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Tracy's Multiples Pregnancy Journal ~ a story of pregnancy after infertility

~ Meet Tracy!

My name is Tracy. I am 30 years old, and I'm due on March 30, 1999. My husband is Larry and he is 28 years old. This will be the first children for both of us. We are very excited!

We live near Knoxville, Tennessee. I am originally from Virginia. Larry was born and raised here. His family is close by which is great because I miss having my family near. We moved here 4 years ago when Larry got out of the Navy. We were married a few months later. I am currently working as a Payroll Coordinator and Larry is an Industrial Electrician and is still active in the Navy Reserves.

It took us a year to get pregnant. I knew that with my irregular cycles that I would need the help of drugs to probably get pregnant. I went to my Ob/Gyn for six months. He prescribed Clomid for the infertility and did very little monitoring. I never ovulated during this time, and this was very frustrating and heartbreaking. In January 1998, I went to see a specialist. She is a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) and was wonderful from the beginning. On the first visit I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCO) and Insulin Resistance (IR). No one had ever told me this before, and I wondered why my Ob/Gyn never mentioned it. I subscribed to an Internet group (Oasis) and assumed that I had PCO due to the information that I received from the group. My RE confirmed my suspicions. I was prescribed Clomid at a higher dose for several more cycles. This time I also had an injection of HCG to help me ovulate. I ovulated on the very first cycle.

The next few months weren't so productive. After an HSG (dye) test, my doctor told me that my left tube was mostly blocked. Wouldn't I know it. This was the side that always had the follicles. In order to make my body produce follicles on both sides, mainly the unblocked right side, I would have to move on to injectables. Humegon was the drug of choice for my doctor. On the first cycle I tried to ovulate on my own. My follicles weren't mature enough, so that month was a bust! Larry and I were both so disappointed but we had faith that it would happen soon for us.

The next cycle was perfect. I had five mature follicles. This means that my chances were greater for multiples. We could stop the cycle and try again and hope for less follicles or continue and let whatever happens happen. Well, we spent $300 on injectables from France for the first cycle and almost $500 for the second. We spent more than that on the actual treatment. I had to pay co-pays and 20% of all the tests and ultrasounds. France was very cheap compared to the US. This was going to be our last try for a while until we could save the money for more medication. We decided to go for it. Two weeks later I tested positive on a Home Pregnancy Test! I was finally pregnant.

Larry and I are excited to be sharing our story with all of you. I hope it helps give others hope and faith. I look forward to the coming months and what they may bring.

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