Lisa was 19 when she was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). She was told that she may eventually have trouble conceiving. Little did she know, PCOS would be the least of her problems.
Fast forward twelve years, Lisa and Will had been married for a year at that point, and together as a couple for seven years. They were happily in love and wanted to start a family. After six months of no luck, Lisa consulted her OBGYN. He promptly scheduled her for a normal fertility work up. Lisa’s ovulation count was low, so she started on Clomid. After four months on Clomid, Lisa and Will finally got to see that second pink line. They were pregnant!
But not so fast. Three weeks later at their first prenatal visit, Lisa and Will were told that their baby had not developed past five weeks. She had no bleeding, no cramping and she had pregnancy symptoms the entire time. Lisa was diagnosed with something called a “missed miscarriage”and with a broken heart, she underwent a D&C.
Her doctor was optimistic. Miscarriages aren’t uncommon. They happen in 20% of pregnancies! At least you can get pregnant, she was told! But after 11 more months of negatives tests, timed intercourse, and seeing countless pregnancy announcements on Facebook, Lisa was downtrodden. She wanted to believe this was all a fluke.
It certainly seemed that way when she fell pregnant again five months later! This was their second chance. One miscarriage may be common, but two in a row? Very rare.
Apparently not. Lisa had a second miscarriage, with the same circumstances. Her doctor told her that 95% of the time that miscarriages were due to chromosomal problems categorized as “not compatible with life”. However, testing on the products of conception after her second D&C showed a healthy baby that had for no apparent reason, stopped developing. With this information, her intuitive doctor ordered extensive tests. Her blood work showed some unexpected findings; Lupus Anticoagulant Disorder (LAD), and a gene mutation called MTHFR. LAD makes blood clot faster than normal, one symptom being recurrent miscarriage. The MTHFR mutation stops regulation of folic acid, which is essential to baby’s well being.
They finally started to feel hopeful; with diagnoses to point at and a plan at the ready devised by their doctor for her next pregnancy, they finally felt like they had a leg up. And so far they do. After two years of trying, Lisa is now 25 weeks pregnant with a boy! Her regimen includes daily injections of blood thinner into her stomach, and high doses of folic acid. Lisa and Will owe it all to their dedicated doctor who would not let her give up. Seeing their baby’s heartbeat at their sonogram visits is a dream come true; a dream Lisa didn’t ever think she’d get to experience.
My biggest piece of advice, is to find a doctor who will never give up on helping you find your happy ending!”