Starting a Family Using IVF for PCOS
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Beginning the journey to conceive using IVF for PCOS
Fay and Greg tried to conceive on their own, but ovulation predictor kits revealed that Fay wasn’t ovulating. She scheduled an appointment with her OB/GYN to address her ovulation, and her husband underwent a semen analysis. When the results revealed that he had abnormal sperm morphology (shape), Fay’s doctor referred the couple to our Cincinnati fertility center. This is where they would begin their journey to conceive using IVF for PCOS.
According to Fay, “I was reluctant to go at first, but I instantly connected with Dr. [Thomas] Burwinkel. He is smart and has a great sense of humor that put me at ease.“
Starting treatment at our Cincinnati fertility center
The couple had a diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and abnormal sperm morphology. After reviewing Fay and Greg’s testing and medical histories, Dr. Burwinkel started them on fertility medications and intrauterine insemination (IUI).
Fay and Greg were excited when they learned they were pregnant, but their joy quickly turned to sadness when they learned Fay had a blighted ovum. This happens when an embryo never develops or stops developing, and it happens in about 50% of first trimester miscarriages. Fay ultimately needed surgery to remove the blighted ovum.
“I was okay until I went into the operating room. Once I was there, I started crying. I’ll never forget that Dr. Burwinkel came over and held my hand while I went to sleep. No other doctor has comforted me like that,“ Fay recalls.
Undergoing IVF for PCOS and abnormal sperm morphology
After trying a few more rounds of medicated IUI, Dr. Burwinkel recommended that the couple transition to in vitro fertilization (IVF). The first cycle of IVF for PCOS produced two embryos, but neither resulted in a pregnancy. This caused Fay to do some research on her own, which made her wonder if she had a MTHFR mutation.
Some people believe that a MTHFR mutation causes the body to be unable to turn folic acid into folate. Fay wondered if she was one of these people, so she asked Dr. Burwinkel to test her at our Cincinnati fertility center. He agreed and the results came back positive for the mutation, which inspired Fay to change her diet before undergoing IVF for PCOS again.
This time, the couple ended up with seven embryos. Dr. Burwinkel transferred two of them and Greg and Fay were thrilled to learn they were pregnant with twins. “I’m not sure if changing my diet made a difference, but I’m glad that Dr. Burwinkel listened to me,“ Fay says.
After a difficult pregnancy, the couple welcomed two boys who they named Paxton and Keegan. According to Fay, “It wasn’t an easy pregnancy, but it was 100% worth it and we are so grateful for IRH.“
Looking back to provide advice for others
Greg and Fay are grateful to our Cincinnati fertility center for helping them grow their family. “I wouldn’t wish infertility upon anyone, but I’m so glad I went through it with IRH. The whole team is wonderful. The doctors are amazing, and the nurses and medical assistants are so supportive and sensitive,“ Fay says. “We never thought we’d end up needing fertility treatments, but IRH was perfect for us.“
The couple wants other hopeful parents to know that it’s important to partner with the right team and advocate for their care. According to Fay, “We can’t recommend IRH enough. When you work with them, you know you have amazing people in your corner. They also encourage you to ask questions and take part in your care.“
Fay is also thankful for the support groups that our Cincinnati fertility center offers for patients who are going through IVF for PCOS and other treatments. “IRH helped me connect with so many wonderful women who knew what I was going through and it made me feel less alone.“
If you’re looking for experienced and compassionate fertility doctors to help you conceive, contact us to schedule a consultation. We’re here to support you every step of the way.
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