Started trying to conceive
Started tracking BBT/charting
Miscarriage #2 (ectopic)
First appointment with first fertility clinic
Laparoscopy to remove endometriosis and open blocked tube
First appointment with second fertility clinic
IUI #1 (canceled)
IUI #2 (canceled)
IVF #1 (transferred 2 fresh embryos; positive beta; 4 untested embryos)
Alexis and Eric stillborn at 21 weeks due to incompetent cervix and premature labor
Transabdominal cerclage surgery to prevent incompetent cervix in the future
FET #1 (transferred 1 embryo; negative beta)
FET #2 (transferred 1 embryo; negative beta)
FET #3 (transferred 1 embryo; miscarriage #3)
FET #4 (transferred 1 embryo; positive beta)
Miscarriage #4 (D&C at 9 weeks on first anniversary of the stillbirth)
IVF #2 (transferred 1 -- and only -- fresh embryo; negative beta)
IVF #3 (transferred 1 embryo; positive beta; 4 PGT normal embryos frozen)
Aurora born at 33 weeks via emergency C-section weighing only 6 lbs 3 oz
Met with RE to discuss baby #2/FET #5 but hormone levels were insufficient to proceed
Began following the ketogenic lifestyle in hopes of regulating my hormones
Met with RE again to discuss baby #2/FET #5 (AFC up to 25 from 9 and AMH up to 3.6 from 1.1)
Completed an endometrial receptivity assay (ERA); I need 148 hours of progesterone prior to a FET, not the 116 hours I had received in the past
FET #5 planned but canceled due to PTSD
FET #5 planned but canceled due to COVID
Met with RE again to discuss baby #2/FET #5 (told we need a surrogate)
Found a surrogate
Surrogate backed out due to a medical issue
Your feelings are valid. Although no one should stay in the dark place for too long, I'll make that journey with you -- and help you find your way back out. No 'just think positive.'
Whether it's during our one-on-one sessions or via text messages while you hide in the bathroom at work, I am here to listen to your hopes and fears about building your family.
In addition to being naturally curious, I love getting down into the nitty-gritty of individuals' unique infertility journeys -- and the questions still left unanswered.
Although I wish I could promise you a quick and successful pregnancy, alas, I cannot. But I can promise you no B.S. Our relationship will be one of kindness, honesty, and transparency.
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