About

Hi and welcome to my Site!

My name is Elize. I started the Get Pregnant website as a means to supply quality fertility products to help the many woman out there who, like me, are desperate to conceive.

I am 43 and hubby is 46. We’ve been married for 19 years and still going strong. Although we were never successful in conceiving a child of our own, it is still my passion to help other couples realize their dream of having little feet pitter patter in their homes.  I live in Sunny South Africa, a beautiful country with it’s own challenges.

Here is a history of how we finally decided to give up and make peace with the hand we were dealt.

Jan 2003 – Aug 2003:
Went off BCP’s (Birth Control pills) and tried naturally

Sep 2003: 
See our first Fertility Specialist: He refused to send me for a Laparoscopy, a decision I should never have accepted.

Sep 2003: 
Clomid cycle # 1: BFN

Oct 2003: 
Clomid cycle # 2: BFN

Nov 2003: 
Clomid Cycle # 3: BFN

Dec 2003 – Jan 2005:
Tried Naturally.

Jan 2005: 
BFP: Yay!! Very excited!

Mar 2005:
Miscarriage # 1 @ 8 weeks

Apr 2005 – Sep 2005:
Tried on our own with no success.

Oct 2005: 
Something’s wrong, a lot of pain and heavy bleeding:
Laparoscopy & Hysteroscopy; Dr found 2 x large myomes on top of my uterus.

Apr 2006: 
Myomectomy via Laparotomy – 2 x Myomes removed.

Sep 2006: 
BFP! Yay! This is it! We are ecstatic although a little cautious. Once bitten twice shy!
26 Sep 2006 – 1st Beta – 15 DPO: 49
28 Sept 2006 – 2nd Beta  – 17 DPO: 91 – writing is on the wall

Nov 2006: 
Miscarriage # 2 @ 10 weeks

Dec 2006 – Mar 2007:
Taken a TTC break

Apr 2007: 
See our 2nd FS, he insists that IVF is the better option, I disagreed, still not sure everything has been sorted.

May 2007:
Laparoscopy; Dr found and removed stage 2 endometriosis and 1 Adenomyome as well as minimal scar tissue from previous operation.

Jul 2007: 
IUI # 1; BFP.
1st Beta at 13dpo = 50

Aug 2007: 
Miscarriage # 3 – 5w4d

Sep 2007 – Jan 2008:
Tried on our own with no success.

May 2008: 
See our 3rd and hopefully last FS; blood tests, and more blood tests, HSG

Jul 2008: 
Received our test results:
FSH – 6.4
AMH – 3.2
HLA Studies – Normal
Thyroid – Normal
Anthiphospholipid Anti Bodies – Negative
Chromosomes – No abnormalities
Rheumatoid Factor – Negative
Lupus – Negative
LH – Normal
Estradoil – Normal
Prolactin – Normal
Hepatitis – Negative
Thrombophilia – Normal
Pap Smear – Normal
HSG – Extensive scarring inside uterus, 1 x Adenomyome, tubes blocked

Aug 2008:
Myomectomy via Laparotomy; Removed 1 x Fibroid, 1 x Adenomyome, 1 x Polyp and scar tissue. No evidence of Endometriosis.

Sep 2008: 
Follow up HSG showed blocked right tube and scar tissue still remains.

Nov 2008:
Hysteroscopy to remove scar tissue.

Dec 2008:
Office Hysteroscopy. Given the all clear, uterus is looking good and no scar tissue remained.Natural Cycle – BFN

January 2009:
Natural Cycle – BFN

February 2009:
IUI # 2 with Femara and Menopur – BFP

21 Feb 2009 – 12 DPO – Beta # 1: 67.3

23 Feb 2009 – 14 DPO – Beta # 2: 165 (looking good!)

27 Feb 2009 – 18 DPO – Beta # 3: 590 (Very worried)

2 March 2009 – 22 DPO – Beta # 4: 3171 (Yay!!!!!!)

March 2009:

13 March 2009 – 1st scan – 6w4d – Heartbeat – Baby measures 6.3mm

20 March 2009 – 2nd scan – 7w4d – Heartbeat 170 bpm – Baby measures 11.3mm

25 March 2009 – 3rd Scan – 8w2d – Heartbeat 176 bpm – Baby measures 17.9 mm

April 2009:

6 April 2009 – 4th Scan – 10weeks – No heartbeat – Baby measures 23 mm – Goodbye my love

7 April 2009 – D&C – samples sent away for chromosomal testing

Baby was a little girl with Down Syndrome.

 

The last miscarriage nearly killed me. 2009 goes down in a blur of severe depression and stress.

2010 – See a therapist for the first time. I’m on 2 x Anti-Depressants, Anxiety drugs and Sleeping Tablets.

2011 – 2012: Feeling much better, but way too scared to start treatment again.  We decide to go solo and make the most of being a childless couple.

2013: Donated my Kidney to my sister.

2015: Life is good! We’ve moved on, we’re making the most out of being childless, it seems it was a blessing in disguise after all. When we had the first miscarriage I was terrified of being childless, but we’re OK now! We have been blessed in so many other ways, including a sister who is healthy happy and thriving. God is good!