Elisabeth & Crisco
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Frozen embryo transfer (FET)
- In vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Elisabeth & Crisco's Story:
I always had a feeling something was off. In 2018, I was diagnosed with PCOS and that sure explained a lot of things. They started me on medications to see if it would help with the condition, but months went by and we still weren’t able to conceive.
We went to a clinic where we tried a few rounds of oral medications with timed intercourse. My heart broke each round that failed. I was always positive that each round was going to be the round that we would receive good news.
We then decided to move on to a fertility clinic where they ran more in-depth tests. We did a couple of rounds of oral medications again with failure. I started to feel so hopeless. At this point, there wasn’t anything anyone could say or do to make me feel better. They wanted to do IUI next, but we decided IVF would give us the best chance. With IVF, we also hesitated because the price was so expensive, and we weren’t sure we would be able to afford it. Everything would be out of pocket.
I went through all the stages of grief over and over again. I went through denial, bargaining, depression, anger, and acceptance multiple times. I felt so lonely even though people told me they were there for me. I felt like they got tired of hearing about my fertility problems, so I kept to myself.
That’s when we found CNY Fertility as I was looking at different options for pricing. CNY Fertility’s affordable prices brought us hope. We really liked that they offered in-house financing with no credit check while others asked you to find financing through third parties. They were upfront about their costs and we just couldn’t believe it! We were nervous since it was out of state though. We chose their closest clinic and that was in Colorado. Procedures would be in Colorado, but labs and ultrasounds would be done locally. And there would be many, many blood draws and ultrasounds.
We then began all the medications. I was so nervous about all the injections and medications I had to take. The medications came in two huge boxes. I was scared I would make a mistake. My husband was great and gave me the injections since I was scared to give them to myself.
In November 2020, we finally were given the green light to fly to Colorado for egg retrieval. They were able to retrieve 24 eggs that day. After that only 19 eggs survived and then they were able to fertilize 16 of them. During that visit, I ended up getting OHSS. I had thought something was wrong with me because my stomach appeared to look so big but didn’t know until they confirmed it. We had wanted to do a 3-day fresh embryo transfer, but we had to postpone.
In preparation for the IVF procedure, I had more injections and medications to take. Along with more labs and ultrasounds. In February 2021, we flew to Colorado again. We were hoping it would be our last time. They did the procedure and after that, we could only hope that it would take.
On March 1st, 2021, we received a call after doing a blood draw to confirm that I was finally pregnant! Even though I was pregnant, I remained nervous for a few more months. I also ended up getting covid at 14 weeks. That was a very tough time, but we survived.
Now that we have our healthy baby boy, it’s hard to believe how long we’ve been waiting for this. The whole process that it took to get us here. I’ve forgotten the emotions and stress we went through to get to where we are today. It seemed like a long battle, and it seemed like we would never reach our goal, but here we are! We are so thankful for CNY Fertility for making it possible for us!
Favorite Team Member at CNY:
Everyone was wonderful!
Helpful resources Elisabeth & Crisco found:
We used the medication tutorials and that helped us a lot!
The high of my treatments was that eventually everything became a routine. Especially the blood draws and ultrasounds. The low of my treatments would have to be getting OHSS and dealing with a local lab problem.
Hope, Inspiration and Advice:
I wish that I knew about medication names. Some may be called something else than what the instructions told you.