If you follow me on Instagram then you know that on Saturday we found out our last IUI (#6) didn’t work and ya, that sucked. I have told you that each month since the beginning has been different and I have different feelings each month. This month was more scared, scared of what is next. Matt and I spent sometime this weekend discussing, I talked to our personal IVF specialist yesterday for an hour and then today we both went in to talk to the doctor and make our final decision.
We are doing IVF……..Luckily we were already proactive and on the wait list so we started everything today.
Today we both had to do a ton of blood work, I had an ultrasound to make sure everything is going ok inside and I got my Birth Control pills. What you saying?? I know super weird but the 3 weeks leading up to your first IVF cycle you take Birth control to regulate your cycle and suppress your follicle growth. It’s funny, I haven’t been on Birth Control in like 6 years and who knew… it’s free now!
Most people do not know what IVF is and why it is so scary, so I am not only going to blog about the process but here is the jest for now……
Starting after the birth control pills I will be doing around 4 home injections a day for a few weeks, every other day blood work and ultrasounds until my follicles are in a good place. Then what scares me most is that in the hospital I will be put under sedation to remove my eggs with a few days recovery time. Then like the chart above the embryologist in the lab will do their job. When we have successfully fertilized my eggs we will put 2 (hopefully 2 will survive) embryos back in me in another procedure. I will then be on bed rest for 3 days and any remaining embryos that have survived Matt and I will have frozen.
Of course the full payment is due before all this happens so we are working on that and prepping my body and mind for what is to come.
I need to work on reducing any stress and anxiety in my life and I am starting with acupuncture next week, recommended by my specialist. Fertility acupuncture the month before greatly increases the chances for pregnancy. And in fact it is in our plan to have an acupuncturist at the embryo implantation.
It’s overwhelming isn’t it? I am scared but I knew people who have done this and are doing this right now, so that is helpful. I also hope my posts will help others in this situation… if you have ANY questions don’t hesitate to reach out! And something our specialist told me is that other than a couple dealing with cancer, infertility is the next highest stress according to this study. There are so many factors… the invasiveness, the disappointment, the financial commitment, your stress on the marriage, how your family adds or doesn’t add to the process…. it’s a lot and my brain is so full.