I don’t know about you, but at no point in my life did I ever imagine I would be creating my very own test-tube baby(s). Like most girls in this world, I dreamt of marrying my Prince Charming, building our home, and birthing our beautiful babies. My life was on track. I earned my Bachelors and Masters degrees while working full-time. At 33, I was working for a great company, and even managed to also have a successful modeling and acting career in the process.
Coming from a large family (my mother was one of 11!) I was an aunt to seven nephews and three nieces. Never in a million years could I have imagined any trouble with conceiving. Because my three sisters seemed to pop those babies out on a yearly basis, I figured when my time came, I would have no problem at all.
Fast forward to today: I am now happily married. My husband I have been trying to conceive for 1.5 years without any luck. We tried the ovulation kits. We tried having sex every other day to optimize sperm quality. We tried what seemed like every trick in the book, but nothing happened. The dreaded Shark Week (as my husband likes to call it) kept coming back every month.
So how did we end up on the road to in-vitro-fertilization? During my biannual OBGYN visit, my doctor recommended we see a fertility specialist. After our initial consultation with our licensed fertility specialist – a renowned subject matter expert who has been featured on the Today Show – I completed a pelvic ultrasound, a sonohysterogram, and a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) (also known as the “dye test”).
We also found out after three semen analyses that my husband’s sperm count was OK but their morphology and motility was very low, less that 3%. He is a lifelong endurance athlete, licensed CrossFit coach, and is very lean, having competed at a professional level. He is fanatical about his nutrition and supplement intake, and eats a mostly organic Paleo diet. His blood work (lipids, hormones, inflammatory markers, etc.) is always fantastic. It just didn’t make sense.
Off to the baby making geniuses (genii for all of you genius grammar police) we went.
One thing I want to mention is that I do have endometriosis. I had a laparoscopy turned laparotomy seven years ago, at age 28, that successfully removed two very large endometrioma cysts. I was fortunate that the cysts did not burst, and came out of surgery with both ovaries intact. More on this in a later post.
Taking both my husband’s and my own “challenges” into consideration, which made conception mathematically unlikely, it was our fertility specialist’s recommendation that we skip IUI and move forward with the in-vitro-fertilization (IFV) process. This was when the idea of a website came to be; something that would journal our process through IVF and beyond. For my readers, I truly hope our story offers insight, encouragement, and support through your very own journey through IVF and beyond.
I would like it if anyone in the same boat would leave comments here, sharing your own stories. You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter where I will post photos and updates as well.
Let the baby-making begin!