As emergency physicians in the trauma center at VCU Medical Center, both Stephanie and Amir Louka are accustomed to making life and death decisions in a matter of seconds. But after more than a year of unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, they turned to another specialized area of medicine for help — reproductive medicine.
"After completing all the tests, we discovered that, like many couples, our infertility was 'unexplained.' There was no simple, clear cut reason why we were not getting pregnant,” says Stephanie. But that didn't stop Dr. Lucidi, VCU Health reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist, from recommending a course of action to give the Stephanie and Amir the family that they craved. "In fact, Dr. Ludici suggested we move forward quickly, especially if we wanted to have more than one child. First, I completed medical school, then a rigorous residency program. I didn't even consider having a baby until I was 37. Our plan called for retrieving eggs and attempting to get pregnant now, and then freezing any additional eggs, in the event we wanted to try to have another baby in a year or two.”
After two weeks of injections, followed by hormonal medication, Stephanie had more than 20 eggs retrieved, resulting in nine healthy, fertilized eggs, called zygotes. "We took a chance and had only one egg transferred. Fortunately I got pregnant with the first attempt!” On February 12, 2017, the Loukas welcomed Evelyn — or "Evie”— to their family.
"We're so glad that we selected VCU Health for our fertility treatment. They have everything we needed, including the extra care that Evie required. And we loved the way they included my husband in the process. In fact, he got to have the first peek at Evie when she was just an embryo.”
Now, Stephanie and Amir can relax and enjoy their new baby. And in a year or two, when they are ready, they will be all set to try again for another miracle — thanks to the advanced science of VCU Health's reproductive medicine.
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The desire to have a baby can be overwhelming. But it may surprise you to learn that you’re not alone. In the United States, nearly 12 percent of women of childbearing age — that’s 7.4 million women — are coping with the physical and psychological challenges of infertility.
But hope is closer than you think. Our reproductive medicine specialists offer proven treatments and emotional support to give you the best chance at achieving what you want the most — a successful pregnancy.
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As emergency physicians in the trauma center at VCU Medical Center, both Stephanie and Amir Louka are accustomed to making life and death decisions in a matter of seconds. But after more than a year of unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, they turned...
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There are many reasons you may have a problem getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. We offer a personalized approach to reproductive services — from evaluations to the complete range of treatment options, including in vitro fertilization (IVF).
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