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5 IVFs + 44 years = 10 weeks pregnant!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, January 31, 2016 | 0 comments

Image: Nurse Gabi, by Kyle and Kelly Adams, on FlickrI had an amazing experience with the gentle cycle with Dr Zhang. I am now (after 5 IVF's -- I am 44 years old) 10.5 weeks pregnant and am thrilled. I think he is amazing and brilliant and the staff is fab.

It was a tough year (and I am old in the fertility world) but he made the process easy and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.

I had major scar tissue in my tubes from Crohn's disease and therefore, my only option is IVF [in vitro fertilization]. Everything else worked well (other than I am 44 years old). This was my fifth try and the protocol was slightly different. All I took was Femera and produced three eggs and all fertilized and two were 8-cell A quality and one was 7-cell.

Very natural cycle with minimal drugs. That is how is works with women of my age. Doctor was thrilled this time, and said it was my best embryos in the year. I also started Acupuncture in January, and did herbs for fertility.

I took Femara 2.5m from day 3 until retrieval. I was also doing acupuncture 2x per week and taking herbs. The drug is similar to Clomid, in that you create additional eggs but considered much more natural. For me it worked (hopefully it will keep).

I go back to doctor today, and am actually quite nervous. I didn't take any other drugs until transfer, and then he gave me Estradiol and a shot of something and that is it.

Dr. Z always made adjustments to my drugs. One month I tried Femara, another month he had me do a prep cycle with Estradiol or Clomid. Every cycle he did something slightly different, until he found the right combination for me which was Femera.

This time was easiest and was probably my last try. I was emotional and exhausted, and am so excited. I think Dr Zhang is brilliant, and the staff is amazing. I would completely recommend him. Not sure of your age, but he also does a lot of 40+ women.

Several months later, from the same person:
It has been an amazing pregnancy so far and next Friday I am delivering via c-section. He is the best!

Thanks for letting me share.

Photo credit: Nurse Gabi,
by Kyle and Kelly Adams, on Flickr
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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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