Our success story today is Jessica, who never thought she wanted to have kids. She and her husband dated for several years before marrying in their 30’s. After trying for awhile, they saw an RE and had tests done. Jessica was caught completely off-guard and floored when the RE recommended donor eggs and donor sperm almost immediately. Luckily, her husband was able to make some lifestyle changes that improved his numbers.
Jessica went through seven failed IUI cycles, and then moved on to IVF. Her doctor (a different RE than the first) was confident that Jessica’s eggs would “come through.” Jessica became pregnant with twins after the initial IVF, but then lost them a few weeks later. To make matter worse, she lost a fallopian tube due to a rupture, and lost her appendix as well! Jessica shares the success of her second round of IVF that resulted in the birth of her daughter.
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Welcome back to Angela, who told her story in Episode 19. Angela’s partner was diagnosed with poor morphology and low sperm count, while Angela is dealing with advanced maternal age. When we last heard from Angela, she was awaiting results of her fourth and final round of IVF.
At the recommendation of her doctor, Angela had the Augment procedure done in October. Augment consists of a biopsy of the ovarian lining to get mitochondria. The mitochondria are injected during ICSI to regenerate the “old” egg and make it act younger. The procedure boasts a 100% pregnancy rate, although that doesn’t guarantee a live birth. Angela is on a forced break right now as they wait for government funding from Ontario to do their next round of IVF. We are hoping for good news from Angela in 2016!