The Fertility Diaries: 3 Friends, 3 Paths to Pregnancy
Jody: I started with a drug called Repronex, to create more eggs — so
you have more targets for the sperm to hit. Then, when the time was right, I
took a drug called Ovidrel to stimulate ovulation.
I didn't get pregnant that first month on medication, and then, when I went
to the doctor to make sure I'd ovulated, they saw that there were egg cysts —
the sacs that hold the eggs — left over. We couldn't do another cycle of
insemination the following month because we had to get rid of the leftover
cysts first. They put me on a drug called Lupron to do that. It suppresses your
ovaries and puts you in false menopause — you get hot flashes and everything.
I'm usually very cold, and I was sweating 24 hours a day. I hated it! And then
each cycle, there's barely time in between for the bruises from blood draws and
injections to heal before I'm being poked again.
A Second Chance
As Jody waited to see if IUI would help her conceive, her friend Jenny's own
long and very anxious wait for a child was thankfully coming to an end. After
the devastating loss of her son, Andrew, to SIDS a year earlier, Jenny was due
to give birth in August. Both she and her husband, Sean, 37, could hardly wait
to get their daughter safely into the world and to bring her home. Jenny prayed
that she wouldn't have to leave the hospital with empty arms once again.
Jenny: I was four days overdue when I went into labor. I'd already
been sent home from the hospital once, the evening before — I'd been having
contractions all day, but my cervix wasn't even a centimeter dilated. Then at
about 4:30 a.m., I woke Sean with all my moaning as I tried to work through the
contractions. He insisted that we go to the hospital, but I said I wouldn't go
there until my water had broken. I didn't want them to send me home again! Then
just as the six o'clock news was coming on, I heard a pop, and I knew. When we
got to the hospital, I was between four and five centimeters dilated.