My husband and I waited to start a family of our own. We were married for four years before we thought of trying to have a baby. It was an exciting time full of hope and fear all at once (Did we really know how to take care of a baby? Would we be good parents?).
The women in my family have a history of miscarriage, so the first time I became pregnant I was excited, but also very nervous at the same time. I was so worried that I’d lose the baby and at seven weeks, I did. It was probably the most devastating experience of my life.
However, we were determined to have a baby, and we wouldn’t let this setback stop us from trying again. We were on a mission, and were able to conceive easily again, but it didn’t stick – this time it was a chemical pregnancy (an extremely early miscarriage).
It was back to the drawing board for us. We had experienced such success using ovulation kits from the drugstore, which work much like a pregnancy test does but are taken in a certain time span within a woman’s monthly cycle. We recommended these kits to friends trying to conceive, because they just seemed to work for us. But in the months that followed our miscarriages, we tried and tried. I switched brands and test types, and nothing was happening. Conception was never our problem so we thought, what gives?
I was approaching my 30th birthday, and was starting to get concerned. As women age, our eggs decrease, as do our odds of conceiving. It doesn’t help either when you come from a line of women who have had troubles in this area. So I went off to the store and picked up a First Response® Fertility Test just to ease my mind.
This test is taken on day three of your menstrual cycle. Again, it’s a strip test just like a pregnancy test, but this one takes a bit longer when it comes to receiving results – 30 minutes longer. It measures the follicle stimulating hormone detectable in your urine.
I was nervous about what I would see in the results window, but I also figured that at the same time, if there is an issue we can deal with it and ultimately fulfill our dream of going from being a couple to a family of three. My fears were alleviated as the test results showed my FSH level was normal, and a few months later I became pregnant with Emma. I’m sure glad that we didn’t become discouraged by our challenges when it came to getting pregnant, and that we had so access to so many helpful tools and sound medical advice.