Amira Posner is a fertility counsellor in Toronto, Ontario. She works with individuals and couples who are struggling with infertility. Amira facilitates the Mind-Body Fertility Group at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
She is also a mother of three miracles.
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After four months of trying to conceive our second child, intuitively I knew there was a problem. After five months of trying to conceive, my anxiety was so high that I managed to get us an appointment at the fertility clinic.
At our initial consult, the doctor told us that we had showed up early. He was very hopeful for us since our daughter was under two years old and we had conceived her effortlessly. I remember the doctor also commenting on a palpable tension he could sense between my husband and me. This doctor was so on the ball. My darling husband wasn't ready to be at the clinic. He didn't think we had a problem. Well, after an hour discussion, we all agreed to start with the doctor's help and proceed slowly.
And so we did.
The first month we spent getting the fertility testing done. Initially, everything came back great. All my hormones levels were perfect, the sperm analysis was good, my heart shape uterus was not a concern. A couple months more passed, but still no pregnancy.
At this point, we started with intervention number one, the in uterine inseminations. The first one we did naturally, followed by two more treatments with ovarian stimulation medication. Three more months and no positive pregnancy test.
It was at this point that my husband's DNA fragmentation test came back. It wasn't good. This is when things took a turn and we were advised that we were dealing with a male factor issue. My husband was referred to a urologist and we were informed that In vitro fertilization was the best option to expand our family.
In June 2009, we started our IVF treatment. My protocol began with one month of the birth control pill, followed by several days of injectables. In the end, we had four embryos.
On transfer day, I was both nervous and excited. We decided put back two of the four embryos. Two weeks later, we got the best news ever. We were pregnant. The treatment worked.
Nine months later we delivered our beautiful twins.