A failed cycle of IVF is devastating and it can take an awful lot of physical and emotional energy to decide to try again
One couple did exactly that, with multiple failed cycles over four years. But now they’ve become proud parents to a healthy baby boy weighing 3.7kg.
A team led by Dr Bharati Dhorepatil, Consultant Infertility Expert, NOVA IVF Fertility in Pune helped the couple, who prefer not to use their real names, using IVF.
33 year old Barkha* and 38 year old Sujay Gupta* both work professionally in IT have been married for seven years and have experienced four hears of heartbreak as they battled infertility. They became pregnant in 2020 but sadly experienced a miscarriage after seven weeks.
Barkha underwent several procedures in the US, including four ovarian inductions and four IVF cycles
Reimplantation genetic screening discovered a chromosomal anomaly called aneuploidy and it was after the fourth cycle failed that the couple approached NOVA IVF Fertility in Pune.
Dr Bharati Dhorepatil says, “Infertility is a growing matter of concern now as a large number of couples are battling it. Age, tobacco use, alcohol, weight gain, weight loss, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and untreated chlamydia or gonorrhoea can be the factors behind infertility”.
“Barkha had a low ovarian reserve and there were some chromosomal abnormalities that caused the miscarriage. When the couple came to the clinic, they were disheartened due to failed IVF cycles.”
“They were exhausted but ready to do whatever it takes to conceive. After multiple failed IVF cycles, the couple conceived in the first attempt of IVF ICSI. But against all odds, Barkha became pregnant and she delivered a baby boy in May 2022 weighing 3.7 kg.”
Barkha says, “Sujay and I were extremely happy after marriage and started family planning. To our dismay, we were declared an infertile couple, and thereafter our struggle was never-ending”.
“We were appalled after our IVF cycles failed. Our journey was traumatic but we had each other’s support. We experienced a wide range of emotions such as stress, anxiety, frustration, tension, and restlessness.”
“The abortion was painful, depressive, and saddened us. We failed after so many attempts and that hit us hard. Other couples were celebrating their pregnancies and having babies and we couldn’t even find out what was happening with us. We were emotionally drained.”
“Finally, our dream came true due to Dr Dhorepatil. I confirmed my pregnancy at least 5-10 times through pregnancy kits. I was overjoyed. We conceived, the journey was smooth and finally, we gave birth to a baby boy.”
“I pinched myself and my husband as it was unbelievable. We were elated at the arrival of our bundle of joy. He is healthy and achieving milestones for his age.”
“After our experience, we wish to inspire others. We wish to spread positivity through our journey. Remember that you are not alone. There are many like you who are struggling with infertility and trying to cope with it. Have patience and faith, rest all will be fine.”
Thank you to this wonderful couple for sharing their story, which can help inspire others and raise necessary awareness for all those struggling to conceive. With over 33 million couples in India alone experiencing fertility issues, please realise you are not alone. Find out more about infertility here
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* Not their real names