Fertility Story

LFI_Fertility_StoryBy: Joelle

My name is Joelle and this is my story of overcoming infertility. For several years, my husband and I unsuccessfully tried getting pregnant. We finally agreed that something must be wrong and decided to take action. My OBGYN referred us to Lane Fertility Institute (LFI). I was scared, nervous and excited all at the same time, but was willing to do whatever it took to get pregnant.

Our first meeting with Dr. Lane was extremely positive. She was excited and determined to get us pregnant. Dr. Lane’s enthusiasm was contagious. Her positivity carried me through many low days and I will forever be grateful to her for that. We explored several options during the consultation. Since we were young and had no known health problems, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) was the best option to begin our path to parenthood.

The idea of an intrauterine insemination was personally a terrifying option for me. I had to give myself a shot prior to the IUI procedure. Unfortunately, my husband works nights so this was something I would have to do on my own. Thankfully, I was not alone. My clinical coordinator, Stephanie, provided detailed instructions, which gave me the confidence needed to administer the shot. To my surprise, it was quick and painless. Thank God!

We waited two long weeks to get the results. Each time I did an IUI and went in for my pregnancy test blood work I was told the sad news that I was not pregnant. The disappointment hit me hard each time that I received my test results. I cried, thinking I would never get pregnant, but remained optimistic. Tears turned into stronger determination. I quickly pulled myself together and immediately asked what we do next.

Dr. Lane decided injectable medications with IUI wasn’t the best for us because of the risk of having too many babies at once. So for us, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) was the next step and boy, was that a process.

Once again, the team at Lane Fertility made the IVF process as easy as possible. The office staff ordered my medication and gave me a calendar of what to take every day – that was very helpful. On the day of the retrieval Dr. Lane retrieved 18 eggs, 11 matured and 8 were frozen. My husband and I went back and forth on transferring 2 embryo’s and after giving it some thought, we decided to transfer 1 embryo the first time around and thought that if it didn’t work we would transfer 2 embryos the second time. I was beyond excited the day of my transfer and felt good about the process.

Dr. Lane put me on strict bed rest after my transfer and I was happy to oblige. I decided I wasn’t going to do a home pregnancy test in fear of getting a false positive or the dreaded “Not Pregnant”, so I waited until I was scheduled for my blood work. That was the longest day of my life. I will never forget the moment Stephanie called with my results. My stomach was in knots and for a moment I couldn’t breathe. I was so used to getting bad news during this call that for a brief moment I thought she was going to say my results came back negative. With excitement in her voice Stephanie gave me the news I have been waiting for. I was Pregnant!!! I broke down crying and thanked her for the amazing news.

The fear of “what if” was always in my mind, but all I could do was be happy in that moment knowing I was able to get pregnant and prayed all would work out. I’m happy to report all is well and I am five months pregnant with a boy. My husband and I couldn’t be happier and are so grateful to Dr. Lane and her team for all their hard work and support.

Joelles-baby-boyMy fertility journey was quite a long road but I believe this process made me a stronger more supportive friend, wife and sister. I only hope my story will give someone hope in knowing it’s possible. It just might take a little bit longer with a little help to get your miracle baby.

Sincerely,

Joelle

 

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