IVF Success Story
When I was trying to get pregnant I would search all these success stories and hope to find a situation similar to mine (or even worse situation!) so I could keep the hope alive! I prayed someday I would get to write my own success story. I hope if you are reading this then it will give you hope and the courage to continue trying!
My husband and I tried to get pregnant for a year naturally and without success when my husband went to get tested. We never dreamed of what was ahead of us the day we heard his results. We were told he had very little sperm and what was there was not motile. They told us we would NEVER get pregnant naturally and our only hope was to do IVF with ICSI. We left the doctor’s office in tears and couldn’t believe what we had heard.
Over the next few months my hubby did several more tests. Some of the tests came back with NO sperm at all (how could it get any worse?!). After seeing a specialist we decided he would undergo a procedure to surgically remove the sperm and freeze it for later attempts with IVF. Going into the surgery we did not know if they would even be able to find any sperm. Thankfully they did and the surgery was a success!. In the meantime, I was undergoing a whole series of tests. We did determine I had one blocked tube but with doing IVF, you don’t need your tubes so it was not a big concern.
One year after we received the life changing news we started IVF.. It was quite the rollercoaster ride! Every appointment you either have small victories or small setbacks. It is emotionally draining. Deep down I felt like SURELY we would get pregnant…….heck we were both healthy adults and so many others were successful with much bigger obstacles……well boy was I wrong! We got the pregnancy test results back and it was a big fat negative! We were devastated to say the least. The doctors said the sperm we had gotten during surgery was “terrible” and my eggs were not that great either. They did not encourage us to even try again. We left the doctor’s office defeated and emotionally exhausted.
After several months passed by we decided we were not giving up that easily and wanted to try again, after all, it wasn’t up to the doctors to determine if we would get pregnant, it was up to God and his master plan.. Before we got started I talked to the doctor about a small pain in my left side. Nothing major but wanted to investigate it before we continued. After much discussion with our doctor we decided to do “exploratory” surgery to see what was going on. I was very hesitate to do this because it is surgery after all! Turns out that was the best decision of my life! I had stage 3 endometriosis and 2 huge fibroids that they removed. The surgeon said I would have never gotten pregnant with all that inside me.
After waiting 4 months to recover from surgery we were in the clear to try IVF again! During this time I really turned to my faith in God about how all of this would play out. I just prayed and believed that God’s plan would be the best one and I had to try and find comfort in that as we continued. Turns out the second IVF went much better. This time my hubby attempted to give a fresh sample of sperm and to our amazement he had some healthy sperm to use (not many but we only needed a few!)!! We were so excited to hear we got pregnant and even had 2 embryos healthy enough to freeze for later use! Unfortunately, our excitement was short lived as that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. As you can imagine we were beyond devastated. How could we have gone through so much and it end like this? It seemed like a cruel joke.
After a period of mourning and more faith finding…….we decided to use our frozen embryos. We knew this was probably our last attempt to get pregnant. After all, we had been so lucky for my hubby to actually have sperm on the day or retrieval last time we just weren’t sure we would ever have that kind of success again. And I wasn’t sure I could put myself through anymore emotional or physical pain. I did several genetic tests to see if they could find the reason for the previous miscarriage and my doctor ended up putting me on a baby aspirin every day. So we started the frozen cycle and did all the shots and went through all the steps. The morning of “thawing” was a stressful time. Would they thaw right? What if neither of them did? Could it all be over in just one phone call? THANKFULLY they both thawed successfully and we were able to have them transferred to my uterus. Two weeks later we sat on our couch as we had done the past 2 times and waited for the call to determine our family future. With God’s grace we received the call we were pregnant! We were beside ourselves with joy!!!!!!! Of course we were still a nervous wreck in fear of another miscarriage. Every twinge and pain almost put me in panic attack! When I was 5 weeks pregnant I did have some spotting and called my doctor hysterical. She had me come in the next day for an ultrasound. To our amazement we heard our baby’s heartbeat that morning. It was the best sound I have ever heard!
Today I have a healthy 11 week old baby girl! She is our little miracle! I am so thankful we didn’t give up even though we had so many obstacles. I do not regret anything we went through. The lessons I learned and the faith I found in God was worth every second. Don’t give up and follow your heart in what is best for you!