Wednesday, March 23, 2016

And So It Begins...The IVF Journey

Y'all....it didn't work.  The Hail Mary IUI (post HERE) did not work.  And I was definitely heartbroken this weekend. I knew that it was a long shot to work, but I still held on to the hope that somehow it would.

But it didn't...and I spent Friday in shock and Saturday in turmoil.  I went through all the questions we all do...why?  What could I have done better?  When will I get pregnant?  How many more will come off the bench in the TTC Community before I get to get off the bench too?  And on Sunday, I remembered THIS post from Caroline over at In Due Time which tells us to STOP ASKING WHY and instead ask, "How can I use this situation in a positive way?"  Caroline is such an inspiration and her blog really speaks to me on the daily y'all!  That post is what inspired me to take a step back, evaluate our journey and pick myself back up again and keep moving forward.

So I thought to myself, THIS is how, this blog is how I will use this situation.  So we begin the next steps for IVF and I will walk you through it...in the best way I know how, with a little sass and a lot of laughs.  Infertility is NOT FUN y'all but it can be funny!

I went over the costs for IVF in THIS post.  This is pretty standard for the area where we live in Central Florida.  It's expensive and if you're not ready for the REAL COSTS associated with it, then do not click that link.  It's a staggering number, it's enough to make you want to toss your cookies.  But in the end, it is going to be worth it because I'm predicting that we will be an IVF Success story...REPEAT...we WILL be an IVF Success story!

So how do we begin?  We started with a meeting with Dr. Mark over at Fertility CARE and he went over what we've done so far and what he believes are the next steps for us.  He reassured me that our IUI results have NO BEARING on our IVF changes and they're two separate ballgames, more like two separate sports in the big bad world of Infertility.  Usually you would start the cycle with a baseline ultrasound to check your current lady bits but after three IUI's and what seems like 50 ultrasounds, we decided I did not need an official ultrasound to get started (cue excited face for $250 savings).

Next we begin with 21 days of birth control...wait WHAT??  Birth control?  To get pregnant?  Isn't that counterproductive?  That answer is NO and there are really two reasons for this method; research shows that taking birth control prior to an IVF cycle helps your ovaries respond better to hormone stimulation, and second it helps regulate your cycle so the RE can control the timing of your follie growth.  The idea is to have them start growing at the same time so they're ready at the same time as well.

Who knew that someone could be so excited to start birth control???

Next Steps...
Trial Transfer
Ovarian Stimulation
Egg Retrival and Endometrial Scratch
One Cycle on "Break" 
Official Transfer of Frozen Embryo


The next step is in two weeks and that is a Trial Transfer.  The Trial Transfer is performed so the RE can find the "perfect place" to insert the embryo when we move to that part of the journey.  This is also so he can determine where to perform the endometrial scratch during my egg retrieval.  Why is he scratching my lady bits?  It's been shown that irritating the lining of the uterus helps an embryo implant and we want to be sure that baby sticks!  We will dig into that procedure when it's completed.  For now, I will take my birth control and hope that the hormones don't negatively affect my emotions!

32 comments:

  1. Hey girl!! I am @ttc_no.2 over on IG and I can't believe I waited this long to visit your blog!! I am starting IVF soon too!! Best of luck to you ๐Ÿ’–

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    1. HEYYYY!! Can't wait to follow along on your journey and cheer you on! Do you know when you're starting BC?

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    2. I think probably not until early May...looking to do retrieval in June!!

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    3. Okay we should be starting our FET that month so I'll be waiting for ya!

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    5. Thank you for walking along this journey with us...my husband and I are starting IVF too. It is the scariest and longest journey I have ever been on.

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  2. Damn lady you are full speed ahead! I have just under a week before AF starts so begin BC. But we'll be close to each other! Glad we connected and cannot wait to see your journey unfold!

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    1. Girl I fall down and get back up again, I'm like those little clowns with the sand in the bottom...knock it down and LOOK OUT, it's coming back!

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  3. I have no doubt this will work for you!! Can't wait to follow along!

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    1. Thanks Amie, I am praying this will lead to our BFP in 2016!

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  4. Praying with you too! YOU WILL BE A SUCCESS!

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    1. Aly it is soooooo important to be prayerful during this journey and I'm so thankful for your prayers!

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  5. It's so crazy that IVF always starts with BC!!! Glad you are excited though :) If you are excited, then I am excited!

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  6. Hi! I'm Ashley (ashleyslott on IG) and were on the same IVF timeline. You may be a few days ahead of me as I just started stims yesterday but we'll likely be doing FET end of May. Love your blog-it makes me want to dust mine off and start posting again ๐Ÿ˜œ

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