Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Here we go again...IVF Take Two!

Today we met with our doctor at Women's Specialty and Fertility. Primarily we went to receive a new protocol, but we also wanted to feel things out and see what our chances really are. My husband is great about asking those "straight-to-the-point" questions. I tend to beat around the bush or not press a doctor to give a straight answer. He is pretty shameless when it comes to that.

The reality is that whatever has gone on with me and my terrible ovarian reserve, it's moved fast. Two years ago when we had our fifth IUI, I responded better with less aggressive treatment than I have now with one of the more aggressive protocols out there. The doctor said he knew we would have trouble getting a high number of follicles, but he didn't think I would respond as poorly as I did. 

All said and done, we finally received the response that we probably have a 14% chance to conceive with IVF. (Yes, 14. Not 15. My hub also likes to point out how doctors are not into rounding to nicer numbers.) That's not great. That's not even good or mediocre. But strangely, we're still willing to take it. We know that we could try a new set of medication and still end up with few or no follicles, but we also know that a new set of medication could work. It's a last shot, and we want it.

The good thing (for lack of a better word) is that there will be an answer soon. We will go in on the 16th of April to have an ultrasound and receive results from a blood test, and we will know if and how I am responding to treatment. If I have responded, then we will continue with IVF. If not, then we tried and gave it every ounce we could give. How we hope that our "end" will be positive--literally! But regardless, we have prayerfully done what we needed to do, and that has been important for us. 


  1. wow that was a lot faster than i expected! exciting :). praying for that positive result!!

  2. Praying that 14% is plenty! Love you guys :)

    1. Thanks, Steph :) That is our prayer too! And Marisa, yeah it moved quickly! It was one of those things that we were already in it, so might as well keep going. And since they only do IVFs at certain times, we knew trying for the one over summer could be tricky with how often we are gone.

  3. Hi Candace, I found your blog today while looking for Christian women's blogs on infertility. My husband and I have been trying for a baby for about 19 months now, and we just discovered last month that he is missing his vas deferens...the tube that allows the sperm to travel out of the body. There is no chance for us to conceive naturally. I also have a small part of PCOS. We will be starting our first round of IVF with ICSI as soon as I get my period this month. I'm praying for you and your husband's journey this morning!

  4. I'm glad you found me and look forward to connecting more, Emily!