December 2010 I turned 31 years old and began to think about it being time to try for a baby soon.
March 2011 I began using a basal body temperature thermometer to take my BBT to chart and
discover my peak ovulation days. I started manually charting but switched to
fertility friend and have used it consistently since December 2011. I am hooked.
June 2011 Surprise pregnancy. I mistook implantation bleeding for my period.
Miscarriage #1 at 5 weeks 2 days.
November 2011 BFP after first month trying again.
Miscarriage #2 at 5 weeks 2 days.
November 2011 Referred to Reproductive Endocrinologist #1 upon my request.
She ran a Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Panel (RPL panel) and ordered an HSG.
RPL panel showed nothing abnormal (despite my TSH being at 4.34. -This is high
but I didn't know that yet)
January 2012 32 years old. BFN
February 2012 BFN
March 2012 HSG was performed. Hysterosalpingogram showed clear tubes and normal uterus.
This procedure was very similar to a pap smear just in a different setting. Pain free.
RE #1 said "Keep trying. You are fine." BFN
April 2012 break
May 2012 BFN
Jun-July 2012 June BFN. Light period was followed by strange spotting. Spotting turned into
mid cycle bleeding so I called the Doctor's office.
"Are you pregnant?" she asked. I said "No." "Well, let's get you in here for blood
work to see what's going on." She called that afternoon and told me that I was
pregnant and miscarrying again without even knowing.
Miscarriage #3 at 5 weeks 6 days including spotting after 5 months of trying.
August 2012 After our 3rd miscarriage RE #1 gave me the EXACT same speech as after our
2nd miscarriage and told us "You're fine. Keep trying when you are ready."
No additional tests. Zero concern. I was mad. And determined to find a new RE.
I also reached out to an online support group. A member noted my high TSH
when I posted my RPL Panel results (I was looking for a 'next step').
I wrote about my thyroid in a post here.
I wrote about my terrible RE #1 appointment here.
September 2012 break. Met with my PCP for a referral to an Endocrinologist.
Endocrinologist appointment. Began Levothyroxine.
October 2012 Met RE #2. Dr. prescribed break while we wait to get a sonohysterogram.
RE #2 is a breathe of fresh air. Very straight to the point.
Exactly what I need right now.
November 2012 Sonohysterogram finds a 6mm x 6mm uterine polyp at the top of my uterus.
While RE #2 wouldn't normally recommend removing it, due to my history he
December 2012 33 years old. Dr. prescribed break
January 2013 Hysteroscopic Polypectomy surgery in late January.
February 2013 surgery-postsurgery cycle
March 2013 Clomid Cycle #1. Unexpected spotting throughout entire cycle after taking
provera to induce my cycle. Cycle was a bust. We should have waited another
cycle after surgery rather than rushing to TTC.
March 2013 break
April 2013 Clomid Cycle #2. BFN.
May 2013 Clomid Cycle #3. BFN.
June 2013 break for sanity. Clomid rage is real. It was awful.
July 2013 Baseline ultrasound showed two cysts. Natural cycle. BFN.
August 2013 Natural Cycle with IUI (small cyst). I didn't want to be on clomid again due to
the awful side effects. BFN.
August 2013 Hydrosalpinx scare over Labor Day weekend. By the time Monday came
around I was convinced I would lose both of my tubes. I was a nervous wreck.
"It was an artifact on the ultrasound but we will keep an eye on the area"
Doubts began creeping in about RE #2 ability to help me (and obsession with
keeping me on clomid). At the end of the day, while I really like him I felt that he
just didn't know what to do with me and my set of circumstances. I stuck it out
with him for another month while prepping to switch to another RE but wrote about
the "break up" here
September 2013 Natural Cycle with IUI. I didn't want to be on clomid again due to the
awful side effects despite my doctor wanting me to. BFN.
October 2013 Natural cycle while awaiting appointment with RE #3. BFN.
Met RE #3. Wants to use injectables with IUI.
November 2013 Follistim Cycle #1 with IUI. BFN.
Follistim is a dream compared to Clomid. Clomid is evil.
December 2013 34 years old. Cysts from Follistim. Natural Cycle due to cysts. BFN.
January 2014 Natural Cycle due to travel plans. BFN.
February 2014 Follistim Cycle #2 with IUI. BFN.
March 2014 Anovulatory Cycle. First ever since tracking BBT. Is this from the cysts/follistim?
Apr-May 2014 IVF #1. Luteal Lupron protocol.
18 follicles. 17 eggs. 12 mature eggs. 9 fertilized with ICSI. Transferred two
8-cell embryos, with slight fragmentation, on Day 3. Froze two 5-day embryos.
BFN. Devastated. This was supposed to work.
June 2014 Post IVF cycle (late ovulation on CD 22).
WTF appointment with RE #3. Egg quality issues are blamed. RE #3 expected
more embryos to make it to freeze when compared to other people's results.
July 2014 FET #1. Transferred two grade 6, day 5 blasts. BFN.
August 2014 Natural cycle. BFN.
WTF appointment with RE #3. Egg quality issues are still blamed. RE #3 wants
to change the next IVF protocol for better eggs.
September 2014 Natural cycle. BFN. Hysteroscopy performed. Unremarkable.
October 2014 Endometrial Biopsy - "normal"
Thoughts about reproductive immunology start to pop up.
November 2014 Wheels are in motion for reproductive immunology (RI) testing.
December 2014 35 years old. Bloodwork for RI testing completed.
Endometrial Biopsy completed.
January 2015 Consultation with Reproductive Immunologist (RI).
See this post for all of the details.
February 2015 Putting our ducks in a row to try again while adding RI protocol to my 1st IVF
March 2015 More ducks in a row.
April 2015 IVIG infusion
May 2015 IVF #2. Luteal Lupron protocol.
17 follicles. 9 eggs (very disappointed). 7 mature eggs. 5 fertilized with ICSI.
Transferred two 6-cell embryos, with slight fragmentation, on Day 3.
Nothing to freeze.
BFN. Bummed out but not entirely unexpected. Those empty follicles really
sucked the hope out of this cycle. Very disappointed about those dreaded empty
June 2015 What's next? - Discussions and decisions.
Conversation with the husband. Options include:
* another round of IVF with immune protocol
* surrogacy/gestational carrier
* giving up
WTF appointment with the RE.
Inquiry with the RI (seeking clarity on lab results = how severe are our issues?)