Lacy and her husband Matt got married a little later in life. She was 39.
“We tried to get pregnant for a year with no success,” she said. After asking around, Lacy learned that some of her friends had visited Kaylen Silverberg, M.D., at Texas Fertility Center for treatment. Lacy scheduled an appointment with our Austin fertility center after multiple friends recommended Dr. Silverberg.
It turns out that Lacy was pregnant at her first appointment. “Dr. Silverberg was great, but we were pregnant, so I thought, I guess we don’t need fertility treatment.” However, when Lacy went in for blood work, her numbers suggested that there was a problem. Around the same time, she also started having pain in her side.
Dr. Silverberg thought she might have an ectopic pregnancy, so he recommended that she come into the office immediately. After examining her, his suspicions were confirmed and he performed surgery, which saved her fallopian tube. “It was a difficult time, but the team at Texas Fertility Center was great through the whole process,” said Lacy.
At this point, Lacy was 40. Due to her history of ectopic pregnancy and advanced maternal age, Dr. Silverberg recommended in vitro fertilization, IVF. “The procedure would allow him to place the embryo right where it needed to be,” she said.
The couple had some initial concerns about IVF. “At the time, we didn’t know anything about it,” said Lacy. They were also worried about the cost. However, Dr. Silverberg alleviated their worries by explaining the process of IVF and telling the couple that they could enroll in a study at our Austin fertility center to make treatment more affordable. After speaking with Dr. Silverberg, the couple decided to move forward with treatment and they enrolled in the study.
After one cycle of IVF, Lacy and Matt had six embryos. Dr. Silverberg performed one fresh transfer of two of those embryos, but Lacy didn’t get pregnant. The couple decided to try another transfer with two more of their frozen embryos. This time, Lacy got pregnant. However, she miscarried at six weeks. Although it was hard for the couple, “Dr. Silverberg prepared us for it,” said Lacy.
At this point, the couple had to move to New Braunfels for work. Since Texas Fertility Center San Antonio was closer to their new home, they transferred to Summer James, M.D., at our San Antonio fertility center. “We were very happy with Dr. Silverberg, but, with traffic, the San Antonio location was more convenient,” said Lacy.
From the moment the couple arrived at our San Antonio fertility center, they had a great experience. “The staff knew our name when we walked through the door,” said Lacy. The couple instantly felt comfortable being cared for by the team in San Antonio.
Shortly after the couple transferred their frozen embryos to San Antonio, Dr. James performed a frozen transfer with the couple’s two remaining embryos. This time, Lacy got pregnant. She delivered a healthy and beautiful baby girl named Nora nine months later.
“I would definitely recommend Texas Fertility Center and the doctors to friends and family,” said Lacy. She specifically praised both of her doctors. “Dr. Silverberg made us feel comfortable. He’s so knowledgeable and he walked us through each step and we never felt rushed. Dr. James is just wonderful. She’s so accommodating and helpful. It felt like she was part of the family. She was so calm and warm,” said Lacy.
When asked what she would say to other hopeful parents in her situation, Lacy said, “Know that you’re not alone. A lot of people don’t talk about it, but fertility issues are common.” She also recommended talking to a doctor about fertility treatments. “It might seem expensive, but there are lots of options that can make things more affordable. Just go in and speak to a doctor.” Finally, she said, “Don’t give up if it doesn’t work the first time. It took us four years, but it’s so worth it.”
If you would like to learn more about IVF at Texas Fertility Center, please contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our team of physicians can help you start or grow your family.