We have been TTC since 2008 when we were newlywed and just barely into our 30's. I'm now 33 and running low on eggs.
Initially I thought becoming a mom would be a snap with my text book regular ovulatory cycles. After the first year of trying au natural, we started investigating. All the standard diagnostics (blood work, HSG, u/s, and SA's) came back normal. We were told we had unexplained infertility, would probably get pregnant on our own, and spent 7 months waiting for the RE appointment. While waiting, we tried all the low tech stuff, saw an OBGYN and Urologist. But still no luck.
3 rounds of Clomid + timed intercourse (aka 7 day sex marathon) -BFN's
I had diagnostic surgery (laparoscopy, hydrotubation, hysteroscopy and D&C) April 7, 2010. This revealed and removed a small uterine polyp, and a mild stage 1 endometriosis adhesion on my right ovary. Not thought to be a big problem. Tried for 3 more natural cycles.
IUI #1 with letrozole was a disaster. My FSH
and E2 levels went sky high and caused an early ovulation of my one lonely follicle. The RE broke the news that my ovarian reserve was probably low during the IUI procedure. Devastated.
IUI #2 with injectable stims, 150 Gonal F gave me 3 mature follicles to meet the fantastic sperm sample but nothing took -BFN.
IUI #3 same injectable protocol, 4 mature follicles, great sperm, warned of high risk of multiples -BFN. That's strike 3 for IUI, one month break, on to IVF.
Sonohysterogram shows irregular lining, surprise office D&C/ endometrial biopsy OUCH! -results all normal
IVF #1 Microflare Protocol (BCP, microdose Suprefact, Dexamthasone, 300 Gonal-F 75 Luveris) only 4 follicles! canceled/converted to IUI d/t poor response & irregular lining
3 months on DHEA, no beard yet.
Laminaria seaweed stretch of cervix + Surgical Hysteroscopy & D&C Feb 8th -to get the lining in better shape to cycle again.
IVF attempt #2 March 2011 with a natural start short antagonist protocol. Canceled due to a dominant follicle & low AFC (3).
IVF attempt #3 April 2011 using an Estrogen Priming Protocol with Antagonist -AFC of 4, 3 follicles responded, 3 eggs retrieved, 2 were mature, both fertilized, 2 good embryos to transfer! Beta #1 at 11dp3dt =236, Beta #2 at 14dp3dt =1167 BFP 1st u/s May 16th
one little bean equipped with heartbeat, all looks on track size wise. 2nd u/s at 11 weeks -June 10th All is well, released to an OB.