After being together for 4+ years and a recent marriage, we were finally ready to start a family at age 38. In theory it seemed like it would be so easy, just time my cycles and it will happen. We were wrong.
After several chemical pregnancies we were left frustrated and heartbroken. We decided to visit our first fertility doctor who did a complete workup on both of us to determine where we stood with egg quality and morphology.
There were a couple of issues with me but my husband was fine. This was good news! The doctor recommended IUI first for a few rounds and then we would see where it took us. We were so excited thinking that this was the ticket to starting our family. Sadly all 3 IUI’s left us empty handed.
Next step was to talk about IVF. The costs were going to be astronomical with our current doctor so I chose to do some research and found another doctor out of state that was reasonable with positive reviews. After our consult we did our first retrieval in the next few months. We did PGS testing and ended up with 3 beautiful embryos. We transferred our first embryo and waited the dreaded two weeks, sadly, another chemical pregnancy. We just didn’t understand!! She was a 5aa quality PGS tested embryo.
We went back to the drawing board with our doctor to discuss next steps. He recommended a new procedure called ERA. It was an out of pocket procedure but all of the results so far were positive with his clientele. What did we have to lose? This was our last opportunity as our budget was drying up.
We did the ERA biopsy and lo and behold our results came back “PRE receptive”. Finally some answers we had been looking for. Our doctor recommended we repeat the same test the next month, again, “PRE receptive”. This was so promising and gave us the hope we needed to push on for our baby.
We scheduled our next transfer and added 1 additional day of progesterone to our protocol. I had never been so nervous in my life the day of our blood test. It was our last chance, it had to work. We nervously awaited the results the rest of the day. Finally the call came in, it was POSITIVE!!!
We couldn’t believe it, we were finally going to be parents. We truly believe in our hearts that without the ERA test we would not be holding our baby girl today. Fertility is not as cookie cutter as doctors once thought and the ERA test proved that 100%.
Since the birth of our daughter I have recommended Igenomix to another friend who was also found to be PRE receptive. After multiple losses and 4 failed IVF attempts she is now pregnant with a baby boy. We cannot thank Igenomix enough for their innovative test that brought us our baby girl and our dream of having a family of our own.
Misty and Jaycen Ostler