When our dx officially became unexplained (lots of testing, hormone levels all in the right range, confirmed that I was ovulating with follicles that are the correct size, had hsg to resect a very tiny septum and a laproscopic surgery at the same time to check for endo - there was none) - my ND suggested testing for heavy metals in my system. I collected two urine samples - one unprovoked and one provoked (chelating agent). I have mercury fillings, but my mercury levels were not elevated. My lead levels were however. If you are genuinely concerned, I would do the testing for heavy metals through an ND who is able to before I would start tampering with the fillings. I did a 10 week heavy metal detox (complete with iv's to replace lost nutrients pulled out through the chelation) through my ND. It was EXPENSIVE (I think around $1,500 and maybe $500 was covered by my health insurance). I did a 30-day Isagenix cleanse at the same time (it was relatively inexpensive by comparison, $350 to $400 and replaced 2-3 meals a day for the 30-days of the cleanse). The heavy metal detox ended right before I was to start stims for ivf. I checked and was told that it was fine to do the detox(es) right before starting stims.
Me: 35 DH:35
Started ttc September 2006
November 2007 - Initial consult at LifeQuest
January 2008 - Diagnostic testing.
February 2008 - Test results - No problems with DH. Dr. suspected I had a PCOS
variant and that I probably wasn't ovulating. Suggested superovulation (injectibles) with or without IUI
Decided to forgo treatment for the time being and focus on improving my health.
March 2008 - October 2009 - LOTS of alternative therapy. You name it, I tried it!
February 2009 - confirmed via cycle monitoring I was now ovulating and my ovaries both look fine. Officially unexplained IF. Hmmm, now what?
Next Steps: Had initial consult with Dr. Virro at Markham Fertility Centre on October 1, 2009. Hysteroscopy/laproscopy performed on February 5, 2010. Post op appointment on March 8, 2010. Found out one small spot of endo removed from uterus and a very tiny septum resected.
Started BCP on March 31, 2010.
First IVF (first anything!) cycle after.
Last BCP April 20th.
Started stims: April 25 (Puregon - varied from 100iu to 42.5iu, Menopur - 75iu, and orgalutron)
ER date - May 5th.
14 retrieved, 11 mature, 7 fertilized - 4 via IVF, 3 via ICSI
3 days past retrieval - 5 8-cell embryos (3 via IVF, 2 via ICSI
), 2 lagging 6-cell embryos (1 via IVF, 1 via ICSI
ET on May 10, 5day past retrieval - tranferred 1 "superb, could sell it on e-bay" embaby - grade 5AB0! 4 more "lovely" totsicles (2 5day, 2 6day). The ivf embies did better than the icsi
Beta - May 21s: BFP! Beta was 507! Still early days, but we're happy to be pg!
Viability scan - June 11. Baby right on track, heartrate of 140bpm, measuring 7weeks 1day at just over 1cm long. HOWEVER, big cyst in my right ovary. Going back for another u/s in two weeks to monitor the cyst.
U/S to monitor cyst - June 24 - cyst shrank slightly. Baby still measuring on track, 9weeks 1day and just over 2cm long, heartrate of 167bpm
12week u/s - July 12 - cyst had shrank to 2cm. Baby looked like a baby! Moving around and flailing arms and legs. Just over 5.5cm long, heartrate of 160bpm. Nuchal scan and nasal bone both looked good. Doctor's appointment went well.
20 week ultrasound and doctors appointment - baby looks good - its a girl
Test results from IPS test show a 1 in 20,000 risk of a chromosomal abnormality. Placenta is partially covering cervix, doctor will check again at 32 weeks.
26 week doctors appointment - GD test
30 week doctors appointment - got GD test results, I passed. Baby measuring on track, good strong heartbeat
32 week doctors appointment - u/s to check placenta position to see if it has been pulled up from my cervix and also to check baby's size