As a healthy and active 27 year old woman, I never imagined I would have trouble trying to conceive.

As a healthy and active 27 year old woman, I never imagined I would have trouble trying to conceive. I started on birth control when I was eighteen years old and took that last pill one year after I got married.

Then, I waited and waited for my cycle to return. Six months and no diagnosis later, I started my first round of Clomid, then another before seeing a Reproductive Endocrinologist. The first six months of seeing a new REI was filled with many blood tests, ultrasounds, and round after round of Letrozole. Yet, still not a definite diagnosis. Only a “well, you could be developing PCOS.” A new REI and one year later, provided more tests, more shots, one canceled and one failed IVF cycle.

Finally, reality hit that we were running out of money, time, energy, and tears to continue until we explored egg donor options. Through our journey we discovered my husband has a non-classic form of cystic fibrosis and I am a carrier for the classic, serious form. By using an egg donor, we bypassed having to worry about passing on those genes, not to mention everything else we could bypass. When it came time to transfer two healthy embryos, I was already much further in the process than ever before, much closer to becoming a mom. Two weeks later, I had a positive pregnancy test but with very low progesterone. This meant, more nightly shots, but it was totally worth it.

Eight months later with an emergency induction, I delivered healthy twin boys. Two and a half weeks later, we got to bring them home. My story was four years ago, but this story, this part of my life, has made me who I am today. I still think of the whole journey often, it keeps me grounded.