I finally have decided to post about our life changing story. For anyone reading this post who has any questions about infertility, or any questions about our story, I am more than happy to help. We have been very open about our story all along.
I’m going to start from the very beginning…(sorry, it’s kind of long)!
Brett and I were married July 2005. From the the moment we were married I wanted to start a family. Brett and I had two different plans and Brett’s was to wait for a year before we added a little one. One year passed and Brett still wasn’t convinced that we were ready. 6 months later he gave in and we started to try and get pregnant. For those of you who have had a hard time getting pregnant or it didn’t happen right away, you know the pain that come every month when you are not. Month after month no success. Month after month more sadness.
April of this year, most of you know that Shane and Truly (Brett’s brother and his wife) went through a long procedure to allow them to have a child (they got the two for one special and are pregnant with twins!) She had one of her appointment with Dr. Richards- also know as Doc, and invited me to come along. At this time Brett and I had been trying for a baby for about 17 months with no success. She thought I could ask Doc a few questions after their appointment. This appointment was the start of a long road.
After talking with Dr. Richards he concluded that we needed to get some more testing done. We went through a long rigorous testing regimen. The way everything happened so quickly was scary but we knew that this was our chance. Within a few weeks we were told that we would need to proceed with IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). *To read more about IVF use this link; http://californiafertilitypartners.com/treatments-in-vitro-fertilization.html.
Doc informed us that because of our circumstances artificial insemination and fertility treatments would have a slim (less than a 5%) chance of working. Regular IVF “may” work so we would not only have to go through IVF but we would also have to go through an additional step called ICSI. *To read more about ICSI use this link; http://californiafertilitypartners.com/treatments-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection.html. Because of this extra procedure we were told that the very best chance of success would be to travel to a world renowned doctor in Los Angeles California, Dr. Marrs. With a lot of praying we decided this would be our chance.
In Vitro is a long, 1-2 month process that requires strict injections of hormones and stimulation drugs. This allows and prepares my body for a surgery called the egg retrieval followed 3 days later by a transfer. With blood draws every other day, ultrasounds, injections of drugs and support of loved ones…hopefully pregnancy is achieved. The success rate of IVF varies due to age, male or female factors and the experience your doctor has. Dr. Marrs has 30+ years experience and defiantly knows just about everything there is to know about baby making!
We arrived at our hotel in LA on Sunday afternoon. Comfy bed!