Poor Responder/High FSH – RP
My journey to motherhood started almost immediately after my husband and I were married in 2006. We tried to conceive on our own for over a year with no success. I then contacted my local fertility clinic. Over the following two years we underwent many tests and a number of infertility treatments, none successful. We did clomid with timed intercourse, clomid with IUI’s, and a few cycles of injections with IUI’s. Emotionally and financially drained, we took a break from treatments to consider what would be the next step to starting our family.
At my annual visit, my nurse, who conceived her children through IVF, recommended that I search for trials on clinicaltrials.gov. Of all the trials listed, I fit the criteria for the New Hope Fertility Center Clinical Trail. I filled out the form never expecting to hear back from the clinic. Within 24 hours, I received an email with a trial number, password, and was asked for more detailed information. I could not believe we were in; it all seemed too good to be true.
New Hope was accommodating of me and my husband’s schedules. They allowed us to schedule or initial consultation at the end of the school year since we are both educators. Our visit with the trial coordinator was very informative. Matt went through the entire process in detail and answered all of our questions. Three weeks later, I made the move to New York City to stay with my cousin while undergoing treatment. Upon my return, I found out I was going to participate in the conventional IVF part of the trial. I began taking Lupron for suppression, Menopur and Bravelle for follicle development, HCG for ovulation, and progesterone in oil after retrieval. Although the clinic was busy, I always had my questions answered and knew exactly what to do until my next appointment. I felt secure in knowing that even though I did not see my doctor at every single visit, I knew the New Hope team was working together to plan a treatment that would make this cycle successful.
My treatment was going smoothly until 2 days after my fresh transfer. Although I only had 8 follicles develop, it was enough to experience mild OHSS (Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome), which they warned me might happen as I underwent conventional IVF. New Hope was amazing during this tough week. When the staff saw my discomfort, they immediately brought me up to the procedure waiting room and did all they could to make me comfortable until the doctor could relieve the pressure. I considered this week the best and worst of the entire experience, because as sick as I was, I found out I was pregnant for the first time in my life. It was all worth it.
New Hope Fertility Center is on the cutting edge of fertility treatments. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to participate in the trial. Thanks to New Hope, my husband and I have started our family with the welcoming of our son. We look forward to expanding our family in the future with the help of New Hope Fertility Center.