"Donnie and I met in the Spring of 2004 and quickly became inseparable. He has 3 children from a previous marriage – twin boys (now 19) and a daughter (now 17) and had a vasectomy shortly after his daughter was born in 2000. We knew this would bring on some challenges when it came to our family planning, so we were anxious to explore our options shortly after we married in June 2009. Although we were very happy with our current family of 6 (don’t forget the puppy!) we were ready to add another to the crazy bunch. I always knew I wanted to be a mommy and I was very anxious for my time to come.
At the time, we felt the best route for us to begin would be for Donnie to have his vasectomy surgically reversed. Over one year after the successful reversal, we still were not pregnant and worried something else was wrong. We received a referral to the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) and shortly afterwards, we began our long road of fertility treatments. We had all of the typical diagnostic testing done and everything seemed to be functioning normally for both of us, except my AMH levels were a little low and I had a good sized fibroid in my uterus that our doctor would monitor. We quickly began low tech treatments of Intra-uterine inseminations. Our first cycle resulted in a twin pregnancy, but unfortunately, we lost one baby at 6 weeks and the second at 8 weeks. It was absolutely devastating.
After taking a few months off after our losses, we went back to IRH to continue low tech treatment. We did become pregnant before with the same treatments, so we were hopeful that it would work again. One surgery later, four more IUI’s, countless injections, scans, blood draws and waiting…and we still had no success. From there, we made the decision to move on to IVF treatments. In our first IVF cycle, my body did not respond to the higher doses of medications, so our cycle was converted to another IUI. To say I was disappointed, would be understatement. I don’t remember ever feeling as hopeless as I did the day the doctor delivered that news. (Continued in comments)