"Unexplained" Secondary Infertility Resolved


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Reply Posted on: Jan 14, 2013 at 7:40am
In 2006, I gave birth to my first son who was conceived without incident, despite the fact that I have Transverse Myelitis (an autoimmune disorder similar to MS). All was normal with the pregnancy except for the fact that he was in a breech position and I needed a c-section. I recovered well, and looked forward to trying for a second child in about a year. My son's first birthday came and went, and we happily began to try for another child. A year passed without result, so we sought the help of a fertility specialist recommended by my OBGYN. After going through all of the routine infertility tests, all they could tell us was that we had unexplained secondary infertility, and we proceeded with IUIs. After 3 unmedicated IUIs, then 3 medicated IUI cycles, I realized it was time to consider IVF. (Only one IUI was successful and ended in miscarriage). We went forward with our first IVF attempt which ended in failure and left me feeling hopeless and helpless. We have now been trying for almost 4 years. A good friend of mine had been telling me of Dr. Braverman all along, and I finally decided to give him a call. At our first consultation I was immediately impressed with Dr. Braverman’s approach. He does not believe that “unexplained” infertility is an acceptable diagnosis. After completing the battery of diagnostic blood tests, Dr. Braverman explained to me that there was an immunological reason for our infertility. He then set to work on putting together a combination of medications that would correct the issue. The first three IVF attempts with Dr. Braverman were not successful, but I did not lose heart because with each failed attempt, Dr. Braverman took proactive measures to adjust the protocol. For our fourth IVF cycle, with the help of neupogen and a try at a gluten-free and dairy-free diet, my numbers normalized, and we were pregnant… with twins!!! I cannot say enough about my appreciation for Dr. Braverman. I was able to email him any question I had, at any time of day, on any day of the week, and I would always receive a response, sometimes immediately. His staff is a group of caring individuals, who were always encouraging and kind. As a matter of fact, it was because of one of the nurses sharing her personal experience with infertility with me, that I learned of the benefits of avoiding gluten and dairy when you have an autoimmune issue. I believe this adjustment helped the pregnancy thrive. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Braverman and his staff, for helping us accomplish our most important goal – to complete our family. My son, now 6 years old, has twin baby sisters, thanks to Dr. Braverman.