IVF? WTF!

Here I am, starting this blog on our 12th wedding anniversary. I’m 34 years old. We didn’t seek out IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) until last year. I’d like to share my experiences with IVF and FETs (Frozen Embryo Transfer).

I would search for hours and hours typing questions in Google in hopes of finding someone else who is going through something similar. I feel comfort in reading other stories. Some are happy, some sad, but it’s good to read them all. I know this will be tough for me, seeing as I can hardly talk to anyone about this all. Hopefully, writing this blog will be therapeutic and help some others in the process.

Where do I begin? I never thought that I would have trouble with fertility. Hence, the name of my blog: IVF? WTF! You don’t dream of needles and meds, surgeries and pain, and waiting…lots and lots of waiting, to have a baby.

3 years ago, we moved to a new city. After 4 doctors back home, I finally found one that actually started to help me here. (Listen to your body. If you feel something isn’t right, it isn’t right.) I was told “This is just how it is going to be for the rest of your life”. I did not accept this at all. I sought out a Reproductive Endocrinologist to help with my ferocious periods. (None of the 4 doctors ever mentioned an RE as an option!!!)

As a result of my painful and extremely heavy and constant periods, I’ve had many many internal ultrasounds, saline sonograms, D&Cs, a hysteroscopy, an MRI, a Hysteroscopic Myomectomy, and a Laparoscopic Myomectomy (All within 7 years). I was finally diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)fibroids and endometriosis. (Ask for an MRI!!!! This is where they found 2 pesky fibroids that they could not see with everything else!)

My periods are NOT normal. I’m talking rushing and gushing clots, people. Intense cramps and constantly looking like I’m 5 months pregnant (Which is a real mind fuck), is exhausting. I have to call into work a lot, and I miss out on fun outings when it’s that time.

Here starts our IVF journey. The good, the bad and the ugly.

FYI, I do not plan on blogging about my experiences in order, since I am in the middle of my journey. I think it’s important to write what is happening to me right now, and then go back in and fill in the pieces.

🙂

-Natalie

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