Thursday, November 7, 2013

From the beginning...

I have been feeling a little overwhelmed by the thought of blogging for a while now! SO much has happened since last January and its insane to think of where we are at now. I was talking to Brock about how I want to remember everything that has happened over the past couple years but I just didn't even know where to start. So I'm starting at the beginning. Because our story can't be told without it being told from the beginning.

If you know me then you know that I have been baby hungry longgg before I was married. I never had the "lets wait for a while before we have kids" feeling and I probably would have been just fine if we got pregnant right after we got married. But alas Brock and I talked and we figured that we should wait 6 months after got married to start trying. So the March after we got married we were off birth control and trying....the summer came and went and nothing had happened. I had a really strong feeling that I was going to be like my momma and struggle to get pregnant and so off we went to the doctor.  After a couple months of going to the OB and being thrown clomid and saying we would get pregnant and it not happening, my little medical self was very frustrated. I had no diagnosis, and no reason that we should not be pregnant other than I was not ovulating for some reason. So I made an appointment with an infertility specialist a year ago at the University of Utah. And man if you ever need to go see a fertility specialist...come talk to me..because ours is 100% amazing.

I finallllly got the answers that I was looking for. From the first appointment that we had, I got answers of why we weren't getting pregnant. I am a girl with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Nobody had probably ever really talked about this with me before because I seriously just don't fit the mold of it. Most of the time girls with PCOS are obese, have hair in unwanted places, and have lots of name a few of the symptoms. And I don't have one of those. But then if you take an ultrasound and look at my ovaries you can see that they look like little chocolate chip cookies with little cysts on them everywhere. Periods are very irregular...which I have...and infertility comes right along with that because it screws with ovulation. I found out that 1 in 15 women have it, and its probably what my mom had as well and why she struggled to get pregnant as well.

So we started out on the fertility med called letrozole to help me ovulate. We tried that for four months and my dose just having to get increased because my body sucked in the meds and didn't want to ovulate. When I was at the highest dose and still not getting pregnant we decided that we would try to add IUI to our trying. This is when they watch you via ultrasound through the month and see when your body is about to ovulate...then take a concentrated sample of sperm and inject it into the uterus when you are ovulating....and then your supposed to have a better chance of getting pregnant. On top of it..I started taking injectable medications to help my body ovulate. So we did that for four more times. And no luck. And it was getting expensive for no luck! So after a lot of thought and praying and talking with our doctor, we decided that in-vitro fertilization would be the best option for us...and thats where our story goes next.

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