Endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and premature ovarian failure are only a few of the many reproductive disorders that disrupt the normal physiological functions of the female body. Oftentimes, such female health disorders can cause larger issues, infertility being one of the major side effects of such ailments.
If you suffer from a reproductive disorder, you are certainly not alone. In fact, endometriosis in itself affects 6.3 million women in the United States. When you consider those with a female reproductive disorder and imagine the women among them trying to get pregnant, it is hard not to become increasingly aware of just how many women and couples struggle with infertility related to a female health issue.
At New Hope Fertility Center, we treat a wide variety of women who come in dealing with fertility issues related to their reproductive disorder. Just recently, we were able to help two women with premature ovarian failure successfully conceive with our help, as well as one woman struggling with tubal issues.
Our first patient arrived at our doors with premature ovarian failure and a high FSH at the age of 34. Premature ovarian failure (POF), as defined by The Mayo Clinic, "refers to a loss of normal ovarian function of your ovaries before the age of 40." Since POF causes the ovaries to cease producing normal levels of estrogen, infertility can result, which was the case with Ms. 34. We're happy to announce, however, that after a couple of years collecting embryos through Natural IVF (no medication), Ms. 34 got pregnant after a frozen embryo transfer using hormone replacement therapy. Not to mention, she was told by other doctors she would never get pregnant using her own eggs.
Our second patient also had a high FSH due to premature ovarian failure (POF) at the age of 38. FSH stands for follicle stimulating hormone and is responsible for encouraging the growth of egg cells (follicles) in the female reproductive system. In response to an unhealthy reproductive environment, FSH levels will increase as they try to compensate inside these "faulty" systems and produce viable eggs for fertilization. Therefore, high FSH levels indicate it may be more difficult to retrieve eggs from a woman suffering from a reproductive disorder such as POF -- but it certainly doesn't make getting pregnant impossible. Ms. 38, similar to our first patient, was able to get pregnant after collecting eggs using Natural Cycle IVF. When she was ready for her treatment at the age of 42 she was already menopausal, but able to get pregnant with a frozen embryo transfer through a hormone replacement cycle!
Our third IVF success story of the day comes from a woman who had a history of ectopic pregnancies at the age of 44. Ms. 44 elected to try our world-class Donor IVF Program and delivered a healthy baby girl in 2011. We're pleased to announce, with the help of New Hope, she will once again be welcoming another child conceived through a frozen embryo transfer from our Donor Egg Bank.
Congratulations to these three recent IVF success stories. You prove it is still possible to get pregnant even after dealing with a reproductive health issue!