One IUI, two IVFs, and one baby later, Elizabeth talks fertility treatment. "There are many protocols out there, and you have to really be in charge, because at the end of the day, it's you who is primarily affected by it."
As a trained OB-GYN, I actually do have a lot of friends and colleagues who are in the fertility field. So, I went to someone whom I know who is very well trained and sought his advice.
I first underwent a cycle of IUI, and it was not successful.
I then made the decision to change, primarily for really no other reasons than my gut tells me that I want to do it at another setting.
Again, there's no statistics. It wasn't driven by anything else besides the fact that my gut was just telling me that I should go somewhere else.
So I actually went to a second infertility group and had a real discussion with the physicians in charge.
And we jointly decided that, given my risk, we went straight into the IVF program.
And I did two cycles with that center's and ultimately had a successful pregnancy.
I think information is key. So, there are several aspects of advice that I would give.
First is, age is primary risk factor. So you always have to be cognizant that the older you get, the less likely that you will be successful.
Second, really be part of that decision-making. There are many protocols out there, and you have to really be in charge, because at the end of the day, it's you who is primarily affected by it.
And it's not one-size-fits-all with all the protocols, and you have to make the decision that you feel may be best for you.