I have known all my life that I was meant to be a mother. I had worked as a nanny for as long as I can remember, watching other people’s children but never my own. Needless to say, I was devastated when we began trying and found out I had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). I had suspected for quite some time that I have it, as my sister did as well, but I stayed optimistic.
Coming to Shady Grove Fertility
My sister had successfully conceived a child with the help of Shady Grove Fertility, so when we found out we would need help, my husband Kevin and I scheduled an appointment. We began working with Dr. Osheroff at the Columbia office and he said that we had a good chance of conceiving, so we planned on starting with IUI treatment. We tried four IUI cycles, which is how long it took my sister to conceive her first child, so I tried to stay optimistic.
However, with each negative result, I felt more and more scared that I wasn’t going to get pregnant. After the fourth unsuccessful IUI, we decided it was time to try IVF.
Switching to IVF
Everything went well with my egg retrieval. I had 18 eggs retrieved, and 10 of those were mature enough to be fertilized. Unfortunately, only one fertilized successfully. This was difficult to hear because I wouldn’t be able to freeze any, and if this embryo didn’t survive the rest of the process, I would have to go through another IVF cycle.
The next few days were hard, just waiting and waiting, but finally it was transfer day and I got the news that my lone embryo was doing well and ready for transfer. Two weeks later, we got the most amazing news. We were pregnant! This was our Christmas miracle.
OUR SGF MIRACLE
The pregnancy went smoothly, and on August 2nd, 2018, our beautiful baby boy, Kasey, was born. I finally get to experience all of those wonderful motherhood moments I’d been yearning for, and I just cannot get enough of my little boy. It’s amazing watching him grow and learn and to see the love that we have for him returned every time we look into his eyes.
We cannot thank Shady Grove Fertility and Dr. Osheroff enough for their determination and dedication in giving us our sweet little boy. We are very happy, and when we decide to expand our family, we won’t hesitate to turn to SGF again.
My advice to anyone struggling to get pregnant: don’t give up. No matter how impossible it seems, keep trying and don’t give up hope. Your happiness is out there!
NEED-TO-KNOW FERTILITY RESOURCES AND GUIDANCE
- Understand infertility terms and what they mean.
- Get to know SGF’s Dr. Joseph Osheroff.
- Find an SGF office that is close to home, like our Columbia, MD location.
- Learn about what intrauterine insemination (IUI) process looks like.
- Is in vitro fertilization (IVF) the next step in your fertility journey? Here's what to expect along with success rates.
- How does polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) impact your fertility?