We decided to begin trying for a baby about a year after we got married. Little did we know that we were starting a journey fraught with heartache and pain. First, there was loss due to a subseptate uterus, which would need to be corrected by surgery. Then, there were a couple of unexplained losses and our general failure to conceive.
These difficulties led us to begin our journey into the world of fertility treatments. I began with the required IUIs, and while the second procedure did lead to my getting pregnant, I wasn't convinced that the doctor at the fertility center we were going to at the time was the best for us.
I had been talking to a therapist and they mentioned reaching out to Boston IVF, so I did. I was able to get an appointment with a doctor who immediately made us feel comfortable and set realistic outcomes. Amazingly, he picked up right away that something with my current pregnancy was not quite right. Unfortunately, he was correct; we had another loss, and my life was nearly endangered. During these hectic weeks, he spent time on the phone calming my husband down and reassuring him of the procedure we were told needed to happen while on vacation. He then followed up post-op to make sure all was well!
Fast forward several months and our fertility care team and physician set forth a detailed plan to help us try to conceive as quickly as possible. During our 2nd cycle we successfully retrieved and fertilized 2 eggs. We decided to freeze these 2 embryos. During our 3rd cycle, however, 6 fresh embryos were to be transferred.
The large number of embryos made the doctor doing the transfer question the procedure, which made us uncertain for a moment. But then we remembered that we had complete faith in our physician, and if he was recommending a six-embryo transfer, then that's what we were going to do. And we're so glad we did! Out of 6, one little fighter stayed, and my uterus became the happy home for a baby after 4 years of trying!
5 years later we made the decision to use the frozen embryos from our 2nd cycle of IVF. We reached out to Dr. Berger at Boston IVF’s Quincy Fertility Center to help with the FET and became pregnant with our son! Now our family is complete with our miracles.
How did your boston ivf physician and nursing team help to make your journey a success?
We knew my odds were low, but our team was determined to help and encouraged us to push forward with treatments as much as we were willing. When the first cycle didn't work, our doctor didn't say "let's try this same thing again." He presented options of other things we could try while keeping our financial concerns in mind. He always found a way to change things up a bit to improve our chances.
We can't thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Boston IVF enough for their endless support, care, and willingness to push the proverbial envelope to help us achieve our dreams!
What were some highs or lows of your treatment(s)? What is unique/different about your story?
What advice do you have for other struggling with infertility?
Another thing that helped my experience at Boston IVF was going through the Mind/ Body group at the Fertility Wellness Center. I connected with some wonderful women and their spouses and learned new ways to help me deal with the stress, frustration, and heartache of going through my losses and IVF. I also had access to speaking with a therapist, utilizing acupuncture, and other alternative treatments to assist in my success.