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It’s said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I don’t think any other description so succinctly describes infertility. Month after month you wait and hope that things will turn out differently than the month before. Our journey down this road began in June 2011. With much deliberation we began what turned out to be a long and arduous process.

For those seeking out blogs about infertility, I’ll give you some stats. I hope that you never need to understand all of these acronyms, but if you do then I hope this will be helpful in some way.

Me: Age 32, dx: possible PCOS (lean)

DH: Age 33, dx: borderline low morphology

Quit BCP 6/2011 on my 29th birthday. Had 5 ‘regular’ but long cycles, followed by several months of absolutely nothing. Started seeing an RE 01/2012 for testing. Meanwhile diagnosed with PCOS. Took a break to go to Italy. Switched to new RE 08/2012 for treatments.

Treatment:

IUI #1: 9/2012 – CD19 – Clomid 250mg CD3-7 – (1) 22mm follicle, 6.8mm lining at trigger, CD17. 14dpiui – CD1

IUI#2: 10/2012 – CD17 – Clomid 250mg CD3-7 – (1) follicle, 4.5mm lining at trigger, CD15. 15dpiui – CD1

Rest month 11/2012 due to 52mm cyst, added weekly acupuncture.

IUI #3: 12/2012 – Cancelled, ovulated CD12 without trigger, Femara 2.5mg CD3-7 (1 follicle, 4mm lining on CD13 monitoring. Other issues this cycle: 8 day luteal phase, added low-dose aspirin daily, and weekly acupuncture.

IUI #4: 12/2012-01/2013 – (CD 1: 12/22/12) Follistim 50IU CD 3-6. CD 7 monitoring: many small follicles, E2: 162. Follistim 50IU CD 7-8. CD9 monitoring: (2) 12mm, (1) 11mm, (1) 10mm, (3) 9mm follicles, 6.9mm lining! E2: 269. Follistim 33IU CD9-10. CD11 monitoring: (1) 17mm, (1) 16mm, (2) 12-13mm, several 9-10mm, 8.2mm lining. Follistim 33IU CD11, HCG trigger 8pm CD11, acupuncture. CD13 IUI: 56 million total count, 91% motility (51 million motile) – RE wants at least 10 million motile. (also BD CD11, CD13, CD14). 11-12dpiui: light brown spotting. 13dpiui – CD1 😦

02/2013-03/2013 – Taking time off to regroup & travel to Europe.

IVF #1: Started BCP 3/3. Started stims 3/25. Lining Thickness 7.8mm at trigger. ER 4/3. ET (2 blasts) 4/8. Beta #1 (4/17) = 396. Beta #2 (4/20) = 1109. Beta #3 (4/30) = 506 (Missed M/C). Beta #4 (5/3) = 189. Beta #5 (5/13) = 6.5. Beta #6 (5/20) = 1.9. Beta #7 (5/31) = Negative (Hallelujah).  [M/C: 5/5 – 5/12.]

06/2013 – Dealing with the loss & waiting one full cycle.

FET #1: Started BCP 6/23. Started 10IU Lupron 7/7. Started 5IU Lurpon w/ (1) Vivelle dot 7/16. (2) Vivelle dots 7/19. (4) Vivelle dots 7/22. Lining Thickness 7/31: 7.2mm – continue (4) Vivelle dots. Lining Thickness 8/7: 6.2mm (WTF) – replace Vivelle dots with 2mg daily vaginal Estrace. Lining Thickness 8/14: 5.8mm (Seriously, WTF). Lining Thickness 8/19: 7.6mm. Transferred 2 5-6 day blasts 8/27. BFN (Negative Beta 9/5).

IVF #2: Started BCP end of December 2013. Started stims 1/21/2014. ER 1/30. ET (2 blasts) 2/4. Beta #1 (2/13) = 289. Beta #2 (2/17) = 1175. Beta #3 (2/21) = 2289. Ultrasound – Gestational Sac & Fetal Pole (2/25 – 5w5d). Ultrasound – No Heartbeat, Missed M/C (3/4 – 6w5d). Ultrasound – Shrinking Gestational Sacs, No signs of natural M/C (3/18 – 8w5d). Misoprostol M/C 3/22 (9w2d), bleeding until 4/1 (11 days total). Beta #4 (4/8, 2w3d post M/C) = 5.82. Beta #5 (4/29, 5w3d post M/C) = Negative.

CD1 post miscarriage after 6 weeks, 3 days on 05/06. Next CD1 05/27. Following CD1s: 6/29, 7/28, 8/28.

IVF #3: BCP 8/31-9/12. Start 2mg oral Estrace 9/17, Add 400mg vaginal Prometrium 9/26, Stop priming meds 10/9. Start stims 10/14. ER 10/24. All frozen after PGS, no ET. Stop progesterone 11/5. CD1 11/6. CD1 12/11. No CD1 after 35 days (1/14) – bloodwork & ultrasound show “recent ovulation”, waiting for CD1.

FET #2: CD1: 1/19/2015. Start BCP 1/22. Start Lupron 1/27. Start delestrogen shots 2/5. Intralipid infusion 2/17. Lining 9.3mm 2/18. Last Lupron 2/19. Start progesterone (PIO & Endometrin) 2/20. Transferred 2 PGS tested blasts (5AA and 5AB) on 2/25. Positive HPT 3/3 (6dp5dt). Spotting/bleeding 3/5-3/6. Beta #1 (3/6) = 297. Beta #2 (3/10) = 1557. Beta #3 (3/13) = 3121. Cramping & heavy bleeding 3/14. Beta #4 (3/16) = 1920 (Missed M/C), ultrasound showed one gestational sac measuring 5w1d. Beta #5 (3/18) = 724. Passed tissue 3/23, Beta #6 (3/23) = 101. Beta #7 (4/9) = Negative. [M/C bleeding: 3/23-3/31 & 4/3-4/9.]

Testing with Dr. Kwak-Kim April 2015, Follow-up with Dr. Kwak-Kim May 2015.

Next Steps: Pursuing gestational surrogacy in 2016.

 

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