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.

Friday, December 29, 2006

no more secrets but one big rule

well now everyone pretty much knows what's going on! no more secrets :) once it came down to IVF.. i was ready for everyone to know. esp. after we learned all the details of what it entailed!

my only rule - don't ask me .. let me bring it up. somedays i might be a little freaked out by the process or the meds or whatever

of course.. sometimes its all i talk about so that might not be such an issue.. lol

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

IVF education, Saline Ultrasound & more

Ladies.. be warned, if the nurse says 'saline' before she says 'ultrasound'.. then you're in for a treat. This is not the same as the lovely vaginal ultrasound we're alread used to.. it's very similar to the HSG (maybe my memory is a little fuzzy now but I'd say it's a close call on which was worse). Basically they insert saline thru a catheter into the uterus to see something in there better. Anyway.. I had to have this done as part of our prep for IVF. Last week I came in for some blood tests (a whole slew of tests including HIV,etc) that have to be done b4 going thru with IVF. Then DH had similiar tests done today before the class.

The class was an eye-opener. We came out of there completely overwhelmed! We watched a video on how to administer all these crazy injections, passed around sample needles, got a sample schedule (wow is all I can say on that), asked lots of questions, & signed a ton of documents. Oh and of course I was the only idiot that stabbed herself with one of the needles they passed around. It bled like you would not believe & was all swollen. That'll be fun tomorrow. I knew there was a lot involved in IVF ... but this is just crazy!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

turkey day fun (aka IUI#2)

so every now & then, my birthay just has to fall on thanksgiving (thanks to being born on thanksgiving)... this year was one of those. since we always have thanksgiving with DH family.. that's what we did for my bday. i enjoyed it a lot.. DH fried a turkey for the first time with help from all the guys and MIL did most of the rest of the indoor cooking. i did a lot of chatting & handing things to the ones actually doing all the work :)

then on saturday after tday, i had an ultrasound. they said i was ready for IUI2 either sunday or monday. we chose sunday (today) so it'd be easier on us both, no ditching work monday. we kinda made a morning of it (a lot nicer than last time where we didn't even go to the clinic together). DH had to be there early for his part, and then we went out for breakfast. ended up at a waffle house b/c we didn't know where else in cary on a sunday morning to go. i ate like i was already preggers! then we went on back for my IUI. DH was at least in the same room with me this time if we conceive :)

Monday, October 30, 2006

IUI #1

I had my first IUI today.. DH had to come in about 1.5 hours b4 me to do his part. Then, I was surpised to find out that a different doc would be doing my procedure. It was a little awkward but no worse than the HSG test. I had to stay there on the table for about 10 mins b4 I could get up. DH was headed back to work after his part, so while I waited to get up, I had to laugh that if this works, our child would be conceived while we were in different cities.. very possibly different counties if DH went back to the Lillington office. Won't that be something to tell the kids one day.

Friday, September 29, 2006

PCOS

Apparently I have PCOS. DH & I went to the fertility clinic for our first consultation and Dr. Toma quickly determined that I had PCOS & that it's the cause of my infertility. The more I read about it, the more I realize how many warning signs I had. But apparently being overweight & hairy are 2 of the big symptoms that indicate this disease (for those of you that can't see me, I'm a little thing & hopefully not too hairy!).

DH was upset that I'd been going thru all this for so long & no one else had diagnosed this (esp. since doc found it so quickly on the first appt.). I agree.. but it's just nice to know there really is a reason that we've had all this trouble. So we went thru our options and we came up with a treatment plan. 2 rounds of IUI with clomid (lovely.. more of my favorite) and then onto IVF if necessary. The financial side is terribly scary.. which is part of why we're trying IUI first. It's both less expensive & less invasive.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Clomid #6

well.. here we are on CD 2 of try number 6. doc says this is it. well, this is it on clomid anyway. he says we should try naturally for 3 months.. without doctor appts, drugs & schedules. it will be nice. i'm getting a little sick of living by my calendar. plus i'm always having to hide it when family comes over. anyway he says the meds can stay in your system as long as i was on it & could still work.

if not preggers in 3 months, he'll refer us over to the local fertility clinic. i know one girl that had a baby in february who'd gotten pregnant from this clinic via IVF. so they come highly recommended.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Clomid #5

Today is CD2... U/S still looks fine. We're on try #5.. who knew it'd go this long??

Monday, February 13, 2006

Clomid #4

AF showed again on 2/10. So back to the doc. U/S still looked good, so stickin to the same schedule. CD 21 test progesterone level & call with period. boring...

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Clomid #3

Somehow I made it through the holidays. It's hard keeping this whole thing quiet since I like to talk. But I know that it's for the best. Well.. I have of course told my friends, just we're not ready to tell family yet. Just too much pressure.

Anyway, today was another daty with the lovely OB. CD2 so I had to have an ultrasound. The good news is that AF came on her own this time & I don't have to take anymore progesterone. Apparently that plus my increased CD21 progesterone levels tells us this dosage works. So that's a good thing. The level went from 0.9 up to 25.4. For me that's a big jump. So we try again with cycle #3.

This Clomid is getting the better of me though. I already had a bit of a temper, but now.. man I flip out pretty good. Not just at little things but I really go nuts, yelling & screaming. Woa.. plus I'm hot all the time. Why do they call it hot 'flashes'? I'm just always hot. I know January in NC is not exactly frigid, but it's still odd for me to be this hot in January. I even crack the windows in my car sometimes!