Friday, April 8, 2011

Moving on To IVF

After 2 failed IUI's and 4 failed cycles of Clomid, we have decided to move straight to IVF. It might seem like a drastic move after only ttc for six months, but since I don't seem to ovulate on my own, we think it's our best option. Our doctor said that in his experience, women with infertility and PCOS either get pregnant very easily with Clomid/IUI or they end up needing IVF.

Our other options were laproscopy (sp)  to check for scar tissue, followed by ovarian drilling or more rounds of Clomid/IUI. He said that the highest rate of success he could give us with any of those other treatments was around 10-15%. Well, with IVF, their success rate is more like 50-60%. We decided that the emotional rollercoaster of putting my body through all those months of treatments with only a very small chance of success wasn't worth it. So, we're moving on to the higher success rate while we still have enough insurance benefit to cover it.

I want to make sure we have the very best chance of success with our first round of IVF, so we started thinking about when would be the best time to do it. Right now, I'm still working hard on the young adult series I'm writing. There are two more books remaining, and I want to finish it before we do any more treatments. IVF can be extremely stressful. I've read other blogs about the whole process of tests and shots and such. I want to schedule our IVF for a time when I can really relax and just take some time off. So, after some discussion and looking at our calendar, we decided on August.

By August, my series will be complete and I can take a full month off to relax and pamper myself throughout the process. In the meantime, that gives me four months to get my health into tip-top shape. George and I have already been taking daily walks. I've even been taking an extra walk during the day before he gets home. Me and my sweet little pomeranian, Snickerdoodle, walk together. I haven't seen any weight loss yet, but I am confident that if I keep exercising consistently and make better choices when I eat, I will start to see some good results.

My goal is to lose 30 pounds in the next four months and to learn more about PCOS as I go so that I can make better choices.