Infertility

Even though infertility affects at least 10% of the population, most couples feel as though they are the only ones struggling through it. Help give some reassurance to those encountering fertility problems by talking about your experience. Did you turn to in vitro fertilization or some other form of infertility treatment? Were alternative or natural fertility treatments useful for you? We want to hear your encouraging anecdotes about infertility and fertility treatments.


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Cautiously Optimistic


After 2 years of trying my husband and I decided it was time to see a fertility specialist. We went through all of the testing and were told we were both fine...unexplained infertility (I'm 35 and my husband is 42). I was told that I needed to get the chicken pox vaccination prior to starting any sort of treatment. The vaccination is a two-month process - 2 shots - a month apart.

In June 2006 I got my 1st shot and followed up with my 2nd in July. That same month I was told my prolactin level was high and needed to start taking medicine. I was also scheduled for an MRI - they discovered a very small tumor. Some how in between all of this, I got pregnant - GREAT! Right?! Unfortunately, 6 weeks into the pregnancy, I had an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured...I needed emergency surgery - one tube was removed and the other one was severely damaged due to the internal bleeding.

I was told I would never conceive naturally due to all of the damage. I have just finished my 1st round of IVF treatment and am waiting to hear the results of the pregnancy test. I'm trying to be positive no matter what the results are - if it's positive - wonderful. If it's a negative - then maybe I'll get pregnant on my 2nd round with twins!


Jill






clomid, and it hasn't worked yet

I知 a 21 yr old, stepmother of a 4yr old daughter. However, when my husband and me decided to get married the first thing we wanted to do was have a baby. Actually we had begun trying not long after we were engaged. Nothing worked. Almost 3.5yrs ago I had a miscarriage, with no explanation why. Although that was very discouraging, I was young at the time, and I began to realize that it might have been God's plan for my life. Shortly after that I was diagnosed with PCOS; dealing with that news at such a young age was both hard and confusing. I didn稚 know a whole lot about the syndrome. Now being an adult its, allowed me to get a whole understanding of what PCOS actually is, and how to treat it.

Now that I知 married, both my husband and me are having a real hard time getting pregnant. I have been seeing an infertility specialist, and he has prescribed me 50mgs of clomid. I have taken my first cycle...I知 on my 17th day (Feb 5/07) and no positive LH test (ovulation). I知 worried, and upset. I may never see a positive test ever. Although I am VERY irregular like 35+-day cycle. I am not sure at all when I ovulate. I知 just praying that someday, one day I will get a chance to finally see a positive pregnancy test. And that I will be able to share with my husband a life that we will of had created.

This journey is defiantly hard, and it seems like it has no end in sight. I pray every night, that my cycles will become normal, and that I will be able to get pregnant on 1 of these 6 cycles of clomid.

After trying 6 cycles, I知 pretty much on my own. I will have to then consider what method will be best for our lives.

I just thought I would share my story, or maybe it was more or less that I wanted to get my thoughts off my heart. I知 not looking for pity, it was just a personal attempt to try and make myself feel like there is hope, and that one day I will see the baby that me and my husband have so longed for.

One day it will be my turn.


amanda kelly






36 & Trying For Our First Baby

Hello all, I am 36 years old and trying to have a baby. My husband and I have been married for 4 years. Naturally, after 2 years of being married we wanted a baby. We tried; I even started taking clomid. Well, after 2 or 3 cycles of clomid and no baby my gyno wanted both of us to have further testing.

We found out that my husband has a low sperm count. We went to a reproductive specialist and were told that IVF was our only answer. After we cried, we decided that we would have to come up with the money and try the procedure. Well I have had 2 IVF cycles costing about $20,000, one of which ended with an ectopic pregnancy. We were both upset, but we are planning to try again.

Even though we have not been successful I do believe in the doctor who I am currently treating with. I think he genuinely wants every couple who treats with him to become pregnant. Hopefully the 3rd time will be the charm. I will admit this whole process has been an emotional rollercoaster!! But through this whole thing I can honestly say that my husband and I have become even closer then we were before.

We have a new respect for our marriage and for becoming a parent. I think if IVF is your only option, go for it! Just remember that you may have to try more then one time. Keep a positive out look, relax, and remember that you and your partner are both in this together.


Shannan






Emotional wreck

Hi, I have been trying to get pregnant for at least 6 years. It seems to be that I have PCOS, but that's not sure either, so it's very frustrating. I do believe in GOD and all my trust is in HIM, but in these days I知 an emotional wreck.

I ask you all help me pray to GOD, so He can bless my husband and I to get pregnant.

I thank God for you all.


Tita






Life Style Changes

I am a true believer that most if not all of the infertility we see today is a direct result of our lifestyles. We are exposed to numerous toxins on a daily basis and we spend more time choosing cars/homes than we spend thinking about what we eat and what we are feeding our bodies. Diet and exercise play a VERY important role in our over all health and fertility. This is true for both men and women.

My husband and I have a wonderful 4-year-old son that we easily conceived. However, we have not been successful in having a second child as I was diagnosed with Endometriosis. Along with our fertility treatments we have made big changes in our lifestyle. I recommend the book "The Infertility Diet" by Fern Reiss.

It is nice to know that none of us are alone in this challenge we face, but just remember God is ALWAYS on time, but he is never early! Believe and keep a positive mind...good things will happen.


Stephanie







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