Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Real or imagined?

Tonight will be my last dose of Clomid for this cycle. I still have not had any of the side effects I feared: no mood swings, no headaches, no hot flashes, no visual disturbances.

Anyone who has been TTC for a while (or who is not TTC now but took a while to get pregnant) will appreciate the fact that symptoms in one's lower abdomen can be somewhat vague. I know a few women who say that they can feel their ovulation--something I have never experienced--and more who have menstrual cramps. But safe to say that, aside from these pains, it can be difficult to identify the source of any aching or pressure or other twinges in the lower abdomen. There's a lot of stuff down there: in addition to our "female parts," the bladder and the intestines.

Keeping that in mind. . . . beginning yesterday afternoon, I started having a mild ache/pressure in my right lower abdomen. Very low lower abdomen: think almost to my groin. Yesterday I thought that this might be gas pain or constipation (I know, TMI) because I'd eaten like crap. However, the dull ache/pressure feeling has persisted in that same spot despite better eating last night and today and (TMI) no constipation. And it hasn't moved around at all like I'd think intestinal cramps/gas would do. So I'm beginning to think that this might be some type of ovarian action going on. It seems like the best explanation.

On the other hand, I'll be the first to admit that I've "felt" pregnant three or four cycles when I clearly was not pregnant. Take this for what it's worth; it could be all in my head. Hmmmm. . . . .

Tomorrow is CD 8 for me, and I'm going to start using my OPKs. (The nurse told me to use them starting on CD 9, but I thought I'd start a day earlier for good measure.) If I get a +OPK, I need to call the RE's office before 11:00 a.m. to schedule an u/s for that day, and then I will likely be triggering that day and having my IUI thereafter.

God, I hope this works.


  1. good luck! i hope this works for you and you can be just a regular pregnant person for a while!

  2. I hope it works too honey! I think I've felt ovulation before but if so, it does feel like gas. :)


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