Welcoming Nolan Using IVF for PCOS
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Welcoming Nolan Using IVF for PCOS

Taking the first steps to conceive using IVF for PCOS

The journey to have a baby using IVF for PCOS started when Jessica and Ray decided they were ready to start a family. They realized something was wrong when they didn’t conceive after a year and a half of trying. Jessica made an appointment with her OB/GYN to see if her doctor could help them become parents.

“I tried Clomid with my OB/GYN for six months. When that didn’t work, my doctor recommended IRH (the Institute for Reproductive Health),” Jessica explains.

Getting started with treatment at IRH

When Jessica and Ray came to our Cincinnati fertility center, they met with Thomas Burwinkel MD. He diagnosed Jessica with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and took the time to discuss the couple’s treatment options.

“He explained the different types of treatment and let us decide how aggressive we wanted to be with it,” Jessica recalls. “We decided to start with intrauterine insemination (IUI).”

After three rounds of IUI, the couple still wasn’t pregnant. Although it was discouraging, they didn’t give up. Neither did the team at IRH. “We wanted to keep trying and Dr. Burwinkel and the staff helped us get there,” Jessica says.

Conceiving using IVF for PCOS

The couple met with Dr. Burwinkel to discuss using IVF for PCOS at our Cincinnati fertility center. “I was nervous because I had never been through anything like IVF, so I didn’t know what to expect. Everyone at IRH was so great though and they helped encourage and support me,” Jessica recalls.

The in vitro fertilization process involved taking medications for ovarian stimulation, undergoing egg retrieval, fertilizing the eggs in the laboratory and having an embryo transfer. All this work paid off because Jessica and Ray conceived using IVF for PCOS after just one cycle. “Hearing the heartbeat on the first ultrasound with Dr. Burwinkel was magical,” Jessica recalls.

On June 17, the couple welcomed a healthy baby boy named Nolan. “The journey was hard, but it was so worth it in the end. We have our son now,” Jessica says. “His due date was our wedding anniversary, but he was so excited to get here that he came about a week early.”

Sharing advice and wisdom

Jessica wants other hopeful parents to understand how important it is to ask questions and talk about your feelings during fertility treatment. “You should never be afraid to ask your doctor and nurses questions. They’re the experts and here to help you,” she says. “Also find someone to talk to. One of my friends went through this, so I talked to her a lot and it really helped.”

She also stresses that our Cincinnati fertility center is a great place to come if you’re struggling to conceive. “IRH is wonderful. The whole team is great and so supportive,” Jessica explains. “They helped us get our dream, our son. They mean the world to us.”

If you need help making your dream of a baby come true, contact us to learn how we can help make parenthood possible for you.

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