Monday, May 23, 2016

The IVF journey

On March 15th, I had my egg retrieval! It was a very exciting day and I had 34 eggs collected! Holy cow, that is a lot! That was a huge success and we were very happy.

On March 20th, we found out we made 10 great looking embryos. We transferred 1 into my uterus and froze the other 9.

Because I had so many eggs, I did develop a slight case of overstimulation. I gained about 10 lbs within 4 days. I started a high sodium diet to help with this. I had a huge belly from the overstimming. That took about a week to go down.

Then we just had to wait. We had positive pregnancy tests at home and positive blood tests at the drs office. My HCG level kept rising and all was looking good.

Then at 6 weeks pregnant I started bleeding. So we went into the dr's office and saw our baby's sac and fetal pole. All looked great!

A week later, we went back for another ultrasound. Our baby was gone. We lost him/her. We were devastated. We have now lost 2 babies exactly 2 years apart. It's not right. We want to be parents!

Now it is a month later. We had our 9 frozen embryos genetically tested. 8 are perfectly normal embryos and look amazing. The 9th embryo was abnormal and had down syndrome.

We are just on a break right now before we do another embryo transfer later this year. We are just hoping that since we had the embryos genetically tested our next pregnancy will be a healthy long one.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Treatment Update

So here is what's been going on with treatment. I had the hysteroscopy to determine once and for all what my uterus is shaped like. He determined (like the first specialist) that I have an arcuate uterus and not a septum. This is good news. I don't require surgery. So we are a go for IVF in March.

My bloodwork showed I have high prolactin. My specialist started me on a new medication and he wanted me to go in for an MRI of my pituitary gland. I had it done and results came back clear. I am good.

My husband had genetic testing and he is not a carrier of the gene I am a carrier of so we are happy.

We ordered all of our meds! Over $4k later, we have all the meds ready to go for when we need them. We went to the meds injections training.

So now I have done 10 days of injections already. We start adding in more meds to our injection schedule starting tomorrow. These will be the injections that stimulate follicle growth!

Starting next week I will be at the doctor's office about every other day to check my ovaries and see how many follicles are growing. This will be the exciting time. Not sure what to expect since everyone responds differently. We are set for an egg retrieval March 16th. That could change within a day or so. Then 5 days later we will be transferring 2 embryos.

And then we will wait and hope that this works!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Our Plan!

Today we met with a third specialist. It went great! I think he will be the one to help us. We made a plan and I am excited for once!

I am starting provera this weekend to induce my cycle. Once that starts, I will be doing all the pre-testing and doing an office hysteroscopy. He is agreeing with the first specialist that my uterus is an arcuate which is a very good thing. My husband will be doing genetic testing and bloodwork. Once all that is complete, we can meet with the specialist again to go over all the results.

We have a plan of IVF in March! Fingers crossed everything goes well and we will be on track for this.

Our 10th marriage anniversary is May 26th. Wouldn't it be the best anniversary gift to be expecting our little one? We have waited so long and it has to be our time!!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

New year, 3rd specialist

Welcome, 2016. Please please be good to us!

We have an appointment in two weeks with a third fertility specialist. I wanted another set of eyes to look at my MRI and see what they think about my uterus shape. I had two specialists tell me two very different things. I want answers. I want to figure this out. I want to do treatment again. I don't want to keep getting held back.

Once we figure out the uterus situation and if I do need surgery, then we can figure out what treatment we will be doing. We might try another injection cycle with the new specialist or move on to IVF.

I just want someone to listen to me and help us. This is already hard enough so getting false information about my health and my body is not right. It's too much. Fingers crossed this specialist will help us straighten everything out and get us on the right path.

Until then, I keep waiting.