Amber & Cody
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Frozen embryo transfer (FET)
- In vitro Fertilization (IVF)
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
- Robert Kiltz, MD
- David Corley, MD
Amber & Cody's Story:
My husband and I are high school sweethearts and got married in 2014. We always knew we wanted children eventually but wanted to enjoy time with each other first. After about a year and half of being married and not yet being pregnant I started to worry that something was wrong. I had a history of cysts on my ovaries but had never actually had a diagnosis or never thought about that affecting my fertility. At the time I was in between GYN Drs. so I scheduled an initial visit with one to discuss my concerns. After I saw my GYN I was tested and found to have PCOS and my husband was also tested and found to have low motility.
My husband was referred to a urologist for further testing, everything else was fine but the urologist said we would probably need IVF in the long run. I went through two medicated cycles with my GYN and we tried timed intercourse and still got nowhere. I decided to call CNY fertility and set up a consult with them after talking with one of my friends who went through a similar issue. Luckily we only live about an hour from the Syracuse location and we had our first consult with Dr. Corley in 2019.
He recommended testing again on my husband, that I start on Metformin for my PCOS, and that we try up to three rounds of IUI. We did our three rounds of IUI, each with a negative rest result, and every negative result harder to deal with than the previous. In the beginning of 2020 I had a phone consult to discuss and proceed with IVF. In the meantime, I had stopped my Metformin so I had to be back on that for at least a month before proceeding. In March we had an appointment set to start the IVF process but I got a call that the office was temporarily closed due to COVID. My husband and I decided we would take this time to focus on each other.
In May we decided to proceed again, I had my egg retrieval done. We were excited to hear that we had a lot of eggs retrieved but were brought down a little to hear that only three of them had made it to frozen embryos. In June I had my transfer done, I had acupuncture done before the transfer for the first time ever and feel that it helped. I was very happy to hear that our first transfer with one embryo was a success and surprised my husband with a scavenger hunt after work to let him know the news. We had blood work done and with a gender reveal put on by my mother in law we were excited to find out we were having a little girl (we had a feeling from the beginning it was a girl).
I was discharged back to my regular Dr. at 11 weeks and the rest of my pregnancy went fairly decent. In the end, my blood pressure started to rise so at 37 weeks 6 days I was induced and ended up having a C-section and we met our sweet little girl on February 10, 2021. She weighed 7 pounds, 1.5 ounces and was 20 inches long. We are very grateful to be able to have had this opportunity and are thankful for CNY fertility. We look forward to working with them again if need be.
Favorite Team Member at CNY:
All the staff were friendly and great in their own ways.
Helpful resources Amber & Cody found:
I did acupuncture before my transfer that I feel helped. Also knowing others that have gone through the process and being able to talk to them, journaling about my feelings, and keeping up with exercise and staying active to keep my mind busy. My Zumba classes were a huge help with that.
The best moment was getting the call that our transfer had worked. The hard times were finding out that the previous treatments had not been successful.
Hope, Inspiration and Advice:
The best advice I have is do not give up. Advocate for yourself and ask questions if you don't understand something. The process can all be a little overwhelming but also having others to talk to helped. Keep your stress levels low and try not to overthink everything.