Infertility, Our Infertility story

Infertility by numbers

July 23, 2010

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

National percentages

  • 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!

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  • The national percentages really surprise me. I figured they’d be higher! But never give up!! You WILL beat it! I just know it! 🙂

  • kristi

    I have faith in you no matter what happens. You are an extremely strong and loving woman. My love to you and Erick.

  • A

    Amazing breakdown, isn’t it? I admire your strength.