There are many couples out there who struggle with infertility, and as if that wasn’t enough, going through infertility treatments like In Vitro Fertilization can be extremely taxing, both on your health and financially. So, with these hopeful couples in mind, today I have decided to write about a particular friend of mine who has had success with her In Vitro Fertilization treatments.
This friend struggled during the initial treatments with several high and low points throughout the process, but persevered through the treatment and I’m happy to say that she has a healthy daughter that is turning 3 this year.
As a note, I will let you know that the name and details of the individual in this blog post has been changed to protect her identity. So, without further delay, we’ll get started with my friend’s story, who we’ll call Emily from Atlanta, Georgia.
After attempting for several months to become pregnant with her husband, Emily visited her general physician to ask about what they could do to improve their chances of becoming pregnant. This is when she first discovered that she may have fertility issues. After some basic tests from her doctor indicated that she may have some issues, the doctor suggest that she see a specialist.
After visiting a variety of doctors, which all came to the conclusion that she had fertility issues, she began looking into possible treatments. This is when she first heard about In Vitro Fertilization and all the successes that have come from this treatment as well as the hefty price tag that goes along with this.
She began searching for fertility clinics in her area, and found a clinic just an hour away from her home. After her first try at IVF was unsuccessful, she was extremely discouraged, but thought that there had to be a way for this to work for her. So, she began researching doctors across the U.S. who could potentially help her better than her local fertility clinic.
After searching extensively, she came across IVF Phoenix, a leading fertility clinic way out in Arizona, and she contacted them immediately to set up her appointment. She went out and visited the doctors, and after that initial visit she was hopeful that she had made the right choice of doctor. At this visit, they decided to start a new IVF cycle as soon as possible.
This time around, the doctors used ICSI, or Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection to hopefully provide a better chance of fertilization. Amazingly, this resulted in 3 fertilized eggs, and Emily was ecstatic! After many scans and tests, and time spent nervously waiting, after 6 months, a heart-beat of their child was found.
From that point on, Emily had a pretty normal pregnancy, with zero complications during the birth of her baby daughter.
While the cost of the treatment was extremely hard to swallow, nothing could replace the joy Emily gets from raising her daughter.
So, that’s Emily’s story! My hope is that this post will help someone currently struggling with In Vitro Fertilization treatments have hope and persevere through the tough times.