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In October of 2012 we started trying to conceive. I remember talking to my husband asking if we could start sooner than we really wanted to conceive…because I had heard that it can take a typical, healthy couple anywhere from 6 months to 1 year to be successful.  After a full year of trying and using ovulation predictor tests we asked our OB for the next steps to get things moving.

The first test we had done looked at the lining of my uterus. They inserted a catheter and filled my uterus with saline solution to get a better look. Everything looked great. All of the blood work also came back perfectly fine. We then had an HSG done, and one tube looked potentially blocked as the dye hadn’t gone through the left side.

The next step was either to repeat the HSG or to have an exploratory laparoscopy done. Because of my history of pain in the lower abdomen, we decided to have the laparoscopy. The laparoscopy kept me from work for several days and the results showed that both tubes were open. Everything looked great, except they found one, very tiny area of endometriosis (they biopsied the area and had this confirmed).

Over the holiday break (I'm a high school teacher), I decided that "if I build it she will come". I painted the nursery and just started getting everything ready. We went down to visit my family and brought back a car full of baby stuff from my mom and sister. I knew I had to just stay positive and that this WOULD HAPPEN for us!

We then attempted two months of clomid cycles with our doctor. The first cycle revealed that I had not ovulated so during the second cycle we increased the dosage from 50mg to 100mg. They were both unsuccessful, but I did successfully ovulate during the second cycle. At this point there was nothing more that our OB could do except to refer us to Shady Grove fertility clinic. We met with Dr. Sagoskin and decided on our course of treatment: clomid, coupled with gonadotropin injections, a trigger shot, and IUI.

Our first cycle with Shady Grove was in February of 2014. Day 3 I went in for my ultrasound, only to find out that I had a 5cm cyst on my left ovary. They cancelled the cycle and placed me on birth control pills. The high estrogen levels were to help with shrinking the cyst. In March, my next day 3 ultrasound revealed that the cyst was almost completely gone. I had 14 antral follicles. This was great news and allowed us to proceed with treatment. I took 5 days of clomid on 50mg and an injection of Bravelle. On day 11, my largest follicle was 12mm. This was not the size they wanted. That evening I was instructed to do a second dose of Bravelle. I went in two days later, and the follicle had grown to 19mm! I did the trigger shot that night, and had an IUI two days later (3/27). We are now in our first two week wait with Shady Grove. I am hopeful that we have conceived this time!

It is now April 16th. I’m pregnant! Just in case you didn’t hear that… I’m pregnant! Holy cow! I found out on Friday, April 11th. My beta levels were at 297. They were rechecked the following Monday and were over 900! Checked again today and were almost 1800! We are making such good progress.  Our first ultrasound will be next Monday. On April 21st we get to see our baby for the first time! Maybe even find out if there is more than one. I can’t even express how excited I am. My husband talks to my belly already… yes I have a belly already! He kisses my belly hello and goodbye. I fall in love with him more every day. I can’t imagine the love I am going to feel for this baby. I already love little William… or maybe it is little Caroline…. Or maybe both!

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