I’ve had a lot of emails asking me about IVF. It can be a very sensitive subject for some people, and that’s why Mark and I decided to be very open about the procedures we went through.
Getting pregnant is supposed to be such a natural experience, and when you’re ready for it, you think it’s going to happen right away. When it doesn’t, it can be overwhelming, frustrating and heart-breaking.
At least it was for me.
And the only thing that saved me was being able to talk to people about it. If you’re dealing with any fertility issues, you’re not alone! So please don’t feel that you are.
Mark and I didn’t jump into IVF treatments. We spent almost 3 years dealing with “unexplained” infertility. We did tests, acupuncture, cleanses, different medications, insemination… with no luck. We finally decided in October (2009) to give IVF a try.
We had a meeting with Dr. Taylor at Genesis Fertility. She was amazing. She walked us through everything. As did our nurse Nora. They explained everything, step by step.
Almost two weeks of shots (Mark would get up at 3:30am to give me a shot before I went to work and then he’d give me the second one when he got home from work) left my stomach a little sore (it resembled a pin cushion). I had countless blood and other tests (I’ll spare you the details) during the process.
Then it was time for egg retrieval: when they take the eggs out of me. In a normal cycle, you would produce one egg. After all the drugs, I had 14 eggs!
My eggs were then injected with Mark’s sperm (a process called ICSI) and transferred back into me after three days. Not all 14!!! Just two embryos.
Two weeks later, I went for a blood test and found out I was pregnant!!! That was the day before Beat Cares 2009.
Then at the beginning of January, we went for our first ultrasound. And that’s when we found out we are having twins. J
This is obviously a rudimentary explanation of the process. If you have any questions or just want more information about my process, please feel free to email me. Or contact Genesis Fertility. www.genesis-fertility.com/