Creating an Infertility Plan
Chase and I married in 2007 and started trying in 2009. After a year of trying naturally, we went to our doctor and found out Chase had low sperm count. We did 3 IUIs, which were all unsuccessful. A few years later, we met with an RE, who said I had low ovarian reserve. He said our only option would be IVF and that it would cost $20k. We were broke and did not want to go into debt to pay for IVF. A year later, Chase got into a clinical trial testing Folic Acid and Zinc for his sperm. While his sperm showed great improvement, we still had no success.
Running with IUI and IVF
In 2015 we met with a new RE who suggested 3 rounds of IUI, then move onto IVF. During those 3 unsuccessful IUIs I was training for a marathon, and thought if I could run a marathon I could do IVF. After our IVF cycle, I miscarried our only 2 embryos at 6 weeks. We were going to start IVF #2 in July and was put on Depo-Lupron for 3 months to control the endo my RE said I may have. And that cycle resulted in a big fat negative!
A Surprise Natural Pregnancy
Our goal switched to getting out of debt, and we were on our way to becoming debt free in January 2017. A month and a half after our failed cycle, my period was late. In all the years of trying, my period has always come on schedule, and I was late. I tested for 4 days, not believing that it was positive. We had our miracle baby in June of 2017. Looking back, I can see why we had to wait so long, but in the midst of infertility, you don’t see that. I have a stronger relationship with Chase now because of our journey. To those still waiting and praying for their miracle, never give up. “I can do hard things” has been my mantra through running, and especially through my fertility journey.