As of today my wonderful wife and I have completed round #2 of artificial inseminations. This round was pretty wild and crazy because my surge and ovulation occurred 3-4 days later than my previous two cycles.
My first positive OPK (ovulation prediction kit) for the last two months occurred four days after I had finished my period. On this, our second cycle, the first positive OPK happened a smooth seven days after I had finished my last period.
I experienced what so many women in my TTC Facebook groups have experienced; my period and cycle completely reset after the initial introduction of sperm inside my body.
What made this cycle of pregnancy attempts so wild and crazy is that my wife and I decided to start our attempts one day earlier than our previous cycle…and this happened before we realized my surge and ovulation were happening later this month!
The result of this was that we accidentally started the inseminations a bit early, ahead of my surge…which means that by the time the surge and ovulation actually happened we did a total of seven artificial inseminations.
…..SEVEN!! I mean, what the even hell!?
The amazing thing about all of this is that our donor was completely understanding about all of it. I was honest with him about my surge and cycle being different this month, and before I could even ask if there were any way he could give us even more inseminations after the initial three, he beat me to it by saying “No problem, we’ll just continue with the inseminations until you surge.”
…I’ll truly never understand how we got so lucky with a donor.
The area we live in was predicted to be hit with a pretty large snowstorm this week, and so to be able to continue inseminations my wife and I purposely got snowed in with our donor and his girlfriend last night.
It was fun, relaxing, and everyone had a great time. For all of the new followers on this blog, I’ll quickly explain that our donor and his girlfriend are two of our closest friends. We’ve known them for years and years.
This round of inseminations has gone completely differently from the first. And I don’t even mean because we used softcups to inseminate instead of syringes with preseed. My body feels fine, it feels mostly normal in fact. Last cycle, during our first attempt, my body felt crazy, off, and completely foreign to me.
I suppose after getting three doses of sperm in our first attempt last month my body is more use to sperm, and is no longer being shocked by something it doesn’t recognize.
We are officially in our second two week wait!! I am feeling much more relaxed, normal, and way less crazed than after our first attempt last month.
The only thing I’ve noticed physically, which started last night, is that I have a “warm, fuzzy feeling” all throughout my ovaries and pelvic area. I’m not sure what this is from, but it feels nice and comforting, and isn’t painful, strange, or harmful feeling, so I’m not worried.
I’ll try to update more during this two week wait than I did last cycle. I’m happy to be feeling much more like myself this time around.