I have two success stories. My cycles were crazy long after I stopped BCPs. I charted to try to time things out better once my cycles lengthened to 90+ days. It was frustrating. I went to an RE and did a few months of clomid. It did the trick for getting me to ovulate and we timed things perfectly, but still no BFP. My husband got tested and it was terrible news. His numbers were awful. The worst was that his morphology was 0%. The reason behind it was a large varicocele that we were aware of, but had hoped wasn't the problem. Anyway, we tried an injectables IUI cycle. I overstimulated, his count was terrible for the IUI sample, and a BFN was the result.
We were lucky that we had great infertility coverage so we decided to turn to IVF right away. My IUI BFN was in early July, our IVF consult was in August, and then the IVF cycle wasn't until November. It was a long wait! I responded well to meds, we did ICSI, and it was a BFP. I was so happy! At my second beta, the numbers hadn't gone up so that was the start of a drawn out miscarriage/suspected ectopic. I was a train wreck of emotions.
We decided to try IVF again. This time went even better. 22 eggs were retrieved, 15 fertilized (8 were frozen immediately), and we implanted 2 blasts for a 5dt. Our first child was born right at 40 weeks and is now a 4 year old that's currently sitting right by me watching Cat in the Hat.
We never used birth control after having Mina and hoped to get lucky and get pregnant somehow, despite my husband's sperm issues. My cycles somehow regulated so we could even time things out. However, it didn't work and we didn't see the point in trying. Once again, we still had awesome insurance so we decided to try to get his varicocele repaired. We figured it was worth a shot, but probably wouldn't make a difference. A couple of months after his surgery, I decided to do OPKs and really give it a try. It was fun and weird to try to make a baby by having sex. Anyway, we were talking about him going in to get his retest to see if the surgery worked when we got a more obvious confirmation that it worked - a BFP. All I could say was "What?". I was so surprised even though we were trying. Our second child will turn 2 this month. She's the funniest kid ever. I did have a ton of guilt while pregnant with her because I knew so many people that weren't so blessed. Infertility issues never go away completely.
Now we're looking into using our remaining embryos sometime for a FET. If the FET doesn't work, then we'll try for a few months the typical way. I think I'd be okay with two kids and I'm scared to get obsessed with more and have it impact the two I have.
Good luck! Wow....this turned into a book.
Six clomid cycles,
Three fresh IVF's,
Five or six FET's ( forgotten which!),
One baby with anencephaly,
one last sweet singleton.
It only took 53 eggs and 36 embryos.
For some reason I feel kind of physically, financially and emotionally done right now but I'd do it all again from the beginning, even knowing how hard it was, if I was transported back in time at the start in 2004.
After infertility and loss, IVF Mama to two ICSI Pixies since 2008.
My Blog: http://missionimpossibleinfertile.wordpress.com
I'm not entirely sure why, but it's been hard for me to post my story here. I think it's the fact that I get really emotional thinking about everything we went through before our DS arrived in our lives. It's been a couple of years now so some of the details are a little foggy.
We started TTC around Jan. 2007. I was 34 and started to get a little nervous when we hit the 6 month mark, but didn't really panic until the one year mark came and went. I scheduled an appointment with an ob/gyn in our town and asked for cd3 and cd21 bloodwork. Both were abnormal. My FSH was high (12.2) and my progesterone was < 5 (I didn't ovulate that cycle). The quack doctor told me I needed to relax and even pulled out charts to explain vaginal intercourse. This was right after I told him that I was teaching an Anatomy & Physiology course at a local college. We made a beeline to an RE! He laid out our options and we decided to start with the small guns: Femara and IUI. I think we did three Femara/IUI cycles before I hit the point of opting for IVF. I think our first IVF cycle was Jan. 2009. With high stims I produced five eggs. One fertilized with ICSI, but stopped dividing at 4 cells. We were devastated, but decided to try again. On our second cycle I produced seven eggs. Two fertilized with ICSI. One stopped dividing at three cells; the other stopped dividing at four cells. At that point we knew that we couldn't continue financially and I couldn't continue emotionally. It was too draining. We were looking into saving for a donor egg cycle tentatively planned for the summer of 2010. There was some leftover Follistim that was sitting in our fridge so I suggested we just use it up on an injectable/IUI cycle. I used acupuncture and herbs for three months (love my Chinese doctor!). On the fourth cycle, we did our last ditch injectable/IUI cycle. I had three follicles and, against all odds, got a BFP at 11dpo.
I love success stories!! These are what kept me going through all that heartache!
DH and I have been together since high school (1996) Our DD was conceived unknown in 2001.
I was only 21, had no idea I was pregnant for 4 months. My periods were very irregular, no gained weight, or any other pregnancy symptoms. Alexa Nicole was born March of 2002. We got married that August & bought our first home. Three years later we started trying for a sibling. That June my FIL passed away from a massive heartache, so that put things on the back burner. By the end of 2005, and all those months of unprotected, nothing!
My OB referred us to an RE. The RE ran tests on both of us, DH everything came back fine, my bloodwork all good as well. Went for an HSG, then had LAP surgery for some adhesions.
3 cycles of clomid
Did 2 IUI's
3 medicated IUI's
May 2007-First IVF, put back 2 perfect blasts, nothing.
July 2007-second IVF, put back 2, pregnant w/singleton, miscarried at 7 weeks
January 2008-third IVF (last try) put back 3 blasts. pregnant with triplets
reduced to twins, developed OHSS, lost one twin
had my DD Brooke Ashley September of 2008, 2 weeks early & after 3 months of bedrest!!!
Tara, DH Jason,
DD Alexa Nicole 3/28/2002
DD Brooke Ashley 9/26/2008