Small TTC update: I got my second opinion. My new doctor was unimpressed that my RE wasn’t down with CD 21 testing. “How’d they know you ovulated?” he asked. He’s actually pretty sure I am ovulating, but he was unhappy it wasn’t confirmed. Given the timing, he was able to do a blood draw the same day and I’m now awaiting results. With him, I have a plan of action that I’m infinitely more comfortable with than a medicated IUI. “Based on what you’re told me, you’re truly unexplained,” he said. “But I want to check out and try other things before we send you down the IUI road.”
Yes! Thank you. Given what I see about IUIs and unexplained couples, that road seemed like a crapshoot. He pointed out I was 35, not 40—unless I want six children, I still have time to try other approaches.
Again: thank you. Instead of making me feel like I was insane for not wanting to hop into the stirrups right away—like my RE did—he gave me an approach in helpful, non-combative way.
If six months down the road I’m still not pregnant, my husband and I will revisit the IUI recommendation. But I feel much better about taking a slower approach rather than trying an IUI when I’m mentally not ready for one (or three). Down the IUI path is the eventual recommendation for IVF (which seems to happen to a lot of unexplained couples and which I still feel I can’t do). I’m not ready for that end to the road just yet.