HISTORY

Treatments
BABY #1- 6 Clomid cycles, 2 IUIs with Femara, 1 IVF with 3 embryos transferred, 2 more IUIs with Femara & Follistim, and finally 1 IUI with Follistim.
BABY #2 - 2 Follistim cycles and natural conception

Timing
Decided to start a family May 2005. After testing & un-related delays, began first treatment cycle Oct 2005. First pregnancy confirmed Sept 2007. Second pregnancy confirmed Mar 2011.

For other IF couples
If you want to skip back to our infertility adventures, please see the history on the right hand margin. There you can find our journey from 2005 through 2007.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Clomid #2

My test was negative.. so not preggo this time. I had really hoped we'd have good news to surprise everyone at Christmas. On to try #2...

Last try was at 50mg daily for days 3-7 which is apparenlty the lowest dosage. So he bumped me up to 100 mg this time. AF didn't show on her own though, so I'm stuck waiting another two weeks for my progesterone to kick in.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

From China to the UK & back

So my DM got married in Scoltand & IBM wanted me in China around the same time. This meant I flew around the world (literally all the way around the world, no backtracking) in two weeks. It was a crazy trip but I had fun! But, this blog is about fertility.. the only reason I bring up this trip is that I had to postpone taking my new meds because of this trip.

I needed to take my progesterone to start off a cycle before I could take the Clomid. But, I also couldn't be on Clomid and away from home. So to be sure I didn't have timing issues, I held off til I got home before taking any of it.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

hysterosalpingography

So I had my HSG test a few days ago.. I'd been a bit worried about it based off the testimony of the only other victim I'd known who'd been through this. Then another girl had hers the day before me, thankfully she called to let me know it was not that bad. And she was right.. it's not comfortable by any means, but geez if we can't get through something this easy, we're not meant to have kids :)

They said to take some aspirin or something beforehand, but I didn't bother. We went in a big room with a doc & nurse who were really nice. They prepped me & inserted the catheter up into the cervix (that stings) and then filled me up with dye (ok technically it's 'contrast' but looked like ink on the screen to me). The neat part was that I was able to watch too.. it looked like an xray but it was moving instead of still. I was able to see the dye as it spilled out of my tubes (a good thing, means no blockage). All in all, they didn't find any problems here.

Turns out that my progesterone levels (the blood test back at the OB) were REALLY low. Like post-menopausal low. Apparently this is an indication that I'm not ovulating on my own. So with all the results, doc says lets try Clomid. So now we are into fertility treatments...

Monday, July 25, 2005

my background

So my DH graduated in May from law school. He doesn't have a job yet, but that's okay, he'll find one. So we decided we're 'ready' for a family ( we think ) and are going to start trying. Of course we know I already have 'issues' so I had to check with the OB to see what's going on. He calls it amenorrhea (not having cycles normally). I'd already talked to him back in April about this after my last doc couldn't figure out the cause either. Best guess they are giving me so far is that it's related to taking DepoProvera. But I'm not so sure, I've never been exactly normal in that arena, even before any drugs.

Anyway, he says we've got to be tested in three areas 1-sperm, 2-eggs & 3-tubes/uterus.. this results in a blood test & a HSG for me plus a semen analysis for DH. So we're off for tests & will see where we get..