June 6, 2014 could be one of my most treasured memories ever. It could be the day that my husband and I officially became parents. As most of y'all probably know (especially if you follow me on Instagram), Friday was our IUI procedure. I was waiting until the procedure was over with to update everyone. Here's the down low:
|Happy & hopeful mommy & daddy to-be???|
I had three mature eggs (the sizes were 15, 16, and 20) on June 4th and the doctor said they would all grow a little larger before the procedure, which was a huge blessing. The doctor said that he generally likes to see eggs between the sizes of 18-20. In case you don't know, normally women only ovulate one egg per month. Because I was on Clomid and Bravelle, my body produced a few extra eggs. Thank Jesus! Technically I could conceive triplets (which would be a HUGE BLESSING) but I am doubtful that would happen since I've never even been able to have one egg fertilized.
At the end of my doctor appointment on June 4th, my doctor gave me Ovidrel, a trigger shot that forces ovulation.
On the day of IUI (June 6th), I was feeling so confident. My hubby's portion came back with great results and the procedure itself didn't hurt a bit. It was a lot like a well woman's exam. I didn't really feel a thing. It only lasted about 30 seconds in total. Then, the doctor told me to lay down for 25 minutes. He elevated my hips and turned the lights off. He wanted me to relax.
Regarding the actual biology of it all, I finally have a very good understanding of how IUI works:
* FIRST, the sperm is washed and the researchers remove all abnormal or bad sperm from the good ones.
* NEXT, they place the good sperm straight into my uterus, where the sperm will eventually go looking for one of my three eggs within the Fallopian tube - or if I'm lucky, all three eggs will be fertilized! Hopefully the sperm know to go to the right Fallopian tube, since that's what side my three eggs were on! Side note: how amazing would it be to have triplets? I better not hear anyone say a negative thing about having three babies. Whatever God blesses me with, I will take.
* LASTLY, after fertilization occurs, it travels to the uterus and attaches itself to the uterine wall.
The only reason that this procedure would NOT work is if my body does not pick up the eggs from my Fallopian tubes in the very first place. Unfortunately, there is no test that can be done to determine whether or not my eggs are flowing up my Fallopian tube. If this were the case, even if there are millions of sperm inside me, fertilization won't occur. The only way to overcome this obstacle is with IVF - which we will be moving onto after a few rounds of IUI if necessary. However... I am doubtful we'll have to do that!
Well... we wait. This Friday (June 13th), I will have some labs done to determine if my progesterone is all good. I am sure it'll be fine; I've never had any issues in the past! Then, I'll have a pregnancy test done a few days afterwards. This means that I should know the results in about two weeks. OH, the dreaded 2 week wait (2ww). But I am confident... hopeful... and trusting in God.
I trust Him...
He is greater...
He can overcome...