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Corrin & Lance

Tennessee –

Infertility Diagnosis

  • Endometriosis
  • Unexplained infertility

Treatment(s)

  • In vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
  • Laparoscopy
  • Natural Family Planning

Location(s)

  • Albany

Physician(s)

  • Michael Grossman
  • Robert Kiltz

Corrin & Lance's Story:

I never expected to be part of the 1 in 8 movement. I never thought I would have a hard time conceiving. I always pictured myself as a young mom and thought I would have had 2 to 3 children by the time I was 30. Life had other plans. I had always suffered from extremely painful cycles since the age of 10. Sometimes they were so painful I was unable to walk or stand. I went to countless specialists up and down the east coast and was misdiagnosed several times.

It wasn't until the age of 32 that I was correctly diagnosed with Endometriosis and Adenomyosis. I underwent laparoscopic surgery in 2012 to remove the adhesions and fully expected that to fix the 'problem'. It didn't. I did get a reprieve from the pain for about 8 months, but then it all came back. I ended up seeking alternate therapies to try to help- because I couldn't afford the continual hospital visits and I didn't like how I felt when they would administer the morphine iv (which was the only pain medication that would remotely touch the pain). I started on an anti-inflammatory diet which ended up helping a lot- however I still needed to manage the pain monthly with Percocet and rest. My husband and I tried to conceive for several years, unsuccessfully. We weren't sure what the 'issue' was, but decided to visit a RE in Houston. After a series of labs, tests, and exams we were given the ultimate diagnosis of 'unexplained infertility' meaning it should happen, nothing is stopping it, it just wasn't happening.

We underwent IUI at two different clinics with zero success, still attempting to try on our own at home in the meantime. And month after month, the pregnancy tests would come back negative. Several mental and emotional breakdowns later, we decided to try IVF. Funding was our main obstacle. We checked several clinics in Texas and most fell anywhere from 18,000 to 30,000 for one round, plus we would have to repeat all of our previous testing, bloodwork and genetic screenings because it had been longer than 12 months since the last testing.

I researched several clinics out of state and we decided to try our luck in the Czech Republic. As we were planning our trip, and going through consents with the facility we chose, I ended up reconnecting with a friend via FB who mentioned CNY. I had never heard of the clinic, but when I started doing research I realized CNY had amazing reviews, pricing comparable to the Czech Republic, and I started to follow Dr. Rob on fb through his fireside chats and something just clicked. I loved his energy, how he views this challenge, how supportive he is, how selfless to offer his own time to answer questions we all have but never knew who to ask. So since the pricing was the same, we decided we would rather stay in the United States and be closer to family (since I am originally from Jersey). I scheduled my consultation with Dr. Rob and was given an appointment in December of 2018. That seemed so far away, so like a crazy woman, I called the office weekly to check on cancellations and was offered an appointment on August 14th (My 37th birthday!! I took that as a sign and the universe aligning). The consult went amazing and I knew I was in the right place. We got the ok to move forward and flew to Albany in October for our egg retrieval and transfer. We wanted to do a fresh transfer if at all possible. It was included in the package, and we thought if it failed, we would be back for a frozen anyway, so no harm/no foul there. Egg retrieval went well and we ended up with 19 embryos, 12 fertilized, and 8 made it to day 5. We ran into an issue where my progesterone level elevated at trigger so I was advised against a fresh transfer and told frozen would be better. My husband and I discussed this at length, left NY and went back to RI to talk with family about this. And over the weekend, I decided to call Dr. Rob (I mean, what doctor gives you his cell phone!!) And to my surprise he answered later in the day on Saturday. I went through all my labs and numbers and what he felt our options were. We had one 5AA embryo to transfer and he felt we could still be successful with a fresh transfer, he just recommended transferring one embryo versus two due to the elevation. After some discussion we chose to trust our intuition, and Dr. K. We fell in love with him and his approach on our initial call, and we trusted him implicitly, so we knew no matter what we would leave NY with no regrets. So against the other suggestions to do a frozen transfer, we decided on a 5 day fresh transfer. We transferred one 5AA embryo with Dr. Grossman and travelled back to Texas. We got our positive beta on November 2, 2019!!!!!! It was unreal! We were SO EXCITED! We thought this day would never come. It was years and years of failed attempts and the dream seemed so far out of reach, but we got there! Today, I am in my 6th month with a beautiful healthy baby boy!!! We can not wait to meet him and hold him this summer!!!!

Favorite Team Member at CNY:

Kristen Peloso Crumb
Mary Maher
Niccole Davey
Dr K

They each made every appointment and panicked email so much easier to navigate. They helped keep me grounded and listened even when I felt I was going crazy with options and decisions.

Helpful resources Corrin & Lance found:

Meditation, Dance, Therapy (because we all need an outlet outside of our circle for perspective).

Unique Moments:

High was having a successful first IVF cycle at the age of 37.Low was having my numbers elevate after trigger and wondering if that automatically cancelled my chance at a fresh cycle.

Hope, Inspiration and Advice:

I am so grateful to Dr. K and the team at CNY, I can never fully express my gratitude for everything they have given us. If there's any advice I can give in this process, its to trust yourself and trust Dr. K. It will happen. <3<3