Amber and Aaron

Amber and Aaron

The Fun We've Already Had...

  • Graham Tomas born July 31 at 5:04 P.M. weighing 8 lbs, 12 oz.
  • December 2, 2011: PREGNANT!!!
  • Paisley Kate arrived August 21 at 5:38 P.M. weighing 7 lbs, 9 oz
  • DUE DATE: August 25, 2010!!!
  • Dec. 14, 2009- PREGNANT!!!
  • Oct. 07,2009- Had elective D&C.
  • Sept 28, 2009- No embryo on ultrasound. :(
  • Sept 15th, 2009- We found out we're PREGNANT!!!
  • Sept '09- Aaron had varicocele repair.
  • July '09- IUI #1 with HCG shot= No such luck
  • April '09- Ovarian drilling surgery, followed by hospitalization for uterine infection
  • Jan-Mar '09- metformin + 3 rounds of clomid= no ovulation
  • Dec. 11, 2008- Hysterosalpingogram (Fancy word for shooting dye through the ovaries. OUCH)
  • Nov '08- Sent to RE. Tried metformin alone for two months (No ovulation)
  • Oct '08- Diagnosed with PCOS based on amenorrhea and crazy hormone levels.
  • June '08- Aaron convinced me to start trying.
  • June '04- Got Hitched!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Grow, follicle, grow!!!

Visit #3 with Dr. Haas went as expected. My follicle is now 19 mm which is fantastic! (Our goal was 18). Plus, he's already called me today to tell me my progesterone level is still low which we want.

So, my IUI is set up for Monday morning at 11:00. Which couldn't really be worse timing since I'll be missing part of my 1st morning back at work from a long holiday weekend. It's one of our busiest times, but my patients can wait. It's my turn to be the patient. :)

I have to give myself an injection of hCG into the abdomen tonight at 11:00 p.m. which helps my body prepare to release the follicle. I've only given myself one shot but I've given LOTS to other people. And I've been carrying this injection around with me for 7 months waiting until the time I'd actually have a follicle worth injecting, so it's sort of a milestone for me!

I'll let everyone know how Monday goes and then we'll experience our first real 2 week wait together!!! (2 week wait is the period between ovulation and being able to take a preg test).
Thanks for coming along for this ride!!!

IF girls: do any of you know the success rates of IUI? I'm sure they're better than trying the "old-fashioned" way but not as good as IVF.


  1. I don't know the success rates of IUIs, but I definitely think it's better than BDing. I just had my first IUI on Thursday, and it went great! Easy and quick. Good luck with yours, I'm crossing my fingers for you!

  2. Praying! Praying! Praying! I had no clue about the success rates on IUI's so I googled it for are the articles I found:

    ARTICLE #1
    Q: What is the success rate for IUI?

    A: Searching through about a dozen medical journal articles and a number of web sites resulted in a rather wide range of statistics. Basically the odds of success are reported to be just under 6 percent and as high as 26 percent per cycle. The low statistics are with one follicle, while multiple follicles resulted in as high 26 percent success. Another influencing factor is sperm count. Higher sperm counts increase the odds of success; however, there was little difference between success with good-average counts and those with high counts. The overall success rate seems to be between 15-20 percent per cycle, judging from the articles which will be abstracted below. The rate of multiple gestation pregnancies is 23-30 percent.

    ARTICLE #2
    How successful is IUI?

    In a review of studies on IUI and unexplained infertility, just 4% of women got pregnant per cycle without fertility drugs, and 8% to 17% got pregnant when fertility drugs and IUI were combined.

    Though IVF success rates per cycle are much higher, IUI is significantly less expensive, and a much easier procedure. If IVF is out of your price range, multiple IUI cycles might be the better choice, depending on the cause of infertility. Speak to your doctor to understand all your options and risks.

    ARTICLE #3
    Success Affected by Infertility Cause

    IUI success rates are subjective. They vary from person to person. It generally ranges from 4 to 20 percent. Infertility is one factor which affects the success rate of IUI. The other factors that lead to IUI’s success are:

    Fertility problems of males
    Infertility which is not explained
    Couples suffering from endometriosis
    Females with cervical mucus issues
    The users of the donor sperm for being pregnant have experienced the highest success rates of IUI. But the only condition to this is that the problem of infertility is male based. It is almost 16.3 percent according to the sperm bank of California.

    The other things that also lead to the success of IUI is the use of drugs like Clomid and FSHs. Milder version of endometriosis and the treatment of IUI together lead to higher rates of pregnancy.

  3. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm jumping up and down. Just picture it :)

  4. So very excited and hopeful! At least we have an incredible trip to look forward to and maybe the next 2 weeks will got fast...