Sunday, February 14, 2010

First of Many Early Mornings

My doctor is about 2 hours from home, and last cycle in September we stayed in a hotel a lot. About 12 nights in all. It got so old not being home, and sitting in the hotel room most of the day. So....this time we decided to do many day trips instead. This morning I had to be there at 7am for labs, so we got up at 4am and made the drive. 4 hours in the car to be there for 5 minutes! I know it's just what we have to do, but man that was early! I know it's worth it because when we start our cycle I'll only have to go in every other day and it'll be nice to be home.

I did get my calendar and should start stims on March 14th. I'm excited for another shot at this, but not sure I'm ready for the needles again. Even though Tim is great at giving shots, I think he was a nurse in a past life :)
This cycle what we are doing different is we're starting at a higher dose of follistim(350 iu/day) and adding a vial of menapur daily. Also after retrieval they are putting me on estrogen along with the pio(progesterone in oil) because last time me estrogen went from 3200 to 36 in 2 wonder I turned into a raging bitch for a couple days overnight!

Hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day :)

p.s. isn't that a great way to end a post: from raging bitch to Happy Valentine's day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

How did we get here?

Just started a blog! Yes, this is going to be about infertility and IVF, but it will also be about other things in my life. I love cooking and I'd love to share some of my favorite recipes here as well.
I'll start with our infertility history and how we found ourselves doing IVF.

Tim and I got married in June 2004 and knew we'd want to have a family someday. We were young and decided to wait until Tim finished school. In 2007 (I honestly don't remember exactly when) I went off birth control and decided "whatever happens, happens". After about a year we thought something might be up and I went to the doctor. I got the "you're young it'll happen" speech and he told me that if I still wasn't pregnant after another year to come back. In 2008 I went to a different ob/gyn and he put on fertility drugs(femara and clomid). After a several months of that, and no success we decided to go see a fertility specialist.
We were diagnosed with severe male infertility (4%motility, and 0%morphology) which means he has 0% normal sperm. The good new he told us is since the count is good, the DNA should be normal and we will just need help with fertilization. This meant we needed to go straight to IVF with ICSI (inter cytoplasmic sperm injection). This is where they inject the sperm directly into the egg microscopically. After a lot of thought we decided to go for it. We were excited, as our doctor had given us great chances for success given our ages.
Well, IVF #1 = HUGE failure. They retrieved 15 eggs from me, but at transfer we only had 1 poor quality embryo. We transferred it and it did not work.
We learned I have a very high FSH (14), which mean I have a low egg reserve, and low quality eggs. (yes my clock is frick' ticking at age 25!) AND he said Tim's sperm was really bad which isn't helping. He told me we could have put an ad out for each other for the worst fertility match.
So, after a well needed 6 month break we are trying again in March with a new plan!