Assisted Reproductive Technology Helps a Patient with PCOS

University Hospitals Fertility Center Provides a Simple Solution to Infertility, Resulting in a Healthy Pregnancy

There were times when Renee Cooper, age 31, was not sure whether she and her husband Alex would ever have a baby. Yet today, as she holds her infant daughter Nora, the clinical dietitian at University Hospitals talks openly about plans for having more children.

Thanks to the professional assistance of Brooke V. Rossi, MD, an OB/ GYN who specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at UH Fertility Center, Renee and Alex were finally able to conceive and Renee recently delivered a healthy baby girl.

Infertility is a Common Issue

Infertility is a common problem that affects 8 to 10 percent of all couples. Many couples expect to easily start a family when they are ready, but they may become frustrated when nothing happens after a few months of trying.

When Renee and Alex had problems getting pregnant, her gynecologist referred the couple to Dr. Rossi. The visit to the UH Fertility Center helped to ease some of the frustration and concerns.

“From start to finish, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had with a doctor,” Renee said. “This is such an emotion-driven process, but Dr. Rossi and everybody at the fertility center were so warm and understanding. They kept us feeling positive all the way through the process, and we always felt that Dr. Rossi was focused on doing what was best for our individual needs.”

Understanding Options, Including Minimally Invasive Solutions

By meeting with a fertility specialist early in the process, patients are better able to understand the causes of infertility and talk through all of the options to assist with conception. While many fertility clinics offer in vitro fertilization (IVF) or other advanced solutions, in reality only a minority of patients require these invasive procedures.

After testing, Renee was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition in which the ovaries do not release an egg every month. This common condition affects about 7 percent of all women of childbearing age and can usually be corrected with medication.

Through the use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) at UH Fertility Center, Renee’s minimally invasive treatment plan included taking an oral anti-estrogen medication that helps induce ovulation and then with artificial insemination, she and Alex happily conceived last December.

Seeking Answers for Infertility

While it is quite normal to be apprehensive about infertility issues, seeing a specialist for the evaluation of infertility is the first step in resolving those issues. Most of the time, the problem is something that is easily treated and quickly resolved. And, as Renee and Alex realized, you cannot start working on the problem until you and your fertility specialist have identified the issues.

“Dr. Rossi was wonderful,” Renee concluded. “She always kept us informed as far as what our chances were at each step, and what the next step would be. We knew that ultimately in vitro fertilization was a possibility, but we were relieved that we were able to conceive with a simpler treatment.”

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