Couple overcomes PCOS to get their greatest gift of all
Dwayne and Sherry met at church. After dating for a year the couple started discussing plans for children. He was 50 and she was 30 at the time. “Yeah, big difference!” says Sherry, “but, neither one of us had kids yet and we both knew we wanted to be parents.” So after trying for a year with no success, she was referred to Dr. Susan Conway at Fertility Answers. “We all know fertility treatments are not cheap, but I consider myself lucky that the company I’m employed with covers fertility procedures and fertility medicines,” says Sherry.
After her first visit with Dr. Conway she suspected she had polycystic ovary syndrome just from observation. After an ultrasound Dr. Conway confirmed her PCOS through the tell-tale “string of pearls” formation of cystic follicles on the ovaries. Hormonal and insulin imbalances with PCOS inhibits the ability of follicles to mature and release the eggs. Instead, women with PCOS exhibit ovaries with many unruptured follicles that remain as fluid-filled cysts.
Learning she had fertility issues was very devastating
Because her mom didn’t conceive she and her brother until her late 30s, Sherry always figured she would have trouble conceiving as well. “I feel as a woman we are on earth to have sweet babies,” says Sherry. “Infertility made me feel like I couldn’t serve my purpose. I felt incomplete to say the least.”
After her diagnosis, Dr. Conway prescribed medications for several months to stimulate her ovaries to produce and release mature eggs. The couple’s first IUI in July 2016 failed. The next IUI was the following month, four days before Sherry’s birthday. This time it was successful! They were pregnant!
“Our sweet blessing Emily Wilma was born in early May 2017, named after both our mothers. Now I understand when people say ‘how can you love someone so much that you just met!’ We are beyond overjoyed! Even though I am trying for another baby and I have been unsuccessful due to not ovulating currently, my faith won’t waiver. So just keep the faith it will happen all in God’s timing! Our babies ARE THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL!”