Had our meeting with Dr. M this morning to review our Post Coital testing results, and the results of some blood work my wife had done last week. The Post Coital test indicates that my wife has, in the words of the Doctor, "perfect cervical mucus" - what a warm compliment. The pH of her mucus is a little low, but based on the fact that there were a lot of sperm swimming around in it, he said this test indicates no problems in this area. Check on that one.
My wife's blood work indicated lower than desired Progesterone levels (8.5 instead of the optimal level of 10 or higher) A low Progesterone level could result in an embryo not implanting into the uterine lining. To remedy this problem, the Doctor is placing my wife on some fertility drugs. As an alternative to Clomid, he described a new drug named "Femora", or something like that, which is typically used to treat breast cancer but is gaining popularity in fertility clinics. It is not approved for this use as a study has never been conducted, but our Doctor has used it with great success for over 3 years. So, my wife will take this pill 5 days out of each cycle to boost her Progesterone levels around the time of ovulation, hopefully allowing the embryo to properly implant. He said there should be no side effects from this pill, and that the "risk" of twins rises from 3% to 7%. He sent us on our way with prescription in hand to have a go via natural methods for another 4 - 5 months. When asked what our chances of success would be, he said about 80%, indicating that he views us as a perfectly normal, fertile couple (with the assistance of this fertility drug, of course)
If this doesn't work, he will examine my wife for endometriosis via laproscope, which freaks my wife out - she has concerns about people messing with her belly button. If that doesn't indicate a problem, we'll move on to insemination. If that doesn't work, we've got a date with IVF again.
We're feeling pretty optimistic, and slightly relieved that the news was as good as we could hope it to be. So, here's to my wife laying in bed with her feet in the air for hours on end each month with boob cancer drugs coursing through her veins. I'm thinking we need a vacation (as soon as we pay that damned $1.3k IVF bill)