Thursday, January 19, 2012

IUI #3

     So, we want a baby, but can't seem to get one to stick.  We are about to have our third IUI, with our second RE, and are hopefully on our way to our fourth pregnancy.  We have had three early miscarriages all ending around the 6-week mark.  This whole process is stressful, sad, and often infuriating.
I don't really know why I want to start this blog now, but it will certainly keep me busy during the upcoming two-week wait.  I am not a very good writer and I probably won't have anything to say that someone else hasn't said before.  I don't even know that I will share this will my friends and family, but sometimes I think it feels good to write things down and to share, with no one in particular, how you feel. 
So here is my story . . . the brief-ish version:
     I just turned 30 and my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for three years this April.  Our marriage is a product of online dating and we have been happily (except when I am on fertility drugs and I want to rip his head off) married since 2008.
     We first got pregnant in April of 2010, but I started bleeding and shortly after miscarried.  We decided to see an RE in January 2011 and I was diagnosed with PCOS.  My Mom (a doctor) has long told me that she thought I had PCOS, but failed to mention that along with my awesome beard/moustache, having trouble losing weight and VERY irregular period that I would also potentially have a lot of trouble getting pregnant.  Thanks Mom.  Anyway, so by March of 2011 (on my second Clomid/IUI cycle) I was pregnant, but not for long.  I realized through this miscarriage that I hated my RE and that I needed to take a step back and maybe just talk to my OB/GYN about doing Clomid/no IUI cycles with her, since we do not have any male factor fertility issues.  My OB/GYN was wonderful and supportive and we got pregnant again, in July of 2011, after just one cycle back on Clomid. I immediately miscarried.
In December of 2011 we decided it was time for a new RE, and we found one.  I was hesitant to see a male doctor, but I figured that it was time to get over my fear of male doctors and just do it.  He is amazing (so far) and it doesn't hurt that he is ridiculously good-looking.
     I have now been tested for everything under the sun and the only other thing the doctors have found is that I have a slight chromosomal abnormality.  I have a pericentric inversion of the 9th chromosome.  It is one of the the most common abnormalities and is also considered a normal variant.  There doesn't seem to be a lot of info out there on this particular chromosomal abnormality, but you can look it up on Wikipedia if you want to know the basics.  The doctor isn't sure if it is affecting our fertility, but it could be. As a bonus I also have hypothyroidism, which seems to now be controlled, but this may have also contributed to some of our miscarriages.
     Here's to hoping for pregnancy #4, and baby #1, and I promise to update as often as possible and to not fall off the face of the earth.


  1. Have you been tested for blood clotting disorders??

    1. I have, even the rare ones. My OB/GYN was the one who suggested I get tested. It is good to know that this isn't one of my problems, but I do know a couple of people with clotting disorders. Thanks so much for suggesting it, and if there is anything else you can think of, let me know. My doctor says that 50% of women with multiple miscarriages never find out why. I wish I knew exactly what was wrong, but in the end I'll be happy to just end up with a baby. Thank you SO much for reading my blog (and being my very first blog post). Have a great night.

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  3. Hi there - just found your blog through LFCA. I have PCOS and hypothyroidism as well. Such joy :) Anyway, good luck with this IUI - I'll be crossing my fingers for your BFP in a few days :)