- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
You ladies were all very supportive of me when I was first diagnosed with PCOS in the year leading up to my wedding, so I wanted to share my success story with you, I know reading others’ stories gave me hope when I was worried about TTC.
Knowing it might take a while to get pregnant we went off BCP right after the wedding. My obgyn had told me the first two months off BCP were the most likely that I’d ovulate but she also recommended that we start with a fertility specialist right away as it didn’t seem likely I was ovulating at all. We decided to try for those two months first and then see a specialist, and after 2 pretty dissapointing BFNs (more like 5 in all honesty…I blew a lot of money on tests) we found a fertility specialist. He started me on femara to induce ovulation and an ovidrel shot to trigger it. He offered IUI vs timed intercourse, my insurance didn’t cover IUI so we elected to try a couple months with timed intercourse and move on to IUI if we didn’t have any luck the first 3 attempts. My first cycle we had a follice measuring 19 so they told me to trigger a couple days later, but that month lead to another BFN (and another 2 wasted tests, my fertility specialist tested my blood but I couldn’t wait). The next month when I went in to measure follicles I had one at 23 so they told me to trigger that night, 3 days earlier than my cycle would normally tell me to. For some reason looking at that follicle I was irrationally convinced that was our baby. And after we had timed intercourse following the trigger my husband told me he was certain it worked and had no idea why. We were both right because we got the call after my blood test that it was positive. They kept checking my blood every week for the first couple weeks and my numbers were climbing, faster than normal, so when we went in for a 6 week u/s we both had a feeling it was twins and they saw two babies and two heartbeats right away. I’m 22 weeks now with a boy and a girl, sick as a dog but so happy this all worked out. And of course constantly nervous that something will go wrong, but I’m told that doesn’t go away until they’re about 27 years old, if you’re lucky…
Also twins run heavily in my family, my maternal grandmother had two sets, my mother being part of one of them. I’m sure this plus the treatments made twins more likely for me but my doctor told me the twin risk for the treatment I took was around 6%, higher than average but not huge.
I wanted to thank all of you for your support, this process of infertility is amazingly difficult and I only had to do it 4 months. I met a woman at the fertility center who told me she’d been doing IUI for 4 years, I just wanted to hug her and throw her a parade. The fear and anxiety and disappointment can be so hard to get through, thanks for providing a supportive environment to work through it. And baby dust to all of you!!