Conceiving with PCOS – A Patient Story
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Conceiving with PCOS – A Patient Story

Taylor and Greg were having trouble conceiving with PCOS

For Taylor and Greg, the journey to our Cincinnati fertility center to get help conceiving with PCOS started after Taylor noticed she wasn’t having periods. “We were ready to start trying for a baby and I stopped taking birth control, but I didn’t have a period for three months. I decided to make an appointment with my OB/GYN to find out why,“ she explains.

Taylor’s doctor performed blood tests and diagnosed her with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). After having no luck with two fertility medications (Clomid and Femara), Taylor’s doctor recommended that she visit a fertility doctor.

According to Taylor, “The Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) was one of the places my doctor recommended. After doing research and talking to my friends, we decided it was the right place for us.“

Starting the process to overcome polycystic ovary syndrome

At the couple’s first appointment, Thomas Burwinkel MD reviewed their previous testing and ordered an ultrasound, hysterosalpingogram (HSG) and additional bloodwork. This testing at our Cincinnati fertility center confirmed that Taylor and Greg had trouble conceiving with PCOS.

Dr. Burwinkel started Taylor on Femara again and combined the medication with intrauterine insemination (IUI). After four failed IUI cycles, the couple felt discouraged. When their doctor said that in vitro fertilization (IVF) was their best shot to conceive, they decided to take a break.

“We even got second opinions because IVF seemed scary to us for some reason. But every doctor we visited confirmed that IVF was our only option, so we went back to IRH. We liked the way they did things and it’s where we decided we wanted to do IVF,“ Taylor says.

Finding effective treatment for help conceiving with PCOS

When Greg and Taylor came back to our Cincinnati fertility center, they were scheduled with Sherif Awadalla MD. “We loved working with Dr. Burwinkel, but we were also excited to have Dr. Awadalla help us,“ Taylor recalls.

The process to get started with IVF involved a lot of paperwork and planning. However, after taking medications for ovarian stimulation, 42 eggs were retrieved. 33 of those eggs fertilized and 13 of them grew into healthy embryos.

“I produced a lot more eggs than most people because I have polycystic ovary syndrome. It was the only good thing about the condition,“ Taylor jokes.

Dr. Awadalla gave Taylor’s body time to recover from ovarian stimulation. When she was ready, Taylor took estrogen and progesterone to prepare her uterus for pregnancy. Dr. Awadalla then performed a frozen embryo transfer.

The transfer was a success and the couple welcomed a healthy baby boy named Abram nine months later. The couple was so happy with their experience that they came back for more help conceiving with PCOS. Greg and Taylor are happy to report that they are pregnant again and expecting their second child.

Advice for other women and men facing infertility

Taylor stresses that it’s important to keep trying and trust the process. “Sometimes, a treatment works the first time, but other times it might take a while, like it did for us. Everyone is different,“ she says. “It’s okay to be mad when the process isn’t going your way and even take breaks, but don’t give up.“

She recommends relying on support from your partner, loved ones and community. Taylor also wants women and men to know that they can lean on our Cincinnati fertility center for support and guidance. “Everyone at IRH is so friendly and genuine. It feels like a little family because they’re always there to support you,“ she says. “I recommend IRH to everyone. They’re the perfect blend of caring and professional. They’re process is perfect.“

Contact us if you’re looking for help conceiving with PCOS. Our Cincinnati fertility center is here to guide you and help you welcome a baby.

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