The Next 7 Steps on My Fertility Journey

Preparing for FET

This week marks the 47th official week on my journey to motherhood. Over the past 11 months, I have undergone more procedures and experienced more delays than I ever imagined. The biggest ordeals include one unsuccessful IVF cycle and one successful IVF cycle that resulted in the pregnancy of my twins a pregnancy I sadly lost at 17-weeks pregnant after my water broke.

December 22 was the last day I had any life growing inside of me. I miss my twins desperately. And I miss being pregnant. Contrary to how I thought I’d feel during pregnancy, I actually enjoyed it. In fact, I never felt so good.

Now, I’m trying to get there again. Pregnant. Sure, I’m scared that I won’t be able to sustain a successful pregnancy to its 40th week or close enough to that to have a healthy and alive baby. But I’ve decided to try again.

After my uterine catheter came out a few days ago (Thank you, Jesus), I returned to my doctor today to plan our next approach. The news was inspiring, though I’ve learned to take all and everything hopeful with a grain of salt because, on these fertility journeys, everything changes all the time and it’s better to be prepared for setback after setback than it is to blindly believe it will go as planned.

Because it never does.

But in the meantime, this is my latest update on the “what next” of my journey.

  • SHG (SonoHysteroGram) In 2 Weeks 1 of 7
    SHG (SonoHysteroGram) In 2 Weeks
    In two weeks, I'll have my third SHG. The purpose this time, like every time, is to check my uterus to ensure that all systems are GO. My most recent SHG uncovered an adhesion that had to be removed. Hopefully, my next SHG will reveal a ready-for-pregnancy uterus, and we can continue forward.
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  • BCP (Birth Control Pill) for 3 Weeks 2 of 7
    BCP (Birth Control Pill) for 3 Weeks
    I'll continue to take the birth control pill for the next three weeks just as I have been taking it now for the past three weeks.
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Finish BCP On the 1st Day of Spring! 3 of 7
    Finish BCP On the 1st Day of Spring!
    As if a gift from the Universe, I'll stop taking the pill on the first day of Spring. This date was decided because keeping me on the BCP until then will allow my uterus time to recover from my recent hysteroscopy, as well as provide a window for the SHG without having to cycle through a full menstrual cycle for the procedure.
  • Get My Period 4 of 7
    Get My Period
    Sometime after I stop taking the BCP, my period will return. We have no idea when that will be. Could be two days, could be two weeks. Sigh...
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Take Estrogen Pills 5 of 7
    Take Estrogen Pills
    I'll begin taking Estrace (which are estrogen tablets) the day my period begins. This is needed to begin to thicken my uterine wall to prep it for a successful embryo implantation.
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Undergo FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer) 6 of 7
    Undergo FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer)
    After my uterine wall gets to the desired thickness, we'll schedule an FET. I thought I had four frozen embryos, but it turns out I have five. Given my history, we've decided to only transfer one this time to reduce the chances of a twin pregnancy.
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Wait 7 of 7
    Like so much of this process, I'll then have to wait 10 days before I can take a blood test that will determine whether or not the FET worked and I'm pregnant. Granted, at any given point during this next process my third IVF cycle anything could change at any point. I've revisited Square One six times so far, so while I'm praying all this works this go-round, I'm not holding my breath for any of it.
    Photo: iStockphoto

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