doctor wouldn't shut up about how tipped my uterus was, which I didn't particularly appreciate. We didn't even bother with the RE visit when trying for Leigh, but my history of irregular and painful periods prompted us to check. We did two rounds of ICI (2 vials per cycle) at home in the spring with no luck, and switched to IUI (no meds) at a women's clinic over the summer. We missed May due to travel messing up my ovulation, June due to travel, clinic IUI #1 was in July, and August is out due to travel again. We're sick of missing cycles so there will be no travel in the fall. I've already turned down a conference invitation and a speaking invitation for the fall, with extremely vague excuses.

For many reasons, some historical, some reasonable, and some not so reasonable, I have a strong aversion to doctors. It is extremely important to me to give my body a decent try at this without meds and fortunately, for now, available vials aren't an issue. It was a big step for me to even move from home to unmedicated IUI at a non-interventionist clinic, which we did primarily to get on the health insurance clock in case we need help down the road (our insurance doesn't count home tries with frozen no matter how impeccable the timing.)

I've been reading lesbian TTC and family blogs voraciously since we were expecting Leigh and I wanted desperately to find other moms like me. I remember calling Gail at the office the day I found Chicory at An Accident of Hope. Back then, I think there were like 2 or 3 blogs by non-bio-moms. Sassa was only 7 months old then. I've often commented as dlvc, sometimes recently as Lyn. Now we're finally jumping into the fray. Please bear with us though while we spruce things up around here.

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