Friday, June 10, 2011

Our Journey

I thought it may be helpful to start a time line of our fertility history. Seeing as I can't remember the dates of anything, I'm hoping writing them down will help me stay on track. Check out the new page, I'll be updating as things happen.

January 2009-Stopped taking the pill, thank God.

February 2010- Dye test to check that my tubes were open, which they were. Hubby's sperm tested, found out only 4% were normal. Referred to Urologist.

March 2010- Finally get in to see the Urologist. Prescribes Hubby antibiotic to hopefully clear up a low-grade virus that may be causing the malformations. Tells us he needs to have 2 more specimens completed to be sure his numbers remain the same. Hubby also goes in for ultrasound checking kidney's and scrotum.

May 2010- Urologist tells us Hubby has bilateral vericosele. (Enlarged veins in the scrotum that hold and trap blood which in turn holds and traps heat, causing the sperm to malform.) Urologist recommends surgery to have veins cut. 

June 2010- Decide it's time to get a second opinion from a fertility specialist. 

July 2010- First appointment with RSC. Assumes I am fine and first recommends IVF. Lab/blood work done to check us both for genetic abnormalities and hormone levels. Both fine.

August 2010- First step in IVF, start taking the pill. Which I warned the doctor that I can not be on the pill because they make me form cysts on my ovaries. Asks me to try it anyways. I form cysts, cycle is forgone.

Sept 2010- Start med to create multiple eggs. Ultrasound and bloodwork throughout the month. 

Oct 2010- Harvested 13 eggs through surgical procedure. Eggs injected with Hubby's sperm. 11 grew. 8 made blastocyst stage. Continued growing for 5 days. Embryo transfer of 1 embryo on Oct 31st. 2 embryos made it to be frozen.

Nov 2010- Positive home pregnancy test followed by positive blood test. Finally pregnant. At 6 weeks, 2 days HCG was not multiplying as should be. Told to have ultrasound to be sure pregnancy is not ectopic. Saw and heard heart beat.

Dec 2010- Watched until 7 weeks, then referred to OB and to stop taking progesterone. Switched OB's, had first consult on pregnancy. On the 23rd at 9 weeks, had light spotting. Called OB, brought in for ultrasound. Informed by OB that the baby only measured 6 weeks & 2 days. We miscarried. 

Jan 2011- Follow up with OB that my mental state was okay, per their protocol. 

Feb 2011- Meet with RSC and decide to have frozen embryo transfer. Began new meds.

March 2011- Only one embryo made unfreezing process properly. Had second embryo transfer. One week later had positive home pregnancy test. 

April 2011- Negative blood work result. Not pregnant. Devastated. Out of embryos. Decide to try a new course of action. Cousin informs me of NaPro Technology. Phone Dr. C's office, have 2 one hour phone conversations about history. Believe he can help. 

May 2011- Meet with Dr. C. Believes I have endometriosis. Referred to surgeon to have removed. Also thinks I may have issue with progesterone and or thyroid. Suggests taking B6, D3, magnesium and vitamin supplement to help thyroid. Hubby is referred to surgery, yet again. And he is to begin ProXeed, sperm enhancement vitamin. Meet with RN to learn Creighton Model, natural family planning method. Scheduled both consults with surgeons. Dr. C also thinks I should have never been taken off progesterone, may have contributed to miscarriage. Angry.

1 comment:

  1. Totally don't blame you for being angry about the progesterone possibly contributing to your miscarriage. Both Tom and I freaked out when you were referred to a regular OB and told it was ok to stop the progesterone. I know I've said it before, but I was on progesterone while pregnant with Hannah for I think 7 out of the 9 months. I was pretty angry with the IVF clinic back in December, all the while praying it would still work out. I suppose they just don't quite have all the information Dr. C and some other doctors have. Frustrating and infuriating!