We had done our research and figured the next step was to try artificial insemination or IUI. Both Charles and I had decided that we wanted to try this, but that if it didn’t work that would probably be as far as we went. The whole process of trying to have a baby just seemed to be getting out of control and there was no longer anything natural or fun about it. We didn’t think we wanted to go as far as IVF (in vitro fertilization). I can’t really explain why, but IVF didn’t seem like the right choice for us. Anyhow, when we sat down with our nice doctor to discuss our options he shocked us by saying that our next step was indeed IVF.
It’s funny how decisions that you seem so sure of, a decision that took a lot of thought and time to make, can change in an instant. I think we both knew, before we even really discussed it, that we were going to move forward with IVF. Just as I still can’t explain fully why we initially didn’t think IVF was right for us, I can’t really explain why we changed our minds. Maybe, it’s because it was the next logical step (here in the UK) or maybe because it meant avoiding a surgical procedure with IUI or maybe, just maybe, it was because when we asked our doctor how much IFV would cost us he said it was totally free. In fact, our council will cover up to three treatment cycles for woman aged 39 or younger. Decision made.
A month later (February) we went back to the fertility clinic and told our doctor we were ready to move forward with IVF. Six months later (July) we finally started the treatment. We are now in the second week of about a five-week long process of making a baby. Yikes! This whole process has been a long one, but also an interesting, exciting and sometimes entertaining one. Its also been kind of scary and overwhelming. I thought that writing about our experience as we go through IVF treatment might help make it a little less scary. So, if you’re up for it I’m going to be showing all the steps that we are taking, sharing with you what happens along the way, good or bad. Let’s all hope for the good.