HEY|twenty-five year old first time IVFer here.
I’m Michaela and my husband Nick and I have been together a total of 11 years, we have been TTC <trying to conceive for all of my non TTC followers> for just over a year and about five months into that journey we started battling infertility. I know a lot of people wait or say to wait until you’ve been TTC for around a year but call it women’s intuition if you will–I just knew something was off. We went an saw my GYN back in July of last year, my husband got checked out as well. I had to go through the HSG test–which in my option is way worse than any IVF shot–and multiple rounds of ultrasounds and blood work, all came back normal on both ends. Nick’s count was a little under normal so they recommended IUI or Intrauterine Insemination–we had our first IUI in August 2016. Obviously it failed–it was a total mind game since I was so sure it would work–using doctor Google for absolutely all of my ‘pregnancy symptoms'<shoutout to progesterone> we immediately wanted to try again for September. This time around my GYN put me on Letrozole–long story short–IUI canceled–heartbreak followed.
We into October with high hopes only to be told that the treatment failed and they recommended we see a fertility specialist or go to a urologist. The soonest we could get into a urologist was Feb 2017 and the soonest we could see a fertility specialist was December 2016. I wanted to see a fertility specialist, we researched the clinic my GYN referred us too and discovered their extremely high success rates. My husband at this point was pretty bitter–he just wanted a child much like myself and while we were both thrown off by being told we had a less than 1% chance of getting pregnant on our own as well as hearing the words ‘we recommend you move forward with IVF’–I rolled with the punches. We met with Dr. Ahlering at MCRM on December 21, 2016–this man changed our lives–he explained everything to us in terms we could understand, he made us feel comfortable discussing our struggles and gave us so much hope for a better outcome using IVF. We booked our IVF February 2017 cycle on January 7th, 2017 not knowing just how much IVF would change our lives.
We welcomed two beautiful twin girls, Havana and Wilhelmina into the world in November 2017. We officially kicked inferilities ass and are now crazy enough to start planing our next FET while enjoying this adventure with our toddlers we wished for so very badly.
To all my infertility sisters–you are so much more than this journey and better days await you
all the best,