Horace couple shares success story after struggling with infertility
It’s Infertility Awareness Week, and as Sanford Health told us today, this is a common issue impacting couples right here in our community.
HORACE, N.D. (Valley News Live) - It’s Infertility Awareness Week, and as Sanford Health told us today, this is a common issue impacting couples right here in our community. But there is help out there.
“Couples usually come to reproductive medicine if they’ve been trying for over a year or have known causes of infertility,” says Sanford Health’s Dr. Sheena Rippentrop.
Megan and Cale Homuth got married in 2017. But when they started trying to have a baby, they noticed something was up.
So, they sought out help at Sanford’s Reproductive Medicine Clinic.
“Counts were good, cycles were good, everything on paper appeared to be appropriate to sustain a cycle, but we were still coming up short,” says Cale.
“There are multiple different causes for infertility. It could be from the male partner, the female partner, often times it’s a combination of multiple factors that lead to infertility,” says Dr. Rippentrop.
The couple says they never got an answer on what the problem was because...
“In July, we went through our first IVF (in-vitro fertilization) and got pregnant with him in September,” says Megan.
Arthur, otherwise known as “Scooter”, is a very healthy, happy baby.
The Homuth’s say when they found out they were pregnant, it was surreal.
“I started to let myself believe along the way, but it didn’t really hit home until squealy boy came out,” says Cale.
His parents say they like to think they’re better parents for Arthur because of the journey they went through to have him.
“It’s a priority for us in sharing our success. We aren’t just another pregnancy announcement on Facebook,” says Megan.
The couple is encouraging others to talk more openly about struggles with infertility, as well as to be healthily skeptical of what social media posts as the norm.
“We know that infertility is a disease. We know that it has an impact on a person and couple that they’ve found is as severe as being diagnosed with cancer or a divorce or the death of a near relative,” says Dr. Rippentrop.
“Keep in mind that there are plenty of people who struggle. There are opportunities. At times, it may feel like there’s’ no way you’ll find your little dude. But after trials and tribulations, you might get yourself a little dude who shakes his head no at you like that,” says Cale.
If you’re seeking help with infertility, here’s a link to Sanford’s Reproductive Medicine Clinic.
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