I was first diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 18 after an emergency surgery that occurred to remove an ovarian cyst on my right ovary. The cyst became so large that her right Fallopian tube wrapped around it and was unable to be saved. I wasn't too concerned about my diagnosis at this time since having children was not on my brain. In addition, my OBGYN then, didn't express concern for my health and future fertility. To sum it up.... I should have done my research about PCOS then!!!!
In 2011, a year after Bryan and I got married, we began talking about having children. I knew that there would likely be medications, procedures, and possibly surgeries involved just based on my annual gyno visits to that point. Between 2011 and 2016, I had several surgeries to prep my body for trying to conceive, but we hadn't yet taken the fertility treatment plunge. We more or less were relying on our faith and the old fashion way. During this time, I found out that I had endometriosis and a septate which were the reasons for the multiple different surgeries.
Bryan and I attempted our first IUI cycle with a clinic in the Binghamton, NY area in September 2016. I don't feel at that time I was on the proper medications, nor was I guided on nutrition either. This cycle of course failed and we went about our plans to relocate to the East Syracuse, NY area that fall. We decided to take a few months off from fertility treatments to adjust to our new surroundings.
We joined forces with CNY Fertility in March 2017 and dove right in to an IUI cycle. We were shocked to have gotten pregnant right away, and were just so disappointed to not hear a heartbeat at our 6 week ultrasound. We headed in for a D&C the next day. Then it was the dreaded waiting period to be able to begin our next cycle. Somehow, to our surprise... during this waiting period, we got pregnant naturally, but miscarried again.
I ended up needing surgery in September 2017 again, to drain a cyst that had developed on my left ovary, prior to being able to return to IUI cycles. By the time I recovered from this procedure, I was mentally ready to hit the ground running. So that is just what we did. We followed along the remaining months of 2017 with back to back IUI cycles that included double IUIs. We would go in one day for an IUI and return the next day for another IUI. Sadly, none of these resulted in pregnancies.
In December 2017, during open enrollment for insurance at my place of employment, I found out that my insurance covered IVF. We never imagined needing to go that route, but feel so blessed that financially we were able to. So in January 2018, we had our first egg retrieval. Due to my hormone levels being too high after the retrieval, we were forced to wait until the following cycle for a frozen transfer.
On February 6, 2018, we went into contract on a house we had been looking at purchasing. And on February 7, we headed to the Syracuse office for our frozen embryo transfer in a blizzard, yes a blizzard. We drove to the office in a foot of snow. Just 4 days after the transfer, I had a positive HPT and was beyond excited. Talk about a lot going on in one week for us that week!!!!
Unfortunately, we were faced with heart-wrenching news early on in the pregnancy. At 8 weeks we were referred to a specialist who we continued to see right along through the 14 week pregnancy loss. The fetus had developed limb body wall complex, super rare and fatal condition. Our hearts were simply broken and it took us a while to recover from that.
Through many prayers and much healing, we found ourselves chatting with Dr. Kiltz again towards the end of July to map out our next moves. We began with a timed intercourse cycle in August just to ease back into the medications and the appointment schedules, but that cycle ended with a BFN. That is when we decided to hit the ground running in September.
We mapped out every step of our next FET and here we are in our waiting period. We are hopeful and just feel so blessed to have the strength and hope to overcome the heartache we have endured in just the last 20 months. We'll be thrilled when there are no more medications, no more appointments, and no more procedures.
Favorite Team Member at CNY :
Since we have been patients of CNY Fertility for so long, the list of staff members we would want to recognize is unending. I do have my favorites, but am always pleased with whomever assists us on that day, whether it is in person or over the phone. I will say that Larisa went above and beyond with me this past week. She was just so caring during both of my appointments (intralipids, labs, and an hcg wash). I enjoy the warm welcome I receive every single time I walk down the hallway. Although I hate having to continue to be a patient, it is always so great to see everyone <3