Monday, January 26, 2015

Infertility Journey: Kayla's Story

Today I have Kayla sharing her infertility story.  If you missed Elena's story and Amber's story, be sure to check them both out.

Here is Kayla's story:

Hello Raising Southern Grace readers. I am Kayla and I blog over at Waiting for Three. Thanks Sydney for letting me take over your blog for a day and Welcome everyone. As you can tell by the name of my blog I am on the journey of trying to become a mom. My husband and I have been married for almost five years and over half of that time we have been trying to conceive with more than one speed bump along the way. Originally my blog was going to be my little piece of the internet where I talked about my pregnancy and my baby.  Boy was I wrong in so many ways. Our journey started in 2011 when we decided that I would quit taking my birth control. I had horrible monthly visitors for as long as I could remember but birth control was always the way that I could control these problems. I became the crazy tracking women who just knew she would be pregnant in a month. Two at the latest! When I came off the pill we started trying the good old natural way and after eight months of getting nowhere we decided that I would make an appointment with my obgyn. She decided that she would do some bloodwork and see if she could see anything. She reassured me that it may just take some time and sent me on my way. Well a few days past and I received a call from the nurse telling me that my progesterone levels were 4.3. Yeah this is bad. Your levels should be over 30 after ovulation and mine were at 4.3. Holy Moly how could this happen! So I came back in and we decided to try Clomid 50mg.

I can remember thinking that this is my month and that the Clomid would do the trick. Yeah not so much every single pregnancy test in the Costco bulk box said otherwise. But I returned to the doctor’s office to have my labs drawn and they were 12.1. So we were heading in the right direction. We left the doctor’s office that day with orders to do it all over the following month. That month came and went with labs that resulted with a progesterone level of 4.6. I can remember thinking this has to be a mistake since they were just 12.1 last month. I was assured that it was no mistake and that we would schedule a HSG and do the Clomid. By this time I had already started researching and found several people who were in my shoes and had PCOS.  I talked with my doctor and she decided that she would test me for this when she drew my progesterone levels next time. I had my levels drawn and the following day had my HSG. My HSG did not show any abnormal things other than small tubes which she did not think it was a problem. My labs came back and my progesterone level was at 1.1. She also dropped the bomb that my PCOS levels were out of whack and it turns out I needed Metformin to increase my levels to help me ovulate. I can remember getting this call and having to pull over because the tears were a flowing. I made the decision to suck it up and deal. The doctor increased my Clomid to 100mgs and I was given the RX for Metformin one per day. I was not going to let this get me down.

Like every month before I tracked everything and went to have my labs drawn. They were at 14. I knew that we were heading in the right direction. I felt positive about everything and the results that we were now getting. The doctor advised us to do the same as the previous months and that my hubby needed to have an analysis done this month. I went in for my labs and he went in for his analysis. My labs came back with a progesterone level over 50 and his came back with no swimmers. Ummm hold on what? I have awesome results and his sucked! We were set up with an urologist in our home town that could really give two craps. He pretty much told us we couldn’t do anything about it. After yet again our research we decided that we would go to an urologist in Birmingham, Alabama. We went to see him and he told us to go see a Reproductive Endocrinologist in the meantime to devise a plan. After several samples all coming back the same the Urologist got us on board to do some labs and a testicular biopsy.  The labs came back normal the horrible testicular biopsy surgery came back with no swimmers. We received a referral for a different urologist closer to home and went to follow up with him.  He told us that he would try the hubs on a medication to see if this would do anything. After months of medication he went to go get another sample and THEY WERE THERE! He had perfect swimmers!! They made the decision to freeze them incase this was a freak accident. So since we found out last month that we would hopefully get to be parents we now have a plan. This month coming up {February} I will have labs done while taking Metformin and Clomid to see if everything is good with my progesterone levels. If everything is great we will try IUI with the specimen that they froze. The hopefully have a baby! I cannot tell you that this will work! To be very honest there was a point in their somewhere when I gave up hope that we would ever be parents. I had to work through that and realize that there is a bigger plan than what I know.
Although this is the hardest thing I have ever dealt with I will continue to fight this battle. I have wonderful friends in this community because we all care about each other.  1 in 8 couples are or have fought in the infertility battle. These numbers are crazy. If you have questions or just want to talk feel free to head over to my blog and we can chat.




Thanks so much Kayla for sharing your story with the Raising Southern Grace Readers.  Please head on over to her blog, Waiting for Three and give her some love.  If you are interested in sharing your story, please feel free to email me and we can work out details and dates. 
Hope your Monday is great!

 

2 comments:

  1. Yay!! Prayers being sent your way!! I hope you get a positive very very soon.

    XOXO,
    Summer Ann
    Simply Summer Ann Blogl

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    1. thank you very much!!!

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