CCRM Colorado Success Stories
One of our greatest rewards at CCRM is getting to know our patients and celebrating their successes. We personally invite you to read our patient success stories below to find out how we’ve helped them achieve their dream of having a baby.
Allen – Starting a Family After Cancer
Men undergoing treatment (radiation, chemotherapy or surgery) for testicular cancer often causes permanent or temporary infertility. However, a recent study in the U.K. found that “many men do not know how cancer treatment can affect their fertility or the likelihood of fertility recovery over the long-term.”
Testicular cancer often strikes men at a young age, so sperm cryopreservation (or “sperm freezing”) prior to initiating life-saving cancer treatment enables men a chance at fathering biologically related children. Through cryopreservation, sperm can be stored for an unlimited amount of time without degrading the quality of the sperm. This makes sperm cryopreservation an excellent option for those who know they would like to leave their family planning options open for the future.
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Before needing to have a second surgery for testicular cancer, Allen* decided to freeze his sperm in hopes of having a family in the future. Allen was discouraged after having been told that very few sperm would survive and that most did not have a tail, but kept hope that future technology would provide him the opportunity to at least have one viable sperm to fertilize an egg.
Eight years later, Allen and his wife were ready to have a child and they were determined to find the best fertility clinic in the U.S. to have the best chance of success. After hearing about CCRM through a work colleague, Allen knew CCRM was the right clinic for their family even though it meant many flights between his home in Michigan and CCRM’s clinic in Colorado.
When Allen was told by his physician at CCRM that he had many viable sperm, he was moved to tears. Allen and his wife transferred two embryos through in vitro fertilization and as a result, had their son. Two years later, they transferred another embryo and ended up with their beautiful daughter.
The Gore Family
Chelsea Ritchie and her husband, Josh, came to CCRM Minneapolis in the spring of 2016, after battling infertility for nearly a decade. Chelsea suffers from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which can make it extremely challenging to conceive and carry a successful pregnancy to term.
The Ritchies had seen this firsthand. Prior to receiving treatment at CCRM Minneapolis, Chelsea had undergone three failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles, five failed intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycles, and experienced three devastating miscarriages. She had also worked with a naturopathic doctor and an acupuncturist, all to no avail.
Chelsea and Josh had heard about CCRM’s reputation as a world-class fertility clinic, but weren’t sure they would be able to make the trips to Colorado for treatment at CCRM’s flagship location. In 2015, CCRM opened a location in Minneapolis, and in 2016, after deciding to attempt one final cycle of IVF, Chelsea and Josh scheduled their appointment with Dr. April Batcheller at CCRM Minneapolis.
Dr. Batcheller worked closely with Chelsea and Josh to assess what had been done in their past IVF cycles and to make adjustments that would hopefully result in a successful pregnancy. Dr. Batcheller adjusted Chelsea’s IVF protocol, put both Chelsea and Josh on a special vitamin regimen, and made other suggestions regarding diet and lifestyle. She also recommended that the Ritchies use a frozen embryo transfer instead of fresh, giving Chelsea’s body time to recover between egg retrieval and embryo transfer.
In the spring of 2016, Chelsea underwent egg retrieval, and shortly after, Chelsea and Josh found out that they had seven healthy embryos. They opted to transfer two embryos in September 2016, and in October 2016, Chelsea and Josh got the news they had been waiting for: they were pregnant with twins. Chelsea and Josh welcomed their beautiful twins, Logan and Kirsten, into the world on May 10, 2017.
In the words of Chelsea, “We are so incredibly grateful to have found Dr. Batcheller and CCRM. From the moment we sat down to talk, we were refreshed by her optimism and enthusiasm to help us start a family, especially after we had already been through so much and felt scared to hope. Her knowledge of our case proved to us that we weren’t just a number, but humans, and her willingness to do whatever it took to help us succeed, whether it was coming in on a weekend, or hopping into an unplanned ultrasound, demonstrated unexpected and unbelievable patient care. From the beginning, she entered a partnership with us – listening to our questions and allowing us to advocate for things we felt strongly about, offering us her wisdom and joining us to make the best decisions for our cycle. Her sincere and heartfelt congratulations to us the day we learned that we were pregnant is something we will never forget. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you CCRM for making our dreams of a family come true!”
Overcoming PCOS and Infertility
After gaining 100 pounds in a short period of time and not shedding any weight with diet and exercise, Lauren knew something was wrong. Lauren is one of 10+ million women worldwide who struggle with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of infertility in women.
Weight gain is just one of numerous possible symptoms that women may experience. Additional symptoms include: acne, cysts on ovaries, irregular periods or no period, thinning hair on head, unwanted hair growth, pelvic pain and mood changes.
In this video, Lauren bravely shares her experience with PCOS and her journey to overcome infertility to have the family that she and her husband have always dreamed of.
A Healthy Start at Life
Christie knew she was a carrier of muscular dystrophy, so pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) at CCRM ensured that her children would be free of the disease. Christie and her husband, Eric, discuss their decision to use PGS, as well as their incredible birth story.