I never in a miliion years imagined I would be sitting here writing this post 15 months after we started TTC. But here I am, so I might as well start at the very beginning…
DH & I met 7 years ago in 2006. After a long friendship, we finally got together in December 2007. We moved in together in July 2010 and got engaged in December 2010. Wedding plans followed and we were married in June 2012.
Our TTC journey began in January 2012. We had always known that we would have a family and both of us presumed that we would start trying once we were married. I’m a teacher and not having children has never been an option for me. It’s always been my main goal in life, along with being happily married. Well it seems I can do one but not the other.
So our wedding preparations are continuing at speed and our discussions of future married life are a huge part of this. We attended a marriage preparation course as part of our church wedding and this really sparked off some interesting conversations. We decided that, as I’d had previous gynae problems, I’d come off the pill immediately and we’d be careful in other ways until the wedding.
My periods returned normally to begin with and we decided to start trying straight away, knowing that we had 4 months until the wedding and I’d probably not be showing by then anyway. So the first month didn’t work but that was fine, we knew that would probably be the case. As the wedding approached, our focus turned to that and we were extremely busy with family and friends. My periods became further apart but I put it down to pre-wedding stress/nerves.
Our wedding day came and went and I can honestly say it was the most beautiful day of my life, the day I had always dreamed of but above all I was so happy to be married to my wonderful husband. We went away on our mini honeymoon immediately after and our conversations turned to our future including children. We decided that once we were home from our huge honeymoon in July, we would start trying ‘properly’.
In the meantime, I noticed that my periods were irregular and after reading online that I probably wasn’t ovulating. We decided to start tracking with OPKs. From the time we went on honeymoon in July until November, I didn’t have a period. We continued to try (pointlessly as we later realised) until I decided enough was enough and went to see my GP in October. She was not worried by my lack of periods and told me to come back in a month if nothing. Another month came and went with no sign, so I went back to see another Dr. I was a little concerned as it was a male doctor but I needn’t have worried. He was kind, caring and extremely considerate to how I must be feeling. He referred me for blood tests and an ultrasound and this is really where our medical TTC journey began.
The blood tests came back normal but the ultrasound showed cysts on my ovaries. My GP diagnosed me with PCOS, particularly bad on one ovary, and referred me to the Fertility Specialist at our local hospital. The next few weeks were filled with medical incompetence, including being given incorrect information and DHs sperm analysis sample being lost! However, we finally recieved our FS appointment for February 2013.
Fast forward to February and we were put onto 3 cycles of clomid with tracking scans. I was very excited that this would regulate my cycle and we would finally have a very good chance of being able to get pregnant, as everyone else around me seemed to be doing!