I thought I would take a look at my situation from a more analytical, less emotional standpoint, however it’s still pretty depressing.
Specific to us
- Number of years for which we’eve been trying to conceive: 4.5
- Number of cycles for which we’ve been trying to conceive: 55
- Number of Intrauterine Inseminations (IUIs): 3
- Number of in vitro fertilization (IVF) or FET cycles: 3
- Number of Embryo Transfers: 2
- Number of blood tests: 38
- Number of injections: 106
- Number of surgeries: 2
- Number of pregnancies: 3
- Number of miscarriages: 3
- Number of children: ZERO
- 6.1% of women have received professional advice regarding infertility. I am that 6.1%.
- 3.8% of women have received ovulation drugs. I am that 3.8%.
- 4.8% have undergone a fertility test. I am that 4.8%.
- 1.1% of women have received artificial insemination. I am that 1.1%.
- 5.5% of women have received some sort of medical help to prevent a miscarriage. I am that 5.5%.
- 3% of women have luteal phase defect. I am that 3%.
- 3-8% have Factor V Leiden mutation. I am that 3-8%.
- 2% of couples experience repeated pregnancy loss. We are that 2%.
- 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility…we are that 1.
From the numbers, chances are extremely low for someone to be in these categories, yet I am there. Conversely, chances are very good for conceiving with IVF, yet it alludes me. Doing IVF, for my age group and specifically at my clinic, the chance of having a live birth per embryo transfer is 58%.
I sure would like to stop being an infertility statistic. I haven’t given up yet. I hope to kick infertility’s sorry butt one day soon!