I'm From Lakewood, CO
My Referring Physician:
My SGFC Office: Rockville, MD
My SGFC Physician: Melissa Esposito
Number of Children: 1
Delivery Date: 2014
My Treatment: Clomid, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI),
A couple of years ago, I decided that I wanted to pursue my dream of becoming a single mom. As a graduate student at Penn State with a pretty lenient schedule, I figured that I had plenty of spare time to undergo treatments. I began by making an appointment with a local fertility clinic and was hoping to use an anonymous sperm donor. Among other things, I took some blood tests to gauge what my fertility levels might be. It was on June 1, 2012 when I received a very sad phone call from a nurse at the clinic informing me that my test results were bad, very bad. In fact, she informed me that I was “infertile” based on undetectable levels of AMH, a supposed fertility marker.
I was very sad to hear this news until the doctor finally called me back later in the day and told me about Shady Grove. He told me that I would be an “excellent candidate” for an egg donor procedure, which gave me a lot of hope. Maybe because I am a single woman, I was able to accept the idea of donor eggs pretty quickly. One month later, a second local doctor in the area suggested that I re-do the AMH test, since my numbers were so low that she suspected a possible laboratory error. It was very sad when this second doctor wrote me a message saying that it was “very unlikely” that I would ever experience a pregnancy. That bothered me, because it sounded like she did not even know about egg donation.
About six weeks after my infertility diagnosis, I decided to make an appointment with Shady Grove. I remember the very morning I made this phone call; it felt like I was moving forward with my life in a wonderful way. It was on September 1, 2012 when I had my first appointment with Dr. Melissa Esposito. I was quite nervous about this meeting because I was afraid that I would hear further bad news regarding the donor egg option.
Upon meeting Dr. Esposito, I felt very optimistic. Unlike the other two doctors, she was upbeat and even seemed to think that I might be able to try my own eggs. Although I initially had six failed IUIs, it turned out that I was responding well to Clomid. The second time around with Clomid, I was very excited to hear that I already had a positive pregnancy test. At six weeks we saw a heartbeat, and at 19 weeks the ultrasound showed a very healthy female baby. Tina was born on July 19, 2014 at 7 pounds and 12 ounces.