March 29, 2008- Beth and Brent began dating
September 11, 2011- Beth had exploratory laparoscopy due to painful, irregular menstral cycles. Revealed small ovarian cyst and no endometriosis.
September 8, 2012- Beth and Brent got married
June 2013- Beth discontinued NuvaRing
April 7, 2014- Beth expressed concern to the ob/gyn during an annual visit as to why pregnancy had not happened yet, but decided to give it more time.
May 11, 2015- Again, during an annual, Beth expressed concerns and requested lab work be completed. Lab work came back normal and continued to keep trying without intervention. Beth knew Brent needed to hear the fertility options, so he came along for this visit. Around this time Beth began tracking ovulation and CM.
May 16, 2016- Yet again, during Beth's yearly exam (Brent in attendance), concerns were addressed and the decision was made that Beth would start Clomid to regulate ovulation (even though no known ovulation problems existed) once Brent completed a semen analysis.
May 28, 2016- Brent's semen analysis came back abnormal. There were only 7% motile sperm. A referral to a urologist was made and Clomid was not started.
August 31, 2016- After the consultation with the urologist, Brent was started on Clomid three times weekly (M,W,F) and on Q10 and L-carnitine. He would need to continue these medications for a minimum of 72 days (number of days it takes for sperm to mature and a fresh "batch" to be produced) before another semen analysis could be performed.
November 30, 2016- Follow up with the urologist revealed a much higher motility of 32%, but a decrease in sperm count. Brent would continue on the Clomid and supplements.
December 6, 2017- (Beth's birthday!) The first IUI (intrauterine insemination) was performed. Both Beth and Brent were on clomid this cycle to allow for optimal ovulation timing. Semen analysis post wash revealed better results than November's. IUI failed.
January 6, 3017- Second IUI was performed. Both were on clomid this cycle. Semen analysis revealed promising results. IUI failed. Brent stopped Clomid after this cycle for an upcoming physique competition in May. The decision was made to not continue with a third and final IUI, but rather take a much needed break from trying.
April 3, 2017- Ob/gyn follow-up- lab work was ordered and hsg test scheduled for Beth. Ovarian reserve and all other labs came back normal.
April 14, 2017- Hsg test was performed and came back normal. Both fallopian tubes were open and normal shaped uterus. Told that there would be an increase in fertility for the next three cycles post-hsg test due to fushing of the fallopian tubes, making it easier for weak sperm to access. Next and final step, a referral to a reproductive specialist would need to be made.
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Our infertility journey
I have recently decided it was time to share our journey with the world in hopes of bringing light to such an unspoken reality effecting so many couples.