H’s take:

The past few months have been filled with ups and downs! We we’re so excited to start this exciting yet scary journey. We began down the path of IUI knowing that the success rates were low but we had friends who had recently been successful while doing IUI, so we thought, likely we would be successful as well! The first IUI was easy, but it failed. Our second IUI wasn’t easy. We went to SO MANY doctor appointments. My cycle was off, the timing didn’t make any sense, and our doctor recommended that during our next cycle that I start meds to help regulate the process. Instantly I started to fret. This wasn’t going to be as easy as we had thought. With the success rates already being so low I worried that with my long cycles, IUI was never going to work or it was going to take six to seven tries to do so. I wasn’t sure that I could take the six or seven heartbreaks and I knew that I didn’t want to put A through that.

I knew that we were going to move forward (if able) with IUI number two but what would happen if it failed? Would we keep doing IUI until we got our positive? A and I decided that it was time to make a plan. We needed a plan if our IUI’s continued to fail. We knew what the next step was but we weren’t sure if it was something that we wanted to go through. After going through the pros and cons we finally made a decision. IUI number three would be our last try before we would move onto IVF. Although IVF is incredibly invasive and is going to be a lot of work, it has a much larger success rates and it is something that I am willing to go through in order to have a little babe.

This past Friday I went in for IUI number two. During the appointment I told our doctor that we wanted to move forward with IVF if this IUI cycle didn’t work. After the IUI was done she had me chat with our amazing coordinator and make an appointment to sit down with the team to chat more about the IVF process. I know it’s crazy to say that I’m excited to give myself countless number of shots and attend numerous doctor appointments but I’m excited. I’m excited to start a process of making a babe that has much higher success rates than the path we first went down. Currently we are in our two-week wait and will find out shortly if this IUI worked. (Fingers and toes crossed that it did!) However, if it didn’t work we will do one more IUI while beginning pre-testing for IVF. If the third IUI doesn’t work then we will be more than ready to move forward with IVF.