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Tiffanie's Story

When my husband and I got married, we both knew that we wanted children. We choose to wait however until we had some more time together as a married couple and until we were settled in our careers and home.

After waiting for a year, we made the decision to start trying for a baby. Month after month of negative pregnancy tests however made me quickly realize that this would be a more difficult task than expected.

After 7 months of trying, I decided to schedule an appointment with my OB's office to see if there were any tests that could be done. I went through several tests and everything came back normal. They put me on Clomid however.

A month later, my husband had a semen analysis which came back normal as well. After 3 more months of trying on our own, we made an appointment with a reproductive endocrineologists office. He suggested a protocol of IUI (intrauterine insemination). He said that the typical protocol at the office was to try the IUI procedure for 3 times and then move on to IVF if the IUIs weren't successful.
Luckily, our insurance covered everything including medication. We started our first IUI that September. Month after month however, each IUI came up negative. The next step was IVF.

Our first IVF was a learning experience. From doing the self-injections to several medical appointments, it was a totally new experience for us. After so many failed IUIs, we were skeptical about our efforts. The first attempt was unsuccessful. The same week I found out that the IVF didn't work for us, two people in my office announced their pregnancies. I was devastated.

Our doctor suggested another round of IVF with the same protocol and we agreed. This time however, I took on a more optimistic attitude, did aggressive acupuncture treatments and prayed diligently daily. It worked!

During our 2nd attempt, I never doubted that it would.

I am now a week away from my due date and all of the struggles with infertility are a very distant memory. We were blessed to have the resources and opportunity to go through such an aggressive process that worked for us.

No matter what happens, I learned that it's okay to be sad, but to never give up. Our son will never question whether or not we wanted him.

 

 

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