I found myself making an appointment at ACRM when I found out I had PCOS
and wanted to take a more aggressive approach to getting pregnant than
my OBGYN wanted. From the moment I sat down with Dr. Kathryn Calhoun,
I felt at ease. She explained PCOS to me in plain English and the protocol
she wanted to try with me, as well as plan B and C if we had to go down
that road. Her positive energy had me leaving the office a little lighter
on my feet.
Over the course of six months, we tried all different cocktails to see
what would work for us. About 5 months in, my husband and I decided to
meet with Dr. Calhoun and discuss next options. She didn't immediately
jump to IVF but explained the entire process and let us think about it
for a bit. We tried another round of oral drugs and when that unfortunately
didn't work, we decided IVF would be the best path for us. Dr. Calhoun
was so positive that we would have a great outcome and she was so right.
The entire IVF process I did not feel alone at all. Kim Curry was my nurse
and ready to answer any question at any time. I met with Dr. Calhoun and
Dr. Toner throughout my injections and trusted them 100% in any tweaks
they wanted to make to my protocol. The retrieval went great and recovery
was exactly how they told me it would go. I was at risk for OHSS, so they
prepped me on what to eat/drink and even gave me medicine to help prevent it.
Once we decided to move forward with our transfer we received the protocol
and I started looking to Dr. Google. All the appointments before can get
a bad wrap on the internet, but I am happy to say it is really not bad
at all. The tough part is over when you are done with the injections for
the retrieval. Our transfer was quick and Dr. Calhoun explained everything
she was doing - it was pretty amazing to watch!
I'm happy to say that we are expecting a baby boy and couldn't
be happier. We feel extremely lucky for our transfer to work on the first
time, but I credit it all to Dr. Calhoun and the staff at ACRM. I would
do IVF all over again if I had to and couldn't recommend ACRM and
Dr. Calhoun more - it was truly the best experience possible while facing
our fertility struggles.