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Baby Steps: There's hope

Christine and her husband get promising news from the doctor

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Christine Bowley
Christine Bowley

We rolled out of bed yesterday morning with barely a rinse in the shower and a cup of coffee in hand before hitting the road to meet with a fertility doctor first thing.

I’ve talked before about how months of analysis appointments for my husband were getting old. So we wanted to meet with a specialist who could tell us once and for all – do we have a shot at making a baby? The short answer is …Yes!

I was happy to see the doctor we met with was the same one who walked me through an awful HSG test last spring. He was very sympathetic at the time. I ended up leaving with terrible nausea and had to stay home from work the next day. He recognized me right away and was very welcoming.

We spent about 40 minutes in his office going over test results. He was also disappointed that my husband didn’t seem to be making any improvements since surgery in July. He told us – with my tube blocked in addition to my husband’s problem – it would be very unlikely that we could conceive naturally. But he followed that by saying we are candidates for IVF, which I assumed would also be out of the question.

Dr. P (I’ll leave his name at that) said in vitro was really our only treatment option but explained that it was a viable one. He even went as far as to say we would likely be very successful because of my age. Apparently, they need very few sperm to actually fertilize one of my eggs so my husband should be fine and my condition would not affect the process either.

At the end of the meeting I left with a glimmer of hope. I am not sure this is the road we’ll take but it’s sure nice to know it’s there. I’ve been hesitant about moving forward with any fertility treatments because my body didn’t always react well to some birth control options when I was younger.

Anyone who’s been through it before have any suggestions? Anything we need to consider in our decision?

Christine is a news producer at WRAL-TV, which includes research for 5 On Your Side and producing the 10 p.m. weekend newscasts on Fox50. She lives with her husband and three dogs. Christine is chronicling her experience as she and her husband struggle with infertility. Find her here on Fridays.

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