First comes marriage, then comes a baby.....right!?
So to start I want to mention that I am by no means an expert in infertility or a medical professional. In sharing this post, I am sharing my life experiences and my story. Infertility changes from person to person and not one individual's story is the same as another. I only support positive comments and positive sharing as being vulnerable and sharing these details are very personal and hard. Please keep in mind this is MY journey and MY experiences going through this.
I also want to share that this is the coles note version of my journey. This is the simplest way to share my story.
I will also break this into a couple of different parts, because it is way to long to share in one post.....
So It all started when I got married. I knew that I wanted children from a very young age and I have always had a "mother" hen kind of personality. I am the oldest of 4 children, and with that I knew that I was meant to be a mother. We got married June 28, 2014 in Banff and it was beautiful.
We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon and like most couples came back from our trip and thought we would get pregnant immediately. For the first few months I had a regular cycle (after being on birth control for a very very long time) so we continued to try and every month I was disappointed. After the first six months of trying my cycles started to get very long and irregular. Of course, every month, I thought I was pregnant and would take a million tests, just to check. After about 8 months of trying and my cycle getting irregular, I decided it was time to contact my doctor.
I have to state that my family doctor is wonderful. She is always super supportive and has always listened to my concerns and she has even cried with me in the office. I am so fortunate that I had a family physician like this!
I went into my family doctor and told her we were trying to conceive (TTC) and that my cycles were regular and then changed to irregular and I was concerned that I wasn't pregnant yet. For the record, it can take a healthy couple at least a year to conceive. My doctor was wonderful and sent me for an ultrasound and some blood work and told me we would have a look and see what we could do.
I went for my ultrasound and was told that I had a hydrosalpinx (fallopian tubes are blocked or filled with fluid) on one of my tubes and that I had PCOS.
PCOS is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs. Mayo Clinic Link
Immediately I hit up Dr. Google and researched everything I could about these conditions. I don't suggest doing this.....it will just get you in a dark hole. Once we received these results, my doctor thought it would be most appropriate to refer me to the fertility clinic. For those of you who don't know, the list is very long to get into the Calgary clinic and when you have already been trying for a year to have a baby, another 6 months is torture.
This brings us to July 2015.
This is only the very beginning of my journey, so please stay tuned for more.
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