HEY|twenty-three year old first time IVFer here. I am Michaela and that handsome guy next to me is my husband of a year and a half, however we met when I was 11 and he was 12 so we’re pretty much life-long best friends as well. Nicholas 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'<shootout to progesterone> we immediately wanted to try again for September. This time around my GYN put me on Letrozole–long story short they noticed that Nick had a high number of white blood cells in his sample–IUI canceled–they put him on a z-pack thinking it was probably just a typically UTI and would clear its self up before we tried for our second IUI in October 2017.
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 while he got depressed. I honestly cant blame him–it was also probably pretty frustrating dealing with me trying to stay positive while he felt like his world was crushed. 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.
To all my infertility sisters–this one helped me keep my chin up on the rough days:
“be a pineapple: stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside”| you are so much more than this infertility journey