Thursday, July 9, 2015

Post-IUI #6 Update

As you all know, during the month of June we had our 6th IUI. We did not get pregnant this month, so Lee and I decided now would be a good time to take a break. So far, this break has been nice. I really think it is just what Lee and I have needed. We are planning to pursue other options after a few months off.

We met with our doctor last week to discuss what those options might be. He said at this point, if IUI hasn't worked yet, there's a slim chance (10ish %) that it will in the future. We agreed that we really aren't interested in having anymore IUIs. We feel like we gave that process a fair shot, and tried a good amount of different medication combinations. We are ready to move on. Dr. Griffin thinks our next step for continuing fertility treatments should be In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

IVF is a process in which I will take medication to encourage my ovaries to produce several follicles (eggs) that are large enough for fertilization. I will take the medication and have several ultrasounds to track the activity of my ovaries. Once I have several mature follicles, the doctor will do an egg retrieval. This is where I will go under anesthesia (still breathe on my own and all that, just basically be asleep), and he will go in and retrieve the mature eggs. Next, my eggs and Lee's sperm will be joined in a lab. Once they join, they will hopefully grow for about 5 days or so and become embryos. The embryos will then be placed back into my uterus, and I will take a pregnancy test several days later to see if they implanted. For those of you who are not familiar with the process of fertility treatments, you are probably thinking Octo-mom or Jon and Kate + 8. No worries- we are NOT going to have 6 or even 8 babies at once! Dr. Griffin said he would not feel comfortable placing more than two embryos in my uterus at once. That way, even if they both split and become twins (which is not super common), we would have 4 babies, MAX. Given our track record, we will be lucky if just one implants and we have one baby....but let's be real, we are not opposed to multiples at this point, and we will be happy with what God gives us!! Dr. Griffin has only had one set of triplets in his time as a doctor, and all other successes have been single babies or twins. He did say that we can choose to only place one embryo back into my uterus if we want, but Lee and I both agree that we would prefer two so our chances of success are higher. If more than 2 embryos survive the 5 day growth process, they would be frozen and we would use them later for future children, or additional tries if the first round does not work.

Wow... That is  LOT of information! Lee and I were both on information overload after our appointment, and you might be too after reading all of that. Once the time comes, I will try to do a separate blog post for each step of the process to make it seem less complicated.

So, when will that time come? We are thinking later this year. Lee and I have never been to a destination wedding, but as it turns out, we are going to two this year!! One in Florida this summer, and one in Mexico this fall. We have decided that we want to enjoy these trips with our families, enjoy the summer months without the added stress of appointments and medications, and that's what we're going to do, and have been doing!

Once our two trips are over, we will plan to start the IVF process, and hope to have it complete before the holidays come around....we all know how crazy that time of year is. To us, this seems like perfect timing, and we are happy to have a game plan again, but also are enjoying our time off.

I will write another blog post later this month about how July has been going without medication, what we've been up to, how my cycle has been, etc., but for now, I just wanted to make note of how our doctor's appointment went, and what our plan is. I like to use this blog not only as a way to update friends and family on how we are doing, but also kind of as a diary for me, to remember what we've done so far... a super public, not-private-at-all diary. :)

We are still praying that God allow us to grow in our faith during this time, and that he bless us with a child. Some of my goals over the next few months are to focus on enjoying time with friends and family, allow myself to fully trust God and his plan, and to not be anxious about the future. Those are our prayer requests for the time being. If there is anything I can pray for you about, please let me know!

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