Brianna & Adam
- Male factor
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Frozen embryo transfer (FET)
- In vitro Fertilization (IVF)
- Robert Kiltz, MD
- Eric Chang, DO
Brianna & Adam's Story:
Our journey to becoming parents began in 2016. In March of 2016 I had my implant birth control removed. We were getting married in December of 2016 but I wanted to get my body adjusted to not having the birth control hormones in my system and my cycles have always been unpredictable so I figured it would take us some time to conceive.
Fast forward to March June 2017 and we had not had any success. My gynecologist ordered a basic fertility work-up for both my husband and me, I had already been diagnosed with PCOS but we needed to see if there were any additional factors. My husband's semen analysis came back showing he had a high percentage of abnormal sperm and I was not ovulating. We were referred to a reproductive endocrinologist and our appointment wasn't until December 2017. Once we met with the RE we were assured that though my husband had abnormal sperm he should be able to father a child and that they wanted me to start on letrozole with timed intercourse.
In the first cycle, the medicine dose wasn't strong enough. For the next cycle, my dose was bumped up and my blood work did show ovulation but no pregnancy happened. We tried 2 more cycles of letrozole and TI with no success before moving on to IUI. We did 3 IUI cycles with no success and then my body stopped responding to the letrozole. The RE suggested IUI with injectable or moving to IVF. We decided IVF was the best step for us but could not afford to do it at our local clinic. I had researched CNY prior to this point and made an appointment for a consultation. Our initial consultation was in November 2020 and I started my meds for IVF in January 2021. My egg retrieval was on February 9th 2021 at the Syracuse location and my FET was on March 9th 2021. On March 13th I got my first ever positive pregnancy test and on November 7th 2021 I gave birth to our beautiful baby girl. Each day I am still in awe that our very first transfer resulted in my daughter after trying for so long.
Favorite Team Member at CNY:
Dr. Kiltz did our transfer. I was so nervous about using our best embryo first but he told us that we had a beautiful embryo that was going to stick. And it sure did!
Helpful resources Brianna & Adam found:
I fully believe the acupuncture before and after the transfer helped our success.
It took a few increases of meds before my ovaries finally started responding but once they started the follicles took off. And we did our cycle during the winter and a shipment of medication was delayed due to a snow storm but luckily I was able to get my meds and we still had a positive outcome.
Hope, Inspiration and Advice:
My advice would be to trust the doctors. I would get anxious because my protocol seemed to differ from others but in the end I put my full trust in the doctors and medical team and everything was successful for us in the end.