I started this several times before, but it was a long time ago, so here I am again.
Hi, stalkers!! :wavehello:
A bit of background - I'll make it brief.
Mike and I got married on 11/21/1998 and he wanted kids ASAP. I wanted to wait a bit, thinking that as soon as I stopped birth control I'd be pregnant in a NY minute, like my mother. After about 4 years of marriage, we started trying with no result. Thankfully, my GYN did the usual battery of tests, and when my Prolactin came back very elevated, he sent me straight to the fertility center. Long story short, I have a Prolactinoma in my pituitary gland. Basically, it's just a PITA benign tumor that screws with my hormones and tricks my body out of ovulating. They controlled that with Parlodel, a disgusting Bromocriptine drug that made me terribly sick, but brought my levels back down.
Once my Prolactin was stable, we did three IUI cycles with no success. The RE decided to do a laparoscopy on 10/21/03, during which he removed some mild endometriosis. I got pregnant on the very next cycle (Thanksgiving morning, actually) ON MY OWN!!!!! We were thrilled. After a tough pregnancy with kidney stones and bilateral stents for the last 2 1/2 months, we had our beautiful daughter, Lily Claire, on 8/25/2004.
My SIL got married in March of 2006 in the Dominican Republic. At that time, Lily was almost two and we decided to abandon the birth control on the trip. I figured that all of my problems were solved and I'd get pregnant right away this time. Clearly not the case... By July I was frustrated and went back to the doctor.
We decided to go with injectables/IUI. We did three Bravelle/IUI cycles with no result. The Bravelle did a number on me. After that, we did another laparoscopy, thinking maybe the endo. had grown back. There wasn't much to report, so we moved on to IVF. I thought that my first IVF cycle was going to be my answer. I was CONVINCED that I'd be pregnant on cycle number 1. I took the drugs, did the shots, did the appointments, had the eggs retrieved, and then they all died. All of them. I got that far and had nothing to transfer. I was absolutely crushed, but I went for another cycle.
Cycle 2, they retrieved 18 eggs, some died, we transferred two 3-day embryos, and one was frozen as a blast. The doctor called two weeks later with negative results. I took a little break because I was a mess and went back for a third cycle in December. Long story short, I hyperstimulated, they coasted me, I had 13 eggs retrieved, and transferred 3 3-day embryos. Still nothing.
In January '08, we did a 4th cycle, but we changed to an antagonist (Ganirelix) protocol and did acupuncture. After much drama with Beta numbers, it turned out that one embryo had implanted and split late, resulting in monoamniotic/monochorionic identical twins. They had no membrane between them and we were given a 50/50 shot of carrying them to 30 weeks. Scary stuff. Sadly, an ultrasound at 10 weeks revealed no heartbeats. The babies likely had a cord accident and became too tangled for their cords to carry oxygen. The whole thing was so devastating...I had to take some time out to get myself together.
In July I had a surprise BFP, but that turned out to be a chemical pregnancy. Such disappointment.
After some insurance company crap, they have finally approved cycle #5. We are continuing with the antagonist protocol and acupuncture. I am on BCPs until 9/28, and then my stims and monitoring will start on CD2.
Here we go again...