I was pregnant! Treatment had worked and I can’t explain how elated we both felt!
We were recommended the 3 cycle package and once we went through all the details, we decided that this would be the best course of action for us. The 3 cycle package would give me the best possible chance of a pregnancy compared to one cycle, due to my low ovarian reserve.
The first cycle was the most difficult because I didn’t know what to expect. Also, only one egg was collected as a result of that cycle and I simply felt hopeless. I kept reading stories online and comparing. One egg was far below average and I started to feel as though treatment would never work for us. We were reminded by CREATE that it only takes one egg and one sperm to make a healthy embryo, however this was hard to believe at the time.
The second cycle was a lot better. We were more familiar with the process and the medical team learnt a lot from my first cycle about how my body reacts to treatment. They reviewed and adjusted the protocol for the second cycle and we managed to get 4 eggs during that second egg collection. This felt like progress and I became a bit more positive.
By the third cycle I felt exhausted. It was the third month in a row of medication and although CREATE use minimal doses, it still takes its toll on the body. The only thing that kept me going was knowing that this was the last egg collection and that we would soon be moving to the last step - the embryo transfer.
After the last egg collection we actually decided it was for the best to give my body a bit of a break before going ahead with a frozen embryo transfer a couple of months after.
The embryo transfer was the most positive part of the treatment for me. I finally had an embryo in my womb and we could go home and try our best to look after it together. Trying for a baby is usually a process you keep between you and your partner , but of course we couldn’t do that. Up until this point we had so many procedures and people involved that it didn’t really feel real. As soon as we left the clinic after the embryo transfer, it started to feel more real. I had an embryo inside me which might end in a pregnancy!
On New Years Eve I went in for my pregnancy blood test in the morning and that same afternoon we were told that our treatment had been successful. I was pregnant! Treatment had worked and I can’t explain how elated we both felt.
My husband broke down crying. I had never seen him so emotional and I think it’s because throughout treatment he had been so positive and did everything in his power to hold me together so when he heard the news all the emotions burst out at once. We felt very excited but also knew that miscarriages are common and that we weren’t in the clear just yet. With that being said, that was the best New Years Eve we’ve ever had.
My pregnancy went well and on the 13th September 2021 I gave birth to a very healthy, and heavy, little boy! I was completely unprepared for what motherhood would bring my way but I absolutely love it.
IVF is a very emotional process. It is tough both physically and mentally but it certainly was worth it. I deemed myself to be a very resilient person and it almost broke me because there are no guarantees at all. We just had to take it one day at a time, do everything that was in our control right and hope that the rest would work out.
My only advice to anyone who might be in a similar situation to us is to please not fixate on numbers. CREATE were right; it only takes one egg and one sperm. I know so many people who had far more eggs collected than me. Try to remember that quality is more important than quantity when it comes to IVF and be kind to yourself. You are not a failure.