CREATED May. 1, 2013
RANCHO MIRAGE - It can be devastating when a couple wants to have a baby but faces infertility. A new clinic in the valley says they can help those couples with in vitro fertilization. The Rancho Mirage Fertility Center even boast a success rate much higher than the national average.
Megan Bahr is three months pregnant after coming to the clinic for IVF. Her journey to pregnancy wasn't easy. Bahr has a hereditary disease that caused her to undergo invasive surgeries that left her without both fallopian tubes and only one ovary.
"I thought I could never have kids. I thought that my time was up. You know? You're only 29 and you have one ovary and don't know what to do," says Bahr. Megan's Ob/Gyn recommended IVF and she and her fiance went to see Dr. Maher Abdallah at the Rancho Mirage Fertility Clinic.
Dr. Abdallah says "Megan was a challenging case of infertility <because> both of her fallopian tubes were removed. We knew she needed IVF.. and despite the maximum dosage of medications, we were only able to retrieve three eggs. From three eggs, she developed only a single embryo. We transferred that embryo and it resulted in the pregnancy."
Megan was elated with the news, but getting to that point was a struggle for her both physicallly and mentally. She says she cried a lot and worried a ton about whether or not the treatment would work and end in pregnancy.
Dr. Abdallah says every patient's case is unique. In fact, the chances of a 44 year old woman getting pregnant using her own eggs in only 4%. Healthy women under the age of 35 have a national average success rate of 45%. But at his clinic, Dr. Abdallah says their average success rate for a healthy woman under 35 is nearly 70%. Dr. Abdallah attributes that success to the way they stimulate a patient's cycle, the medicnie they choose, their genetic testing and having superior embryologists working in their lab with top notch equipment.
The IVF process is a long one that takes months. Megan underwent several months of hormone injections and shots that made her produce more eggs. Once those eggs were retrieved, they were taken to a lab where they were fertilized with her fiance's sperm.
The embyos are stored in an incubator for five days before they are put back in the patient. Then, its a waiting game to find out if those embryos have survived and implanted.
In Megan's case, it was a success and she is due to have a healthy little girl October 17th.