Back in the day I use to spent my down-time calculating when my baby would be born if I got pregnant that month. Now I seem to spend hours working out when I will next get a chance to even conceive.
I am currently one month into my three month coil sentence.
It'll be removed on the third of November, at which time I'll also have a biopsy to work out whether it has done its job.
I have just got through the date for the follow up appointment when I'll get the biopsy result and discover if I've got the go ahead for IVF.
This is where it gets complicated.
And where I start using the word 'if' a lot.
I should get the results of the biopsy at my appointment on the 17th of November.
If I get the all clear I should be starting IVF.
If this happens I'll be put on (more) birth control for a month. Standard practice, and I checked - the three months on the coil doesn't count.
If I start the birth control immediately my month will end on the 15th of December.
At this point I should start the drugs that'll stimulate my ovaries to pop out some nice ripe eggs. I'll take these drugs for a couple of weeks and if I respond appropriately my eggs will be ripe for the plucking on, let me look at my calendar, the 29th of December.
And therein lies the problem.
The Reproductive Medicine Unit doesn't open between Christmas and New Year. So there we go, there will be another slight delay if I do get the go ahead.
This shouldn't be a surprise.
Remember last January when I thought it'd happen in March?
Or in March when I was told to expect IVF in June.
Or in July when I though I was about to start IVF.
It is safe to assume 2010 is a reproductive write-off, I just hope 2011 isn't.