Say No to Sono?

I’m the type of person that says “sorry” all the time. Even when it’s not my fault. It drives my wife nuts, to which I respond with sorry again. It’s a vicious cycle which needs to stop. .. Especially if I plan to refuse a sonohysterogram next week.

The RE we saw a few weeks ago had his nurse call me and remind me to book my cycle day 3 monitoring appointment and sonohysterogram after my period starts. During our consult, he just casually referred to the procedure as a “Sono”, like it ain’t no thang. After researching a bit, I found all sorts of awful accounts of women experiencing major vicodin type pain (and prescriptions from their RE) as well as standard rounds of antibiotics to begin after the procedure. Hot damn! Did you say infection? Yeah, because I’m going to Lysol the shit outta the soil I plan to grow my little seedling in next month! Wtf!?!

Especially as lesbians with no known fertility issues I feel this is unnecessary. Remember too, that I’m a doctor as well, and am well versed in the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm.

Now, if you don’t know what a sonohysterogram is, I suggest you google it. If I am to exaggerate a bit for effect, it is like a naughty nurse clown shoves a balloon at the end of a straw through your cervix, into your uterus and inflates the balloon inside you with a bicycle pump until you nearly explode. Actually, that’s not much of an exaggeration. Darn.

Anyways, may the Goddess named Clementine grant me the strength to politely decline the not covered by OHIP, pay 150 outta pocket unnecessary procedure.

Because really, it’s nearly gardening season, and I’m trying to enrich my soil so that a little bean will grow.

And so it begins… Sorta

And so it begins… The long awaited first consult with the reproductive endocrinologist. I say long because it feels like we’ve waiting for ages, but really, it’s only been about 3 months since we first decided to get serious about trying to conceive, or TTC for short.

Since then, I’ve been obsessively checking the sperm donor catalogues, googling every pregnancy, labour, and breastfeeding question that has crossed my mind.

Being such an open book, it has been difficult to keep our plans secret from all of the people close to us. Harder for me than for J, actually, because it’s all I’ve been thinking about for the past little while.

So far, I’ve been charting my BBT, and have seen a colleague for TCM-based herbal and acupuncture treatment. And finally today, we met with the specialist to find out what needs to happen before we start inseminating. Basically, we are doing a investigatory cycle- checking the quality of my eggs and follicles, whether the route the eggs have to travel is clear, and if my uterine lining is developing to a healthy thickness.

Day 3, 9, and 11 of my next cycle is when I have blood work and ultrasounds done.

For now, we just wait until I bleed and start counting..