- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Tubal obstruction
- Embryo Freezing
- Frozen embryo transfer (FET)
- Genetic Testing
- In vitro Fertilization (IVF)
7 years ago I met my husband, and it was discussed right away that we wanted to have more children. 2 years later I received a cancer diagnosis after a biopsy on my ovary. After removal of the mass and part of the Fallopian tube on the left side, I was given the clear to try and conceive. After several rounds of medications, we were finally pregnant in 2019. That pregnancy lasted 6 weeks. We started trying again and nothing was happening. My regular OB ordered an HSG and we took a road trip to Los Angeles to have it done. Sadly, the good tube had sealed shut. Not sure why, but nothing was getting through.
IVF would be our only chance. Now, we hit just about every speed bump along the way. Due to special circumstances, my husband wasn’t able to travel so we had to use the sperm kit. The first kit was lost by FedEx somewhere in Oakland. The second kit got caught in a storm and was delivered late but still had viable sperm. From that point, we started stims, only to have things canceled because outside monitoring was an issue. Every problem, every setback, every “stop meds and try next cycle, your lining is too thick” pushed us harder and harder.
I’m looking at my son currently and at the same moment a memory popped up. First Day of Stims March 17, 2021. With canceled flights, rental car shortage, the pandemic, horrible hotel rooms, more shots than I have ever had in my life, we finally had a positive beta in July 2021. On March 11, 2022, Sebastian Alfredo Villa finally made it to Earth Side. I am always going to be grateful to CNY, Dr. Kiltz, Dr. Magarelli, and Dr. Fink for making this possible. If there is anything I can tell others, it would be, to keep going. You are stronger than you know. Baby dust to all my IVF families.
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The most memorable is that my husband’s sperm sample got lost in Oakland.
Hope, Inspiration and Advice:
Remember, take it step by step. Day by day or even minute to minute if you have to. Expect speed bumps, and be ready to adapt. Remember to love your partner through it. There are so many ups and down and the last thing you should do is forget that you are on your journey together. Make time for one another. Above all else, there is always that someone in the group who means well but is just crazy. Listen to your Doctors.