January 2013 – I throw the idea of a baby out there. Catch panics.
February 2013 – I convince Catch to go to a family planning event at the Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Center. We learn a ton. Over lunch, we decide to start tracking cycles and officially start TTC in June.
March 2013 – 20 day cycle. Huh?
April 2013 – 41 day cycle. What?
May 2013 – Start testing with OPKs for the first time. No positive ever. 46 day cycle.
June 2013 – No positive OPK. 31 day cycle.
July 2013 – 30 days of bleeding. Gyn orders blood tests for CD 3 of next cycle. 45 day cycle.
September 2013 – CD 3 blood work turns up normal. Bleeding is explained as random. Gyn does not think PCOS could be a factor because hormones are all normal. Agrees to prescribe clomid for next cycle. 39 day cycle.
October 2013 – 50 mg clomid, CD 3-8. HCG trigger on CD 15. IUI CD 17 in the AM. Nurse practitioner remarks that ovaries are polycystic but does not elaborate. When we ask, she said it’s no big deal and not to worry about it. 27 day cycle. BFN
November 2013 – Gyn increases clomid to 100 mg, CD 3-8. Molly starts worrying about the polycystic ovaries comment. Can’t get in to see gyn to discuss in time for insemination. We decide to call the cycle off until we can get some explanation of the polycystic ovaries comment. Sperm is too expensive to be wasting if there is a bigger issue at play. Finally get in to see gyn. She still doesn’t think PCOS is the issue, but doesn’t do an ultrasound. She gives us referrals to two REs. We decide to take some time off from TTC and focus on getting healthy and losing weight. Clearly this is not going to be as easy as we’d hoped. 32 day cycle.
December 2013 – + OPK on CD 17, but we’re sitting this one out. 31 day cycle.
January 2014 – Went to informational session at fertility clinic recommended by gyn. Have consult and ultrasound with RE. RE says PCOS is absolutely the issue, regardless of what the blood work says. We decide to keep getting healthier and losing weight and start TTC again in March. 47 day cycle.
March 2014 – Since the previous cycle was so wonky, we decide to wait another month before TTC, hoping that our increasing health will help that much more. + OPK on CD 17. 34 day cycle.
April 2014 – Cyst is discovered in CD 2 ultrasound. RE won’t prescribe clomid until cyst clears. + OPK on CD 16. Double IUIs CD 16 & 17. BFN.
May 2014 – Cyst-free. Clomid CD 3-7. HCG Trigger CD 10. IUIs CD 11 & 12. BFN.
June 2014 – HSG test reveals all clear.
July 2014 – Clomid CD 3-7; Follistim every other day CD 3-7 + 1 extra shot CD 8; HCG trigger CD 10; IUIs CD 11 & 12. BFN
July/August/September 2014 :
Birth Control pills for 17 days
Start taking Metformin XR
Stims CD 4-6:
1 Vial Menopur & 100iu Follistim daily
We learn that I am responding a bit too quickly, so we back off of the meds. Proceed with 75 iu Follistim and 1 vial Menopur for days 7-12
Add 1 injection of Ganirelix daily
HCG trigger – 7,500u
Egg retrieval – 16 eggs collected; teeny tiny polyp discovered in uterus
Of the 16 collected, 10 eggs were mature. 9 of 10 fertilized with ICSI.
Ultrasound to examine polyp. Fresh transfer cancelled. Polyp (Spot) will have to be removed via hysteroscopy before we eventually proceed with FET.
5 day 5 blasts frozen
2 more day 6 blasts frozen
Hysteroscopy/Polypectomy – September 2014 Cycle
FET – October 2014
October 30th – 2 day 5 blasts thawed and transferred
November 4th – first hint of a line on an hpt (5dp5dt)
November 10th – Beta day! Beta #1 617 (11dp5dt / 16 dpo)
November 12th – Beta #2 2498 (23.7 hour doubling time) (13dp5dt / 18 dpo)
November 26th – It’s TWINS!
December 10th – Baby A has a nice healthy heartbeat, but we’ve lost Baby B.
December 31st – Our miracle baby is growing just as s/he should. Due date is July 18th.