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Our Infertility Journey

Our Infertility Journey

The Short Version

Chris and I got married in 2008 and started trying for a baby in 2009. After multiple rounds of Clomid using ovulation predictor kits and timed intercourse, we started at our fertility clinic at the end of 2012. All three of our IUIs (intrauterine inseminations) failed. Our first IVF (invitro fertilization) cycle resulted in an early miscarriage. The next two failed and we decided to pursue donor eggs down in Texas after our doctor told us I had subpar eggs. Our first donor egg cycle resulted in another early miscarriage. The final donor cycle (the one right before we called it quits) gave us our daughter, born in November 2015. We still have three frozen embryos waiting for us, and are planning on pursuing another cycle in the first half of 2018.

The Long Version (with bullet points!)

May 2009

  • Started baby-making process

October 2010

  • Doctor appointment with primary care provider.
  • Labs for LH(14.6),  FSH(6.8), TSH(2.49)
  • Everything normal. Referred to OB/GYN.

November 2010

  • TSH normal, but started on levothyroxine. Do I have low progesterone? 

December 2010

  • 21-day progesterone level 1.97 (depressingly low).
  • Started on Clomid 50mg.

January 2011

  • 21-day Progesterone level 16.5.
  • Clomid is working, negative pregnancy test.
  • Restarted Clomid 50mg.

February 2011

  • Negative pregnancy test.
  • Increase to Clomid 100mg.

March 2011

  • Negative pregnancy test.
  • Took a break from treatments.

January 2012

  • Appointment with new OB/GYN.
  • Clomid 50mg cycle #1 using ovulation prediction tests.
  • HSG test done- fallopian tubes clear.
  • Semen analysis normal for husband.

February 2012

  • Negative pregnancy test. Do I want to see a specialist or continue Clomid? I decide to continue with Clomid (Moron. I should have seen the specialist.).
  • Clomid 50mg cycle #2.

March 2012

  • Negative pregnancy test. Clomid 100mg cycle #3. 

April-July 2012

  • Negative pregnancy test. Clomid 100mg cycle #4.
  • Husband’s testosterone normal, but lower.  
  • My thyroid levels are also low, but normal.

November 2012

  • Finally asked for a referral to specialist. Initial appointment made.

December 2012

  • Initial consult. 3 rounds IUI ordered. Start on fucking Clomid 100mg. 
  • First IUI cancelled due to early ovulation. Trigger shot with with timed intercourse instead.  Started progesterone suppositories.
  • Negative pregnancy test.

January 2013

  • Clomid 150 mg. Trigger shot 1/19. 
  • Back-to-back IUIs 1/20 & 1/21.
  • Started progesterone suppositories. Negative pregnancy test.

February 2013

  • Clomid 150 mg. Trigger shot with timed intercourse 2/14. 
  • IUI 2/15.
  • Started progesterone. Switched to oral progesterone five days past IUI.
  • Negative pregnancy test.

March 2013 

  • Clomid 150 mg. Scheduled conference with Dr. K for April to discuss next steps.  Trigger shot 3/11. 
  • Back-to-back IUI 3/12 & 3/13. 
  • Started progesterone. 
  • Negative pregnancy test.  
  • Cycle day 3 blood work for FSH, LH, prolactin, E2, TSH.

April 2013

  • Conference with doctor.  IVF becomes official.  Begin process for scheduling IVF.

May 2013

  • Start birth control pills 5/17.
  • Nurse Consultation and IVF pre-payment 5/20.

June 2013

  • Saline sonogram and trial transfer 6/3.
  • Started Lupron 6/6.  Start stims 6/16.
  • U/S shows 4 mature follicles 6/24. 
  • U/S shows 5 mature follicles.  Dr K. says we can go ahead with retrieval anyway. 
  • Retrieval 6/27. Fertilization report shows 10 eggs, 5 mature, 3 that fertilized, and 1 embryo on 6/29. 
  • 3-day transfer of one 8-celled embryo 6/30.

July 2013

  • Positive pregnancy test 7/8/13!  
  • Beta #1= 63 at 10dp3dt!. 
  • Beta #2= 56, chemical miscarriage 7/12. The world falls out from under me. 

August 2013

  • Conference with Dr. K. about IVF #2 on 8/22. 

September 2013

  • Start birth control pills 9/7. 
  • Nurse Consult 9/20.

October 2013

  • Start Micro-Lupron 10/6.  Start stims 10/8.
  • U/S # 1 shows 10-15 small on left, 8 small on right 10/13. 
  • U/S #2 shows 5 mature follicles on left, 6 small 10/15.
  • U/S #3 shows 6 mature on the left, none on the right 10/17. 
  • 2 HCG trigger shots 12 hours apart, Retrieval 10/19. 
  • Fertilization report shows 8 eggs, 4 mature (three are behind) with ISCI 10/21. 
  • Second report shows 4 embryos at the 4-celled stage and one at 3-cell (we have another?) 10/23. 
  • Day 6 transfer of one 12-celled embryo, the other 4 stopped growing 10/25.  

November 2013

  • Beta=negative 11/4.
  • Meeting with Dr. K.
  • Fertilization report was actually two mature embryos on day 3. Three more matured the next day with rescue ICSI, discussion of next protocol with antigon protocol and steroids, discussion of possible donor eggs 11/20.

December 2013

  • Start birth control for IVF #3 12/10. 
  • Nurse Consult 12/13.
  • Blood pressure skyrocketed; stopped steroid 12/19. 
  • Cycle cancelled due to high blood pressure 12/23. Started on blood pressure meds 12/27.

February 2014

  • Off blood pressure meds.  Cycle on hold until May or June due to new job offer. 

April 2014

  • FSH and E2 labs drawn for Attain for IVF #3 4/6.

May 2014

  • Baseline US, start Menopur and Follistim 5/2.
  • US #1 shows one mature follicle and more growing. Start Ganirelix 5/6. 
  • US #2 shows 2 mature follicles 5/8.
  • US #3 shows 5 mature follicles. Intramuscular HCG trigger injection 5/10 and 5/11. 
  • Retrieval of 5 eggs 5/12.
  • Fertilization report shows only one mature egg, one embryo at 3-cell stage and ICSI 5/14. 
  • Transfer of one embryo 5/15. 
  • Negative pregnancy test 5/26.

July 2014

  • Conference with Dr. K and meet with donor coordinator 7/23. 
  • Consult with Dr. G. in Texas.  Looked at donor profiles in TX 7/30.

August 2014

  • Donor program psychologist appoint 8/16.
  • Baseline US and blood work for donor cycle 8/22.
  • Saline sonogram with Dr. K 8/26.
  • Donor from Texas chosen and payment made 8/28.

October 2014

  • Texas trip! Found out all eight donor eggs fertilized 10/24.
  • Transfer of two embryos, one is one stage behind, other is 2 stages behind 10/29.
  • Found out none of the other embryos made it to freeze.

November 2014

  • Home from Texas 11/2.
  • 11dp5dt faint positive home test! Cramping and pulling sensation in uterus continues 11/9.
  • Negative pregnancy test 11/12.
  • Consult with Dr. G in TX; cycle was determined to be another chemical pregnancy 11/13.
  • Blood work up for clotting disorder (PTT, B2G, F2M, FVL, HOM, LUP, PRC, PRS) 11/20.

December 2014

  • MTHFR lab drawn 12/10.
  • MTHFR came back positive 12/18.
  • Conference with Dr. G. in Texas about next cycle, will start Folgard, Lovenox, aspirin 12/29.

January 2015

  • Donor from Texas chosen and payment made 1/13.

March 2015

  • Baseline US and blood work for donor cycle #2 3/4.
  • US and blood work (lining 8.4mm-increase to 2 estrogen patches) 3/13.
  • Second US and blood work (lining 9.1 and estrogen 195-need to add a fourth estrace at night as vaginal suppository) 3/17.
  • Third US and blood work (lining 9.4 and estrogen 2129!) 3/19.
  • Found out 6 of 8 embryos fertilized 3/21.
  • Transfer of 2 early blasts with a blast and a morula possible to freeze 3/25.
  • Found out two blasts and one hatching blast made it to freeze 3/26.
  • Home from Texas 3/30.
  • 6dp5dt: Positive generic home pregnancy test 3/31. 

And I stay pregnant!

April 2015

  • Positive digital home test at 7dp5dt 4/1.
  • Beta #1: 564! 4/8.
  • Beta #2: 1224! 4/10.
  • Beta #3: 3655!, first OB US, saw yolk sac 4/13.
  • Beta #4: 10,527, saw heart rate (HR) of 111 bpm and fetal pole at 6w0d 4/17.
  • 6w6d: HR 122, baby is 5.5mm measuring four days behind 4/23.
  • 7w6d: HR 160, baby is 14mm measuring one day behind 4/30.

May 2015

  • 8w5d: First OB visit and US: HR 178, baby is 19mm (.75in) measuring 8w4d, saw head bobbing! 5/6.
  • 10w0d: baby is 31mm measuring 10w0d, no HR recorded. Grandma came! Baby wiggling all over! 3D US and graduated from CRM 5/15.
  • 11w0d: baby is 41mm (1.6 in) measuring one day ahead, HR 167. Heard heart beat at home 5/22.
  • 11w6d: Felt “bubbles” on left side: it’s baby movements! 5/28.
  • 12w0d: baby is 49.7mm (1.9in) measuring 11w5d. HR 161 5/29. 

June 2015

  • 13w3d-2nd OB visit HR:157 6/8.

July 2015

  • 17w5d- 3rd OB visit HR:154 7/8.
  • 21w0d-Anatomy scan, we have a baby girl! 7/31.

August 2015

  • 21w3d-4th OB visit: Found out I have a marginal cord insertion on placenta, but everything else is healthy with baby 8/3. 

September 2015

  • 25w5d- 5th OB visit: HR 148 9/2.
  • 27w5d- 6th OB visit: First cervical check, 1 hour glucose-Passed! Glucose 102 9/16.

October 2015

  • 30w0d- Growth Scan, baby measuring 4 lbs! Saw her sucking amnio fluid, saw her face 10/2.
  • 30w4d-7th OB visit: Saw another doc, non stress tests ordered due to blood pressure meds 10/6.
  • Went to hospital due to concerns I was leaking fluid, all tests negative, but having Braxton Hicks 3-5 min apart 10/11.

November 2015

  • Olivia is born at 36w4d on 11/18 at 7:53 a.m.