Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Wow! I can't believe it's already been one month? Where does the time go?

Welcome to all new readers! This is my humble little blog where I rant and rave about marriage, life, doctors, and basically everything under the sun, but mostly about infertility and how much it royally sucks.

To give you a little background, I've been TTC since February/March of 2009. Not too long compared to a lot of other women, but almost right off the bat, I knew something was not quite right, so after about 4-5 months I started on herbs and acupuncture.

Not too long after that, in September 2009, I decided to get checked out by an RE and started doing some real testing. All the blood work came back issues with anything. Doc (my DH) also tested and passed with good numbers. I did an HSG and ultrasound at that time and my tubes were all clear with no signs of cysts or polyps. Official diagnosis: unexplained IF.

So, we did one cycle of clo.mid which thinned my lining to a wonderful 4.5 at trigger -- obviously a BFN. Then we did two cycles of letra.zole with IUI. Both were BFNs. At that point our RE gave us an option to either move on to injections + IUI or go to IVF. We decided IVF.

In February 2010, we started IVF #1. The RE at the clinic (different than the RE whom we did the IUIs with) did a antral follicle count and found approximately 10 follicles which indicated a slightly diminished ovarian reserve (DOR). Average for my age at 34 would be more like 12-15. So, he placed me on a more aggressive antagonist protocol with a slightly higher than average injectable dosage.

Unfortunately, what he didn't realize would be that I reacted a little too well to BCPs that I was place on prior to the stims and ended up oversuppressed. During the first 4 days of stims, my E2 rose from less than 20 to a little over 100 (normally at that point the E2 should be well beyond 200). After the first 4 days, my body started acting normally and the E2 values and my follicles started to grow nicely. However, the long stim probably didn't help the egg quality.

We retrieved 10 eggs, but only 3 were mature, and only 2 fertilized with ICSI. I did a 2-day transfer and ended up with a BFN at the end of the 2WW. No surprise to either Doc or myself.

We'll be starting IVF #2 (hopefully) in June with a new RE/clinic and I'm hoping that this does the trick. After this last IVF, I'm thinking that I probably do have some issues with both DOR and egg quality, so I'm taking supplements and still going to acupuncture. Hoping and praying that this next IVF will be it!


sienna said...

happy iclw!! we've both been through more than a person should :o( here's to a successful and happy next few months to us. i have great hopes for both of us for round 2!! we're gonna have to somehow have a playdate with our well-deserved babies when they get here :o) xoxoxo!

Kristin said...

Wishing you the best of luck with your new clinic and next IVF cycle.


Anonymous said...

Hoping you have wonderful success with #2!!

The Barreness said...

Wishing you the best of luck as you start cycle 2, and fingers crossed that this one's a sticky one! Happy ICLW.

Geochick said...

Good luck with the next IVF. I too had a nagging suspicion about few months into our TTC that things were not going to go according to plan. Weird how instinct kicks in sometimes!

Basic Girl said...

Happy ICLW!! Wishing you tons of success with IVF #2. Sometimes half the battle is just figuring out how your body is going to respond to all these frickin meds!! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Good luck and hang in there. Great blog, can't wait to read more. I'm your newest follower from IComLeavWe.


Niki said...

I hope number 2 is it for you guys. I too went straight to the RE some people just know. I wish it were easy for everyone.

Good luck

Happy ICLW!(#70)

Shazz said...

I really hope this is the cycle for you. My body went haywire a few times...just so frustrating.

It's all crossed for you.

Happy ICLW #9

Anonymous said...

Happy ICLW :)

Hoping that your next IVF in June will be it too!!

Anonymous said...

glad i found you during last month's ICLW! i hope the new RE/clinic/protocol is the cocktail you need. looks like we'll be starting back up again at the same time. :)

fingers crossed!!!

Tammy said...

Wishing you well on your next cycle and hoping this is it for you!


Anonymous said...

All the best for your next cycle, I hope it turns out in a BFP! The pictures of your holidays are beautiful! ICLW