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Claudia's Story
Posted June 27, 2010

My husband and I were married for 4 years before we gave any thought to having a baby. I was 33 and he was 45 when we really started trying. We had not ever used birth control but I had never been pregnant. I always had terrible pain with my periods and suspected that I might have trouble getting pregnant. The first clinic we went to (a large expensive fancy one) the dr refused to do a lap (laparoscopy) to see if I had endometriosis. he said it did not matter - that we should do ivf even though I ovulated and my tubes were open. I felt like they just wanted our $15000. we chose instead to do 3 iui's with clomid with no success. After the clomid, my cycles began to get even worse with heavier bleeding and pain. I went to my regular ob after approx 1 year of trying again on our own. she did a lap and found endometriosis and adhesions on my bowel and bladder and that my left tube was now blocked and she could not open it in surgery. however my right tube was still open.

I was devastated with the news. she put me on lupron for 6 months. when the 6 months was about over, I went to see another fertility specialist at a smaller clinic (who also happened to charge $5500 less for ivf). I had to go on meds to restart my period and the next cycle we started ivf. I also started to see an acupuncturist prior to ivf. I also ordered my drugs from England and saved approx $3000. I figured why not try everything that I possibly could. I think the acupuncture decreased my stress level so much that I never was upset or felt side effects from any meds during ivf. When retrieval day was nearing my dr called and told me I had not responded to meds like he thought I might. I only had 4-5 follicles and my estrogen level was low. I told him I wanted to continue with the cycle because I had a very good feeling that it would be okay. I went to see the acupuncturist and told him what was going on. he did several treatments to help my ovaries produce more follicles.

When retrieval day came, I had 7 follicles, and 5 mature eggs retrieved. one follicle they could not reach or I might have had one more mature egg. all 5 fertilized and made it to day 5. 2 perfect blasts were transferred and 3 very good quality blasts (blastocysts - a blastocyst is an embryonic stage reached approximately 5 days after fertilization) were frozen. I went to acupuncture before transfer and immediately after. Within days I began to feel weird twinges like pulled muscles in my abdomen, had a funny taste in my mouth, and was belching explosively. I very much suspected that I was pregnant. At 9 days post transfer (14dpo) I took a hpt (home pregnancy test) and I thought I had a very faint positive. the next day I went for my blood test. My beta hcg was 72.

After more than 4 years of waiting my first ivf cycle was a success! I was so excited because we had counted on doing ivf 2-3 fresh cycles and we are self pay. At 12 weeks, while on a trip to NYC, I began to have brown spotting for 2-3 days. I flew home immediately and went to the dr assuming I was going to lose the baby.

It turned out that it was my very vascular cervix bleeding and the baby was fine. I went on to carry the baby to 40 weeks and I went into labor on his due date. I now have a perfect son who is 7 months old. after all that I went through I sometimes can't believe it is real. I am now preparing to do a frozen embryo transfer because I do not want my son to be an only child. If that is not successful I will look into tubal repair etc. It is so strange that even after becoming a mother that the old feelings of being infertile never go away. I think that acupuncture greatly assisted with my successful ivf as I felt NO stress during the whole process. I plan on doing acupuncture with the frozen embryo transfer. It is so hard not to give up hope when everyone around you is having babies. everyone saw my husband and I as having the perfect life. We were older, financially secure, traveled whenever we wanted and bought whatever we wanted. but nothing can take the place of a child if you want one but cannot have one.

 

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