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!
How did your boston ivf physician and nursing team help to make your journey a success?
The whole team at Boston IVF was amazing! So kind and understanding no matter what!
What were some highs or lows of your treatment(s)? What is unique/different about your story?
After years of never seeing a positive pregnancy test, the first positive was my highest point followed a few weeks later by my lowest point which is the pain and heartbreak of hearing and then having to tell your husband that you're no longer pregnant.
What advice do you have for other struggling with infertility?
Feel all the feelings, don't be afraid to say this is a lot i need a break or to talk to someone.