When Everything Seems Like It's Against You, Don't Lose Hope

Patient Q&A with Nicole

Why do you want to share your story?

Give others a feeling of hope even when everything seems like it is against you.

What led you to Fertility Centers of Illinois and why did you trust us?

Learned from two other individuals the success that they had at Fertility Centers of Illinois so decided to come in and get a consultation.

What was the infertility diagnosis?

PCOS and male factor infertility

Which Fertility Centers of Illinois physician(s) treated you?

Dr. Asima K. Ahmad

How would you describe your experience with your physician(s)?

My husband and I always felt comfortable with Dr. Ahmad. She was very truthful about the process and what to expect throughout the process. This was very new to us so she made sure we had the correct resources to understand the various treatment options.

What infertility treatment(s) did you undergo?

We started off with 3 IUIS, which unfortunately failed. From there, we moved onto IVF, and had to do a freeze-all for our egg retrieval due to high estrogen counts, but were able to have 13 embryos frozen! Our first frozen IVF transfer used the Lupron protocol, but unfortunately, this IVF failed as well. We quickly met with Dr. Ahmad and did an estrogen protocol for the 2nd frozen IVF a month later and this one worked! It resulted in our healthy, baby girl 9 months later!

What helped you through treatment physically and/or emotionally?

The staff at FCI were amazing from the ultrasound technicians to the nurses. They understood the emotional toll undergoing these treatments. They were always friendly and ready to support you in anyway. It felt like a comfortable environment and not another number. I also was blessed that I knew two other people who had undergone the same situation as me, but had successful pregnancies so their positive attitude kept me upbeat. I could ask them questions in confidence since this is an emotional and physical experience that does not stop when you become pregnant because new worries emerge. I also recommend undergoing acupuncture as I believed that help my stress levels be managed while preparing my body for what I was going through.

Do you have any words of wisdom for others?

Stay positive! Take time for yourself. The day after my frozen embryo transfer (which resulted in a pregnancy), I took a me day and got a massage and pedicure. I lounged around for the rest of the day and watched whatever I wanted on TV! Stay strong and realize that others that are not dealing with infertility sometimes so not understand what to say or do during this difficult time. They do not understand saying things like you will be pregnant one day can be hurtful. I remember how hard it was at work because I sat between three pregnant people. I felt like that is all that they talked about all day long and I had to sit there in silence struggling with my infertility. It was a difficult time. I would also recommend finding support groups to share stories and experiences, especially if you do not have anyone to talk to regarding the situation.

Tell us about your little miracle!

My little miracle was born on 02/19/2020 weighing 10.3 pounds and 21 inches! Her name is Anna Grace. She was born at 40 weeks with a scheduled induction and is doing well! She loves to eat and has a lot of hair that cannot be contained! It is always sticking up like a mad scientist. Her favorite hobbies at two months old include looking at the ceiling fan and chewing her hands! She has just learned how to smile at us and it is the best thing to see at 4 AM when you are super tired.