Hello, My name is Nikita, i am a 24 year old female and i have been with my husband Matt for almost 9 years and married for one year, he is 27. I would like to share my infertility story with everyone because it may help someone out there in some way or someone may be able to give me some advice that maybe i havnt thought of! My husband and i have been having unprotected intercourse now for around 5 years, i have always had irregular periods but also started to notice some facial hair growing longer than usual, acne, weight gain and the occasional heavy/painful period. I saw a local Dr about it all and she ordered an ultrasound for me and it confirmed that i had PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) also confirmed with some blood tests that she ordered. So she sent me to see an Endocrinologist, who was quite dodgy and didnt really take me seriously same as my last Gynaecologist who instantly stated that i needed to have IVF straight away instead of trying anything else after sending me for blood tests and a semen analysis for Matt, the semen analysis came back that stating that Matt had 120 million sperm but they were slow swimmers! This all happened over the course of the 5 years and i honestly never thought that i would find anyone decent who wanted to actually help me and hear my story, all i wanted was for someone to take me seriously!
So i was all ready to go and see a naturopath who a good friend of mine put me onto when the opportunity came up for my Husband and I to move to QLD (from NSW) as there was a good job here for my husband and as i am an Aged Care Nurse its not hard for me to find a job! So we moved to QLD in December 2009 and once we were settled in and i was also working i started hunting the internet searching for a Gynaecologist and one who had a good reputation and had good people/listening skills, thats when i heard an add on my local radio station for City Fertility in Brisbane, it said that they had a good reputation and could guarentee an appointment within 10 working days, so i came home and searched them on the internet and phoned them that very day, So they made me an appointment for the 24th of March 2010 with Dr Ashish Das.
The day i met him i knew that he was the one who could help me, he was very positive, listened to everything i had to say, he ordered tests for me and Matt and made a very bold statement saying that he would have me pregnant by the end of the year! So i went off and had blood tests done to check my sugar levels (due to PCOS) and also hormone levels, i had to have a HSG (Hysterosalpingogram) done, this is where they insert a thin catheter into your uterus, blow up a small balloon to open it up and then inject a dye so that it can flow through your fallopian tubes to see if there are any blockages or scars ect, on the day of this test i was very scared that it would hurt and also that the results would be bad! But when i had the test done the ladies that preformed it stated to me that my Uterus was perfect shape and size and also that my fallopian tubes we fine, so that was a relief, the HSG hurt a little bit, similar to a pap smear, and i felt a tiny bit of cramping afterwards, a bit like period pains. Then Matt also had to do another Semen Analysis. I got a letter back from Dr Das stating that he wanted me to see my regular doctor and get a script for Metformin as my sugar levels were too high, i had to take 850mg twice a day! And he also said in the letter that i wasnt very immune to Rubella and advised me to consider having a Rubella shot, but also let me know that this was a live vaccine and that i should not try and get pregnant for a month or so, so in the end i decided not to get the Rubella shot but i did get the Metformin and started on it that same day, it made me feel very sick when i took it and i often needed to take Maxalon (anti nausea medication) with it to stop feeling so sick. So we had all of the tests done and made another appointment with Dr Das for the 4th of June 2010. It was quite a while between appointments due to the tests i had done had to fall on certain days of my cycle!
Soooo, Dr Das stated that Matts specimen was great compared to the one he had done in NSW (maybe thats due to him producing the sample at home and i had to drive it the 40 mins to the collection centre) where as this one was done at the collection centre and tested almost straight away! So it came back that 42% of the sperm was usable for insemination! The plan of attack and all that happened next is below:
20/06/2010 - Started taking the Pill to regulate my next cycle
13/07/2010 - Got my periods, 25 day cycle!
14/07/2010 - Started taking Clomid 50mg twice daily for 5 days on days 2-7 of cycle
21/07/2010 - Dr Das appointment, internal ultrasound, Left ovary produced a 14.6mm follicle, to start daily hormone injections of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone)
23/07/2010 - 1st injection, scared as hell, hate needles, 50 units of Puregon!
24/07/2010 - 50 units of puregon
25/07/2010 - 50 units of puregon
26/07/2010 - 50 units of puregon
27/07/2010 - Dr Das appointment, follicle has grown 0.4mm now at 15mm, 50 units of puregon
28/07/2010 - 50 units of puregon
29/07/2010 - 50units of puregon
30/07/2010 - Dr Das appointment, Follicle still hasnt grown, Dr Das has decided to cancel this cycle & try for my next cycle but on a higher dose of puregon injections!
30/07/2010 - Started taking Primolut tablets to bring on a period within normal cycle length
09/08/2010 - Got my periods, 28 day cycle!
10/08/2010 - 64 units of puregon
11/08/2010 - 64 units of puregon
12/08/2010 - 64 units of puregon
13/08/2010 - 80 units of puregon
14/08/2010 - 80 units of puregon
15/08/2010 - 80 units of puregon
16/08/2010 - Dr Das appointment, 13mm follicle on Right ovary, 96 units of puregon
17/08/2010 - 96 units of puregon
18/08/2010 - 96 units of puregon
19/08/2010 - Dr Das appointment, follicle has grown 1mm now sitting at 14mm, puregon increased, 125 units of puregon
20/08/2010 - 125 units of puregon
21/08/2010 - 125 units of puregon
22/08/2010 - 125 units of puregon
23/08/2010 - Dr Das appointment, follicle hasnt grown, puregon increased, 150 units of puregon
24/08/2010 - 150 units of puregon
25/08/2010 - 150 units of puregon
26/08/2010 - Dr Das appointment, follicle hasnt grown, puregon increased, 200 units of puregon
27/08/2010 - 200 units of puregon
28/08/2010 - 200 units of puregon
29/08/2010 - 200 units of puregon
30/08/2010 - Dr Das appointment, follice has FINALLY grown, sitting at 17mm!!! Needs to be 18mm for IUI (interuterine insemination), lining of uterus perfect!
31/08/2010 - Trigger injection to induce ovulation, IUI tomorrow
01/09/2010 - INSEMINATION DAY HAS ARRIVED, went well, but hurt badly Matt gave specimen, excellent readings 127 million inseminated into my uterus
07/09/2010 - Day 21 Progesterone blood test, results were 16 ovulation confirmation level is 20, Dr Das concerned that i didnt ovulate, now have to wait until 14/09/2010 to take a pregnancy test!
So this is where im at, the 2ww (2 week wait) is bloody awful to say the least, every time i went to see Dr Das my heart was broken when he would say that the follicle hasnt grown! So needless to say i was very happy when i found out that my follicle had grown and that i could actually have an IUI cycle, but then i was shot down again now that it looks as if i havnt ovulated, but this will be confirmed when i have a pregnancy test or if my periods come before hand!
12/09/2010 - Periods arrived now have an appointment for Thurs with Dr Das