Why do you want to share your story?
To encourage and inspire others who are trying to start a family.
What led you to Fertility Centers of Illinois and why did you trust us?
I researched in great length the best places in Chicago. I met with a few different clinics and ultimately decided to go to FCI where I felt most comfortable.
What was the infertility diagnosis?
Poor Ovarian Reserve
Which Fertility Centers of Illinois physician(s) treated you?
Dr. Brian R. Kaplan
How would you describe your experience with your physician(s)?
My experience with Dr. Kaplan was a really good balance of being informed and feeling comfortable with my doctor and my treatment plan. Dr. Kaplan had a very good way about explaining my diagnosis, being direct, and what that would mean for my potential success rate. His honesty allowed me to be realistic about my expectations with fertility treatments.
What infertility treatment(s) did you undergo?
I did 4 rounds of fertility treatments, each with their own protocol. These protocols included many different medications and dosages. The first three rounds of IVF did not result in getting any follicles for retrieval. The fourth round of IVF did result in 4 eggs at retrieval, however, all eggs did not make it past the 3-day blast.
At this point, we decided to move on to a Donor Egg. Once we found our Donor, I started a new protocol to prime my body for embryo transfer. We chose a Frozen Donor Egg which included 8 eggs. Of the 8 eggs, 3 made it to Day 5. We transferred one healthy embryo and became pregnant on the first try. Once I became pregnant, my treatment plan continued with daily progesterone shots. We now have 2 embryos that are frozen for future use.
What helped you through treatment physically and/or emotionally?
My husband was first and foremost the biggest supporter. He never wavered and was always there for me. He allowed me to have bad days without judgment, and we celebrated all the small wins together as they occurred. My family and friends were also a huge support system. I am not one to keep my feelings inside, and I found what helped me the most was to talk about my feelings with those closest to me. I also had a very good friend going through IVF the same time as me, and that helped immensely to have someone else going through a similar journey.
The staff at FCI was also a huge support system. Along with Dr. Kaplan, I got to know the ultrasound technicians on a first name basis as I did multiple rounds of IVF. They were always cheering me on, telling me my day will come soon. It made coming to the appointments so much easier and I actually looked forward to them.
Do you have any words of wisdom for others?
You often hear this is a “journey” and that is really the truth. You will have good days and bad days. You will receive good news, and sometimes bad news. Try to remember things might not always go the way you thought they would, but you will ultimately get what you want if you stay the course. Surround yourself by positive people in your life and stay off the internet blogs!.
Taking care of yourself physically and emotionally is the number one priority when you are going through fertility treatments. Remember it is okay to say “No” more than you say “Yes” when you are going through fertility treatments.
Tell us about your little miracle!
Our little miracle came into this world with a full head of hair which may have explained my heartburn during pregnancy! She clocked in at 8lbs and 15 oz, measuring 21.5″ long. A very happy and healthy baby!
She is a beautiful girl who already is starting to show her personality. We can’t wait to watch her grow and make all the memories we were hoping for when we started out on this journey to parenthood!