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I'm still getting the hang of LJ, so forgive me if I mess up.
Currently just over 9 weeks pregnant after trying for two and a half years. The last year and a half has been IVF.
We found out really early on that I have PCOS. We went through metformin (did nothing), clomid (did nothing) and the discovery that my husband has a varicocele and severe male factor infertility. Motility is complete rubbish, count is low, morphology is low, but reasonable.
We began IVF/ICSI in early 2007. 4 weeks on the pill with severe bleeding the whole time, a failure to respond to synarel, a switch to lucrin, a failure to respond to puregon, a dosage increase and then too much response... I got very sick with OHSS and we couldn't transfer then, but ended up with four blastocyst embryos in the freezer.
Our first frozen embryo transfer was successful, but we lost the baby shortly after 8 weeks. Our second FET resulted in a very early miscarriage and the remainder of the embryos failed to thaw.
Our second stim cycle again resulted in me being sick with OHSS. I spent a week in hospital recovering, a month off work and again no transfer. We got seven blastocyst embryos this time, but they were all crap. We only got two transfers - one early miscarriage and one straight negative.
Our third stim cycle... I was put back on the low-carb, low-GI, high-protein diet from hell, but it made the difference between me hyperstimulating and not. 20 eggs, but apparently a lot of crap this time. Nearly half were immature, those that weren't didn't want to fertilise for some reason. We only got three to fertilise properly, so there was no chance of growing to blastocyst this time. I'd pretty much written the cycle off, and we were planning a break to save more money for another stim cycle (not really thinking much of the two embryos we'd managed to freeze).
But, after a year and a half of hellish IVF treatments, after being told that my only chance of having a successful pregnancy was with a frozen transfer of a blastocyst embryo, I find myself nine and a half weeks pregnant after a fresh transfer of a day three embryo.
Still feeling quite nervous - I'm on a combination of metformin, prednisone and aspirin in order to ensure that we don't have yet another miscarriage, but after two scans (both showing heart beats) and noticing that I've got a tiny little bumplet starting to grow... things are finally looking good.