Clinic: Swansea, IL
Kindbody Doctor: Dr. Amber Cooper
Conditions: Infertility, PCOS, Unicornuate Uterus
Treatments: Embryo Preimplantation Genetic Testing, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Discovering PCOS and Unicornuate Uterus
In 2019, Jennifer received a life-altering diagnosis – she had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and was born with a unicornuate uterus. She and her husband, Thomas, had been on a challenging journey to conceive for over three years at that point.
A Heartbreaking Loss
The initial ultrasound brought joy and hope as they witnessed a healthy baby with a strong heartbeat. However, their excitement was short-lived. At the next ultrasound, just four weeks later, the devastating news arrived – the baby no longer had a heartbeat, and its growth had ceased. Jennifer was faced with the painful decision of having to take medication to pass the baby as she opted out of the Dilation and Curettage (D&C) procedure.
Seeking Help from Fertility Specialists
Determined to find a path to parenthood, Jennifer sought help from a fertility specialist in St. Louis, MO. However, due to her unicornuate uterus, the specialist could only offer Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), not In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Knowing that IUI wasn’t the right option for her, Jennifer decided to explore other possibilities.
Discovering Kindbody Fertility (formerly VIOS Fertility Institute) and Dr. Cooper
Jennifer’s childhood friend, who had faced similar challenges, recommended Kindbody Fertility and Dr. Cooper. She couldn’t stop praising the care and support she received there. Encouraged by her friend’s experience, Jennifer scheduled her first appointment at Kindbody, at that time Vios Fertility Insitute.
From the moment she walked in, Jennifer felt welcomed, loved, cared for, and truly heard. It was evident that the team at Kindbody had a tailored plan designed exclusively for her and her unique issues. Jennifer underwent a series of tests, procedures, and extensive bloodwork to pave the way for her fertility journey.
A Promising Egg Retrieval
After a thorough evaluation, Jennifer was ready for an egg retrieval at Kindbody. The procedure yielded over 20 eggs. However, following the crucial 5-day wait and genetic testing, only two embryos remained.
A Well-Deserved Break
Following an unsuccessful first embryo transfer, Jennifer and her husband decided to take a well-deserved break from their IVF journey. During this hiatus, Jennifer focused on her physical and mental well-being, shedding 30 pounds and restoring her mental strength. Most importantly, the break allowed the couple to rekindle their relationship, which had been on hold for years.
The Determined Return
Feeling stronger and more hopeful than ever, Jennifer reconnected with Kindbody in April 2022, gearing up for a second Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) in May 2022. This was their final embryo, their last chance to make their dreams come true.
A Miracle Arrival
This time, the embryo held on, and Jennifer and Thomas welcomed their miracle baby girl. Their persistence, resilience, and faith had paid off.
Gratitude to Kindbody Fertility
Jennifer extends her heartfelt thanks to Kindbody, Dr. Cooper, and the entire staff for making their dreams a reality. Their compassion, honesty, hard work, and dedication were instrumental in their success.
Advice for Fellow Patients
When asked about her advice to others on this journey, Jennifer had inspiring words to share: “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Keep the faith. When it becomes too much and overwhelming, take a break. Take care of yourself, your mind, and your body.”