Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Bit About Our TTC Journy So Far

I am new to blogging, so bare with me please.

I am 28 years old and my husband, Dereck, and I have been TTC for just over a year now. I must say, I never thought getting pregnant would be this hard or such a roller coaster ride of emotions, trials and tribulations. When you're young people always tell you how careful you need to be while having sex, and making sure you are using good protection and lots of precautions. People make a big deal about if you miss a pill, or a condom breaks or if you just have unsafe sex. Sure of course this could lead to easy and maybe a unwanted pregnancy by some, but it also makes you believe that when your time does come when you are ready and trying to have a baby that it is going to be a easy task. Well as I have learned over the past year, it is NOT easy for everyone and there is a lot more to it then just "sliding it in and going at it". Here is the short of the long story of my TTC journey so far:

My husband and I started TTC just over a year ago when we got married July 19, 2008. We thought for sure we would be pregnant by the time we got back from the honeymoon. At this time I knew very little about my body, about how male/female reproductive organs worked and the science of making a baby. When the first couple months went by and we still were not pregnant...I know, a couple months is nothing in the TTC world, but when you're new to it and thinking it is going to be a breeze, it seems like forever...anyways, after a couple months i started doing some research online. Then started using Fertility Friend to do my temperature charting with to see when I was ovulating. Once I charted a couple months of temperatures, I noticed a pattern, and by no mean was it the pattern I was looking for. I had no clear temperature shifts, and in fact my temperatures were about as erratic as I had see on a lot of charts.

I knew by this point that was having anovulaory cycles. I contacted my doctor and he sent me to a fertility specialist, which I thought was great and I was very excited about it until I learned that it as a 6 month wait to get in. Now, I am a very impatient person when it comes to something I want as bad as what I want baby, so I decided to do some more research and see if there was anything I could d to help my cycles. I came across some natural fertility websites, and ordered some FertilAid ad FertiliTea. I started these products in the beginning of December 2008, and almost immediately my temperatures stated evening out, and within a few days I ovulated for the first time. I was very excited. Not expecting much and being happy with the progress so far, I was never expecting to end up pregnant at the end of that cycle, but I was over-joyed that I in fact was.
December 23 2008 - first + hpt (home pregnancy test)
January 1 2009 - I started spotting, and on January 4th I started heavy bleeding and had horrid pains. I was sure I was miscarrying. In the midst of this, I got a note from my doctor saying that he had my appointment with the fertility doctor moved up to January 12 2009. I called them to see if they wanted me to have the miscarriage confirmed then, or wait until my appointment. He said to wait.
At my first appointment with my new fertility doctor, he did a vaginal ultrasound and told me I had a clean miscarriage, but wanted m to go and have my hcg levels checked and watched until they went back down to 0, so we would know when we could start baby dancing again. Well to our surprise, after the first 2 blood tests they called and said that my hcg levels were going up and not down. They rushed me in for a emergency ultrasound and found out I had a ectopic pregnancy in my right tube. I had to have a methotrexate injection to have my baby removed, which was probably the hardest day of my life. For 3 months we monitored my hcg levels, which are as follows:
01/22/09-methotrexate injection
~~Hcg Levels~~
04/08/09-NEGATIVE!!!! Wahoooooo
It was time to get back to baby dancing again!!! During the time we were waiting, our doctor had my hubby do a semen analysis. His results came back not so great, and as you can imagine, we were feeling like it was just one more obstacle in our way of ever getting our dream of having a baby together. My husband has a 5 year old son from a previous relationship who was not planned, which made it even harder for us to accept him having any fertility issues. His results were as follows:
Amount collected -.8 ml
Count - 58.5 million.ml
Morphology - 7 %
Motility - 10 %
Progression Number - 2 (moving in place, forward slow meandering)
My fertility doctor put me on Metformin for my anovulatory cycles, and also Femara to help me ovulate. I stared on 5 mg of the Femara and did 3 cycles of that with still nothing but disappointment and BIG FAT NEGATIVES. Our fertility doctor ordered another SA (semen analysis) for my husband and upped my Femara dose to the highest possible, which is 7,5 mg. W did get some good news, my hubby's SA came back a bit better then before. I had him taking certain vitamins that were suppose to help, and guess they must have a bit. His new SA results were:
Amount collected - 1.2 ml
Count - 54 million/ml
Morphology - 12 %
Motility 80%
Progression Number - 3-3+ (Very fast direct forward movements)
I am now on cd 26, 13 dpo and having some pretty bad period cramps. I am also on Progesterone to help keep my LP at a good length, so I am just waiting for a couple more days have to finish the progesterone and wait for wonderful AF to come then on to a new cycle. My husband has been pushing me to do another cycle of the FertilAid and FertiliTea since when I used it last time I got pregnant. Sooooo, starting next cycle I will be doing that and see if it helps any. Stay tuned for more updates.

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