- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
I’ve been a poster here on the TTC boards since we started TTC in August 2014. I always loved reading the success stories and wanted to share ours in the hopes that it would be encouraging to someone else.
I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2010 and then endometriosis in 2012. In 2013, I had a complete ovarian tortion and lost my ovary and fallopian tube. We thought we were finally on top of everything but then in August 2014, my OBGYN told me she was concerned for my fertility and ability to get pregnant and she would move our TTC timeline up significantly.
I went off BCP in August 2014 and we started TTC right away. My OB recommended a third laparoscopy to removed endometriosis in Oct. 2014, but that didn’t seem to help anything. When my cycles were getting more irregular, my OBGYN put me on Clomid (did three rounds at 50mg April – June 2015) and metformin, no pregnancy. We then started Femara (2.5mg) while waiting to see an RE. We also found through an SA that we were also facing low morphology/motility on DH’s side. The RE tried 3 more rounds of Femara at different strengths but again, no pregnancies.
We moved to hybrid injectable cycles in March 2016. Our first IUI attempt took 2.5 weeks of stimming before follies were the right size and ended with a BFN and two 3+” cysts that needed to be drained. We tried our second IUI to have it be textbook perfect and BFN. We took a break and did a fourth laparoscopy and second HSG in July 2016. RE at that point recommended we move to IVF, but we asked to stay with IUI until the end of 2016. My RE did find at this point that I had hyperprolactinema and put me on a low dose of cabergoline.
Our third IUI attempt was cancelled due to poor response and we had to move to TI in August 2016. We decided to do one more IUI in September before taking a break from TTC and looking towards adoption instead. Both my Darling Husband and I felt stressed, anxious and overwhelmed by TTC at this point and were ready to be done with all of it, especially when we had to start this round with another cyst aspiration. We really didn’t expect it to work, but our third IUI was a success and we got our BFP on Setember 27!
It took us 26 months to finally see that illusive second line, but after seeing the heartbeat today at 6w3d, it was all entirely worth it. All of the pain, the awkward tests and recoveries from aspirations and surgeries, all of the uncertainty, the thouands of miles we’ve driven to see doctors, and the thousands of dollars we’ve spent, it was worth it. Our little bean is measuring exactly where he/she should be and seeing the heartbeat flickering on the screen was the most beautiful thing I could have imagined. I know that we’re not out of the woods yet and there’s still a long way to go before this baby is in our arms, but for today, I’m pregnant and everything looks OK which makes it a success.
TTC has been one of the hardest things we’ve ever gone through, it’s so draining emotionally, physically, financially and mentally, but God provided us with the friends, family and resources we needed to make it through. It really was our faith that brought us through as strong as we are and our hope is that our story will encourage someone else who’s struggling through the trenches. You ladies are some of the strongest women I know! I’m rooting for all of you!