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.