Dealing with secondary infertility is tough. At this point we are on our second round of Femara due to the first round not working; it didn’t result in pregnancy. This past round using Femara, my guess is that we just didn’t time everything appropriately. I know I ovulated, which is obvious due to my progesterone levels, and a sonogram I had afterward that showed I ovulated from my right ovary. However, the day I ovulated is completely up in the air.


My Wondfo LH testing strips showed I began to surge on CD11, but my temperatures showed I O’d on CD14.  Plus, when I had my sonogram on CD10 it showed that I had a follicle that was just
about to release “any day now” as my RE stated.  I’m so confused!
When I got pregnant with mini-me I used the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test, and it worked.  Plus, my RE recommends that kit, too.  I was being cheap by purchasing the Wondfo ones.  I’m down to a few of them, and so far, for the last two cycles they haven’t been helpful, so I purchased the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test that has 20 ovulation tests (enough for 2 months of testing).
The Clearblue® Digital Ovulation Test detects the rise of the ovulation hormone LH 24-36 hours prior to ovulation and identifies the 2 best days to conceive in a given cycle. You use the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test once a day at the same time each day, on the days around the time when you expect your LH surge. Since I know I normally surge between CD11-12 and ovulate around CD13 or CD14, I will start using the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test on CD9 and continue until I receive a flashing smiley.  The Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test is easier than the Wondfo tests since it’s digital, which means there are no lines to read.  It takes the guesswork out of whether or not a test is showing a +/- LH surge.
After my most recent visit to the Reproductive Endocrinologists (RE) office, which took place on CD4, the RE upped my dosage of Femara to 5mg once per day in the evenings for five (5) days. I return on CD11 to see how many follicles the increased dosage of Femara produced. Have I mentioned how hard it is dealing with secondary infertility?
I told my husband that if this doesn’t work this time then I think I am going to stop – at least for now.  He basically told me to not have a defeatist attitude about it, and it will work out. Blah! It’s easier said than done.

Related: My IVF Process: How We Got Our Rainbow Baby

Calculating Cycle Days

Throughout my posts about my cycle and trying for baby #2, I often mention cycle days (CD). I later realized that some people may not even know how to count cycle days, let alone know what it means.  I figured maybe I should dedicate a post to figuring out your cycle.  What do you think?

Related: Know Your Body: How to Count Cycle Days

Making Baby #2_ Round 2 of Femara & Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test _ Femara for secondary infertility. Medicated iui cycle

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