My Story

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. – Winston Churchill

Welcome to my blog!  I am a 31  32 33 year old doctoral student graduate who has dealt with unexplained infertility for the last 4 5 6 years.  Here is a brief outline of my story.

In 2000, I met my future husband (I was a senior in high school).

high school

We became dog parents in 2005

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We got married in 2007

wedding

We got a new canine addition to the family in 2008

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We decided to try to start a family in 2010.

2010

After six months of TTC, we sought medical help.  All medical tests indicated we are both healthy  (DH is actually extremely fertile go figure!).  These tests include but are not limited to thyroid, FSH, LH, prolactin, ovarian reserve, intravenous pyelogram, and hysteroscopy. My doctor was actually surprised I was not yet pregnant.

In 2011 I underwent a hysterosalpingogram (HSG).  The test confirmed I have fabulous Fallopian tubes.  I completed three rounds of Clomid and responded well to it every cycle (I previously had no problems ovulating but my doctor thought it was worth a shot).  All three rounds failed.

In 2012, I got to have an exploratory laparoscopy. No endometriosis (or anything else) found for this girl!

In 2013 (January), I had my first IUI.  Everything looked great.  My RE was extremely optimistic.  She was wrong.

In 2013 (June), I had my second IUI.  Same thing happened.

In 2014, my DH and I decided to try IVF.  His work schedule prohibits us from doing anything until May.  At that point, I decided I will do everything I can to prepare. You may be wondering why my  blog address is called becoming nutrition literate.  While I started this journey to prepare myself for IVF, I have begin to appreciate the true value of overall health.   Medical treatments have failed so far so I am now looking at others.  Also, I know that no matter what I do, I may never become pregnant.  It is important for me to be healthy regardless if IVF works.  While nutrition is a focal point, I am also exploring other health avenues (such as fitness and mental health).  Welcome to my journey!

UPDATE!

May 2014 – We decided to give to try an IUI for the third and last time.  Everything goes well but it fails again.

HEALTHGOOD

September 2014: Completed 1st IVF retrieval. Froze 4 five day blastocysts. Planning another retrieval then PGS.

November 2014: Completed 2nd IVF retrieval. Froze 11 five day blastocysts. Blastocysts banked from retrieval #1 for PGS.

December 2014: PGS results indicate 7 normal blastocysts (4 boys and 3 girls).

January 2015: First transfer begins! Start BCP

February 25th, 2015: First transfer of 1 male 5 day frozen blast.

March 9th, 2015: BFP! Beta #1: 415.

March 11th, 2015: Beta #2: 1181.

March 27th (7 weeks): Hear heartbeat (transvaginal): 109 bpm. Released to OB/GYN

April 7th (8+4): First OB/GYN appointment : Hear heartbeat (abdominal): 165 bpm. Begin weekly appointments.

May 11th: (13+4). No heartbeat. Devastated.

May 14th: D&E

August: FET #2 cancelled (thin lining)

November 17: Another FET. Transfer 2 PGS 5 day blasts (one boy and one girl)

November 30: BPF! Beta #1 in the 4,000s

December 2: Beta #2 in the 10,000s. EDD 08/04. Cautiously optimistic.

June 24th: Twins are born at 35 weeks and 1 day via C section. Healthy but sent to NICU due to prematurity.

 

 

 

35 comments on “My Story

  • I just read this – I hope everything works out for you. I am on a similar timeline in that we will likely be doing IVF this summer if we don’t succeed by then. It’s a mixed bag of emotions for me – on the one hand I’m looking forward to “doing all we can”, on the other, it is very final in the sense that if it doesn’t work, there is nothing else they can really do for us medically.

    Will definitely be following your blog!

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  • I just came across your blog- SO glad I found it! You can read about my story on my blog, but we are finishing up the infertility testing (labs, sperm analysis, HSG (great tubes as well!), and I have an appointing with my doctor next week as to what the next step towards treatment will be. My heart goes out to you and I sincerely hope the IVF works! Are the chances of conceiving via IUI very low? I believe I have read that they are before. Anyways, look forward to following your journey!

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    • My doctor told me that IUI success rates are pretty low (for me it was about 12 percent). On the other hand, numbers seem to mean nothing. According to all my numbers I should have gotten pregnant a long time ago. Also, I have had friends go through failed IVF cycles with great numbers and vice versa (not always of course). All I know is that the rest of the world simply thinks I am trying to hard and it will happen when we are ready.

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  • Hello! I’m fairly new to wordpress and I am amazed at the support system that you can find on here! Thank you for visiting my blog! In return it’s led me to you 🙂 It sounds like you and your hubby have a long history together (as do my hubby and I) We started dating in 1999 and got married in 2007 also. It sounds like you’ve had quite the journey with TTC already. We hope to do some sort of treatment in the fall. I wish you nothing but the best of luck as you embark on the IVF journey. Look forward to getting to know you better!

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  • We are in this together! 1 in 8 have infertility issues. As time goes on, I’ve been researching more and more about my body and how to overcome this sensitive issue. I’ll be praying for you and your hubby!

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  • You left a comment on my blog. I thought I’d check out yours. I’m in kind of the same boat. Healthy, normal tests, but just can’t have a baby. I hope you get a baby soon and without much struggle!

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    • You too! It broke my heart to read about your miscarriages. I have never actually gotten to the point of being pregnant and I can not even imagine what that is like. It is frustrating when you appear healthy but have to deal with infertility.

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  • Hey Jennie! My name is Kim and I just started looking at your blog! Thank you for the insight of IVF. I’m currently preparing for my first IUI best wishes to you! (Ps got you blog from Chelsea)

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  • Hi Jennie!
    Thanks for sharing. I know how frustrating unexplained infertility can be because I’ve been suffering from it for the past 4 years as well. Here’s wishing you all the best in 2015!

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