When I was 20 years old I went to my first gynecologist appointment. I started my period at 15 or 16 but only had cycles once every 4-6 months. I remember then asking her about being able to get pregnant someday, and she told me it would be difficult. I remember leaving that appointment in tears, thinking I would never be able to have a family. I was about 230 lbs then and ate all sorts of sugary crap all day long.
9 years later I got married. I still only had cycles every 4-6 months. I weighed 260 lbs and at all sorts of sugary crap. We visited an ob/gyn who had me do a few cycles of clomid. I did manage to ovulate with the clomid but still never became pregnant. We decided to adopt in stead of pursue any more fertility treatments. I got up to over 300 lbs.
8 years later. I lost 100 lbs. My cycles became regular - 28 day cycles. I wasn't eating sugary crap. I exercised, I was healthy. I still wasn't getting pregnant, so we decided to visit a specialist, because I didn't want to have regrets 5 years from now when I can't have kids. It turned out there was more to our issues than my lack of ovulation...we had low sperm count with low motility and I have a tilted cervix, which the doctor things may have made it difficult for sperm to travel.
After a bunch of invasive procedures to make sure my parts were indeed working correctly, we chose to do insemination. For a long while, I wasn't sure how much assistance I was comfortable with, and each person needs to decide that for themselves. We decided since it was still all my hubby and all me, we were okay with a little help. It is pretty much "the turkey baster" method.
Now I'm pregnant. :) I know for sure I wouldn't be in this condition if I hadn't lost all that weight and stopped eating all that crap. I know my body is in the best shape for carrying a baby. I'm not thrilled that I'll gain back some of the weight, but it's an exciting time and a testimony to all the hard work that I have done and for which I am proud.
So that's my story...and I'm sticking to it!