Our TTC Journey

"Here I Am" by Kath D.
February 2010
  • Start charting my (Momma L) cycles


June 2010
  • Momma B and I find our "perfect" donor and purchase multiple vials of his little (and hopefully, fruitful) swimmers 


July 2010
  • Initial meeting with OB/GYN
  • Blood work done - everything's normal


August 2010
  • HSG done - pipes are clean and clear 


September/October 2010
  • Clomid 50mg CD3 - 7, IUI @ OB/GYN  
  • BFN #1


October/November 2010
  • Clomid 50mg CD3 - 7, skipped this cycle due to external stressors   


November/December 2010
  • Clomid 50mg CD3 - 7, IUI @ OB/GYN  
  • BFN #2


December 2010 
  • Clomid-free, IUI @ OB/GYN  
  • BFN #3


January 2011
  • Get consult for RE and make appointment; decide to stick with OB/GYN for now
  • Clomid-free, IUI @ OB/GYN
  • BFN #4


February 2011
  • Femara 2.5mg CD3 - 7
  • Momma B and I decide to change donors
  • ICI @ home, Progesterone 100mg suppositories
  • BFN #5


March/April 2011
  • Femara 2.5mg CD3 - 7, IUI @ OB/GYN with new donor
  • Progesterone 100mg suppositories
  • BFN #6


May 2011
  • Taking some time off to settle into our new surroundings, save some $$, and find a new RE
  • Found RE that got great reviews and is covered by insurance, appt made for the 23rd
    • Update: We <3 Dr. M!  Decision made to go for IVF.  Also Momma B and I decide to return to original donor (we just liked his profile best).

June 2011
  • Momma L starts taking BCPs
  • Lab work, ultrasounds, hysteroscopy, counseling interview, acupuncture, paperwork, phone calls and appointments ... Whew!

July 2011
  • IVF Cycle
  • Weekly acupuncture appointments continue every Wednesday
  • 7/1 - Baseline u/s
  • 7/2 - CD1
  • CD2-3: Start daily Aspirin 81mg, Gonal-F 225IU (am), Menopur 75IU (pm)
  • CD4-6: Gonal-F 150IU (am), Menopur 75IU (pm)
  • CD7-8: Gonal-F 112.5IU (am), Menopur 75IU (pm), Cetrotide 0.25mg (am)
    • Monitoring u/s performed both days
  • CD9: Gonal-F 150IU (am), Menopur 75IU (pm), Cetrotide 0.25mg (am)
  • CD10: Gonal-F 225IU (am), Menopur 75IU (pm), Cetrotide 0.25mg (am)
    • Monitoring u/s performed
  • CD11: Gonal-F 375IU (am), Cetrotide 0.25mg (am), Lupron 4mg @ 7:30 pm
    • Monitoring u/s performed, ER scheduled
    • Daily Aspirin stopped
  • CD12: OPK in am - positive
  • CD13: ER performed - 24 eggs retrieved
    • Start Estrace 2mg 3x daily, Medrol 16mg 2x daily, Zithromax 250mg (pm), restart Aspirin 81mg daily
  • CD14: Start Progesterone 50mg IM daily injections (am)
    • Fertilization Report: 22 eggs mature, 17 eggs fertilized
  • CD16: Day 3 ET - two 8-cell embryos transferred
    • Pre-/Post-transfer acupuncture treatments 
    • Start Progesterone/Estrogen 100/2mg suppositories
  • CD16-18: Bed rest
    • Last dose Medrol and Zithromax
  • CD26: Beta hCG < 1.0
  • CD28: Beta hCG < 1.0
    • BFN #7

August 2011
  • Rest cycle

September/October 2011
  • CD1: Start natural FET cycle
  • CD10: Start OPK
  • CD14: No +OPKs, u/s shows 9mm follicle in R ovary, lining 5.6mm
  • CD17: u/s shows 12mm follicle, lining > 8mm
  • CD20: u/s shows 18mm follicle, lining > 9mm; Ovidrel 250 mcg injection in pm
  • CD23: Start Medrol 16mg 2x daily and Zithromax 250mg (pm)
  • CD27: Day 5 FET - both blastocysts survived thaw and transferred 
    • Pre-/Post-transfer acupuncture treatments
    • Start Progesterone/Estrogen 100/2mg suppositories
  • CD27-28: Bed rest
  • 6dp5dt POAS - BFP!!
  • 8dp5dt: Beta 83.8
  • 10dp5dt: Beta 151
  • 18dp5dt: Beta 3436
  • 6w3d - TWINS!
  • 16w1d - two baby BOYS!!

  • 35w1d - May 17th 2012 - PB&J are here!!  PB 7lbs 6oz 20" and J 5lbs 11oz 19"
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