When my husband and I got married, we
both knew that we wanted children. We choose to wait
however until we had some more time together as a married
couple and until we were settled in our careers and
After waiting for a year, we made the
decision to start trying for a baby. Month after month
of negative pregnancy tests however made me quickly
realize that this would be a more difficult task than
After 7 months of trying, I decided to
schedule an appointment with my OB's office to see if
there were any tests that could be done. I went through
several tests and everything came back normal. They
put me on Clomid however.
A month later, my husband had a semen
analysis which came back normal as well. After 3
more months of trying on our own, we made an appointment
with a reproductive endocrineologists office. He suggested
a protocol of IUI
(intrauterine insemination). He said that the typical
protocol at the office was to try the IUI procedure
for 3 times and then move on to IVF
if the IUIs weren't successful.
Luckily, our insurance covered everything including
medication. We started our first IUI that September.
Month after month however, each IUI came up negative.
The next step was IVF.
Our first IVF was a learning experience. From
doing the self-injections to several medical appointments,
it was a totally new experience for us. After
so many failed IUIs, we were skeptical about our
efforts. The first attempt was unsuccessful. The
same week I found out that the IVF didn't work
for us, two people in my office announced their
pregnancies. I was devastated.
Our doctor suggested another round of IVF with
the same protocol and we agreed. This time however,
I took on a more optimistic attitude, did aggressive
acupuncture treatments and prayed diligently daily.
During our 2nd attempt, I never doubted that
I am now a week away from my due date and all
of the struggles with infertility are a very distant
memory. We were blessed to have the resources
and opportunity to go through such an aggressive
process that worked for us.
No matter what happens, I learned that it's okay to
be sad, but to never give up. Our son will never question
whether or not we wanted him.