Why do you want to share your story?
I want to share our story because when we were going through our treatment, I felt alone. No one I knew had been going through infertility and it would have been nice to know other people going through the same/similar experiences. It’s nice to know you aren’t alone in a stressful situation!
What was your infertility diagnosis?
I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
What fertility treatment did you undergo?
For my first son, we started out with Clomid for two months to see how my body would respond. When that didn’t work, we moved to Follistim with Clomid and IUI treatments. We went through 4-5 rounds of IUI, changing dosages of Follistim and Clomid to get the right amount of follicles needed. We decided that December would be our last IUI before moving onto IVF. We did back to back days of IUIs that cycle. On one of the cycle days the nurse informed us that specific day was the most fertile day of the year based on how many babies are born nine months later in correlation to that day. Christmas Eve 2012 we found out we were expecting our first child. Best Christmas ever!
We decided to try to get pregnant again in 2014, and went through the same regiment as with our first child. Unfortunately, even though everything was going well, we never got pregnant. The irony is we had our last IUI the same dates as our last IUIs with our first son. We moved on to IVF and went through one cancelled cycle due to insufficient numbers of follicles. We had to wait for my ovaries to calm back down and went through a full cycle in April/May 2015. My meds were changed because my body did not respond the way they wanted it to after my first cancelled cycle. I ended up with 17 embryos at retrieval and seven made it to day five transfer. We chose one perfect embryo to implant and had the cutest little red headed boy nine months later.
What helped you get through treatment?
My husband was a huge support. He always saw the positive in any cycle and knew it just had to work out eventually. As much as I didn’t believe him, or feel like it ever would, it did happen for us.
Can you tell us about your little miracles?
Braden James was born at 8lbs 9oz 20 inches long 8/31/13. He is now a wild and crazy (almost) three year old starting preschool. He is so friendly, talkative, and fun to be around!
Ryder Jax was born 15 days early at a whopping 9lbs 2oz 19inches on 1/14/16. He came out with a full head of red hair and chubby as can be! He is seven months old now, has seven teeth, loves to eat, crawl, and thinks he’s a big shot trying to take baby steps.
Why did you trust Fertility Centers of Illinois?
A family friend worked at FCI and she had nothing but positive things to say.
Which physician treated you and what were your experiences with him/her?
We started with Dr. Lifchez with two rounds of Clomid before he retired. He was amazing! We then went with Dr. Sipe and were very happy with him. He is friendly, knowledgeable, and made things easier to deal with.
What words of hope do you have for others?
Hang in there! This may not be the journey you thought you would be on, but it’s your journey! Good or bad, this will change your life and the way you view things. When you finally achieve a pregnancy and hold that baby, it will so be worth it in the end!