I’d like to remain at least semi-anonymous here, but let me give you the basics: I live in Toronto (for the Americans out there — this is a city in CANADA). :) I’m 33. My periods arrive like clockwork every 28 days, and I’ve been diagnosed with “unexplained infertility”. Here’s my awesome TTC history:
Ages ago: Went off the pill, took a year to get my period again.
2010: Started charting my basal body temperature in order to prevent pregnancy (ha!).
May, 2011: Kept charting, in hopes of actually getting preggo. Didn’t work.
Oct, 2011: First appointment with our RE; I look fine; hubby’s sperm looks fine. “You guys are gonna have a baby!” says our doctor with far too much confidence. Do a monitored natural cycle, which fails. Do an HSG (saline sonogram) to check my tubes; fine.
Nov, 2011: Another shot at timed intercourse; BFN.
Feb, 2012: IUI #1 (no meds except trigger shot); BFN.
Mar, 2012: IUI #2 (Letrozole, aka. Femara, with trigger shot); 3 eggs; BFN.
Apr, 2012: IUI #3 (Letrozole, Gonal-f, trigger shot); 4 eggs; BFN. Start getting my period, but when I go in for my beta, it comes back at 11. Two days later, still have a full period, get another beta and it’s 24. Then goes up to 80, 280 and 1,250. Clinic says “congrats”, doesn’t think it’s weird that I had a full period, books ultrasound for 6 weeks. My mom (a doctor) is more concerned and books me in for an immediate ultrasound at a different lab. Results come back and it’s an ectopic in my right tube. Go to the hospital and as the clock strikes midnight, on my birthday, get two shots of methotrexate in my butt.
July, 2012: Repeat HSG to check for tubal damage (none); try naturally; BFN.
Aug, 2012: IUI #4 (Letrozole, Gonal-f, trigger shot); 3 eggs; BFN.
Sep, 2012: IUI #5 (Letrozole, Gonal-f, trigger shot); 3 eggs; BFN.
Oct, 2012: IUI #6 (Letrozole, Gonal-f, trigger shot); 4 eggs; BFN.
Nov, 2012: Begin a mock cycle for IVF; taking Estrace and Endometrin. Then on Day 27, have a biopsy of my uterine lining, which will be sent to Yale University (!) for testing.
Dec, 2012: Lining comes back normal except for mild bacterial infection. All cleared for IVF. Start antibiotics, BCP and Lupron.
Jan, 2013: Start IVF cycle #1. 28 eggs retrieved, 21 fertilize with ICSI.