My period finally arrived today. Although I am not impressed with it being late it does mean a few good things. First of all it is good for timing the next cycle. I will be having a few days of travel right before Christmas so having my period starts today means that I can have my donor ship to my destination instead needing to inseminate a few days before ovulation. Secondly a long cycle is EXACTLY what I was trying to achieve. My previous two attempts were basically a "waste" because even if fertilization occurred, implantation couldn't because my cycle was too short. This cycle I had a nice long luteal phase which allowed plenty of time for implantation. As long as the B6 and progesterone cream continue to work in making my cycle longer I shouldn't have any issues with not having enough time to implant.
If attempt number 4 doesn't work (I'm not sure it will given the amount of travel chaos/stress and junk food I will eat in the city) there are a few changes I plan on making:
1) More inseminations. I am thinking of going back to two inseminations or maybe even do three. It won't cost me a TON of money more ($75 per extra insemination) but might make the difference in terms of timing. I need to look into some "intercourse" timing calendars to see how often I should be inseminating aka "having intercourse". Obviously most couples have sex more than just once a month when they are trying to get pregnant so I'm thinking that maybe I should be inseminating more than just once a month. It will be more stressful in one way because I will be waiting for more than one package but it will be less stressful in another way because I won't be so worried about a package getting here on a specific day.
2) Endometriosis Diet. Although my doctor says I shouldn't have any issue getting pregnant because I don't have damage to my tubes/uterus/etc. I still don't want the endo to be the reason I'm not getting pregnant. There are so many other things to worry about that I don't want that to be one of them. So once I return from the city I'm going to start the endo diet. I'll admit that it sucks and is super restrictive, but it also works. The goal is to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
3) Fertility supplements. I was taking fertility supplements from May to July but then stopped when that try didn't work. I left them in the city because I was not expecting to be trying here. When I come back here I will bring them back with me and start taking them again. I might start taking the cleanse one as soon as I get to the city but we will see. I also have a fertility tea that I will start using. I only have enough supplements to last me two months. Once they run out I will probably stop using most of them (cleanse, egg boost, tea) and just stay with the main one. Also there have been some endo specific things that I have been reading about that I will probably start once those supplements run out. I don't want to start the new ones while taking the other ones because I don't want to duplicating ingredients.
4) Circle + Bloom. I have done it before but never consistently. I'm going to try to do it this cycle but with travelling and being busy in the city I'm not sure I'll be able to. I might get the "natural" cycle one, which is the one I should have used before instead of the IUI one since I am doing it unmedicated but the goals and visualizations are the same idea and I'm not sure I want to spend another $60 on something that is relatively the same.
So that's my plan for January. Hopefully my December cycle works and I won't have to think about it lol. I will probably still try some of the endo diet stuff since it can't hurt. Also post-baby I will want to follow it because I want the endo to stay away as long as possible. It will be easier when I'm on maternity leave because I will have healthy, yummy ingredients readily available. I will also be doing Circle + Bloom while pregnant, it will just be the pregnancy version instead :D. I was going to include some stuff about the endo diet but I'm going to make that a separate post instead.
I am 30, single, vegan, and been on my journey to becoming a single mother since 2013. I have struggled with infertility and I am now on the path to international adoption of a little girl with Down syndrome. Come join me on my journey to becoming a mother!