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Hi buddies, hope everyone is hanging in there. Don't worry phototaker, there are a lot of acronyms used on the boards and it takes awhile to learn them. AF stands for "Aunt Flo", your monthly visitor. As far as the medical terms - HSG is hystosalpingogram, basically a scan of the uterus and fallopian tubes. They dilate the cervix a bit then insert dye into your uterus while you are being scanned. They are looking to make sure the dye spills out of the fallopian tubes to check and make sure they are not blocked. That's a good first step because, if your tubes are blocked, you will not get pregnant no matter what else is tried until the tubes are surgically opened (if they feel that's possible). As an added bonus, for whatever reason, women tend to have an increased rate of pregnancy for a few cycles following the HSG (provided there tubes are open). It could be that the dye flushes out any minor debris in the tubes, or it could be that the oily dye they use helps the sperm swim to the egg more easily, or it could have something to do with changing the cervical mucus for a time. But whatever the reason, it has helped several people I know conceive. Unfortunately, it did not help dh and me.
IUI is IntraUterine Insemination. In this procedure the man provides a fresh semen sample and it is put under a microscope. The doc looks for the best swimming sperm and then dilates the woman's cervix to insert the sperm up into the uterus. The hope is that by putting "good sperm" real near the egg conception will be more likely. From what I've learned, this is often used when the man has a low sperm count - as in our case. The benefit of the IUI is that it is not as involved as the more advanced fertility procedures so my ob/gyn can do it in her office and it is much less costly - several hundred dollars as opposed to several thousand.
Clomid is a fertility drug that, from what I understand, is mostly used to help women ovulate if they don't ovulate well on their own. In my case it is being used to increase the progesterone levels in the second half of my cycle because my levels were low. If you do not have enough progesterone, an egg can be fertilized but it will not implant and grow. The first test my doc did was to check my progesterone level 8 days after I ovulated and it was too low. With the Clomid, the levels have been good. My dh is now also taking Clomid as it is supposed to increase sperm production in men but I do not know how that is supposed to work.
Sorry this post is so long, but I always like to share what knowledge I've been able to gather, as the more we know, the beter chance we have of getting the tight treatment for each of us.
Take care guys, and good wishes.





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