“Our journey to our miracle baby has been one filled with heartache, frustration and many tears. However, through perseverance and a lot of hope, faith and the RECEPTIVE DX test, I am so happy to report that we finally had our beautiful blessing on 11-11-20.
Back in May of 2017 my husband and I received the devastating news that our naturally conceived little girl had an unbalanced translocation (one chromosome was duplicated and another was deleted). Soon after losing our baby girl we had genetic testing and discovered I was the one who was carrying the translocation and our chances of having a healthy, “normal” baby was very small. So we immediately turned to IVF with PGD/PGS testing.
We found our RE in Sarasota, FL and over the course of three years I did three egg retrievals and of 23 eggs we got only three normals!!! We thought our luck had changed and we would soon be welcoming our baby into our arms and into our hearts. Our biggest hurdle was taken care of, we got normal embryos, unaffected by my translocation, and I already knew I could get pregnant and carry a pregnancy!!
So it was time for our first transfer. Everything was perfect; my body responded well to the transfer meds, my lining was think and perfect; ready for my genetically tested normal embryo. Five days after my transfer I took a home pregnancy test and low and behold, she had stuck and I was pregnant!! Beautiful rising betas and then at five weeks and one day, I started bleeding, my HCG levels dropped and I lost our first perfect embryo. The second embryo never implanted so my RE recommended the ERA, which came back receptive, a good sign. I prepped for my third and final transfer with my own eggs while we chose an egg donor to help us create some more embryos.
Our third embryo transfer was successful and we thought this was going to be our time to become parents, but at five weeks two days, I started bleeding, my HCG levels dropped and I lost our last perfect embryo. At this point, I didn’t want to do another egg retrieval so we turned to donor eggs. Our beautiful secret donor gave us FIVE perfect, genetically tested, “normal” embryos. This will definitely work now! So we thought. We prepped and my body, like always responded great to the meds and so we transferred our first donor egg created embryo. She implanted! And I got a positive pregnancy test…again! Like the two other times before. Then at five weeks three days I started to bleed, my HCG dropped and I lost yet another sweet precious embryo. At this point my RE recommended that my husband and I go to Memphis to speak with a specialist in recurrent early pregnancy loss. This is where we were introduced to Chris Jackson and the Receptive DX biopsy test. The Memphis doctor worked with my FL doctor to carry out this test and it showed that my BCL6 (biomarker for inflammation and endometriosis) was positive and my Beta Three Integrin (protein in the body that holds embryos to the lining) was absent and out of phase! Could this have been my missing link??? The Memphis doctor recommended two months of Depo Lupron and changed my protocol slightly and FINALLY after many years of struggling, I got pregnant and STAYED pregnant. I did start spotting at the five week mark and thought it was all over again, but this baby girl was strong! At 14 weeks I had a massive bleed because of a SCH, but other than that I went on to have a normal, uneventful pregnancy. What a beautiful blessing.
I wanted to share my story because I have been there, disappointment after disappointment, losing all hope, wondering if I was ever going to be a mommy. By sharing my story I pray that I can give some women the strength, courage and renewed hope they need to keep on fighting to find the perfect protocol. I consider the Receptive DX biopsy to be my miracle test, the test that allowed my baby girl to make it into my arms. Stay strong if you are struggling to have a baby, try this test because I know if you are like me we would do ANYTHING to get IVF to work! Wishing you all the best and many blessings ahead.