Posted on: 21-Mar-2011 9:50am
Having attempted 3 ICSI/IVF cycles, 1 frozen egg cycle and 5 AI procedures, and a number of cycles with only acupuncture and natural treatments I became very frustrated having never once achieved a positive pregnancy outcome. I eventually sent my blood off to a Reproductive Immunology Lab in the USA from South Africa and they found that I had high levels of antiphospholipids and NK cells.
When I attempted my 3rd ICSI as well as my 5th AI procedure (this time with prednisone, clexane and aspirin) the pregnancy test result was still negative.
I finally had a consult with Dr Braverman during 2010 and he recommended the following immune treatment with my 4th ICSI cycle – IVIG, clexane and aspirin and progesterone. When I had my IgA levels tested my levels were low so Dr Braverman recommended that I not use IVIG and rather try neupogen (G-CSF). So with this ICSI cycle I then took neupogen (G-CSF), intralipids, progesterone, clexane and aspirin. The most amazing thing is that it worked and finally I had a pregnancy test to confirm this. I was terrified to do a urine test and only see 1 line after having done so many of them over all the years so this time I waited until I received the news from my HCG blood test. My husband and I were ecstatic when they phoned to say the result was positive. The funny thing is I waited until I was about 6 weeks pregnant before I was brave enough to attempt another urine pregnancy test just to see what it felt like to see 2 lines. It was amazing to see this and so healing for me.
As I write this now I am 10 weeks pregnant and stopped neupogen last week but need to continue with my clexane and aspirin throughout my pregnancy.
We take this week by week and have been privileged to hear our baby’s heartbeat and see the baby grow steadily and healthily. We know that we still have a long way to go but are so grateful for this opportunity and appreciate this gift even though I still have nerves, anxiety, fear etc
We have Dr Braverman to thank for this wonderful gift. He is such an authentic, kind, and passionate Doctor with a huge wealth of knowledge. He is amazingly accessible and makes you feel really important and unique as his patient.
My advice to others still trying – search your heart and if you truly want to be a mother you will. Dr Braverman is amazing and he will search every avenue to help you so please don’t give up. I know it’s a long road and financially it takes its toll but its worth it when you finally fall pregnant. I only wish that I had met Dr Braverman earlier and didn’t have to wait 13 years for his help. Reproductive Immunology is still new in South Africa and I am grateful that I had doctors that were willing to follow Dr Braverman's protocol. Don’t worry if you are not from the USA as Dr Braverman is able to recommend a protocol to work alongside your doctor in the country that you reside in .
Dr Braverman - Thank you from the bottom of my heart
To all those women still trying to fall pregnant - please don’t give up and I wish you all loads of success on your journey