Why do you want to share your story?
I was asked to, and said absolutely!
What led you to Fertility Centers of Illinois and why did you trust us?
I was referred from a physician I worked with in the ER. She had unexplained infertility and with the help of Dr. Jacobs had her IVF baby. After we started treatment we found out two other friends had also had success with FCI. We knew we were in good hands!
What was the infertility diagnosis?
Unexplained secondary infertility
Which Fertility Centers of Illinois physician(s) treated you?
Dr. Laurence Jacobs
How would you describe your experience with your physician(s)?
Amazing. He took the time to really help us understand what we were doing and why we were doing it. He gave us options and explained the pros and cons of each. He made us feel like active participants in our infertility journey, and that meant a lot to us. He was always available when we needed him. He made us feel like he was treating his own family members, not just patients. They don’t come better than Dr. Jacobs.
What infertility treatment(s) did you undergo?
Our infertility journey was 9 months from when we started testing until we conceived our IVF miracle. I had two failed rounds of IUI and two failed IVF transfers. For our third, and successful transfer, I had intralipid infusions and an endometrial etch. I truly believe both helped make our third transfer a success.
What helped you through treatment physically and/or emotionally?
Being open about what we were going through. We were public about our infertility and our IVF journey. It helped me feel like I wasn’t alone. It turned out that many friends had gone through similar experiences, and I hadn’t known prior.
Do you have any words of wisdom for others?
Trust your body and trust your doctor. It’s a difficult road, and you’re not alone. Reach out to friends and family. Join an infertility support group! Never give up!
Tell us about your little miracle!
Genevieve Jean was born 11/18/18 and she is now 18-months-old. She was born with her eyes open, and they’ve been that way ever since. She is sweet, tenacious, clever, snuggly, and an all-around wonderful little lady. You can see her (and get updates on my journey) on Instagram: ERnurseAlli