When Hazel and Vimal fell in love, they immediately bonded over their desire for children.
“From day 1 we talked about having children, from when we first started dating. Now when I look back I’m like, really, you thought you would get pregnant on the day of, you know, the wedding.” - Hazel
They did everything they were supposed to trying to get pregnant. She tracked ovulation, he got a semen analysis, and results looked normal.
“She had to go through a battery of tests, just to see what might be going on with her fertility, where as for me it was just a simple semen analysis.” - Vimal
They started trying IVF, but still nothing worked.
They went to see a new fertility specialist Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh. She advised them that they would likely need a gestational carrier due to problems with Hazel’s uterus.
“To me, surrogacy was so hard to reach, because we spent so much money already on this journey, and I couldn’t imagine spending more money, but at the same time I couldn’t imagine not having kids.” - Hazel
They tried IVF again with a surrogate, but she experienced an early miscarriage.
“Everything should have been fine. We had the best uterus, the best eggs, and the best embryos, so it’s more like by process of elimination, could it be me? And I was open to, let’s just get this checked out.” – Vimal
Dr. Aimee suggested they try a new advanced sperm quality test, the Episona Sperm Test.
“I think that in general fertility care is biased toward the female. Reproductive health is women’s health. Now it’s very well understood that it’s not just about sperm contributing DNA, but how that DNA is contributing to making the embryo.” – Dr. Alan Horsager, Episona CEO
The test uncovered problems in Vimal’s sperm DNA which they had previously missed. Dr. Aimee adjusted treatment for one more cycle.