IVF Update + 5 Years of Marriage!
Today is our five year wedding anniversary! We’ve been together for 11 years and now married for five. Coincidentally, yesterday we got the results of our second round of IVF.
Today is our five year wedding anniversary! We’ve been together for 11 years and now married for five. Coincidentally, yesterday we got the results of our second round of IVF. Happy to announce it was SUCCESSFUL! We have a healthy embryo that past genetic testing!!! Woohoo! But I’m not pregnant and the journey is still not over, so I wanted to share what comes next and how we got this far.
First of all, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out this link to catch you up on our story.
About two weeks ago I began our second round of IVF with Dr. Surrey at SCRC. I did ten days of five hormone shots a day, including Omnitrope, which is a human growth hormone. Dr. Surrey and his staff were incredible. I had some side effects (migraines, bloating, sore belly, bruising) but over all the experience wasn’t too bad. Plus, it being the second time around helped ease the anxiety. I was also seeing Tarek at Kinetix365 for acupuncture treatments to help with egg quality. On day 13, I had my egg retrieval.
Dr. Surrey was able to obtain five eggs and three embryos were formed. Out of those three embryos, ONE made it to day five maturity and was able to be genetically tested and frozen. When we heard that only one made it, we got a little nervous. This was our last shot and now we had to wait another week for testing results. Yesterday, we got the glorious news! Our embryo passed genetic testing!!! Hooray!!! We were even given the option to learn the sex (science is crazy)! And we DID learn what we have, but are not sharing that news publicly just yet. Though we did tell our close friends and family already, because we are horrible at keeping secrets.
Okay, now what? Well, our embryo is on ice and chilling (pun intended) until we’re ready to transfer. Even before we knew the results, Damien and I had decided that if this was a successful round we would wait a bit to transfer. Why? Well to be quite honest, I’m exhausted! It’s been a crazy three years of miscarriages and IVF and my body needs a little break. Plus, we want to take a couple of BIG (not baby friendly) trips before we become a family of three.
So the plan is to transfer sometime in early 2019. Hopefully all goes well with that and baby Fahey will be with us end of 2019/early 2020! We are not totally out of the water just yet, but our chances for a successful pregnancy are definitely much higher with an embryo that has passed genetic testing. So THANK YOU for all the love, prayers and support you have given us thus far. It really means the world to Damien and I. We are so grateful to have such a loving community in our lives.
And with that, a HUGE weight has been lifted from our shoulders. You won’t get another update until I hopefully get to announce our pregnancy some time next year!!! Thanks for following along on this journey. Love you guys!