MY IVF TIMELINE
JOURNEY TO MOMMY

February 2013

Let’s make a baby!

August 2013

6 Months trying to conceive. Why isn’t this working?

September 2013

Despite having positive OPK’s, assume I have ovulatory issues due to consistently irregular cycles. Consult with OBGYN. Agree to try three rounds of Clomid. Clomid Round 1 (50 mg) FAIL.

October 2013

Let’s try again. Clomid Round 2 (50 mg) FAIL.

November 2013

Third time’s a charm? Clomid Round 3 (50 mg) FAIL.

December 2013

10 Months trying to conceive without success.

Officially depressed and blaming my body on its inability to perform its most biological given purpose.

January 2014

Decide waiting a year to conceive is nonsense, and book an appointment with a Reproductive Endocrinologist.

January 2014

RE confirms my assumption that my concerns were being brushed off by the OBGYN because of my age, and states that it should realistically take “healthy” couples under 30 years of age 1-4 months to conceive. Beyond that, testing is valid.

January 2014

Husband and I undergo basic testing. Ultrasound and blood tests for me, blood tests and semen analysis for hubby.

February 2014

Completely unexpected diagnosis: Severe Male Factor Infertility.

Sperm count below 50,000 with normal densities considered greater than 15,000,000.

Given a 1% chance of conceiving naturally. Hearts crushed.

IVF / ICSI considered our best route. RE confident we will be successful.

March 2014

Begin birth control for IVF Down Regulation.

April 2014

IVF/ICSI Fresh Cycle #1

My baby-making care package includes:
Lupron
Menopur
Follistim
Novarel (HCG Trigger)
Progesterone in Oil (PIO)
Doxycycline (Antibiotic)
Medrol
Over 160 syringes (yikes!)

May 2014

First Egg Retrieval:

  • 12 eggs retrieved
  • 12 eggs mature
  • 7 of 12 fertilized
  • 6 of 12 remained 3 days post retrieval
  • Day 5 single embryo transfer scheduled
  • (no genetic testing on embryos)

May 2014

Elective Day 5 single embryo transfer, graded 4AA.

3 embryos on ice.

May 2014

Holy shit. We’re pregnant! It worked!

June 2014

All good things come to an end.

Slow/low rising beta (Beta 27-1000). Limbo in beta hell through 6 weeks.

Pregnancy ultimately fails, resulting in a D&C and a trip to the ER post D&C due to infection.

July 2014

Saline Sonogram post D&C. Uterus looks good. Cleared for FET.

August 2014

IVF/ICSI FET Cycle #1

FET Medications:
Doxycycline (100mg)
Medrol (16mg)
Oral Progesterone (200mg)

September 2014

Elective Day 5 single frozen embryo transfer, graded 4AB.

September 2014

Cycle Fail.

Beta a whopping 6.
Chemical pregnancy confirmed (Positive HPTs 5DP5DT – 7DP5DT).

October 2014

IVF/ICSI Fresh Cycle #2

My baby-making care package includes:
Menopur
Follistim
Ganirelix
Novarel (HCG Trigger)
Progesterone in Oil (PIO)
Doxycycline (Antibiotic)
Medrol

Additions to to Protocol:
CGH Embryo Testing pending number of embryos
Karyotype Genetic Chromosome Testing on hubby and I
Thrombogenic Testing

October 2014

Hysteroscopy and endo scratch.

October 2014

All additional testing comes back normal.

October 2014

Second Egg Retrieval:
12 eggs retrieved
10 eggs mature
8 of 10 fertilized
6 of 10 remained 3 days post retrieval
Day 3 transfer scheduled
(no genetic testing on embryos)

October 2014

Day 3 transfer of two untested embryos

(1) 7 cell & (1) 8 cell.

October 2014

Cycle Fail.

4 embryos failed over three transfers at this point.

November 2014

Decide we need a break. Time to get off the IVF roller coaster and reset. Spend the next two months regrouping mentally, physically and financially.

January 2015

IVF/ICSI FET Cycle #2

FET Medications:
Doxycycline (100mg)
Medrol (16mg)
Oral Progesterone (200mg)
Low Dose Baby Aspirin (81mg)
Iron Supplements (65mg)
Vitamind D3 Supplements (2000iu)

January 2014

Elective Day 5  & Day 6 frozen embryo transfer.

Specific grades unknown.

Infertility acupuncture sessions night before transfer,  day of transfer (2 hours post procedure), and once per week moving forward.

January 2015

PREGNANT!

Beta results (9DP5DT): 328!

February 2015

It’s TWINS!

Betas:
9DP5DT: 328
12DP5DT: 1082
18DP5DT (5W+2): 11,363
26DP5DT (6W+3): 70,465
33DP5DT (7W+3): 244,553

April 2015

Boy & girl confirmed.

September 2015

My IVF miracles are born via planned c-section at 37W+5.

birthday

 

Levi Elisabeth
5lb 12oz
18 1/4″

 

Roen Jacob
6lb 4oz
19 3/4″

 

Life as a twin mom begins.
My little family is complete.

We beat infertility.

2 years, 7 months, 15 days

10 Months trying to conceive naturally

3 Rounds of Clomid

2 Fresh IVF cycles

2 Frozen IVF cycles

1 Miscarriage / D&C

1 Chemical pregnancy

Three failed cycles

One. Final. Try.

Some miracles come in pairs.