Our TTC Timeline

5/2007 Stopped Depo Shot/No further birth control use – Not preventing, but not trying really

4/2008 Married my soul mate. ♥ Not trying, not preventing *but hoping* for 1 year

4/2009 Actively began TTC with OPKs and timed intercourse

9/2009 Joined TwoWeekWait.com and began charting on fertilityfriend.com

4/2009 through 12/2009 – 10 cycles TTC Naturally, some cycles with Soy or other supplements and TTC aids: 8 BFNs and 2 early losses 6/09 and 8/09 – Confirmed with betas

12/2009
First RE consult
-HSG all clear and S/A normal
-Recurrent pregnancy loss testing all normal (He didn’t test for much.)
-Blood work revealed High FSH & Low AMH
-First Dx: Diminished Ovarian Reserve/High FSH/Poor ovarian function at age 27

1/2010 Cycle 11 – Clomid trial and timed intercourse: BFN

2/2010 Cycle 12 – IUI #1 w/ Clomid, hcg trigger, and progesterone: BFN

3/2010 Cycle 13 – IUI #2 w/ Clomid, hcg trigger, and progesterone: BFN

4/2010 Began blogging

4/2010 Cycle 14 – IUI #3 w/ Clomid, hcg trigger, and progesterone: BFP – early loss 4/10 (Confirmed with beta)

5/2010 Cycle 15 – IUI #4 w/ Follistim, Estrogen, hcg trigger, progesterone, and hcg booster shot: BFN

6/15/10 IVF Consult – Cycle on hold until October 2010

6/2010 Cycles 16 & 17 – TTC Naturally: BFNs

7/2010 Cycle 18 – Clomid, Follistim, hcg trigger shot, progesterone, and timed intercourse: BFN

8/2010 Cycle 19 – TTC Naturally: BFN

9/2010 Cycle 20 – TTC Naturally: BFN

10/2010 Cycle 21 – IVF #1 (Poor response – Converted to IUI #5) – Lupron flare, Gonal F, hcg trigger, progesterone, and hcg booster shot: BFP – early loss 11/10 (Confirmed with beta)

10/20102 second opinions. Chose RE #2 and set up new plan/new protocol for IVF #2 in January 2011

11/2010 Cycle 22 – TTC Naturally: BFN

12/2010 Cycle 23 – TTC Naturally: BFN

12/2010 New Dx: Premature Ovarian Failure ???

1/2011 Cycle 24 – IVF #2! With ICSI, Assisted Hatching, Antagonist protocol, and new RE! BFP – early loss 2/11 (Beta #1: 6, Beta #2: 2)

2/2011
-Completed more RPL loss testing –
-DX: Elevated Antiphosphatidylserine IGM!
-(Blood clotting disorder in the autoimmune category – treat with Lovenox)

2/2011 Cycle 25 – TTC naturally: BFN

3/2011 Cycle 26 – TTC Naturally (with Lovenox during TWW): BFP – early loss 3/11 (Confirmed with beta)

4/2011 Cycle 27 – (IUI #6 had to be canceled due to dominant follie ready to O on CD 9) Femara 5mg CD 3-7, Follistim 150 units CD 5-trigger, Ovidrel trigger, Dexamethasone 4mg, Lovenox 40 units, progesterone, and timed intercourse: BFN (but with some questionable negative and positive HPTs)

5/2011 Cycle 28 – Clomid 100mg CD 2-6, Ovidrel trigger, Dexamethasone 4mg, Lovenox 40 units, progesterone, and timed intercourse: BFN

6/2011 Cycle 29 – TTC Naturally: BFN

6/2011
Consult with Dr. Sher of SIRM
-Suspected Immunologic Implantation Dysfunction
-Full panel of autoimmune/RPL testing – 21 tests

6/2011 – 7/2011 Cycle 30 – TTC Naturally: BFN

7/2011 Cycle 31 – Clomid 100mg CD 3-7, Menopur 150iu CD 5-trigger, Ovidrel trigger, Dexamethasone 4mg, Lovenox 40 units, progesterone, and timed intercourse: BFP – early loss 8/11 (Confirmed with beta)

8/2011 Results in from Dr. Sher. He explained to us that we will most likely need a surrogate to have a baby. 😦 Labs revealed more new Dxs – Activated Natural Kills Cells, Complete Alloimmune Implantation Dysfunction, and DQ Alpha/HLA match. Click here for appt post. Cycles 32 & 33 – NT/NP: BFNs

9/2011 – 10/2011 Cycle 34 – Last refill of Clomid 100mg CD 3-7 and Dexamethasone. Fingers crossed for a miracle. BFP!!! – After the most promising betas ever, we miscarried at 5 weeks, 2 days. 😦

10/2011 – 11/2011 Cycle 35 – NT/NP: BFN

11.22.11 Lap/HSG/D&C – New Dxs – Stage II Endometriosis throughout uterus, film/scar tissue over right ovary, congenital Septate Uterus: All removed/repaired! Possibly the true reason for multiple miscarriages and chemical pregnancies! Click here for surgery post.

11/2011 – 1/2012 Taking Estrace tablets 2x day for 45 days to rebuild my lining, followed by Provera for 10 days to re-boot my body and start a fresh cycle

12/2011 EEK! I actually ovulated right on schedule after surgery! Cycle 36 – TTC Naturally: BFN

12/2011 – 1/2012 Cycle 37 – TTC Naturally: BFN (but with some questionable tests – no beta)

1/2012 – 2/2012 Cycle 38 – Femara 5mg CD 3-7, Ovidrel trigger, Dex, progesterone, and timed intercourse: BFN (questionable tests again – beta was 3)

2/2012 – 3/2012 Cycle 39 – Femara 5mg CD 3-7, Menopur 150 units CD 5-trigger, Ovidrel trigger, Dex, progesterone, and timed intercourse: BFP for 3-4 days (11-13dpo progressed), then BFN at 15dpo – no beta.

3/1/12 Consult/2nd opinion with Dr. James, RE (AKA Dr. Meany): Recommends donor eggs 😦 However, she will treat for immune issues, so we will pursue that first.

3/2012 Cycle 40 – IUI #6 w/ Estrogen 2mg CD 1-4, Femara 5mg CD 3-7, Menopur 225 units CD 5-trigger, Ovidrel trigger, Dex, progesterone: BFP – promising progression 8dpo-12dpo and first beta was great, but slow dropping betas starting at 14dpo.

4/2012 Cycle 41 – Not really TTC. Whatever happens, happens: BFN

4/23/12 Consult/2nd opinion (in regards to Dr. Sher’s testing) with Dr. Kwak-Kim, Reproductive Immunologist (click here for appt post) Another new Dx of poor blood flow to the uterus.

5/23/12 Follow up and test results via phone conference w/ Dr. Kwak-Kim: More new Dxs revealed – 3 blood clotting disorders, more inflammatory/autoimmune markers, atypical PCOS. Click here for f/u post.

5/2012 Cycle 42 – Estrogen 2mg CD 1-3, Femara 7.5mg (3 tablets) CD 3-7, Menopur 225 units CD 5-trigger, Ovidrel trigger, Dex 8mg everyday, Lovenox 40 units everyday, progesterone, and timed intercourse: BFN

6/2012 Cycle 43 – Metformin 1,000mg everyday, extra Folic Acid/B Vitamins, supplements, Lovenox 40 units from CD 6 on, Prednisone 10mg starting at 2dpo, Prometrium 200mg starting at 2dpo, and timed intercourse: BFP! Bleeding and beta of 8 @ 13dpo. Beta only increased to 13 on 15dpo. Subsequent tests faded quickly and bleeding got much heavier.

7/2012 Cycle 44 – Metformin 1,000mg everyday, extra Folic Acid/B Vitamins, supplements, Lovenox 40 units from CD 6 on, Prednisone 10mg starting at 2dpo, Prometrium 400mg starting at 2dpo, and timed intercourse: BFN

7/30/12 Labs show that the new meds are working! No IVIG needed!

8/2012 Cycle 45 – Femara 5mg CD 3-7, Metformin 1,000mg everyday, prescription strength Folic Acid/B Vitamins, supplements, Lovenox 40 units from CD 6 on, Prednisone 10mg starting at 2dpo, Prometrium 400mg starting at 2dpo, and timed intercourse: BFP! Beta of 5 @ 14dpo. Beta decreased to 4 on 17dpo. Spotting started at 15dpo.

9/2012 Cycle 46 – Began gluten-free diet. New plan from Dr. KK to check betas at 10dpo & every 2 days. Metformin 1,000mg everyday, extra Folic Acid/B Vitamins, supplements, Lovenox 40 units from CD 6 on, Prednisone 10mg starting at 2dpo, Progesterone 400mg starting at 2dpo, and timed intercourse: BFN – tests and betas both. There were a few positives at 9dpo, but nothing prior or after that.

10/2012 Cycle 47 – A cyst on my left ovary 😦 Cycle on hold. Birth control pills. Re-check on 10/22/12. Cyst still there! Continued BCPs until 11/9/12. Cyst gone after 36 days. AF came on CD 39.

10/17/2012 Further allergy testing – inconclusive (probably false negatives) due to steroids for TTC.

11/2012 -12/2012 Cycle 48 – Femara 5mg CD 3-7, Follistim 150 units CD 5-9, Metformin 1,000mg everyday, extra Folic Acid/B Vitamins, supplements, Lovenox 40 units from CD 6 on, Prednisone 10mg starting at 2dpo, Progesterone 400mg starting at 2dpo, and timed intercourse: BFP!! Beta # 1 @ 12dpo = 60, Progesterone @ 12dpo = 19, Estradiol @ 12dpo = 994, Beta # 2 @ 14dpo = 86, Beta # 3 @ 16dpo = 217, Beta # 4 @ 19dpo = 733, Beta # 5 @ 21dpo = 1,614! Continue betas every 2 days for about 6 weeks. First u/s 12/21/12 @ 5 weeks, 2 days – There is 1 perfect baby bean! Saw sac and fetal pole! Due 8.20.13!

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19 thoughts on “Our TTC Timeline

  1. Pingback: Welcome ICLW « The Pursuit of Pregnancy

    • I did use Soy before. I think I just used whatever was at the grocery store, can’t remember the name. I’m taking several other supplements. Soy didn’t work for me, but I did ovulate with it 🙂 Good luck!

  2. My partner and I have only just recently started trying for a baby and I thought I’d start a blog just to record what we go through (so thought I’d have a bit of a read of other pregnancy blogs). We conceived fairly quickly, but were told last week that they believe we have miscarried. Just reading what you’ve been through and my heart goes out to you. I can’t begin to imagine what you’ve been through and how you have coped. But I’m so happy to read that you’re carrying a healthy bubs now. I will definitely be following your story 🙂

  3. Lisa,
    I didn’t even know you were pregnant! You probably have no idea who I am, (birdie01) but just wanted to say I’m super excited for! Congratulations! You so deserve this!

    xxx

  4. Wow! That’s awesome I was told I needed a surrogate from dr. SHER as well. He said my husband and I are an exact HLA dq alpha match and that it’s probably impossible for us to conceive a child…. I am in Las Vegas. Any suggestions?

    • There are a couple other doctors you can see for a second opinion. If there’s any way you can travel to Illinois, Dr. Kwak-Kim is the best. We traveled out of state to see her, and it was totally worth it. There’s also The Beer Center in California. There’s hope for you!

  5. Thanks for your encouraging blog. Aside from being followed by Dr. Kwak-Kim, did you see a RE or regular OBGYN until you had a positive pregnancy test? My appointment with Dr. Kwak-Kim is in 2 weeks and my OBGYN is not supportive.

    • I worked with an RE who went along with Dr. Kwak Kim’s treatment. I had to find one who would because most do not believe in her testing and diagnosis. I’m so glad we were able to work it out because it was the key to our success! I hope it works out for you too! Good luck!!

  6. I am a new follower. Congrats on your baby! That is great after such a road you’ve been on. I am looking at autoimmune treatment with prednisone for an FET soon. Our RE says he uses it short term (5 days) and I’m curious how long you took the prednisone for?? Thank you!

  7. Hi Lisa. I just found your blog. I have alloimmune issues and just did my intralipids yesterday. You mentioned that part of your protocol from Dr. Kwak-Kim is to do IVIG, but I can’t find a post if you’ve done it. Did you do IVIG every cycle you have tried to get pregnant after seeing Dr. Kwak-Kim? Thank you.

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