Finding hope in the face of PCOS and fallopian tube damage
When Allix and Randy decided to start their family, they didn’t think their journey would include in vitro fertilization (IVF) for PCOS and fallopian tube damage. However, that’s exactly where their path led them when they arrived at Texas Fertility Center (TFC). Despite this journey not being part of their original plan, the couple couldn’t be happier with where they are today.
After struggling to conceive, Allix and Randy started researching fertility doctors online. “We already knew that I had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), so we started our research. That’s when we found Texas Fertility Center San Antonio on Google. After seeing the great reviews, we decided to make an appointment,” Allix explains.
Finding peace and comfort at the first appointment
The couple wasn’t sure what to expect at their first appointment with our San Antonio infertility doctor, Erika Munch MD. However, Dr. Munch and her team quickly put them at ease.
“It was weird because we were really nervous before we got to the clinic, but then we were instantly calm once we got there. Everyone was so friendly and comforting,” Allix recalls. “Dr. Munch was so nice as she laid out all the steps and options for us. We just instantly clicked.”
After reviewing the couple’s medical history, Dr. Munch recommended bloodwork, an hysterosalpingogram (HSG) and a semen analysis. The test results revealed that Allix had both PCOS and fallopian tube damage. To treat the damage in the right tube, Dr. Munch recommended minimally invasive surgery.
Coming into surgery, Allix surprisingly didn’t feel nervous. “Dr. Munch made it such an easy process, so I wasn’t worried or afraid. I was actually excited because I knew that we could move forward after the surgery.”
Taking the next steps to conceive in the face of PCOS and fallopian tube damage
After recovering from the surgery, the couple tried to conceive on their own. When that was unsuccessful, they came back to TFC to try intrauterine insemination (IUI). “Dr. Munch is great because she gives you options and explains their likelihood of success. Then, she lets you decide what you want to try. You get to play an active role in the decision-making process,” Allix says.
After one cycle of IUI was unsuccessful, Allix and Randy moved to IVF. In one cycle, Allix produced 32 eggs, 22 of those fertilized and 9 of them made it to the blastocyst stage. Once the laboratory performed preimplantation genetic testing (PGT), the couple learned 7 of those embryos were normal and healthy.
In December, our San Antonio infertility doctor transferred one of those embryos to Allix’s uterus. Now, the couple is pregnant with a baby girl who they will name Olivia. “Dr. Munch is magic. I’m convinced that her positivity and skill made all the difference,” Allix says.
Advice and support for other hopeful parents
Allix and Randy have been documenting their fertility journey on their personal blog. When asked if she could provide some advice for other couples, Allix said, “Trust your doctor and have hope. It’s important to stay positive, while also realizing that you don’t have to be happy all the time. Sometimes, you just need a good cry, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”
The couple would recommend Texas Fertility Center to anyone struggling with infertility. “Dr. Munch and her team are so amazing and supportive. They stood by us during the hardest time in our lives and now they’re like family. We can’t wait for them to meet Olivia,” Allix gushes.
Contact us if you would like to learn how fertility treatment options like IVF can help you welcome a baby.