My story

I've been lurking here for some time, but haven't posted very much.  Just thought I'd finally share my story.  But before I tell my story, I just want to say that I am incredibly impressed by all of your strength, courage, and perseverance.


I'm 37 years old and DH is 45.  DH has a 24 year old son from a previous marriage.  We were TTC for about a year and a half.  After no success, we went to a Fertility center and got ourselves checked out.  DH's swimmers are fine.  But I have a low ovarian reserve - very few eggs, and the ones I do have are low quality.  I was told that to conceive naturally our chances were 2%.  With insemination, they would increase to about 6%, and with the most aggressive treatment - IVF, it would be about 10%.  We decided not to pursue any treatments.


I was not surprised by the results.  I had always suspected it would be difficult for me to conceive because when I was 23 years old, I had a large fibroid which was removed via a myomectomy.  At that time, my doctor told me that he recommended I get pregnant 3 months after the surgery.  When I told him that was not going to happen, he said, "well don't wait five years".  I never really knew why he said that.  I just assumed it was in case the fibroids came back. But nevertheless, I had it in my head that I may have missed my chance.  And despite the fact that I expected this outcome...something about hearing it confirmed by a fertility specialist brought out so many emotions.  I felt defective.  And while I had always prepared myself for this news, for the first time, it hit me that this doesn't impact just me.  And I felt like I let down DH and his mom.  I'm so glad DH already has a son, but I know that deep down he really wanted a little girl.  And my MIL was dying for a grand daughter too (she has 3 sons and 1 grandson).


Of course realizing I may never be a mother makes me very sad, but I have to accept what I cannot change because "only when you accept what God wills for you do you find peace."  I just believe that God simply has another purpose for me.  And while I know we have options like egg donors or adoption, DH and I have chosen not to pursue those options, at least not now.  I have my moments, but I am at peace with this.


Now some people say that I need to continue to have hope, and I should try everything because you never know....but its not that I don't have hope - I mean I believe miracles happen and anything is possible - but I rather accept this and move on then to stress myself out and set myself up for dissapointments over and over.  If a miracle happens, then GREAT! But if it doesn't, I will be ok.


Now having said all that, while I don't to pursue IVF or other treatments that would put us in a financial hole, I read some success stories about people with diminished ovarian reserve who have been able to conceive.  I learned that DHEA has been shown to help improve egg quality and even the number of eggs you produce (see links below).  So I just started taking that.  If its meant to happen, it will happen.  But if not, then as I said earlier, God has another purpose for me....and I will wait patiently until that is revealed to me. 


Good luck to all of you on this journey!


http://www.centerforhumanreprod.com/dhea.html


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi013PQWKDc


 

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 7:21 am
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My heart breaks for you.  And yet, I completely admire your cautiously hopeful approach to the situation.  You are right, God does have a plan for you.  Praying for a miracle for you....

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Oh Betsy. Me heart my love my everything pours out to you. You will be in my prayers for continued strength and courage. I'm here for you if you need anything. A hug, a friend, an ear. Xoxoxo.

Edited to add: have you sought a second opinion? Perhaps a natural minded dr or acupuncturist? It might be something to think about since that's common protocol when one has been given such hard news.
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I joined the group just to say how much I admire your attitude in the face of such hard news. We have only just started TTC, but being 35 I know it may not happen naturally for us and before we started we agreed that IUI and IVF are not roads that we will be able to take.

I hope you get your miracle! *HUGS*
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Thanks everyone :o)  Your support and prayers mean a lot. 


I'm just trying to live by the words, 'if you can't change the situation, change your attitude'.  I have been blessed in other ways, so I just have to focus on and be thankful for what I do have versus what I don't have. 


Thanks again!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 6:10 am

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