2018 marks our tenth year together! Tenth!
Having children has always been our pinnacle goal. Our greatest dream. Our "we'd give up everything" for. Below you will find the brief history behind the infertility tribulations you see us experience on the vlog:
Summer 2008: We discuss the "perfect baby name" over AOL instant messaging... A name that still reigns as our top pick for our future child.
December 2008: We become boyfriend and girlfriend.
2008-2015: We graduated high school, started college, and experienced the Disney College Program together.
August 2015: As best friends, we became husband and wife.
November 2015: We officially decided to try and start our family.
Every month we dealt with the heartbreak that it wasn't the right time.
February 2017: We went to the OB-GYN specifically to begin fertility tests because we hadn't been successful after trying for over a year.
March 2017: Sarah had a her tubes inspected for shape and structure (dye test) while Peter had an analysis done. Both came back fine.
For a short period of time, Sarah's doctor had her on clomid to try to bring about higher ovulations.
May 2017: Eve, our puppy, made us a family of three.
July 2017: We move to Orlando, Florida! Peter learned about Dr. Randall Loy, an amazing fertility specialist in the area. (He has his own YouTube channel....go figure).
November 2017 - February 2018: We met with Dr. Loy a handful of times and he diagnosed Sarah with Endometriosis.
February 22nd 2018: Sarah had an outpatient surgery to rid her body of the Endometriosis. (Here is our vlog from that day: https://youtu.be/2YvNdQl4Vi4 )
March - June 2018: Sarah was prescribed a daily steroid as an effort to balance her hormones for three months. Because of our age and health, our doctor wanted treatment to remain as natural as possible. We continued to see no results.
June 12th 2018: Sarah went to a follow up with Dr. Loy where he told her about the next procedure he would like to do, WIUI (Washed Intrauterine Insemination)
What the WIUI involves is a handful of lab work visits and a few different types of medicine. All need to be implemented during specific times of Sarah's cycle. This "next step" is much more intrusive than we expected. We believe we misunderstood our doctor in a previous appointment when he described the possibility of forced ovulation. We did not imagine it would involve pills, injections, and insemination, but will do anything to start our family.
This is the timeline of the procedure:
Sarah goes in for an ovary check during the first couple days of her cycle. From this test, the doctor will determine when she will begin taking Letrozole (a pill that prepares the ovaries to successfully release a strong egg). Up next is the Ovidrel injections (an ovulation triggering medication)! It will be sent to the pharmacy for us to pick up. On the 11th day of Sarah's cycle she will go into the doctors office for blood work. If her levels are solid we will inject the medicine into her stomach that night. More monitoring of her cycle will take place. The next step is the most important! Within two days of the injection, Peter will go into the doctor's office in the morning to provide a sperm specimen. Sarah will go in that same afternoon for the WIUI procedure. You can find more specifics of the procedure here: https://www.verywellfamily.com/what-is-iui-treatment-1960187
Like stated in our vlog this week, we do have options! We can begin this process whenever we choose. Our doctor reiterated that we are young. He is confident we will be successful and that we have time. Because of our busy schedule the next two months, we will not be able to attempt this procedure until the end of August. It gives us some time to think it through and prepare. Another option is moving forward with the pills and injections, but timing everything else on our own. However, the WIUI does heighten the chances of pregnancy.
Now there is no guarantee this procedure will work. It can be attempted multiples times; it is totally up to us. If we are unsuccessful around four or five times, the doctor wants us to start considering IVF.
So that is where we stand right now! We plan on continuing sharing our experiences here and hope you feel comfortable reaching out to us if you have any questions or insight to share.
We feel so fortunate to have a positive, "keep moving forward" outlook. Thank you for reading and being a part of our story. It's good to be home!