Ok, I'm FINALLY posting my success story!
DH and I had been TTC for aprrox. 2.5 years. The first year we tried completely on our own. Once I hit the one year mark with no pregnancy, I skipped my OB and went straight for the RE (fertility specialist). A bunch of blood test were done as well as the HSG and an SA for DH.
Everything came back clear except for a borderline case of PCOS for me. DH's SA was just fine. So my RE had me try Clomid w/ trigger and IUI. I did one round of 100mg days 3-7 made 2 follies but ended up being canceled for the IUI at the last minute due to shrinking follicles and crappy hormone levels. We were told to trigger and BD anyway. I actually got pg! But it was a chemical pregnancy.
Next we went on to injectables w/IUI (Follistim). The injectable Follistim cycles were rocky. The first was fine but I got a BFN. Then I went through 2 cycles that went out of control and I produced WAY too many eggs! Not good for IUI and IVF was not finacially feasable for us. Each of those 2 cycles were canceled and I had to take a cycle off in between to "rest".
Finally, my RE put me on metformin 500mg 2x/d in May 2007. I took it for a month and resumed Follistim again. FINALLY a normal cycle with a normal response!...sadly BFN. I did another Follistim cycle w/IUI and got another BFN. Then I did a Follistim cycle with timed intercourse and got a BFN. Iwas was really discouraged and getting numb to the whole infertility treatment process. So sad and stressed all the time. I felt like I would never leave my RE's office with a smile on my face and not in tears!
In September on 2007 I did yet another Follistim w/IUI cycle. I was SURE it didn't work....AGAIN. But to my surprise and delight...BFP on October 16th!!! It was good strong beta too! DH and I were on cloud 9! Our happiness came crashing down 3 days later when my beta hCG did not double...or even come close! @ betas later with slow rising #'s and a u/s with not visible pregnancy in my uterus confirmed I had an ectopic pregnancy. Luckily, it wasn't big enough to need surgery. I was able to be treated with Methotrexate...a shot that stops the ectopic pregnancy from continuing. I was beyond devestated! I just couldn't believe this was happening...it all seemed so unfair!
Our next plan of action was to wait one full cycle for my next AF then have an HSG to make sure there was no dammage to my tube from the ectopic. I had the HSG and thankfully everything was perfectly clear and open. My RE suggested that once I got my AF post HSG I could try another Follistim IUI cycle (all this while I still was on my Metformin).
Finally in January 2008, all of the ectopic, waiting out cycles, and HSG were behind me and I got the go ahead to try again. So back on the Follistim it was.
I stimmed and ended up with only 1 follicle but it was a good healthy follicle. I triggered and had my IUI on CD 15. I was very skeptical because of the one lonely follie. My RE told me that because I'm young (32) there is EVERY reason to think positively and NO reason to think negatively about the possible outcome of the cycle.
2 weeks later I got my BFP. My first beta was 544! My second beta, 3 days later, was 1726!!!! It more than tripled!!! My third beta, 5 days later was 8868!!!! I had an u/s @ 5w 3d and we saw a perfectly healthy gestational sac with a yolk sac. A week later @ 6w 3d we saw a beautiful little embryo with a happy and fast little heartbeat!
I was finally pregnant with what seemed like a sticker
So far this pregnancy has been a dream! NO problems...all smooth going.
Yesterday, I had my "big u/s" at 19 weeks, 1 day. Our baby looks GREAT! and we found out we are having a BOY!!!!!
It was a looong frustrating road to travel but we are finally here and hopefully this pregnancy and my son will continue to grow and be healthy and strong.
I found such WONDERFUL support on this board. I truely appreciate all that have talked me through my journey. I still lurk here and I hope to see ALL of you posting your success stories very very soon!
Love and hugs,