We were engaged to be married in December of 2018. We knew we wanted children and that it wouldn’t happen "naturally" on our own, so we decided to start building our family the October before we got married.
We went to a different fertility center, and we did all of the pre-screening testing that needed to happen before starting IUI treatment, and we picked a sperm donor.
Selecting sperm was a wild process, and honestly, one that both my wife and I loved because it felt like our future baby was getting closer to being a reality but also found very stressful because we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to pick the "right" donor- whatever that even means!
What we wanted in a donor evolved, and we ended up with who we thought would be perfect. But, how much to buy?? If you've never bought sperm before, well, it sells like hotcakes if you choose specific donors, and we felt like we had to buy enough for all the "what ifs.” So, we purchased what we thought would certainly be enough, and we were ready to go!
Fast forward to after our wedding in December 2018 and honeymoon in February 2019; we were ready to start our first IUI in March 2019!
We were ecstatic (and also naive), thinking that we would get pregnant in the first or second round of IUI. Not the case. After two rounds with our first fertility clinic and not feeling optimistic about how the treatment plan was executed, we sought out Boston IVF.
This was the best decision we made during our fertility journey. We met with Dr. Cardone in Stoneham, and he immediately put our minds at ease. He added some medication to my cycles and some additional tracking to ensure we were catching my surge at the correct times.
His experience, expertise, and kind manner were such a welcome change from our previous doctor, and we felt like this was the place we needed to be. We completed four additional rounds of IUI with Dr. Cardone, none of which were successful.
The nurses in Waltham were extraordinary during my IUIs- so supportive, kind, and upbeat each time I went in for yet another IUI. After completing six IUIs total (and yes, paying for them all out of pocket because we hadn't yet "proved" infertility for insurance purposes), we moved on to IVF.
During our meeting with Dr. Cardone about IVF, he couldn't have been more positive. He was so sure that it would work and that nothing was telling him that we didn't have a great chance of getting pregnant. His line was something like- "you have to play the percentages."
It wasn't necessarily going to happen the first time, but over each round, the odds got better we'd have success. My first round of IVF was in October 2019. We successfully harvested five eggs, and three fertilized them. It was decided to transfer two day five embryos.
We waited (im)patiently for the two-week wait window, and then I went in for my blood test, and… nothing. Another unsuccessful round (in my mind). But, good ol’ Dr. Cardone was the voice of optimism once again. He said, “We now know that we can get your eggs to fertilize. And, we still have one that is frozen that looks ‘beautiful’”.
He suggested trying to do another fresh IVF cycle and, trusting him completely, we went for it! My second round of IVF was in December 2019. We successfully harvested four eggs and two fertilized them. So, once again, we went with transferring two days five embryos.
My transfer was on Christmas Eve. Dr. Kim Thornton was the doctor who did my transfer that day. I remember being SO grateful that Dr. Thornton and her team were working on Christmas Eve, helping us to grow our family potentially. We thanked them all profusely for being there on a day that they easily could have been with their own families. The IVF team is just so wonderful, and I was acutely reminded of this fact during this transfer.
We, once again, waited the two weeks and- AHHH!! PREGNANT! My HCG came back at 50, and I couldn’t believe it. It worked- our very own Christmas Miracle! I just thought that it would be smooth sailing from there on out. I had my positive pregnancy test. It worked! But now, as I quickly found out, we had to make sure it “stuck.”
I returned for my next blood test a few days later and found out that my HCG didn’t multiply the way that they like to see, and I had to come back in a few days for another test. Subsequent blood tests didn’t bring better news, and I was scheduled to go in for an ultrasound to see what was going on. It could have been everything from a miscarriage to an ectopic pregnancy to a very slow developer… only an ultrasound would give us more information. We were nervous and sad going into the ultrasound.
But, my favorite ultrasound tech at Dr. Cardone’s office made our ultrasound (side note- I forget her name, but she is seriously amazing, and if you need her name, I’ll call the office and find it out for you!). She told me that both embryos implanted and were in my uterus, but she couldn’t find a heartbeat in either. I was both shocked and devastated.
Of all the scenarios I had imagined, miscarrying twins was not one of them. I needed a D&C to remove the embryos and ensure that my uterus was clear to try again.
After all of this, Dr. Cardone was, once again, the picture of optimism. “Well, now we know you can get pregnant. We just need a healthy embryo to implant.” He also said that, given my profile, he expected it to take anywhere from 5-7 embryos for it to work, and we had tried 4. We had one frozen embryo left. He strongly urged us to use it for this round. During my third round of IVF, it was different. We used different medications, and it was much less invasive because we didn’t need to stimulate my follicles for an egg retrieval. No shots in the tummy or rear end. It felt like a much more relaxed cycle until...the coronavirus.
On March 13th, our workplace closed, people were being told to stay home, and the world was seemingly shutting down around us. We were worried I wasn’t going to be able to get in for my next transfer, which was due to take place any day. On March 19, 2020, I was lucky enough to get in for my third embryo transfer. We had one frozen embryo left, and it was our last chance before having to start all over again. Dr. Thornton performed this transfer as well, and I felt like it was good luck that we had her again as our doctor for this procedure.
Two weeks after my transfer, I took a blood test, and I literally couldn’t believe my ears when the nurse, Maryanne, called me and told me I was pregnant again! My HCG was much higher than the last time, and it felt like she was just as excited to tell me the news as I was to hear it. By that point, the Stoneham office was closed, and I was going to Waltham for all my follow up blood tests and my ultrasound. I’ll never forget the first time I saw my baby on the ultrasound screen. Her heart beating, her little body developing. It was a miracle. A miracle that Boston IVF helped create.
A miracle my wife and I will always be eternally grateful for.
Throughout our entire fertility journey, we were never a novelty being the same sex couple. Everyone from the phlebotomist Claudine to Colleen in accounting, Dr. Cardone, Dr. Thornton, and all the nurses we met with always treated us with respect. We felt like our fertility struggle was just as valid as anyone else’s, regardless of why we needed reproductive medicine. We would recommend Boston IVF wholeheartedly to anyone looking to grow their family and needing medical intervention, especially those in same-sex couples. It was a safe and supportive experience from start to finish.
We had an ectopic pregnancy in August 2016 and after that we struggled to get pregnant for months. We started our IVF journey in September 2017. We had two failed IUI's and then started the process of IVF. We had a successful egg retrieval — produced over 30 eggs. We were so lucky that so many were produced and many were viable. Due to producing so many eggs my body went into hyper stimulation and our journey was put on hold. I had to have two liters of fluid drained from my body. So needless to say this was devastating for us. We waited until my next cycle and starting the injections for IVF in January 2018. We then had our IVF scheduled for February and lucky we had success and became pregnant!!!
When we first got pregnant with our second child, we were full of hope. When we miscarried, we fought to maintain it. We were hopeful through an ectopic pregnancy, 4 miscarriages, multiple egg retrievals, failed transfers, countless waiting rooms and sleepless nights, and needles, needles, needles. We held tight to hope for our first child, for each other. For the son who tried so hard and said goodbye before we could say hello. We nurtured hope through four years of infertility, stoked it through five rounds of IVF, cried, and laughed and prayed to keep it alive in our hearts. It tested our courage more than we could’ve ever imagined. And finally, the impossible became possible. Our miracle baby, Margot Hope, came into this world happy and as healthy as can be. After all, hope prevails.
From the moment we met, we both knew we wanted a family. Being surrounded by friends and family members who had no difficulty starting families, we assumed the same would be for us. After almost a year of trying, we were incredibly thankfully to be pregnant. Sadly, that pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 10 weeks. We continued on, knowing we still desperately wanted a family. During fertility testing we learned we had male factor infertility, as well as I suffered from Hashimotos.
We met with Doctor Wright, and she came up with a plan for IVF with PGS testing as our best chance of having a successful pregnancy. We went through one embryo transfer cycle and were overjoyed to have 7 embryos make it to PGS testing. We were extremely lucky that 5 of those 7 embryos came back normal. Two months after my egg retrieval, we transferred one embryo, our son. After about a year and half of trying, I was pregnant with our rainbow baby.
Kason arrived early at 34 weeks, due to Vasa Previa (unrelated to IVF). Weighing in at 4lbs and 15.5oz, he spent 12 days in the NICU. He is now 16 weeks old, over 12lbs and the happiest baby I know.
Boston IVF have us our dream, a healthy and happy child. We are forever grateful.
Our journey started about five years ago after we got married. I always felt that having children may be difficult for me so I wanted to start as soon as possible. After a year of trying with no success we realized we would need some help. We were referred to Boston IVF where we met with Dr. Wright to discuss the ins and outs of infertility. Months of tests determined that IVF would provide us with our best chance of becoming pregnant. We were so fortunate to go through one cycle and have our first transfer work! As I type this I’m snuggling with our one month old daughter, Mia! We love being parents to this sweet little miracle and we are grateful to Dr. Wright and all the staff that helped us throughout our cycle.
For years I was never able to open up about the heartbreaks, loss and struggles we went through. Now, with my heart SO FULL of love and happiness it makes opening up a bit easier. I want to share just a tiny bit of my story to give other women hope and to let them know that they are not alone.
In August of 2015 and in January of 2017 I lost 2 babies due to ectopic pregnancies. Something I never even heard of before in my life. An ectopic pregnancy is when the baby grows outside the uterus. In my case, my first was in my left tube.. Which was "dissolved" by a chemotherapy drug called Methotrexate. My second loss was in my right tube, which they also tried Methotrexate but one day later my tube had ruptured, I was internally bleeding, at risk for my own life and had emergency surgery. Both my baby and my right tube were removed.
Words will never do justice... All I can say is I have never in my life experienced such heartbreak and pain (emotional and physical). Pain inside and out, all over, for what seemed like an eternity. When I finally built up the strength and courage to move forward with our journey, I made my first IVF call in July 2017. From that day forward we started making our most beautiful dream a reality.
We feel so blessed, grateful and fortunate to have our little miracle.
Again, words will never be enough... All I do know is that it CANNOT rain forever. The storm WILL pass and the rainbow will be that much sweeter.
As I sit here writing this, I am still in shock that my dream of being a mother has finally come true thanks to Boston IVF. My husband and I could not have asked for a better experience with Boston IVF.
We had been trying for a total of 6 years and truly started to lose hope by the sixth year, feeling hopeless and like we would never get our wish. During the 6 years of trying, we tried for 2 years on our own before we realized something was not right. At this point, we went to our OB-GYN where we had some testing done, which all came back normal. We then moved on to medicated timed intercourse which was unsuccessful. After that, we went through 4 IUI cycles before finally transferring to Boston IVF.
Once with Boston IVF, we had more hope after seeing all the success stories and success rates. We had some more testing done, which also came back normal then moved on to an egg retrieval which we used for a Fresh Egg Transfer that was not successful. We were lucky enough to freeze 5 embryos, we used one for a Frozen Egg Transfer and that was the lucky one! We now have a beautiful baby girl who is now 3 weeks old. As stressful as the infertility process was, we wouldn’t change it for the world because it brought us to the love of our life Amelia Rose. We can’t thank Boston IVF enough for our amazing experience.
My husband and I had longed for children! Boston IVF helped us have our two boys, Kyle and Jaxson. With Kyle, who is three now we had him on our first IVF try. Two years later we decided we wanted another child. We had two failed cycles before I successfully become pregnant with Jaxson. We feel so lucky to have worked with IVF they helped give us the best gifts we could every have asked for!
My wife and I knew we wanted to start our family directly after getting married. We wanted a "honeymoon baby" as they say. Being two brides in love, we needed just a touch, of help. We started the process at Boston IVF in the middle of wedding planning. To speak for the Boston IVF process - it was far less time consuming, less stressful, less expensive, and less overwhelming then wedding planning ever was.
We got off the plane from our honeymoon and had our first cycle try shortly after. All of our tests came back normal, but we did find out my uterus is "t-shaped." Our doctor encouraged us to move forward with several rounds, and regroup after a specific number of failed cycles if need be. Our treatment journey included three IUI rounds with donor sperm, including one medicated round. Our success story kicked off with a positive pregnancy test during our 3rd cycle, a few weeks before Christmas. I still have the saved voicemail from our Boston IVF nursing team sharing the good news, that our levels were increasing at a fast and wonderful rate. She outlined next steps and tests. She must make dozens of those calls each day - yet somehow, her voice was so filled with excitement and hope and care for our own journey.
The Boston IVF team made each step of the process clear, answering any nervous belly questions we had, truly making us feel like we were part of a larger family, picture, and plan for creating our own family. And with hopeful breath, our rainbow and glitter family would grow by one 9 months later.
Our journey, was a success story. Boston IVF team & Dr. Pang's entire team, from front desk staff, to scheduling team, to nurses, to social media folks, they were all pieces of the pie that made our Boston IVF story, our success story.
Now we have a bright, caring, fierce two and a half year old, who somehow wakes up each morning, with glitter in her hair. Ready to take on the world.
Sending glitter, love and baby dust for your own journey.
Almino and I have been married since 2013 but we were in LDR until I migrated here in November of 2016 to be with him. Since then we've been trying to conceive with no success. One fine spring day, we made new friends who visited us in our house and casually discussed that their eldest son is a product of IVF since they had problems conceiving. That discussion actually gave us an idea to try reaching out to a Fertility Doctor. In 2018 we scheduled our first consult with Dr. Kovalevsky. He was the one who diagnosed me with PCOS. We tried IUI 3x but all were unsuccessful. Right then, he suggested we do IVF. I think there were 18 or 19 eggs retrieved and finally 10 embryos were frozen. We had our transfer on a wonderful bright Sunday July 14t with Dr. Neuhausser. 2 weeks after, we found out that the pregnancy test came out positive. and the rest is history. :)
We love everyone in Boston IVF- the nurses were very polite, professional and friendly. Dr. Neuhausser was excellent with a very warm personality. Dr. Kovalevsky and all the staff were also very helpful. We can't thank you enough for all the help.
Raised by a single mother, I was inspired by her strength and ability to be able to raise six of us on her own. She taught us that it is ok to be single and want to be a parent. That not everyone has to live the perfect fairy tale life. Being a single gay male, I once doubted being a parent. Not because I did not want it but I was not educated at the time on, ways I could make it happen. In my mid-twenties, a friend of mine became a surrogate for a gay couple. Being curious about the process, I asked many questions. She explained the IVF and surrogacy process to me and I immediately knew this was the process I wanted to go through some day. Once I turned thirty, I started researching clinics in my area that I could begin my journey. During this research, I discovered that there was only one IVF clinic in my area but they did not offer me the support I wanted. Due to this reason, I continued my search and found Boston IVF, which is an hour and a half drive from where I am. Still determined to become a father I decided to contact them. I was scheduled for my first appointment and was super excited. During the first appointment, I met Dr. Samuel Pang. He laid out everything for me, answered every question I had and made me feel confident that I could do this. He did not once make me feel judged for wanting a baby and being a single gay male. Shortly after the first appointment, I was connected with Ann Moegle, a nurse coordinator who was the absolute best. Communication with her was always easy, clear and punctual. She reinsured me that I made the right decision with choosing Boston IVF. Luckily, prior to even contacting Boston IVF I was able to find a surrogate. Her name is Cindy, the parent of a former student of mine. Cindy was my biggest supporter throughout this process. Cindy handled everything so well and was just as determined to make this happen as I was. In October 2018, we were ready for the transfer. Sadly, that first transfer was not successful. Discouraged and saddened I decided to take a break. In March of 2020, I was ready to try again. I had the second transfer on April 20, 2019. This time it was successful and I was blessed with my baby girl, Ariella on December 26, 2019. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I was very nervous being a single parent at first but after about the third month I was handling it like a pro. I feel so lucky and blessed to have been able to go through this process. I currently have two embryos frozen and am looking forward to trying again for my second baby soon. None of this would have been possible without the support that Boston IVF offers. They have changed my life and I am forever grateful.
I first came to see Dr. Sonia Elguero at Boston IVF's IVF fertility center in Albany after my OB/GYN said she was the best! So, l knew I needed to get in for a consult with her before I gave up hope. I thank God everyday for getting me in to see her.
My back story is that at a young age I was diagnosed with a bicornuate uterus, also known as a heart shaped uterus. Because of the shape, it lessens the room a baby has to grow. The dip in the heart is known as a septum. Sometimes it is vascular tissue and sometimes avascular, making it dangerous for the placenta to attach to.
When my husband and I were ready to start a family, I was told I didn’t need to worry about getting pregnant with this type of uterus. After about 6 months of trying, I got pregnant but I sadly had a miscarriage at about 6 weeks.
Although this wasn’t thought to be related to my uterus I still wanted some answers. The fertility doctor I saw (not Boston IVF just yet) did an MRI and said yes, I had a bicornuate uterus and no - it could not be repaired.
I was told to go ahead and try again. We got pregnant pretty quickly but sadly my daughter was born sleeping at 24 weeks due to a placental abruption. This was caused by the placenta attaching to the septum where there wasn’t enough blood flow to survive.
The heartbreak and devastation we endured was indescribable and something we will deal with everyday for the rest of our lives. It was these high risk doctors that referred me to Dr. Elguero specifically. I was anxious and wanted answers.
From my first visit she was so warm and comforting and brought hope to such a devastating situation. She said there were several other tests we needed to run to determine if in fact my uterus was able to be repaired or not. After several months of testing and 2 surgeries later, Dr. Elguero was able to repair my uterus so that it was safe for me to try and conceive again.
I ended up having what is called a septate uterus (one that could be fixed) - not a bicornuate uterus like I had been told for so long.
The fact that she had such patience and took the time to explore every avenue to try and help me achieve my dream of being a mother is priceless and something I could never repay.
Fast forward to August 20, 2019. I delivered a healthy baby girl! I thank God everyday for her. My husband and I are so blessed. This little girl brings so much joy and light into our lives and we love her with all of our hearts.
None of this would be possible without Dr. Elguero and Boston IVF in Albany.
My husband and I are forever grateful.
In September 2016 my brother said to me, “What do you want out of life?”
I remember replying so quickly with, “I want a baby!”
The next day we talked to my mom and the journey to become a single mom by choice began!
I had my first IUI in December 2016. Which unfortunately resulted in a chemical pregnancy.
My 4th IUI was medicated in March of 2017 and I found out I was pregnant with twins! It ended up being a super rare heterotopic pregnancy. A baby in the tube and one in the uterus.
I went through a D & E and 2 methotrexate injections. Plus consistent monitoring of my HGC until my levels went to zero. I also had to take a 3 month hiatus because of the injections. I was beyond devasted, but my family and the nurses at Boston IVF made me feel like I could absolutely go on. The support they gave me was beyond anything I’ve ever seen. I was so lucky to have them!
After that, I had 3 failed IUI’s until moving forward with IVF.
My second and final round of IVF had 3 embryos make it to blastocysts and we were able to get them genetically tested. I ended up with one normal embryo which was a healthy baby girl!! In May 2, 2018 my daughter was transferred and the pregnancy journey began!
I enjoyed every single second of my pregnancy!! I absolutely loved it. My support system was amazing! Then after 2 years and 29 days of fertility treatments- on January 15, 2019, I had my beautiful daughter!
My life is now complete!!
Although, the journey alone to become a single mom by choice wasn’t always easy, I had the best support system anyone could ask for!
My name is Audrey and my wife’s name is Stacia - we’ve been together for 10 years married for three. We had always discussed how we would love to be parents but thought it was such an expensive, out-of-reach dream for us. I also had an unexplained infertility diagnosis that followed me from a previous relationship where we had tried to conceive for three years. I recently started a new career at New Balance manufacturing and the winter of 2019. During my orientation when my HR manager was discussing the health benefits infertility coverage was brought up. This surely caught my attention and I questioned her about the coverage. She didn’t have all the details but could tell me just enough to give us some hope. From that moment on we set our eyes forward that we were going to do this, that we were going to try to have a child. The first thing that I had to do was get my body healthy, I had a very high BMI, so I needed to get that right first. I joined a gym and started eating healthier, I focused all my energy on that for about a year. I lost about 30 pounds which got me to a lower BMI that would make for a more successful chance of conceiving! I also joined a TTC support group for the LGBTQ community, reached out to a lesbian couple that conceived via IUI at my company. I also contacted several people who left reviews on the Boston IVF’s website. I was taking in as much information as I could about our upcoming journey. Our trying to conceive journey was put on hold for a short time while we bought our house. After we were all settled we finally did it, we made the call to Boston IVF the Portland center, and set up our first consultation. We went for our first consultation in January 2020, and we saw Dr. Ben Lannon. He was so comforting and reassuring to speak with. We found out my insurance would cover IUI 100% We set up an unmedicated and unmonitored cycle for our first round. I was so nervous but he reassured us we needed to start somewhere. I contacted my local OB and set up baseline cycle bloodwork and an HSG scan before we started our first cycle. We skipped my February cycle due to us not feeling quite ready then we started cycle day one in March. We chose our anonymous no option ID donor sperm From New England cryo-genic and had it sent to Boston IVF. They gave us free storage for 90 days. I had gotten my positive ovulation test on a weekend after work hours. I was nervous that we wouldn’t be able to try this cycle, but I reached out to Boston IVF and they got me right and the next morning. We had our first intrauterine insemination on March 19 of 2020. Two days prior to this my work had furloughed me and the country went into quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our emotions were all over the place trying to be so excited for our first chance at having a child but also so scared and nervous at the same time to see what was happening to the world. Two weeks later I took a pregnancy test and to our disbelief it was positive! We were ecstatic and overjoyed but trying not to celebrate too soon. We called Boston IVF to let them know of our positive pregnancy test and set up our first ultrasound. Our first ultrasound was on April 12, 2020. I had to go in alone, masked, and afraid of what would or wouldn’t be. Boston IVF was gracious enough to let us live video chat during this ultrasound where we saw one perfectly healthy little heartbeat at 171bpm. From this moment forward I had a very healthy pregnancy and birth. It was nerve-racking for a while going into appointments alone and not having my wife there experiencing many first moments of our daughter’s life. Pregnancy during a pandemic was hard and lonely but I was so fortunate that I was able to have my wife there during the birth. Our baby girl Andersyn Rae Evangeline was born December 9th, 2020 at 10:48 pm 6lbs2oz 20 inches long. Healthy as can be and 1 day before her due date. I am so grateful for the entire Boston IVF team because without them we wouldn’t have our little girl!
After years of disconnect, my husband and I "met," and we knew we were going to get married and expand our family right away. We had three kids combined already. After months of trying, we turned to Boston IVF in November 2019. In March 2020, the COVID pandemic put a halt to our journey. Once we were able to restart treatment in June 2020 and failed IUIs, we slowly gave up hope. On our next IUI cycle, my body over responded to treatment send we were given two options: abandon the cycle or convert to IVF. Scared and having to make a quick decision, we looked to faith and knew converting to IVF would get us closer to our baby. I remember being so nervous from going into the egg retrieval to watching the embryo being implanted with only hope and faith this cycle would be successful. I remember Bryna calling me telling me the IVF was successful! I stood in the bathroom at work crying, then calling my husband to tell him the good news! Bryna was with us every step of our journey, and you could hear the excitement in her voice for us. After almost two years, we were going to meet our baby! Because COVID and limited sites were open, we had many 5 am drives to Waltham for cycle testing. It became a part of life. But everyone in the Boston IVF family made you feel like just that.. Family. We welcomed our healthy baby boy, Anthony, at 8lb 10oz on May the 4th, 2021. We are so blessed!
We got married in October of 2014 and waited a bit to start trying for children. Once we did start, we got pregnant right away but experienced a chemical pregnancy-a positive pregnancy test with almost immediate bleeding and an end to the pregnancy. That happened twice more before we sought medical help. My OBGYN didn’t think it was a big deal and encouraged us to wait until the year mark to seek a fertility specialist, but we knew something wasn’t right. We saw Dr. Elguero and immediately felt comfortable with her explanations of things and our plan of care. We tried several months of progesterone supplementation with no success and then went through testing to begin IUI. We discovered endometrial polyps, which needed to be removed, and a blocked tube, and after surgery to deal with that, we started our IUI cycles. The first was canceled due to an unexpected overreaction to Clomid. After three more cycles, we were finally pregnant. The early ultrasounds with the Albany office were so comforting, especially with the experience of many early losses. It was a wonderful experience to be signed out to go and be a “normal” obstetrical patient at ten weeks. Our daughter Anna was born on May 18, 2018. We went on to give her a little sister on March 10. 2020, and were surprised with needing no help to do so.
My husband and I started actively trying to get pregnant in 2018 with no success. I have PCOS and was rarely ovulating on my own. We finally went to Boston IVF-Albany, and just about a year later, we were pregnant after our first IUI, unfortunately, that pregnancy ended in a missed miscarriage at just under ten weeks. Our second IUI in September 2020 was successful, and our rainbow baby was born on May 28, 2021. We are so grateful for the care we received at the Albany center from Dr. Elguero and our nurse Casey!
We got married in June 2017; by May of 2018, we chose to have a baby; knowing that we needed the help of a fertility specialist, we got on Google and were met with two options. I chose Boston IVF in Albany and made the call to set up our first appointment.
After a lot of blood work, ultrasounds, and other diagnostic testings, the results came back that my thyroid would be an issue. It took almost a year to get the meds appropriately adjusted to start looking at treatments for Amenorrhea. At that time, I choose to change employment for which changed my health insurance. We went from no coverage to IUI being covered after three failed rounds of Clomid cycles. After more testing, we started Clomid and all the monitoring that went along with it. Blood draws and ultrasounds every few days. Unfortunately, the Clomid did not work, no matter the dose. We ordered our meds and started our first IUI at the beginning of Covid!
My body was not responding to the meds, so they were upped; more monitoring decided to up the meds again; that was it - my body started working, thinking everything was going well! We went in for another round of blood draws and ultrasound, thinking maybe we would be able to do our trigger shot and hope the IUI would be successful! But then - my body had over responded, and instead of 1 or 2 I follicles, I had 8+! I then had to choose to switch from IUI to IVF. Two days later, we went in for our egg retrieval. Like most couples doing treatment during covid, I was alone when I went in. My husband always came along and sat in the car, no matter the reason for my trip to the office. My retrieval went very well!
I had 18 embryos, that number drops to 9 three days later, and then by day six, when we went for our transfer, we have two embryos. We did one transfer and chose to freeze the second one. After ten days, we found out Our first transfer was successful; 2 days later, our second beta showed my HCG was rising as it should, and at six weeks, we suffered a miscarriage in June. By August, we did a FET with our last Embryo, we prayed n waited. The first beta came back good, the second beta raised as it should then we waited for our 6-week ultrasound. I had some spotting the day before and was mentally prepared for the same outcome as last. We went back had blood work and an ultrasound; the tech did measurements then showed me my baby and her little heartbeat. The tears that flowed so freely down my face were the happiest of tears I’ve ever shed! The rest of the pregnancy went very well; delivery was not what I expected, but we had a baby girl on May 3, 2021, at 9:41 pm, weighing in at 6lb 7oz 20.5 inches long. After a week in the NICU, we headed home with a healthy, happy Baby girl Mary-Elizabeth Jane. We are so in LOVE!
My husband and I met while I was on vacation in the Dominican Republic back in 2009 when I was only 19! We married 2 years after that and started trying for a family rather quickly... but after 4 years of nothing, we finally decided to reach out to Boston IVF. Isabella was conceived via IVF in March of 2016 and is now going on 5 years old (11/11 is her birthday ). This past February we did our first round of a FET ( first attempt since the birth of Isabella ) which resulted in this pregnancy with our second daughter, Aria. Remarkably her due date (11/11/21) is Isabellas birthday and they were both conceived the same day in March back in 2016!! We are so thankful for Dr. DiGirolamo and her amazing team. We couldn’t be happier completing our family. Thank you to the entire staff at Boston IVF for making our dreams of being a family come true!
Our Rainbow Baby
I started my journey through infertility long before I met my husband. When I was 24 years old, I became pregnant which resulted in a miscarriage at 10 weeks. I was devastated. I was told by doctors, family, and friends it would happen again faster than you think. While my friends and family became pregnant around me, I didn't.
My husband and I got together in 2018, we decided to wait until after we got married to start trying to have a child. I knew it wouldn’t happen on our own, so our first appointment at another fertility clinic was two weeks after we got married. At this point, I was 37 and knew my chances were decreasing with each passing year. It was then I found out I had PCOS. We did one round of mini IVF which resulted in 5 eggs retrieved, 4 fertilized, and all made it to day 3. We decided to transfer our two best-looking embryos, and this failed. A friend of mine was also going through IVF and suggested Lovenox. The second transfer with my two last embryos using Lovenox was a success, but my HCG levels never went beyond 14. I spoke to the nurse about the possibilities and her response was, “we don’t know”. No, follow-up appointment was made, no additional testing. They just wanted to jump back in the saddle and start pumping me up with hormones again. This was unacceptable. I felt like just a number.
In late 2019, I decided we were switching clinics, and I’m so glad we did. One of the first steps is testing, all sorts of testing, and this is when I found out I had a blood clotting disorder called an antiphospholipid syndrome, and therefore why Lovenox made a difference with the second transfer. We decided to go full IVF this time, this resulted in 26 eggs retrieved, 23 matured, 21 fertilized with natural fertilization, 7 embryos made it to day 5, and 3 tested PGT-A normal. 4AA girl and boy, 4BB boy. We decided to transfer our girl first, 5 days later I found out I was pregnant and later confirmed by the clinic.
A few weeks into the pregnancy, I started to bleed heavily. I feared I lost her, I was then diagnosed with subchorionic hematoma and monitored for a bit. Every ultrasound I feared I wouldn’t see her little heart beating. I didn’t start to relax through the pregnancy until we made it halfway. At 30 weeks, Sam was breech and never flipped back, my c-section was scheduled for May 7th. Well, Sam had other plans, at 4:45 am on April 27th, I woke up feeling weird and felt a pop. My water broke. My little fighter was born later that morning at 9:24 am.
I remember thinking how I’ll never experience the surprise of becoming pregnant again, well Sam made sure her birth date was a surprise. Funny thing, my birthday also lands on the 27th and so does my sisters.
My husband and I always knew we wanted to have children, and we just always assumed it would be an easy process. We tried for 18 months and had no success. Each month was heartbreaking. Seeing our friends around us having children often left us asking, why not us?
We completed our testing, and I was diagnosed with a low ovarian reserve, so we jumped right into IVF. It was scary and exciting all at the same time. We had an incredible team to get us through the process.
During our cycle, they retrieved seven eggs, 6 of them fertilized, and we had one “great quality” embryo to transfer five days after the retrieval. That embryo is now three years old, and her name is Leah. She is our dream come true, and we have only Boston IVF (Albany, NY) to thank for that!
In 2014 I moved to Vietnam for a teaching position. During the thorough visa process, a local Vietnamese doctor diagnosed my uterine fibroids and suggested I consider taking action if I wanted to become a mom. I was in my early 30s and was not concerned at all. The doctor’s suggestion sparked my curiosity, and I began researching having a child on my own without a partner. I spent the next four years making my decision, and then I officially started the process once I landed my “dream job” back in the states as a middle school special education teacher. I shopped for the best insurance and was referred to BIVF by a friend who had had success with the help of Dr. Brian Berger. After all the planning and proving to insurance and that I was a good candidate, I was successful in my first round of IVF after four unsuccessful IUI s. I created three healthy embryos (BIVF created them!), and now, at the age of 39, I have my daughter Sage who is three days old, born in early 2022!
My husband and I decided to meet with Dr. Ryley after trying for a few years to get pregnant on our own. Up until meeting with Dr. Ryley, my husband and I were both frustrated. Obviously, we needed more than an ovulation app to help us have a baby.
Dr. Ryley had suggested starting other treatments before moving on to IVF, but my husband and I declined and we decided to start IVF right away.
After many needles, bloodwork, and mood swings later...I was pregnant!
When we think of fertility success stories, it’s easy to link it to pregnancy and a healthy baby entering the world. After all, that’s the ultimate goal. For myself and my husband, our journey is still in process.
I think it’s important to not only share success stories that end in the goal of a healthy baby, but also to share the other ways a fertility journey can be successful.
Our hope increases the closer we get to that successful embryo transfer, but I am finding other ways that our journey has been successful.
I was diagnosed with PCOS years ago but never really thought much about it until it came time that we wanted to expand our family. After trying for a year on our own with no success, we entered our fertility journey with Boston IVF. We have completed one full round of IVF along with another round where we were unfortunately able to proceed with creating any embryos. Currently we have eggs frozen and still gathering information to decide our next steps. For some, this might not feel like a success. But for us, we continue to find out answers and learn more about more about ourselves.
Along the way, I have learned so much about my body, my distress tolerance and most importantly my relationship with my husband. This journey is the hardest yet most enlightening process we could go through. Even though our success hasn’t come in terms of a child yet, I would still say we have reached successes along the way.
We need to hold onto those small successes and remember that every step of the process is meeting a goal. It’s easy to remain hopeful when you see all the pictures of embryos that are now cute little babies. But let’s also remember to maintain hope along the way.
Everyone’s success is different as is everyone’s fertility journey. And Boston IVF continues to make sure we are taken care of throughout every step.
My husband and I were married in May 2003. Just five months later we learned that we were pregnant, and we were over the moon with excitement. Sadly, at ten weeks we lost this baby due to it being ectopic. As the years passed, we tried desperately to have a baby but we never did. We were living in New York at the time, and with the help of my OBGYN we started the IUI process. I cannot remember now how many failed attempts we had, but with each one I was losing a little bit of myself. We moved back to the Boston area in 2008 as we learned that IVF was covered by insurance in Massachusetts. Right away we started at Brigham and Women’s infertility clinic. I was told that my eggs were very poor quality, but we were determined to try. Over the years I went through 7 rounds of unsuccessful IVF cycles. Each negative pregnancy test devastated us and chipped away at the little hope we had left. At the age of 35, we decided to live child-less. With the help of a wonderful therapist, I made peace with our situation. I was lucky enough to have a strong partner who loved me regardless of my infertility. Infertility had defined me for years, and we knew that we desperately needed to move forward. It was hard, I will admit, watching everyone around me have babies and raise children. I tried to put that love I had towards my niece and nephews, and my friends' children. Soon after turning 40 I had an epiphany that maybe our journey to be parents was not over after all. My eggs were duds, but there were many amazing women out there that could help us. And that was how I found Dr. Berger. We heard all about him and the BIVF clinic, and were told how amazing everyone was. We went into Boston IVF’s Quincy location, and had a consultation with him. He was warm, kind, smart, honest, and so very encouraging. The process of finding a donor was daunting, but after finding the right clinic through a friend who had gone through the donor process, we found our match almost immediately. In the end we were blessed with three strong embryos. As I was prepping for the first transfer, Dr. Berger called with concerns on the ultrasound - my fallopian tube looked swollen. Grateful for his steady eye he referred me to a specialist who diagnosed a hydrosalpinx (basically fluid build up in my fallopian tube). It was determined that the tube needed to come out in order to give us the best odds of a successful pregnancy. After having my tube removed, we started again. The first two embryos did not take. It was beyond devastating. Dr. Berger would call us in the evening so that both my husband and I could ask questions together and try to tweak our plan for the next attempt. He was patient, and always tried to think outside the box. With one embryo left, I was scared out of my mind. I can still remember him telling us about this relatively new biopsy, called the Endometrial Receptivity Array (ERA) biopsy. He said it might tell us whether or not my uterus was receptive at the time of transfer, but it was still a new test. He suggested that it was the last thing we could possibly do to make this final round the one that would get us pregnant. As it turned out, he was right - my embryos were being transferred hours too early. He determined that we needed to transfer my very last embryo, our last hope at having a baby, one day later (day 6 rather than day 5). He wanted to be there for my transfer, but unfortunately the timing did not work out. For ten days I was terrified. I had always home tested for every other transfer, but this time I chose not to. I wanted to live those ten days pretending I was pregnant, and I did not want a hpt to burst that hope. The day of the blood test I drove home from Boston IVF and burst into tears. I remember telling my favorite phlebotomist, Teresa, that this was probably the last time I would get to see her. I was certain this tenth IVF transfer did not result in a pregnancy. I took the day off of work on April 26th to await the final phone call. “Hi Brenda, this is nurse so and so (I think I blacked out), I have instructions for you”. My brain froze - was I comprehending this correctly, she said “instructions”, not “I’m sorry, it was negative”. I said, “Wait, hang on, do you mean I’m pregnant?!!!” “Yes, you are, but your numbers are low so we just have to do more blood work and ultrasounds to ensure your levels are going in the right direction”. I got off the phone with tears pouring down my face and looked at my husband. I finally got to say the words I had been waiting to say for 16 long years: “we are pregnant”. After crying and jumping up and down, he ran to Target to get some home tests, which I took every day for a week, and still could not believe it was really true. I was pregnant, and it was surreal. We monitored for weeks, until the day we saw her heartbeat. My beautiful baby girl was thriving. I loved being pregnant with her, but she was ready to meet the world earlier than planned. On October 28, 2019 my water broke while I was at work, 7 weeks too soon. I stayed on bed rest at South Shore Hospital while we hoped and prayed that she would stay in for as long as possible. She was born on November 14, 2019 at week 33 on her namesake’s birthday. My grandmother Genevieve was looking down on us as my Genevia Hope was born. She is our everything, she is a joyous and happy little two year old who has caught up and is meeting all of her milestones. We are beyond lucky and feel blessed every single day when I look into her big brown eyes. She looks exactly like her daddy, but has my spunk! If it was not for Boston IVF and Dr. Berger, along with the wonderful nurses and staff helping us to hold on to hope, Genevia would not be ours. We are forever grateful to all of you, to science, and to the generosity of the woman who helped us when I didn’t have what was needed to bring my daughter into the world. It takes a village! Never ever give up hope!
Eternally grateful, Brenda and Ricardo
My husband and I were married in September 2018 and started for children right away. It didn't come easy; we were getting negative pregnancy tests month after month. Then July 2019, we got our first positive; we were over the moon. Then, heartbreak happened in September 2019 when we suffered a miscarriage. I had a D&C, and we started trying again as soon as we were given the all-clear.
But my period wasn't coming. Instead, I was getting cyclic cramps, something was wrong, and my OB was not concerned. I decided to go to Boston IVF for a second opinion, and then it was found that I had a band of scarring in my cervix, which was removed. I also found out I had low AMH. We decided to do a round of IUI, but due to COVID was pushed back. In April 2020, my first IUI was successful, but in June 2020, I again had another miscarriage.
Fast forward from August 2020 to Feb 2021. I had a round of IVF which only yielded one embryo. I had surgery to remove endometriosis and fix a hydrosalpinx. We transferred that embryo in Feb 2021, and it failed. It was realized that my hydrosalpinx came back, and in March 2021, I had my left fallopian tube removed.
In May 2021, my husband and I decided to go with donor eggs due to the miscarriages and to be a terrible responder to IVF. Our first batch yielded no embryos, and we got a replacement lot. In July 2021, we bought a lot of 8 donor eggs, and 6 became blasts!
Our first transfer was a success, and our daughter Logan Charlotte Bull was born on March 19, 2022.
Kevin and I were married in October of 2019 and knew that starting a family was incredibly important to the both of us. Throughout our relationship, we would dream up names for our future children and discuss all the experiences we hoped to create for our family. After trying for about a year on our own, we realized that we would need some assistance as my monthly cycle was incredibly irregular (and sometimes nonexistent) after I stopped taking birth control. Among a constellation of other factors, I was diagnosed with PCOS in late 2020.
Of course, when receiving new health-related information, my first instinct was to search the internet for stories and statistics like mine, hoping that a PCOS diagnoses wasn’t the end of our parenting dreams. Because of Boston IVF, this diagnosis was only the start of our journey to parenthood. What I appreciated most about working with Dr. Alper is how much he allowed for hope and positive thinking to be part of our treatment. I am not sure what I was expecting, but the fact that he continued to point out the positive aspects of each step and allow a little room for hope within the science, meant the world to us.
Our story is long and heartbreaking, like anyone else going through infertility (no matter how long the journey).
We experienced multiple miscarriages, lacked insurance benefits for fertility diagnostics and treatment, struggled with family/friend/social relationships, and lost ourselves along the way.
We sought intervention from everything we could afford: counseling, less technical fertility treatments, surgeries, and avoided anything perceived to be a threat to fertility. Still, we were unsuccessful.
Finally, we moved to MA and found a way to afford the care we needed to overcome our infertility. We found Dr. Brian Berger at Boston IVF and our lives changed for the better (their names are Bella and Brennan).
After our journey ended, I committed myself to helping others access timely and appropriate care for their infertility. I lobbied for infertility legislation in New England and Nationally. I've helped change policy related to infertility benefits by working with legislators, employers and insurers. Seeing how one voice could make all the difference, I developed a nonprofit, Fertility Within Reach, which educates and provides tools to help people effectively advocate for fertility health benefits. The past years of pain, found it's purpose in the ability to help others.
Our success story, like anyone's story, has a ripple effect. Boston IVF and Dr. Berger, didn't just help develop a family, but a tireless advocate.
I will never forget the day my husband got the results of his semen anaysis.
He texted me while at work saying we needed to talk later.
Being as anxious as I am, told him that he couldn’t do that to me. I needed to know right then and there what was going on. Then the text came through.
“It’s me. I’m the problem. There was nothing. Zero sperm.” I audibly gasped at lunch with my colleagues. I waited until I was alone to let the tears flow by myself at my desk.
Even with this diagnosis, I knew we were meant to be parents. I immediately
got in problem solving mode. I wanted more answers and a plan.
That's when I called Dr. Kristen Wright’s office.
I got an appointment the next week and we were off on our journey! Another more thorough semen analysis revealed a small amount of sperm. Three thousand to be exact.
That was the most wonderful news I had ever heard.
Dr. Wright suggested my husband freeze several samples, have several tests to see if she could determine the cause and start me on the process toward an IVF cycle with ICSI. A biological child for us was still possible! After we both went through many tests it was determined that my husband had a y-chromosome Microdeletion that caused his sperm count to be very low and even non-existent at times.
But there was hope.
I started my cycle the middle of May, 2017. I went in for my retrieval as my husband gave his fresh sample. We retrieved 15 eggs (not bad for a 34 year old), but Nathan’s sample was without sperm.
After thawing the two vials of frozen sperm and a 6 hour search for sperm by the amazing Boston IVF embryologists, they found enough to fertilize 11 of them. 3 of which were successful.
We scheduled a day 3 transfer of the two best quality embryos and prayed that the third embryo made it to blastocyst-level so that it could be frozen.
7 days later, on a Thursday, I saw the most amazing (and faint) second pink line on a pregnancy test. I was in shock and so thrilled! That Sunday I started spotting - and even though the following day my hcg levels were good I knew something was wrong. My hcg levels were over 100 on Monday and down to 10 by Wednesday.
I was no longer pregnant. Two weeks later I got the email from the embryology team that our last embryo had made it to a AA quality blastocyst and was frozen. On September 15th my husband went in for a testicular extraction procedure to see if we could get more sperm. The doctor searched for two hours and found nothing.
We were putting all of our hope for a biological family on the one last embryo we had frozen. Four days later, I went in for my frozen transfer.
I was hold the embryo thawed beautifully and my transfer was perfect!
On May 19th, exactly 8 months later TO THE DAY, I gave birth to our beautiful baby boy!
We are so grateful to everyone at Boston IVF for making our dream of a family come true!
We now have an 8 year old daughter who has been the light of our lives.
At the time, I didn't know anyone going through the fertility treatment process and have since been very vocal about that and available to anyone who wants to talk about it.
I think about Boston IVF all the time and am so grateful for the gift they gave me. The staff was awesome, very friendly, patient, informative.
It was a true miracle for us!!
My husband and I were approached by our best friends Adam and Jay regarding being a surrogate for them several years ago. After we were done having our own children we agreed. They used donor eggs. The first cycle was disappointing, but the second cycle was a great success. Their son was born in 2017. They approached me again so they could expand their family one last time, and after working out the timing (I was in grad school) and talking with my family, we agreed to do it one last time. My kids absolutely love their first son (we call him their cousin), and they loved the idea of having another cousin. I had horrible morning sickness leading up to our follow-up appointment after the transfer, and pretty sure there were twins because I had never had morning sickness with my other pregnancies. Turns out we were pregnant with triplets! Triplets come with their own risks and stress. You definitely have to be well informed and make decisions as a group. In the end, we kept all three and they managed to stay in until 34 weeks. Adam & Jay are amazing parents, and I know they will get through the stress of having four kids under the age of 2!
Like many other couples, we felt that when we were ready to start our family, it would just happen.
We never anticipated the stress and heartache that would plague us as we tried to become parents. After trying on our own for about a year without success, we sought the help of Dr. Brian Berger.
He was recommended to us through several other couples and friends. He and his staff always treated us with kindness and professionalism. We went through a total of six cycles--three IUI's and three cycles of IVF.
We were beginning to get extremely discouraged, but each time, Dr. Berger would tweak our protocol and keep doing everything possible for us to have a successful outcome.
On our third cycle of IVF, we were lucky enough to discover we were having twins!! On November 27, 2011, our boys, Jack and Liam were born and we were overjoyed to become their parents!!
And then, just before Jack and Liam turned one, we were thrilled to discover that I was pregnant naturally - with twin GIRLS!!! On June 5, 2013, we were blessed with two more beautiful babies - Lillian and Mallory!
Though the journey was difficult at times, it was worth every minute and we are so grateful for our beautiful family!
After our first FET attempt failed, it was a little disheartening, but we pulled ourselves together and had our sweet embryo #12 transferred in May of 2017. The embryologist who was in charge of our procedure even commented on what a beautiful hatching embryo we had - and something about this round of treatment just felt different. I tested faint positive 4 days later.
Our precious miracle baby, Cohen, arrived on January 26, 2018 and he is everything we have hoped and prayed for.
The result of our first frozen embryo transfer is our beautiful 20 month old daughter, Leonora!
And I am currently 35 weeks pregnant after our second frozen embryo transfer. We feel very fortunate to have had such great success with IVF and frozen embryo transfers.
We had been under another doctors care for a year and had not received any results, or answers.
I had scheduled a consultation with Dr. Brian Berger for March 16th, about a month in advance, not knowing that I would be mid ivf cycle.
My consultation with Dr. Berger conveniently was 4 days past my egg retrieval.
Meeting with him was immediately life-changing and eye opening going over my history, and my current IVF cycle results.
We had planned to do PGS testing on our embryos, but meeting with Dr. Berger, and having only two promising embryos on day 4, it was advised we transfer the next day and skip PGS testing altogether!
We went in for a transfer the next day and transferred both of our day 5 embryos. Just a few days later, two beautiful pink lines appeared on a home pregnancy test. We were so excited, but so scared. This was our fourth pregnancy, the previous three ending in miscarriage.
Around 7 weeks we had our first ultrasound and saw one beautiful, healthy heartbeat.
We will forever be grateful for Dr. Berger for making this last-minute, life changing call!
My husband and I had been actively trying without success.
We visited my OB/GYN and after a few tests found out that my tubes were not viable for some reason. It was unknown how or why this had happened.
I was referred to Dr. Kim Thornton and following successful treatment, we had our first son a little over 2.5 yrs ago.
We had 4 frozen embryos so we tried for our second child. As I mentioned, we experienced 3 unsuccessful cycles before we got lucky on cycle #4.
Brad and I discussed early on in our relationship that we wanted children. After dating for a year, we got engaged and six months later got married. We began trying for a family immediately. Month after month pregnancy tests came back negative. After 17 months of trying on our own, we finally made an appointment with Dr. Brian Berger. The moment we met Dr. Berger we were given hope. Hope that truthfully seemed to slip away with every negative pregnancy test. Dr. Berger explained how he would go about identifying any causes of infertility and that we would have a diagnosis and a treatment plan at our next visit, a month later. After our initial diagnosis, we underwent two rounds of IUI which was mandated by insurance (thank you Massachusetts!). Both rounds were unsuccessful. We jumped right into an IVF cycle, which Dr. Berger explained in such understandable terms. Our fresh cycle failed and although we were a little sad, Dr. Berger was right there, getting us ready for our frozen transfer. We had a successful transfer in March of 2016. My husband and I are the incredibly proud and overwhelmingly grateful parents of a beautiful, baby girl.
All my life I knew I wanted to be a mommy. When I met my husband, who had the same dream to have a family, I never would have guessed this would be our journey.
There were many tears and a few laughs (especially for my husbands tests) but through it all I was so grateful for the Boston IVF doctors and nurses because I was not just a patient but a person with a dream.
My infertility journey is an enormous part of my life and even now I wonder what it would be like just to "get" pregnant without assistance!
I hear of people planning exactly when they are going to have their children and I sit makes me think about my own experiences, Sometimes it happens for them and and other times, when months pass, nothing happens. You truly never can predict anything.
My husband, the people of Boston IVF, and most importantly my faith got me through those very dark days.
After 7 years of heartache we finally had a positive pregnancy test!
We now have boy/girl twins!
Ryan and I got married in 2011. Ryan had a wonderful son from a previous relationship who was five at the time.
We wanted to wait to have a baby until our new family was more stable and finances were better.
I had always had cramping and irregular, heavy periods so went to my OB/GYN for answers about that. I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2009 and had surgery to get some of it removed.
This stuck in the back of my mind after my marriage but I figured I was still young (26) so there wasn't much to worry about.
In 2013, we decided to officially start trying to get pregnant. We didn't do anything special, just waited to see.
My periods were irregular, though, so I went through literally hundreds of pregnancy tests, and never saw that double blue line. My OB/GYN prescribed Clomid for 3 months in June of 2013 (because of my history with endo). I never ovulated.
In January, 2014 my OB/GYN referred me to Dr. Alison Zimon.
The first appointment, I met her nurse, Karen - and burst into tears. It was really hard to think I couldn't get pregnant on my own. I felt terrible. Like I wasn't a woman.
I was embarrassed and I felt awful for my husband, who had had a child so easily before he was married to me. Karen gave me Kleenex and a hug and told me it would be OK. She really put me at ease.
Dr. Zimon was the same way. She was wonderful. She agreed to skip IUD's since I had had trouble ovulating with Clomid and we went right to IVF.
It took me 6 months to get my baseline blood work because my hormones were so out of control and my cycles were so irregular.
I finally got my baseline blood work completed and we started prepping for our fresh cycle. I was so excited and optimistic.
In October, 2014 I started injections. I was terrified to give myself a shot, but let me tell you, I got over that quickly. My ovaries were so bloated and I felt like a beached whale but I kept the optimism going, knowing that this was my only chance for a baby.
In late October, I had my retrieval and the doctor managed to get 5 good embryos. Three days later, I went for implantation. Then....the two week wait.
It was terrible. I swore I wouldn't get a home pregnancy test and I didn't. The day came for my blood work and Karen called with my results.
Anything over 25 was pregnant. I was 29. I was pregnant. But, Karen warned me, my numbers were low. I'd have to get re-tested in two days. The next check, my numbers were still low but had risen enough that it seemed to be a good sign. I told everyone. I told my parents, my siblings, coworkers, friends etc. I was ecstatic.
Two weeks later, I was feeling off. It was a Sunday and my husband was bringing my stepson home. I went to the bathroom and saw blood in my underwear. I immediately called Karen who told me to go get blood the next morning.
I remember my husband was home from work with me when we got the call. My HCG levels weren't high enough. It was not a viable pregnancy. I was devastated.
All of my hard work and sticking myself with needles and bloating was for nothing. I felt as though a piece of me had died. Even sitting here writing this, I still get sad for that loss.
I told my husband that day that I was done. I wasn't doing it again.
Two weeks later we went to see Dr. Zimon. Of course, I cried as we discussed my miscarriage. She urged me to try again using one of the frozen embryos we had. I agreed that I would try one more time, but that was it.
On January 19, 2015 we went for a frozen embryo implant. The prep was so easy! No shots, no bloating. It was a breeze. Then another two week wait.
On the day of my blood test we got hit with 3 feet of snow. The labs, naturally, were closed. I had one home pregnancy test left, so i figured "what the heck." I waited my five minutes, looked down and burst into tears. There they were. Two, bold blue lines. I was pregnant.
When I finally got my blood work done, my HCG levels were so high, we thought it could be twins (one embryo split after implantation). 41 weeks later, and I gave birth to the most amazing baby, Quinten.
My husband and I joke that he's so advanced (in many ways) because he was frozen for 3 months.
We were told to relax and “let it happen". So much advice comes your way when trying to start a family. No matter what we did, nothing ever happened.
After several years of trying we decided that help was necessary and a small problem had an “easy” solution...IVF!
Declan was born in 2013 and the hormone injections, surgical interventions, tears, arguments and 14 hours of labor were all forgotten when he came into the world.
Every day, we tell Declan how special he is and that is so so so loved! That's all he needs to know ❤️
Although it is still heart-wrenching to fully share in the joy of those around us who are on their second or third child - or who can simply sneeze and become pregnant - Declan is a constant and kind reminder of how kind the world can be.
Share your story with a stranger; you never know who you will inspire.
My husband and I tried for almost 2 years without ever getting pregnant. We contacted Boston IVF after a friend had success with them.
We met with Dr. Lannon, who developed a plan. We were self pay and didn't have to follow an insurance company's plan. We tried two cycles of IUI which resulted in no pregnancies.
Both of us were heartbroken. We had no real infertility diagnosis and no results.
We decided to take some time focus on something else (we bought & remodeled a house) - and then in June, 2012 we met with Dr. Lannon.
We decided to pursue the mini IVF embryo transfer. We transferred two embryos. One was a grade 5 one a grade 8.
I also used fertility acupuncture for the 6 weeks before, many times the week of my retrieval & transfer - and a few times a week over the following 2 weeks.
Both embryos "took" and we had a set a fraternal twins at 34 weeks.
Maxwell & Zoey! They are healthy, energetic 3 year old's now! I can't say enough positive about the Portland, Maine crew!!
When we got married in the summer of 2015 we decided to try to start our family right away. After multiple attempts and constant negative pregnancy tests, we decided it was time to see a doctor. After meeting with Dr. Sneeringer and her team, we finally had hope! Once we received a diagnosis of male factor, we moved forward with a fresh cycle. Unfortunately, that cycle, we ended up having a chemical pregnancy. Lucky for us, we still had frozen embryos, so we decided to move forward with a frozen cycle. When that cycle failed, we decided to try another fresh cycle hoping for a better chance at conceiving. This time we had transferred 2 embryos. When that pregnancy test came back negative, it was so discouraging. We didn’t give up hope and neither did Dr. Sneeringer! We agreed to try another frozen cycle. Once again, we transferred 2 embryos. To our excitement, we received a positive pregnancy test and we welcomed our beautiful daughter Sophia on 9/22/17!
After 2+ years for trying on our own and then after being turned away by a different fertility clinic, we found Dr Bayer. The road was long.
There was often no reason that our embryos didn't implant, but with support at Boston IVF and 7 cycles, we we finally blessed with healthy, beautiful twins!
On October 28, 2008 all of our hopes and dreams came true!
Being parents has changed our lives and we know everyday how lucky we are to have our kids and to have found Dr. Bayer and Boston IVF.
It's the tale as old as time in the infertility world: My husband and I were trying for a while to get pregnant and had no success.
We pursued testing to see the reasons behind the infertility (as my husband had an adult child from a previous marriage) so we were looking into all the options.
That's when we met the amazing Dr. Steven Bayer! The "infertility" was deemed on my side (female factor) through diagnostic testing. It confirmed PCOS w/insulin resistance and hypothyroidism.
Dr. Bayer worked with us for six years and we went through sixteen cycles together: 8 IUI & 8 IVF.
At the end of that journey, we walked away with three beautiful, healthy, happy boys!! One singleton boy born in 2012 and fraternal twin boys born in 2014.
We were beyond blessed with these wonderful children that we so desperately wanted.
We were blessed with twin boys - now 4.5 years old! Even 4 years later, I still find myself in disbelief that I am lucky enough to have these wonderful children.
After 3.5 years of trying to conceive, I scheduled a doctor appointment to see why my husband and I were not getting pregnant. We first went to my OBGYN who performed different tests on both myself and my husband. Both of our tests came back normal, so the doctor recommended proceeding with an IUI. We scheduled this procedure and continued to do so three times without any success. After the third failed IUI, our doctor referred us to a fertility clinic. Of course, not knowing anything about fertility challenges and IVF, I started to do some research on my own as I patiently awaited our first appointment. We met with the doctor who explained the process.
A few weeks later, I found myself standing in our kitchen every morning before work, icing and numbing my stomach, combining vials and poking myself with a needle. I remember driving to work and thinking to myself, what is going on? What am I doing? Why am I doing this? All I could think about is the end of the day, going home and having to do it all over again… like clockwork! I pulled out the meds from my new designated drawer in the fridge, take an ice pack out from the freezer, mix the vials and pull the syringe. For about 10 days, this was my morning and night routine. It was all I could think about (besides from the morning blood withdrawals, which occurred every morning at 6:30am on my way to work). Then came the phone call the day before the retrieval… the HCG "DA-DUM" shot! In the beginning we weren’t sure of what to expect during the egg retrieval, but we learned quickly by round 3! My husband travels for work so if he happened to be away, there were times he booked a last minute flight or drove hours to be home for the retrieval. This continued for 5 rounds.
At one point my doctor (at the time) even told us while sitting across from him at his desk, the words no women ever wants to hear, "you may want to consider an egg donor", since we have had five unsuccessful cycles. We sat in his office discussing what this would entail, the financial details, the process, etc. The emotions that I encountered at that moment, I cannot put into words. HEARTBROKEN does not even come close! As a woman who has always loved children and could not imagine my life without them, I was destroyed by this suggestion. I don’t think there is anything wrong with an egg donor. It was just a shock that I wasn’t able to create MY OWN. Not to mention the financial burden and stress of going down that path. I went home and buried myself in my bed for two days. I wasn’t able to speak to family members, so my husband called them to update them of this new development.
After taking a break from IVF, I was told about Dr. Cardone, a "miracle" doctor! Well, his office location was bit of a stretch from my home and office, but I made him and his visits my priority in life! And if no one was STILL providing me a scientific reason after test, after test, as to why I wasn’t conceiving, well, I WASN'T giving up!! Dr. Cardone did a test on my ovaries which wasn’t performed in the past, and luckily it came back fine. We started a cycle which caused me to have over-hyper stimulation of the ovaries so I couldn’t do the egg retrieval. We then waited and did cycle #7, and IT WORKED!!!! As you can imagine, we were ecstatic! We held our breath for the next 13 weeks and cried tears of joy every day. Fast forward 36 weeks where baby Logan decided to arrive 4 weeks early! We spent Christmas morning 2014 at Newton Wellesley hospital and Logan arrived on December 26. He spent three weeks in the special care nursery where he was given the absolute BEST care in the world. I was there every day from 6:00 am until 11:00 pm just cuddling, loving and feeding my boy!
I praise Dr. Cardone and all of the nurses at Boston IVF and Newton Wellesley Hospital!
Today, we are thankful and blessed to have a very spunky, healthy, beyond happy almost three year-old boy!
Right after my husband and I got married in 2012, we decided we wanted to start a family. But, after what seemed like forever of trying on our own with home ovulation tests, it soon hit us that we were getting nowhere.
We began our infertility journey with Coastal Women's Healthcare in Scarborough with Dr. Dawson. She ran the routine blood tests and ultrasound to check my ovaries, and we even participated in an HSG test, to check on my Fallopian tubes.
To our surprise, all of my tests were normal. Although this was good news, it was frustrating not having any answers, and trying to fix something when we didn't even know what was broken was like working in the dark.
Thankfully, Dr. Dawson was open and willing to let us try a few different methods anyway. We did a couple rounds of Clomid and then Femara to jump start my ovaries, and we even combined these medications with a few IUI procedures. I don't even remember how many of those that we did, but it felt like a lot! Sadly, we continued to come up empty-handed.
It wasn't until many, many months later, when I convinced Dr. Dawson to give me a laparoscopy. It was my last hope at figuring out what was wrong, when we discovered I have endometriosis on both ovaries and also my uterus. She was able to remove what I had during my surgery, and we were encouraged to continue trying to conceive after, but once again, it didn't seem to be working.
Finally, I was referred to Boston IVF.
At this point, I had been so frustrated from my body "failing" me time and time again, that I had worked my way up to 260 pounds by the time I met with Dr. Lannon at the South Portland fertility clinic.
Upon meeting him, he was very welcoming and informative, despite my obvious weight issues.
After our initial meeting with Dr. Lannon, it was basically "crunch time" for my husband and I. Because IVF isn't cheap, we began the saving process. While my husband worked overtime and I picked up another part time job on the side, I also began to work on myself to increase our chances of IVF working.
The following year, 2014, when Zach and I had finally saved up enough money to go ahead with the procedure, I had lost 130 pounds (all through exercise and clean eating).
I was determined and we were ready!
And so began our IVF journey. We started off by doing three rounds of the "mini IVF," but after finding that my ovaries were not responding at all, Dr. Lannon suggested that we try the full IVF instead.
In December of 2014, I participated in my first full round of IVF. Thankfully, my body responded better than it had with the previous, weaker, medications. 17 eggs were retrieved during my cycle, and although only 2 survived, we transferred one and froze the remainder.
I got extremely lucky because our first cycle of IVF stuck, and it was December 26th of that year, via blood test, that Zach and I found out we were expecting our first child.
To this day, it still blows my mind that this actually happened.
Because Dr. Lannon did not give up on me, because he was willing and open to my suggestions, I am now a mother. I cannot thank the staff at Boston IVF enough for that gift, and I am forever grateful to them.
Boston IVF was our second clinic. The first one we went to refused to do anything unless I lost 60 pounds.
I lost 30 on my own and they still wouldn't do anything and charged us for every procedure, even a 10 minute phone call. We decided to leave after 2 years.
When we met Dr. Lannon we felt like he really listened to us. We tried the first cycle in July 2014. Due to complications we retrieved 7 eggs, 4 fertilized and 2 made it to day 5. My hormones were incredibly high though and for safety, we decided to freeze the 2 embryos we had left. We did a frozen transfer in October, 2014 (it took until then for my body to go back to normal) but unfortunately it didn't work. That was one of the hardest days we'd been through. We waited until June 2015 and tried another frozen transfer with our last embryo. Much to our surprise and excitement, it worked and we're blessed with our beautiful baby girl on March 23.
After years of trying and fertility treatment we finally became pregnant with our oldest son.
A year after his birth we went back into treatment and I became pregnant with twins in our first round of IVF!
My oldest is 6 and the twins are 5!
Worth the journey!
Our story to and through the IVF process is a little more uncommon than most.
My husband and I found out after getting married in November, 2013 that he and I were both carriers of the Cystic Fibrosis gene mutation DF508. This is both the most common as well as most severe CF gene mutation. This meant if we tried and conceived naturally, we had a 1 in 4 chance that our child would have Cystic Fibrosis of the most severe type. I grew up knowing that both of my maternal aunts died from CF and that it is a disease that tore my family apart.
After consulting with my OB, she recommended IVF with PGD to help us achieve a healthy pregnancy with the ultimate goal of a child that would have a greatly reduced chance of not having Cystic Fibrosis. I, at the time, had no idea such an option was even available.
My husband and I ultimately decided that the most incredible gift that we could ever gift our child with, would be the gift of a healthy life, free from CF. Through our faith, God and our incredible team at Boston IVF, we achieved just that and welcomed our healthy, Cystic Fibrosis free daughter, Addison Grace September 6, 2015.
Neil and I were just like many other couples, happily married and ready to start a family. After months of actively trying with no success we decided to get further testing.
We never anticipated the long, hard, emotional road that was ahead of us. After months of tests on myself and husband it was discovered that Neil had congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens but plenty of healthy sperm internally. This occurs in males when the tubes that carry sperm fail to develop properly.
He had major surgery to try to correct the problem. We were told we may or may not be able to conceive naturally after surgery and that it was best to start the IVF process.
We were referred to Boston IVF by a lovely couple who had gone through the process and had twins. We teamed up with Dr. Bayer and started our IVF journey. After our first meeting with him, we knew we were going to become parents. He was very reassuring and always had a positive attitude.
Our first 2 transfers were unsuccessful, and in the moments of hearing this news it was very painful, but we pushed through the pain and emotions and kept trying. Our third transfer was a frozen transfer with 2 embryos.
This time we were pregnant! We welcomed our beautiful daughter May 23, 2014.
Nine months later, to our surprise we found out were were pregnant again. My husbands surgery had worked after all and we welcomed our son October 5, 2015.
Two beautiful babies born under 2 years apart, never would I have imagined this would be our story.
We could not have done it without the help of Dr. Bayer and the wonderful staff at Boston IVF. We will be forever grateful for our most precious gifts. ❤
We had been trying for 4 years and had no answers to what was going on. We were referred to Boston IVF from our doctor at UMASS Memorial in June 2017. Our cycle started in August got my 1st positive September 22. Our miracle baby boy was born on May 23, 2018. We are so in love!
I always knew it would be very difficult to get pregnant, so I met with my doctor before my husband and I wanted to start trying to get a baseline and discuss what treatment would look like.
A few months later we started our journey. This took many months, many cycles where we monitored, took blood and tried to get everything to align correctly. Our last cycle before moving on to IVF was in November of 2015.
We did it just to get to the next step and try once again. I decided not to monitor and just try to time things right since I had had so many monitored cycles previously.
I went in to get blood work the Monday after Thanksgiving, with the thought that it would once again be negative and just a necessary test that would confirm this.
To my surprise it was positive! I immediately called my mother to tell her, crying and in disbelief. I told my husband that night and the long journey of pregnancy began!
It was not an easy pregnancy, but everything progressed very well and very healthy. We chose not to learn the gender of the baby until birth.
On August 15th I delivered a healthy baby boy weighing in at 8.2lbs and 19 inches long. We named him Archer and he is coming up on 2 months old now and is such an amazing baby!
We were married 13 years and tried for 13 years to have our son.
We started in 1995. We did two IVF cycles in 2008 and our son was born December, 2008!
Lots of injections with timed cycles IUI's and time where we needed to take a break.
Our son has brought us so much joy to us!
Our infertility journey started in 2010.
For our first child we did four rounds of Clomid (with a chemical pregnancy) and finally one successful IUI.
For our second child we did six rounds of IUI, two months of not responding to medications, one month of birth control pills, one fresh embryo transfer with a chemical pregnancy, and finally the frozen embryo transfer that worked.
For the third baby, my frozen embryo transfer worked on the first attempt.
We tried to conceive on our own for about a year and half.
We decided to contact Boston IVF to see what was going on. We had a diagnosis of unexplained infertility and decided to go with IVF.
We started our journey in November, 2015 and had a successful first transfer in December, 2015.
In 2016, our daughter, Maeve Lynne was born, 6lbs 4oz.
I am so very grateful to everyone at Boston IVF.