An Answer to Prayer

After 2 years of trying to conceive naturally my husband and I resorted to our last hope – To visit the amazing doctors at Medfem.

I still have no idea why we waited so long to do this, I think in the back of our minds we always thought things would happen quite easily for us and we believed that other people suffered from infertility, not us.

We were both fit and relatively healthy and had no reason to doubt that we would ever battle

I guess what we wanted, and what God had actually planned for our lives, were two different things.

We had spent a little over 2 years going back and forth to doctors, acupuncturists and homeopaths and getting frustrated when no one could give us a solid answer.

After my gynae said he could do nothing more for us and recommended we see an infertility specialist, we walked in to Medfem at the beginning of 2015 with very heavy hearts and saw a room full of people that seemed to be in the same boat as us.

Our first appointment with Dr Clarke was very comprehensive and thorough. A full medical history was taken as well as bloods and so forth and a plan set in place. From the first consult we were never ever treated as just a number. Dr Clarke showed interest, concern and care in everything he did for us.

I had been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome about 8 months prior as well as having hypothyroidism-Both of which can make it almost impossible to fall pregnant naturally, but by taking specific meds it can help manage it and increase the chances

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder among women of reproductive age-a problem in which a women’s hormones are out of balance and whereby numerous benign cysts are found on the ovaries. This usually prevents ovulation taking place and without ovulation it is impossible to fall pregnant.

PCOS cannot be cured, but it can be managed to avoid major issues, it does however cause issues for those trying to conceive.
The future seemed bleak but we decided to remain positive and have faith, we knew if anything that we were in the best hands possible

Dr Clarke looked at every natural way to help solve our problem and we spent the next few weeks visiting Medfem often for both my husband and I to have tests .I had multiple scans to monitor any spontaneous ovulation. I won’t forget those early mornings in the rooms full of people but it gave us hope when we saw people come out the rooms with pregnancy scans and big smiles on their faces.

The next few months were very tiresome and emotional for us both and we had to patiently monitor everything. I was put on meds to try help me ovulate and correct my cycle as well as see if we could manage my PCOS

In April we decided that after the last set of tests and ovulation medication I was put on that if I didn’t fall pregnant we would stop trying for a while. Our next option would have been IUI.

On 2nd May was our last test and Dr Clarke said that should I not fall pregnant on that cycle I would need to be sent for an HSG to test for an underlying cause of the infertility, or it would be ruled as unexplained infertility.

I started to feel funny at the beginning of June and thought I may just have picked up a bug.

Because my periods were so irregular I didn’t even think I may for one moment be pregnant.

I decided to do a pregnancy test and it came back positive. I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing and actually bought a second test just to double check. That indeed came back positive and the blood test came back with a big fat positive.

I was indeed pregnant – We were absolutely overjoyed and tears rolled down our faces at the thought that we would be parents. What an incredible answer to prayer. The path was filled with so many ups and downs through it all we grew so close. Infertility doesn’t just affect the female but the male too so we knew it was important to always stick together.

Dr Clarke saw me through to 12 weeks and I was then transferred back to my gynae for the remainder of my pregnancy.

We welcomed a gorgeous and bouncy baby boy-Ethan James on 4th January this year-3 weeks before his actual due date.

Through this all we learnt that it’s not in our timing, but Gods and also learnt to never ever give up. We truly believed we were meant to be parents. It’s just that our dream took a while longer to happen.

If you are going through infertility just know you are not alone. It is the hardest path we have ever been on but the reward far outweighs the heartache.
Infertility treatments aren’t always guaranteed. The Dr’s aren’t God but I do believe that by having a combination of Faith, professional advice and expertise and by never giving up that prayers can be answered.

The Medfem staff-From reception to the doctors were simply fantastic. We are so grateful to them for everything they assisted us with. Their support and continuous encouragement helped us on what was the biggest emotional rollercoasters we had been on to date

Thank you again Medfem 

Renee and Michael Arnold (2016)

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