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IUI Timeline

  • November, 2013 – Annual physical, start the referral ball a-rolling
  • December, 2013 – See a gynecologist, take a round of Progesterone to get a period
  • January, 2014 – Consult with RE, start trial of Metformin to try for natural ovulation (read: see if we can do it without Clomid)
  • April 10, 2014 – Follow-up with RE, get the go-ahead for IUI #1 this cycle! If it doesn’t work out, I’ll go back for cycle day 3 tests (blood work and ultrasound)
  • April 28, 2014 – IUI #1, finally! Delayed ovulation this cycle, got + OPK on CD 32, went in for a CD 33 IUI – BFN #1
  • May 13, 2014 – baseline (day 4) ultrasound reveals ovarian cyst – May/June cycle canceled
  • June 21, 2014 – baseline (day 3) ultrasound all clear – good to go for IUI #2
  • July 10, 2014 – IUI #2 (CD22) – BFN #2
  • August 6, 2014 – IUI #3 (CD14) – BFN #3
  • Sepbember 6, 2014 – IUI #4 (CD18) – BFN #4
  • Decide to add Clomid, a trigger shot, progesterone support, and ultrasound monitoring into the mix.
  • October 13, 2014 – IUI #5 (CD24) – BFN #5
  • October 28, 2014 – begin another Clomid cycle. Ultrasound monitoring reveals follicle growth up to 14mm, and then shrinkage. Anovulatory cycle, 54 days. RE declares me Clomid-resistant
  • December 21, 2014 – Finally start a new cycle after a 5-day course of Provera and 6 days of waiting after that. Begin ultrasound monitoring for a new cycle, decide to use Letrozole.
  • January 6, 2015 – IUI #6 (CD17) – BFN #6
  • Submitted prior authorization for coverage to BCBS as my policy states that ovulatory disorders are covered after 6 cycles of ovulation induction. Denied. Appealed and again denied.
  • February 6, 2015 – IUI #7 (CD 15) – BFN #7
  • March 13, 2015 – IUI #8 (CD 20) – BFN #8
  • April – skipped cycle
  • May 9, 2015 – IUI #9 (CD 15) – BFN #9
  • June 7, 2015 – IUI #10 (CD 15) – BFN #10
  • Submitted prior authorization for IVF to BCBS as now I have had 6 medicated cycles (+4 IUIs without medication). DeniedBCBS states that the fact that I’m using donor sperm overrules my diagnosed PCOS, so I have to do 12 IUI cycles out of pocket before infertility coverage kicks in.
  • July 2015 – skipped cycle while waiting for insurance decision. Since I wasn’t taking meds, had a mega-cycle (45 days)
  • August 2015 – baseline ultrasound revealed large (5cm) ovarian cyst. Skip another cycle. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.
  • September 24, 2015 – IUI #11 (CD 17) – BFN #11
  • October 24, 2015 – IUI #12 (CD 15) – BFN #12
  • Submitted prior authorization for IVF to BCBS as I now have had 12 out-of-pocket, unsuccessful IUIs with donor sperm. Approval! finally

IVF Timeline

  • November 2015 – skipped cycle to await approval and also because of travel (went to a conference and then traveled for Thanksgiving)
  • November 11, 2015 – started birth control to suppress until IVF can start
  • November 30, 2015 – suppression check. Apparently everything checked out because they had me start IVF meds that evening. Med protocol:
    • Gonal-F 300IU
    • Add Ganirelix and Menopur
    • Novarel trigger
    • Estrogen patch post-transfer
    • Crinone post-transfer
  • December 14, 2015 – Day 3 fresh transfer of 1 8AF embryo
  • December 24, 2015 – BFN #13
  • January 2016 – skipped cycle to let my body chill out and also because insurance.
  • February 4, 2016 – Cycle day 1, start Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) protocol:
    • Estradiol (1mg 2x/day, increased to 2mg 2x/day on day 6)
    • Baby aspirin (81mg) 1x/day
    • Progesterone In Oil intramuscular shots
  • February 24, 2016 – FET of 1 embryo (blastocyst stage, graded 4AA)
  • March 2, 2016 – BFP at 7dp5dt!!!!
  • November 4, 2016 – baby girl #1 is born ❤

IVF for baby #2

  • January 25, 2018 – CD11, initial consult with RE, baseline testing, and SHG
    • Insurance paperwork submitted
  • February 20, 2018 – CD 1
  • February 21, 2018 – baseline ultrasound, started IVF meds that evening. Med protocol:
    • Gonal-F 300IU
    • Menopur 150IU
    • Ganirelix (after about a week)
    • HCG and Lupron trigger
    • Crinone 8% for after retrieval
  • March 1, 2018 – HCG trigger
  • March 3, 2018 – Em’s 33rd birthday. Also egg retrieval day!
    • 23 eggs were retrieved, though not all were mature
    • “Natural” fertilization (no ICSI)
    • 10 embryos with normal fertilization
  • March 8, 2018 – Day 5 transfer of a fresh blastocyst (grade 4AB)
  • March 9, 2018 – 3 additional embryos made it to freezing quality and were frozen
  • March 16, 2018 – BFP at 8dp5dt
  • HCG testing reveals low average starting numbers and a slow rise, lots of HCG monitoring ensues
  • March 29, 2018 – miscarriage (around 5 1/2 weeks)
  • May 11, 2018 – start FET cycle
    • estradiol (2mg orally AM, 2mg vaginally PM) – eventually increased to 3mg orally AM and PM plus 2mg vaginally PM
    • low dose aspirin daily
    • PIO 2CCs starting day 15
  • May 31, 2018 – FET transfer of a day 5 blastocyst (graded 4BB)
    • I developed cellulitis or some sort of local inflammatory response to PIO, and had to switch to crinone off and on
  • June 7, 2018 – BFP on home pregnancy test at 7dp5dt
    • HCG started at 78 and rose slowly – lots of HCG monitoring (every other day). HCG rose within normal limits each time, but was generally low.
  • June 22, 2018 – ultrasound shows fetus about 3-4 days behind schedule, given a 50/50 chance of viable pregnancy
  • February 4, 2019 – baby girl #2 is born ❤

4 responses »

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  2. This is an awesome timeline. My wife and I did a post on all expenses but a timeline would’ve been a good idea too. Thanks for sharing! – Em

  3. Just found your blog and read through all of the posts! My wife and I just had our 6th BFN and I’m need of other lesbian/queer family ttc narratives. This process is a rollercoaster and I appreciate your willingness to share your story.


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