A Story of Hope for ICLW

We interrupt our usual programming to welcome anyone stumbling on my blog from ICLW. You have stumbled on this at the best ever time of our lives. We found out last Thursday (just 5 days ago) that our fourth IVF had worked and we are indeed thoroughly knocked up!

A little background, my hubby was diagnosed with Secondary Hypogonadism when he was 17 and was told he would NEVER have kids. Essentially secondary hypogonaldism means that his pituitary gland does not produce the hormones required to get his testes developing sperm. I knew all this when we got married and chose him knowing I might be facing a child-free life. Roll forward 10 years into marriage and I had to break the news to my hubby that I really wanted kids. I thought I would break his heart, but he just said okay, went to the doc and we began looking at options. After 8 months of entirely the wrong treatment we finally went to see a Fertility Specialist (FS), tried one protocol and when it didn’t work, went to see a new FS thinking we would begin a donor sperm IUI treatment within days.

Instead we walked out of that appointment with a firm statement from our amazing Dr S that the new protocol WOULD work and it would take about 6 months. Roll forward again 6 months and around 100 injections into my poor hubby’s bum and we had sperm (read about that here: https://mommyinwaiting.wordpress.com/2010/05/10/f-you-azoo/).

And so started our IVF journey. IVF#1 went well, but resulted in a BFN, IVF#2 ended up being cancelled and I was dubbed a ‘poor responder’, IVF#3 went well, but once again a BFN. That was a mere month ago. We couldn’t face the reality of another BFN, so decided to go straight into IVF#4 and here we stand with a beautiful BFP!

It took Chris around 350 injections (Testosterone, Pregnyl, Menopur and Ovidrel), me almost 60 injections (Menopur, Cetrotide, GonalF), 11 embryos of which 8 were transferred across 3 IVFs to get to this beautiful place. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am to be standing in these shoes today. I cannot tell you how amazed and awed I am by this new reality, a reality we thought we would never have.

And so I hope some of you can find some hope in our story.

For those of your dying to hear our beta updates – they are even more unbelievable:
Beta 1 (13do3dt) = 238
Beta 2 (15dp3dt) = 642
Beta 3 (17dp3dt) = 1882!!!

Everyone is telling us to not be at all surprised if we see more than one heartbeat at that first scan – how amazing would that be.
Our first scan is booked for Friday 8th April with the amazing Dr S (our FS) who came through for us. And because I am a complete control freak I have jumped ahead to book our first appointment with Dr H who will be our obgyn which is for around 12 weeks on 12 May 2011!

About MommyAtLast

Finally a Mommy to our Medical Miracle IVF Boy / Girl Twins who were born in November 2011. We overcame azoospermia using hormone therapy for my hubby to conceive our precious Hope Babes on our 4th IVF.
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12 Responses to A Story of Hope for ICLW

  1. Sweets says:

    So so great! And those betas are so high.

    I am pretty sure you cannot wipe the smile off your face 🙂 would be great to catch up soon.

  2. Pamela says:

    WOW WOW WOW WOW… I AM TELLING EVERYONE I KNOW. I was wondering the whole weekend what your Beta counts were… CONGRATULATIONS…. Please keep us updated…. xxx

  3. samcy says:

    The beta’s are awesome! That being said, try not get your “hopes set” on seeing more than 1 embie – my beta’s also rose super quickly and we thought we had twins on board for sure. As you know we have our Clam on board, but I have to admit to being initially a tiny bit disappointed at only seeing 1 heartbeat at that first appointment… so my assvice would be to go in expecting to see 1 heartbeat and if there are 2 – thats an added “bonus”…

    Sending u and Chris and Beanie(s) SO much love!


  4. It is an awesome story of courage and of hope. xxxx

  5. babiesandus says:

    Good for you for making the Obgyn appointment already. The pre-BFP J would not have done this. I am so happy for you guys!

  6. Heather says:

    yes it really is a story of hope and inspiration for the rest of us! hope I get to where you are!!

  7. Jenni says:

    Those are some awesome beta’s – I’m so happy for both of you.

  8. Emily Erin says:

    Wonderful betas!!! So happy for you; can’t wait for that 1st u/s! So over the moon happy for you!

  9. Joey says:

    It’s so good to hear that good news finally came to you. I cannot imagine the heartbreak and disappointment you both have gone through. We are prepping for our first IVF cycle in April/May.

  10. Lea says:

    Congrats! Such a wonderful inspiring story!
    Can’t wait to hear all your updates as your precious little one(s) grow 🙂

  11. Mash says:

    Very, very happy for you. And I think your ob/gyn is the same as mine, the divine Stef.fi?

  12. Melanie says:

    Congratulations! Your story gives me so much hope, as reading your history was like reading my own. My DH has also known about his hypogonadism for years, and has been on hormone injections 3 times a week for the last 18 months. We have done 3 IVFs, all failed, and will be doing no. 4 in May. Hoping to continue to mirror your amazing story! Enjoy your pregnancy dear.

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