Below is a timeline of our journey trying to get pregnant so far:
February – June 2010: off birth control, acupuncture, herbs, no ovulation or periods during this time. We’re in trouble…
June 2010 – January 2011: Acupuncture, Provera and 50 – 150 mg of Clomid, no ovulation during this time. Time to bring in the big guns…
February 2011: PCOS diagnosis confirmed, Acupuncture, Provera to get a period, 12.5 mg Femara days 3-7 (no mature follicles), 250 mg Clomid and 2 mg Estrace days 12-16 (one 18 mm follicle and one 14 mm follicle), Ovidrel trigger day 19, BFN (but still felt like a success because I actually ovulated!!)
March 2011: Acupuncture, 250 mg Clomid days 3-7, 2 mg Estrace days 8-12 (no mature follicles), 250 mg Clomid days 13-17 (no mature follicles?? ultrasound made it look like I might have already ovulated, but I never got a period – this cycle is a bust), Provera
April / May 2011: Acupuncture, 250 mg Clomid days 3-12, 2 mg Estrace days 13-17 (no mature follicles), 100 iu Follistim days 21-24 (no mature follicles), 50 iu Follistim days 25-26 (three follicles sizes 11mm, 12mm, 13mm), 75 iu Follistim days 27-29 (7 follicles sizes 12mm, 14mm, 2 @ 15mm, 16mm, 17mm, 18mm), Ovidrel trigger day 30, BFP! Ultrasound at 7 weeks confirms TRIPLETS!!!
July 2011 – September 2011: Start seeing a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist (Dr. MFM), usually every 2 weeks to monitor the triplets. At 10 weeks it appeared that Baby C had a severe Cystic Hygroma. Dr. MFM does not expect Baby C to survive. At 12 weeks Baby C looks perfect – Cystic Hygroma appears to have completely resolved by some miracle! At 14 weeks it is determined that Baby C appears to have a club foot. At 16 weeks we had an Amniocintesis to ensure Baby C does not have a genetic problem. Results came back fine (it’s a boy!), but there is definitely a club foot. Babies A and B look great! At 17 weeks I get my first cervical length measurement: 6 cm – long and strong! Hoping the drama from this pregnancy is coming to an end…
September 24, 2011: Baby A (girl) is born prematurely at exactly 20 weeks 1 day, and passes away approximately 45 minutes after she is born.
September 25, 2011: Baby B (girl) is born still, followed immediately by Baby C (boy) who passes away 15 minutes after he is born.
March 2012: 20 mg Femara days 3-7 (one follicle at 13mm), 20 mg Femara days 11-15 (five follicles at 13mm, 17mm, 18mm, 19mm, 23mm), Ovidrel trigger and egg retrieval (removed 4 follicles) performed on day 16 (Dr. MFM says NO MULTIPLES this time due to potential incompetent cervix), BFN
April 2012: Acupuncture, 20 mg Femara days 3-7 (one follicle at 17mm), Ovidrel trigger day 15, BFN
May 2012: Acupuncture, 20 mg Femara days 3-7 (one follicle at 21 mm), Ovidrel trigger day 11, BFN (19 day cycle, luteal phase defect?)
July 2012: IVF #1
200u Follistim days 3-5; 150u Follistim days 6-8; 75u Follistim and 2mg Estrace 3x per day, Ganirelix, days 7-10; added Progesterone in Oil days 9-19; Lupron trigger day 13; retrieval of 37 eggs day 15 and start antibiotic, Estrace 2mg 3x a day, and PIO; add baby Aspirin day 16.
1 day past retrieval: 24 grade 1 embryos
2 days past retrieval: 28 grade 1 embryos
3 days past retrieval: 28 grade 1 embryos
4 days past retrieval: 25 grade 1 embryos
5 days past retrieval: transfer 1 hatching blastocyst.
1dp5dt: 23 blastocysts transferred, all hatching or expanded
September – October 2012: FET #1
Estrace 2mg 4x a day, baby aspirin days; PIO; Prednisone
November 1012: FET #2
Estrace 2mg 4x and day, baby aspirin; PIO; Prednisone; acupuncture immediately before and after transfer
BFP at 9dp5dt
11dp5dt: beta was 15.8
14dp5dt: beta was 29.2
17dp5dt: beta was 114
19dp5dt: beta was 238
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