With endometriosis and diminished ovarian reserve, Brenna went through 10 medicated cycles, 4 IUI cycles and two surgeries before finally moving on to IVF and getting her well-deserved baby bump. Read her story here.
When I was kid, my siblings were basically my best friends, so I always dreamt of having a full house of my own one day. When my hubby, Raf and I decided to hop on the baby making train, I had no idea how hard it would be to have the big family that I always wanted. Today, my fertility journey is far from over, but I can happily say that I’m a proud mama to one scrumptious little boy named Sam. Here is my story.
TESTING & DIAGNOSIS
When I got off the pill, my cycles were long and irregular. For almost a year, I pretty much thought I was pregnant every month, but after my share of one-lined pregnancy tests, I dragged Raf to a local fertility clinic to check things out.
Everything appeared to be fine with my tests, but because of my irregular cycles, it was speculated that I didn’t always ovulate. Then Raf did his semen analysis and we were told that no sperm was found in the sample, so we had to wait to see a specialist. The wait was super scary for both for us, but after what felt like a million years, Raf was diagnosed with a congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens (aka born without the tubes that carry sperm out of the testes). We were told that sperm extraction combined with IVF and ICSI were our only options to conceive. When I heard the news, a wave of emotions hit me, but I felt okay knowing there was a solution. We were also really lucky because at the time there was a program in our province of Quebec that fully funded three IVF cycles (unfortunately, that program no longer exists).
We had to wait another five long months to get genetic test results before we could proceed, but when we finally did the sperm extraction, we were happy to find out that my Raf’s swimmers were in top shape. So into the freezer they went to wait for the perfect moment to fertilize my eggs in a test tube (how romantic).
It took another two years before I got pregnant, but this is how our IVF journey went down: