We suffer from MFI, male factor infertility, and have less than a 1% chance of getting pregnant on our own. It took us almost 5 years to be blessed with Harrison and Brooke. We would like to have more children and are currently undergoing our second fresh IVF cycle. Below is a timeline of our infertility journey.
January 2007 - Pull the goalie
October 2007 - Started charting cycles
January 2008 - Meet with OB to discuss testing options
February 2008 - Semen analysis #1 - Reveals possible issues
April 2008 - HSG - Clear tubes, possible fibroid
September 2008 - Meet with Urologist - Physically all looks ok.
Continue trying on our own
January 2010 - Get referral to RE, Reproductive Endocrinologist. Discuss treatments and testing. IVF is recommended, but we agree to start with IUI after a few tests and procedures.
April 2010 - Begin acupuncture.
May 2010 - Hysteroscopy - Get the all clear to begin treatment
June 2010 - IUI, Intrauterine Insemination #1 - Negative
July 2010 - IUI #2, with clomid - Negative
Begin saving for IVF
June 2011 - Begin coverage with insurance that covers IVF, InVitro Fertilization
July 2011- Saline Sonogram - Get the all clear for IVF
August 2011 - Start medications to down regulate for IVF
September 1, 2011 - Cycle Day 1, IVF
September 14, 2011 - Egg Retrieval - 20 mature eggs retrieved, 19 fertilized
September 19, 2011 - Transfer two Grade A blastocysts - Freeze 3 blasts.
September 29, 2011 - Beta #1 - HCG levels 277
October 1, 2011 - Beta #2 - HCG levels 698
October 25, 2011 - Ultrasound reveals two healthy embryos with great heartbeats.
May 16, 2012 - Harrison and Brooke are born at 37 weeks
December 2014 - Meet with our RE to discuss a Frozen Embryo Transfer
January 2014 - Saline sonogram - All looks good and we get the ok for our FET.
March 4, 2014 - FET, Cycle Day 1
March 27, 2014 - Transfer Day. We get the devastating news that none of our embryos survived the thaw.
June 2014 - Meet with RE to discuss our failed FET and options for future cycles.
Begin saving for IVF #2. We have 0 insurance coverage this time around, so we have a lot of saving to do. Aiming to begin IVF #2 in March 2015.
January 2015 - Cycle Day 3 testing and semen analysis. Protocol determined. Fresh cycle scheduled for April 2015.
March 25th, 2015 - Start Lupron
April 4th, 2015 - CD1
April 6th, 2015 - Start Follistim and Menoupr
April 19th, 2015 - Egg Retrieval - 14 eggs retrieved, 11 mature, 8 fertilized
April 24th, 2015 - Transfer 2 Grade A blastocysts - Freeze 1 blast
May 4th, 2015 - Beta #1 - HCG levels 230
May 6th, 2015 - Beta #2 - HCG levels 423
May 26th, 2015 - Ultrasound shows two embryos with great heartbeats
December 28th, 2015 - Scarlett and Clark are born at 38 weeks 1 day
Getting Here - Our journey to Brooke and Harrison
Doctor's Visit - Visiting our RE
Maybe Baby? - Our decision for an FET
Getting Ready For FET
Five on Friday - FET Edition - Random facts about our FET
National Infertility Awareness Week
The Game Plan - The plan for IVF #2
Queasy Feeling - Dealing with the dissapointment and spinning it into a positive light
IVF #2 - Test results are in and we are on our way
Getting Me Ready - How I'm preparing for IVF #2
Medication Start Date
Let The Stims Begin
IVF #2 Update
The Results Are In
Thoughts on Twins x2