Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sink or Swim: IVF Here We Come!!!

So, I tend to always give away the point of my post in the title. We had our consult with the wonderful RE whom I adore.  He carefully explained the results of DH's s/a with us and then he sat back, drew a deep breath and recommended we try three months of inseminations.  HUH?!

He said that three was a good number. Give it our best effort. Then move on to IVF if they failed. He said he would amend his plan of treatment and move directly to IVF if he felt that my mental stability would be compromised if all three IUIs failed.  Then he asked me to stop biting my lip and tell him my thoughts on it all.

I told him that had he recommended the inseminations three months ago (impossible, we didn't even know each other), I would totally be for "giving it our best effort".  Recently, however, I've been a part of too many dialogues and read too many studies where people who are in similar situations with antisperm antibodies tried in vain with IUIs to get pregnant.  Each and every one achieved success through IVF. DH and I are very results-driven people and three more months of nothing would feel like a lifetime and we are NOT in the business of spinning our wheels and and spending our dollars and getting no where.

Dr. Awesome RE immediately pulled out his tape recorder thingy-ma-bob and started recording his summation of our visit saying, "In the interest of time and sanity, patient has decided to forgo inseminations and move directly to IVF."  So, it was done.

We went across the hall to the hospital's fertility clinic, scheduled our IVF class for Tuesday, January 25th (my birthday!), got our manila envelope of paperwork and a packet of birth control pills to start on CD 3 (sometime this weekend!).

Wow, talk about jumping in the deep end! I hope we swim!! :)


  1. Wow! You did just jump in. I am so excited for you. I agree I would have been stumped when the Re mentioned iui too. Im surprised he recommended it at all. I think ivf is your best shot. Good Luck Hun. I cant wait to follow your journey.

  2. I totally agree with your decision! I think our IUIs were kind of a waste of time. We needed to get aggressive more quickly. I am excited for you!

  3. WOW! That's great that you had that option! Unless we have a surprise on Saturday, I wish we had skipped the injectable cycles and just gone straight to IVF. I'm tired!

    What a wonderful birthday present! You're on track!!!!

  4. Good for you - so decisive (coming from Ms. Indecisive, herself)! Wishing you luck :)

  5. Whoa! You must be so excited! =)

    Wishing you all the best!!