Trying to stay hopeful (while not getting my hopes up) since November 2008
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Saturday, September 11, 2010
September 11, 2010
I know it's been 9 years, but I still want to recognize the significance of this day and take time out from my small concerns to pay tribute to those whose lives were lost. I was here in NYC on that day, and I will never forget.
I'm 35, DH is 50. We have been TTC #1 since November 2008. So far we are in the "unexplained infertility" category. We failed IUI #4 in March 2010, and, after a 4 month break from treatments, we had our first (unsuccessful) IVF in Aug/Sept 2010. We are now hoping to get into an IVF study (free IVF!) in Nov/Dec 2010.
May 2009: Spoke to my OB/GYN about TTC for 6 months with no luck. He gave me clomid prescription and told me he'd refer me to RE if we didn't have success after a few months.
June 2009: First clomid cycle, unmonitored. Pain and cramping at ovulation. I decided that I would see a fertility specialist sooner rather than later - I have had cysts before and was afraid that maybe that's where my pain was coming from. BFN
July 2009: Met with RE. HSG test = all clear. SA = all good. Did another clomid cycle (100mg/day for 5 days), this time monitored. Ovidrel trigger, progesterone suppositories. Thin lining (found out later). 2 follicles, one 20.7mm, the other 15.6mm. Triggered on CD12. Beta was positive at 9dpo (HCG=9), negative at 12dpo (HCG=2). I think it was a false positive due to the HCG trigger, and doing the beta so early (!?). My RE said "I don't think so, but anything's possible." End result - BFN
August 2009: Cyst on my ovary; doctor said we'd have to skip a cycle (we tried naturally, BFN).
September 2009: First femara (5mg/day for 5 days) cycle (clomid caused visual disturbances), IUI#1. Ovidrel trigger, progesterone suppositories. Thin lining (found out later). 2 follicles: 18mm and 21mm. Triggered CD13. Had pain and cramping in the days after ovulation. Doctor said this was probably just "strong ovulation." BFN
October 2009: Took cycle off due to travel.
November 2009: Supposed to do IUI#2, but RE prescribed month off and "estrogen priming" to "quiet things down" before doing injectables next month. Tried on our own - BFN.
December 2009: IUI#2 with injectables (gonal-f), ovidrel trigger, prometrium. Thin (6.5mm) lining. 15 follicles over 10mm on CD9, and 5 that are between 15-16mm (after 6 days of 150iu gonal-f); considered switching to IVF, but instead triggered on CD10, IUI on CD12. BFN
Dec 2009-Jan 2010: 10 days of BCPs to shrink leftover follicles
January 2010: IUI #3 with injectables (gonal-f), estrogen patch CD2-15, ovidrel trigger, endometrin. Good lining this time (9.5mm). Started at 75iu of gonal-f/day (CD4) instead of 150iu and ended up having to stim for 14 days to get a mature follicle (the last 3 days at 112.5iu/day). One mature follicle at 24mm. Other smaller follicles were 12mm or smaller. Trigger CD20, IUI CD21. Short LP (12 days). BFN
February 2010: IUI #4 with injectables. BFN.
March 2010-July 2010: 4 un-medicated cycles before we move on to IVF. All BFNs.
August-September 2010: First IVF cycle. Start lupron (10 units) on cycle day 21, then "lupron period," then stims starting on CD3. 150 units gonal-f, 2 vials menopur per day (lupron down to 5 units/day). Stim for 10 days, trigger CD12, retrieval CD14. 17 eggs retrieved, 14 mature, 6 fertilized normally. On day 3 we have 4 embryos left and we transfer 3 "fair to good" quality embryos (one 6 cell and two 5 cell). BFN