Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fertility Treatments? What's up with that? You're like, young!

Wow, people are nosy.  We really have nothing to hide, so here are the answers to some of the questions we've been asked so far.

Fertility treatments?  What's wrong with you?
Actually, nothing is wrong with either of us.  We're both perfect.  Oh, you meant in terms of fertility. Hubbs is healthy, and I am not.  I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).  My ovaries, in their normal state, have over 50 cysts between the two of them.  These cysts are caused by follicles that never matured into eggs.  If you'll think back to 7th grade health class, you'll remember that in order to make a baby, you need sperm and an egg.  Sperm = check!  Egg = no cigar.  No egg = no baby.  No baby = no sibling for Elvira the beagle.

What fertility treatment did you do?
We did one round of IUI (intrauterine insemination) with Clomid.  Even though my super-powered ovaries produced seven (7, SEVEN) eggs, the pee stick said "No way Jose."  I actually got knocked up the old fashioned way (don't tell my mom) on a cycle planned for IUI.  The doctor cancelled the IUI because my one egg was "poor quality."  He wished us luck, told us my body needed a break from the drugs, and said he'd see us in two months.  The pee stick said "OMG!  It totally worked!  Your body didn't fail you again! Don't freak out!  Why don't you sit down?"  You had no idea all of those words fit in that little box, did you?  Since I was heavily medicated on Clomid until my IUI was cancelled, our baby is still the product of fertility treatments.

Why didn't you tell me?
Um.  Would you have been invited to be a part of the act if we hadn't used fertility treatments?  NO.  Why should this be any different?  We also didn't want to have to answer the phone after each unsuccessful cycle and tell people that once again, my body had failed us.  It's nothing personal, but it's something we wanted to do privately.  We didn't even tell our families.

How long did it take?
A while.  Over a year.  Too long.

What doctor did you go to?
We went to The Fertility Center.  Dr. Donesky was our doctor, but we also saw Dr. Byrd.  I 100% recommend both of them.  The rest of the staff at The Fertility Center is top notch as well.

Do you want a boy or a girl?
I think Michael would prefer a boy.  I would prefer any baby.  Truly, I have no preference.


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