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Here’s a little bit about myself for all you new readers out there.
My name is Lauren and I’m 27 (soon to be 28) years old. I have been married to my husband, Evan, for almost 4 years now. I am a proud Army wife and a second time college student. We have 2 dogs, Bella and Murphy, who are my children for now.
We have been struggling with infertility for the past 3 years. Once Evan returned from a 15 month deployment, we started trying to have our first baby. I’ve always had a history of long cycles and skipping cycles for months. Unfortunately, Army insurance states that you can’t be referred to see a fertility specialist until you’ve been unsuccessful in getting pregnant for over a year. When that year mark hit, I was in the doctor’s office getting my referral. I was referred to an OB/GYN while we were living in Georgia. I went through 4 C.lomid cycles (unmonitored) and got pregnant on our 4th and last attempt. I got my first positive test on February 7. The pregnancy seemed to be progressing fine. I had all the classic symptoms, all day sickness, tender breasts, food aversions and cravings, so we assumed everything was going well. We went in for an 11 week ultrasound because we were getting ready to move across the country to Arizona. The doctor wheeled the machine in, put that slimy gel on my stomach and found nothing. I had to have an internal ultrasound and the tech found that our baby stopped growing at 6w5d. We were devastated. I had to have a D&C on April 2 and then pack my house up the following day for our move.
When we got to Arizona, I was referred to a reproductive endocrinologist. He diagnosed me with PCOS and started me on M.etformin. Not much progress was made while we lived out there, partly due to a 146 day cycle. We moved across the country yet again to North Carolina (where we are now) and I found out that I was pregnant again thanks to another round of C.lomid on October 28. Sadly, I started cramping and bleeding on November 4. This time I had a chemical pregnancy.
Present day: Waiting on my first RE appointment on December 15.
So this is my story of battling infertility, coping with pregnancy loss and being a military spouse. Hope you enjoy the ride. Thanks for taking time to stop by and get to know a little about me. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you!