Hi! This is Natalie (the one writing) and Tommie (the one carrying) and this is our story.
Having kids had always seemed somewhat of an unobtainable dream to us. As a middle class lesbian couple living in Arkansas, we were missing one very important ingredient and living in a somewhat unwelcoming state.
Every once in a while we would throw around baby names we liked or we would Google sperm banks and browse the donors, daydreaming that one day we would need to use some of their goods.
It wasn't until some friends of ours gave us hope that the process of going through IUI's was within our reach. Armed with the information that the whole process wasn't outrageously expensive and wasn't only for wealthy people we amped up our research.
Almost instantly we got a good vibe from the California Cryobank. As compared with other banks, CCB didn’t charge less money for those donors with less than favorable medical histories, nor did they charge more for those donors with higher education. The information available on the donors was much more in depth than other banks and just seemed more accurate.
Another great feature CCB offers is the subscription plan that allows you to browse through pictures and extended profiles of all their donors (and its way more than other banks). We were looking for a Spanish donor, and they had plenty!
CCB also has a great support system with their bulletin boards and Facebook pages (This was almost imperative while going through the waits after insemination!). It's very hard to explain, but our "guts" said CCB was the bank for us.
With our insurance we didn't need a referral to go to a reproductive specialist, but also found out our insurance only covered the diagnostic tests to confirm infertility. Unfortunately, not only were we lesbians, but my wife has fertility problems. With only one polycystic ovary (one ovary removed due to polycystic ovarian syndrome) and less than perfect labs, our doctor told us "you don't start later, you start now!"
Initially we went to the fertility clinic thinking we would start trying 6 months from then, we figured there would be lots of tests and that the process wouldn't be quick - we were wrong! After a few tests (lab work, trans vaginal ultrasounds and HSG's) we discovered there were uterine polyps that needed to be removed. A week after the removal we started Clomid. After two canceled cycles and 2 failed IUI's, Bravelle (hybrid cycle) was added to the Clomid regimen.
On lucky IUI number 3 (the first IUI with using the hybrid cycle) we got pregnant! We are currently the proud parents of a healthy baby. All in all, it took us 6 months to get pregnant. It was a very emotional, heartbreaking, roller coaster ride… but worth every second!
Having children is something everyone who wants to should experience, we couldn't have done it without CCB and our doctors and are forever indebted to them.