Fertility treatment: 3rd time's a charm
From Spotlight on Health Nov./Dec. 2008
Even though “Baby” Hilsgen is not born
yet, Mom Jana already has started a
scrapbook of photos from the first
ultrasound at five weeks gestation. The
baby has a long way to go to catch up to
older brother Cole’s multiple “giant”
scrapbooks documenting the first eight
years of his life.
Jana and her husband, Troy, knew they
wanted to have another baby after Cole was
born in 2000. Although they used Clomid
(an infertility drug) with success the first
time, baby number two required a little
more patience on their part.
Jana and Troy Hilsgen with son, Cole.
After trying Clomid again for one year
unsuccessfully, Jana was diagnosed with
polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) by
Robert Stocker, M.D., obstetrician/
gynecologist with CentraCare Clinic –
Women & Children. PCOS is a condition
in which there is excess male hormone
production affecting ovulation and follicle
development. That meant she had to treat
her PCOS before they could proceed with
After her PCOS had improved, Jana and
Troy again sat down with Stocker to discuss
their options. Stocker recommended
injectable fertility drugs and intrauterine
insemination (IUI). Jana and Troy agreed to
try it, but set their limit to three treatments.
“This type of infertility treatment includes
ultrasounds every two to three days to study
the mother’s follicles and to discover the
best time for her IUI,” Stocker said.
When the first two treatments didn’t work,
they didn’t lose faith, but also began to
consider adoption as a good option for
them while undergoing their third and
“It felt like we were on an emotional roller coaster while we anticipated the outcome
each month,” Jana said. “But we knew this
wasn’t our final option and that there were other children out there who we could love
as much as our own.”
However, the final IUI treatment was
successful and the Hilsgens now are
looking forward to baby number two in
late January 2009.
“It’s an amazing feeling. Going through
treatment was challenging, but the support
from Dr. Stocker, Deb Ertl (nurse) and the
ultrasound tech was incredible,” Jana said. “And in the end, it was worth it to know
that we tried everything we could -- and
fortunately, we had a successful outcome.”
For more information about CentraCare
Clinic’s Reproductive Medicine Program
or to register to attend a free reproductive
seminar at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of
every month at CentraCare Health Plaza,
please call (320) 654-3630, ext. 70291.
Learn more about CentraCare Clinic - Women & Children's Reproductive Medicine Program.