Lets throw this way back to 2012. In September of that year i had a miscarriage and required a D&C (Dilation and Curettage) which is basically surgically removing the contents of the uterus. Anyways, it was extremely painful and I never wanted to go through that again so I decided to lay off having children. I went to college and studied to be a Paralegal. I graduated, I landed a job, started working and kept myself extra busy with friends and family.
Something was missing.
In the beginning of 2015 my husband and I decided we should try to conceive. It was time to have a baby! I thought this process would be so easy and that I would get pregnant right away, boy was I wrong. I stopped taking contraceptive pills, I started tracking my fertile days using the Period Tracker Pro and still, nothing. A few months went by and at this point I was starting to lose hope. So i went to my doctor and he sent me to a fertility clinic in Burlington called One Fertility.
In November of 2015 I was told that I may have something called unexplained infertility and it could’ve been caused because of the miscarriage I had back in 2012. I was advised of two options. First was IUI – Intrauterine Insemination, which is where they would track my ovulation, track the maturity of my ovum (egg) and then use a catheter to insert the sperm into the uterus in hopes that the sperm finds the egg. And if that didn’t work, there was IVF – In Vitro Fertilization, which is where they combine the egg and sperm outside the body and once it’s an embryo it is transferred into the uterus. My husband and I decided to try the IUI and go from there.
The first of many processes was taking a prescription called Letrozol (Femara 5mg) I would have to wait for my menstrual cycle and on the 3rd day I would take the first of 5 pills and continue the pills until day 7 of my cycle. Once the pills are complete, the second process would start on day 10 of my cycle. Ultrasounds and blood tests were administered every other day to pin point when ovulation would occur. On day 13 three of my eggs were mature enough and ready for ovulation. That is when I was given a FSH shot also known as the trigger shot. This shot would complete the maturation process of the eggs and ovulation would occur within 24 to 48 hours. On to the next process which is the IUI itself. On day 14 of my cycle I went to the clinic and was out and about within an hour. That’s how fast and painless the procedure was.
The absolute worst part was the waiting game. Now I had to wait 2 weeks to find out if the IUI worked. I tried to keep myself busy but the only thing on my mind was if it worked or not. The earliest you can test for pregnancy is 6 days past ovulation but that wasn’t the case for me, I couldn’t test until the trigger shot left my system, and that could take anywhere from 9 to 11 days. 8 days past ovulation I did a pregnancy test and got a negative result. That meant the FSH had left my system. 10 days past ovulation I did another test and there it was,
A BIG FAT POSITIVE!
I couldn’t believe it. I remember reading so many blogs and watching so many YouTube videos about women who have had this procedure done and were mostly unsuccessful on their 1st, 2nd and sometimes 3rd tries. I thought there is no way in hell this would work for me. Also, my doctor did mention how it would take at least 3 tries before your body gets used to the process. The last thing I expected was a positive pregnancy test so i took another one. Another positive. I was pregnant. I was pregnant.
I couldn’t wait to get my blood work done to get my HCG levels so that I could be 100% positive that I was pregnant. I remember I told my closest friend and that to I remember telling her not to get her hopes up, just yet. I didn’t tell my family until I went in for my 2nd blood test to confirm that my HCG levels were rising. And they were.
At first I wasn’t sure I wanted to write about the struggle with my infertility. It was something very personal to me. But there are so many women in this world who struggle with infertility and are scared to speak about it. I felt that my story could help other women who are struggling with the same issues. This entire process was an experience I will never forget.
Stay tuned for more!