Lauren Hoffman Hoffman IVF Journey

Thank you so much for stopping by. To be honest, I wish we never had to make this site and I thought we wouldn't have to. We were told by our new insurance company that we would have IVF coverage beginning in the new year. We had that verified multiple times and were thrilled to begin furthering our fertility treatment. After our plan went into effect 1/1/17, we learned the specific stipulations of our plan and that we do not currently have IVF coverage. To say we were heartbroken is an understatement. We've been told by our doctors that IVF is the most probable option for us to conceive. While I know God isn't limited by doctors, we do have unexplainable peace about beginning the IVF process. 

Here's our story so far:

2015– We start trying to have a baby. We’re so excited and filled with joy! Everyone we know has gotten pregnant easily, so why not us?!

January 2016– Something is not right. My body is acting crazy and irregular. I meet with my OB, she does an ultrasound and everything is perfect. No cysts. The ultrasound tech told me she expects to see me back pregnant in a few weeks. The OB does a hormone blood test to be safe, but she tells me she’s not worried.

A week later I’m sitting in the fertility clinic. I found out from my OB that my hormone levels were abnormal. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Given my age, the reproductive endocrinologist (RE) at the fertility clinic thinks I’ll be pregnant with just a few pills of Clomid at the lowest dosage.

January – March 2016– we try these “magical” pills. Epic fail. I’m a hormonal mess and my body HATES these meds. At my clinic I’m dubbed as the girl with the “tricky ovaries” (every girl’s dream, haha)

April- May 2016- we upgrade to injectables. Zach gives me a shot every night, then an ultrasound and blood work almost every morning. It takes 2 months, but my body responds!! Woohoo! But… low and behold we don’t get pregnant.

June 2016-RE orders an HSG (don’t ask me what it stands for…). It’s a test where they pump dye through your uterus and tubes to make sure everything looks good. Great news- tubes are clear and open! Bad news- I have a uterine septum, which means if I do get pregnant, I’m at risk to miscarry. Praise God we haven’t been pregnant yet!

July 2016– Surgery to have septum removed. Not as bad as I thought, just have to take a hiatus from trying.

September – October 2016– we can try again! Now we’re using injectables + insemination. We’re feeling confident and excited. 4 weeks later, negative pregnancy test. But no worries, we try again! Another negative pregnancy test.

End of October 2016– I have 2 large ovarian cysts. It’s likely a  result of ongoing treatment and my body is telling me (or really yelling at me) to take a break. I have to go on birth control to help regulate my hormones and get rid of the cysts. 

November 2016- final round of injectables + insemination. It's a flop. Doctor tells us IVF is our best option at this time.

So here we are! We invite you to pray with us and join us in this journey. We certainly cannot do it alone.


Zach and Lauren

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