Let’s start at the beginning!
May 2019: Our one year wedding anniversary was this month! We began trying to get pregnant. We both decided after we had been married for a year, we would start trying. We were excited. The thought of adding another member to Team Bradley was what we both had dreamed about.
October 2019: We hit the 6 month mark of trying with no luck. I wasn’t really worried at this point. I knew I had a past of endometriosis, but I hadn’t had any of the pain that was associated with it last time, so I figured things were fine. I had a laparoscopy in 2014 or 2015 to remove some endometriosis because I was having very severe pain. My doctor removed the endometriosis and I have been pain-free ever since, which is why I was hopeful it hadn’t come back. It had. Not much, but a little.
February 2020: I started to get a little anxious at this point. I started to wonder if something was wrong and it was keep us from getting pregnant.
May 20202: When we hit the one year mark, I made all kinds of appointments with doctors. My first appointment with my doctor, Dr. Tuter, was May 28th, 2020 (two days after our second wedding anniversary). Jake went through testing, I went through ultrasounds, blood work, and got signed up for an HSG procedure.
June 2020: The month of testing. I had lab work done on June 9th, Jake did some more testing on June 16th, and I had more lab work and a transvaginal ultrasound on June 19th – the day after we moved, which was a lot. I have had quite a few TVUSs (transvaginal ultrasounds) in the past, but this one was the most unpleasant. It was pretty uncomfortable and seemed to take forever. I learned from this TVUS that my endometriosis had come back. Luckily, it wasn’t terrible or all over, but that news crushed me. I had been so hopeful that since I hadn’t had the pain I had had last time that it hadn’t come back. That was not the case. My doctor thought maybe the inflammation from the endometriosis, mixed with a low follicle count, and some mild male stuff on Jake’s side were all working together and making it hard for us to get pregnant. After hearing the mild issues we both have, and that we had about a 5% chance of getting pregnant naturally, we started discussing other options.
On June 23rd, we closed on the house that we sold and on June 24th, I underwent the HSG. The only way to describe this procedure: OUCH. The HSG is used to see if your tubes are open. The doctor inserts a catheter into your uterus. Super ouch. Then she shoots dye through the catheter into each of your tubes to see if there is any blockage. Super super ouch. Luckily, I did not have any blockage and the dye spilled right out. The whole procedure lasted maybe 5-8 minutes, but it was pretty awful and I hope I never have to undergo that again. I cramped the rest of the day and the dye drips out of you. Not a fun procedure to undergo, but I was thankful for the knowledge we gained from it. After my HSG, Dr. Tuter suggested we go see a fertility specialist, Dr. Aubuchon, out of Chesterfield, MO. Like, as I was laying on the table, in the gown, still in pain from the procedure, my doctor suggested IVF. I really like my doctor, so I am not complaining about her at all, but it all happened SO fast. Which is both good and bad. I am a take action kind of person, so I was glad we had a plan, but IVF is a big deal, so I was kind of shocked she jumped right to that. Jake and I were still secretly hoping we could do IUI or something first.
On June 25th, I called MCRM (Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine), established the two of us as new patients, and scheduled a consult with Dr. Aubuchon. We had all of our records sent to her office and waited for the consult, which was scheduled for July 2nd. Jake and I were still pretty up in the air on what we wanted to do.