I thought I would start keeping track of things. I have told family and friends about coming to this website to see the pics of my tests and my belly pics so I thought I would give them something else to read about!
Well, we have officially known for 3 days now. I had suspicions before that though... It really is a miracle! Some may not know our TTC history so let me give a not-so-quick rundown.
David and I married in April of 2006 and started TTC right away. Well, the first test I took, in April of 2006 was a digital (everyone knows that these are the be all end all of pregnancy tests!) and I got a false positive! WHAT? That was nuts. So, then I started to see doctors about my fertility issues. I have PCOS and knew that conceiving wouldn't be the easiest thing for me. So, we kept trying while the doctor's took blood sample after blood sample and finally got all of my hormones and thyroid issues straightened out. I was put on metformin 1500mg or whatever, to help with insulin resistance that is usually related to PCO.
And, we kept trying (see a pattern here! ) to no avail. I started to use ovulation predictor kits which were not working for me. I learned later that the cysts on my ovaries can produce false positives on those tests!
Then I did one of the smartest things I have done in regard to TTC. I joined the TTC board 0-12 months in July of 2006. I learned SO much from the ladies there and started to take my BBT (Basal Body Temperature) every morning to help pinpoint if I was ovulating and so forth. Well, we kept trying, but I was not ovulating.
My Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) decided that David needed to get a Semen Analysis to make sure there were no problems in that arena. That was not the easiest for David to do and that in itself is a whole ordeal. Well, the results came back that most categories were normal except for the morphology. The first test showed 9% and the second showed 8%. Normal range is about 15%. So, not only did we have to deal with PCOS but now Male Infertility as well! We were frustrated, angry and felt that things were so unfair. David has wanted to have children for years and OF COURSE, so did I!
So after all this trying with no results, the temping indicated that there was no ovulation occuring. All of the "just relax and it will happens" in the world weren't going to cure either of our disorders... The doctor wanted me to begin a round of clomid in late summer. It was suppose to make me ovulate! The lowest dosage gave me a slightly higher chance of actually conceiving and possibly multiples and we were so excited! Well, I didn't conceive a baby just a gigantic cyst on my left ovary. it was 5cm!
Needless to say, the clomid didn't work for me and now I had a huge cyst to deal with. They told me to go home, wait, and then come back in a month and it will *probably* be gone. YEAH RIGHT! So, I kept up this routine for months until the end of January when the stupid cyst was to the point of being small enough that they would let me continue with the next fertility treatment - I began 2000mg of metformin and was to start Injectibles and Ovidrel to release eggs with constant ultrasound monitoring every few days. We were also going to have to pay around $1,000 to do an Intra Uterine Insemination to resolve that morphology issue. I was ready to move forward! But, I had to wait until AF visited again! URGH!
During the whole waiting on the cyst stuff, we made an appt. with an adoption agency and were briefed about the process and given an application. We were interested in this but were amazed by how expensive the whole thing is! We decided we would wait to apply until we had made one good shot at a cycle...
I started yet another round of medicine to bring on a period and this time it didn't work like it usually did. Without going into too much detail, it wasn't suppose to be classified as a real AF and low and behold they said 'yes it was' and so, I missed yet ANOTHER opportunity to get on down the road. I was all set to lie to them to tell them I had started another period so that I could begin the drugs... and then I noticed weird things happening. I was really hot and had mild naseau (had stopped temping for 8 days out of anger, frustration) starting temping again and noticed my temps were so high, higher than I have seen them in all the time I had temped! I KNEW I HAD OVULATED AND KNEW THAT WE HAD BD'ed TWO TIMES AT ABOUT THE RIGHT POINT! Holy smokes, I was excited. You can bet I didn't miss a temp after that!
Thank goodness for my bright idea of increasing the metformin!
After almost a full year of ups and downs, friends' and families' babies, high hopes and smashed dreams, we have arrived at the place we wanted to be all along. I have had a blinkie on my signature for months that says "In God's time". Well, looks like he had it planned out. We just needed to be at a certain place I guess.
I have been told that for each cycle that you ovulate, there is only a 20% chance of a pregnancy occuring. Well, given all of our issues, it is absolutely amazing that it happened with no fertility drugs or inseminations! So, next to my "In God's Time" blinkie is now one that says "I Believe in Miracles".