“You’d be such a good candidate for IVF.” Melissa Claus and her husband Ryan heard this repeatedly from the fertility specialists they worked with in their four years of struggling with infertility. “That’s all I was ever told, but it just wasn’t something we were open to,” she says.
Through her years of treatments, Melissa was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, then polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She tried everything from Clomid to trigger shots and intrauterine insemination. Nothing worked.
“Ryan and I began to think a child via pregnancy would never happen for us,” she says. “The most frustrating thing was that each doctor wanted to get us pregnant via this method or that, but there was never any discussion around fixing my underlying hormonal issues.”
In early 2016, Melissa came across an issue of Catholic St. Louis magazine, which featured an article about Dr. Gavin Puthoff and the NaProTECHNOLOGY approach to fertility. She was intrigued. When a friend from church handed her a copy of the same magazine and recommended she read the article, she knew it was a sign and made an appointment.
In spring 2019, Melissa went ahead with her previously planned ovarian wedge resection to treat some of her PCOS symptoms. During the procedure, Dr. Puthoff also removed endometriosis. By summer 2020, with the help of gonadotropin injections, she was expecting her second child.
“If there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that God absolutely has a plan,” Melissa says. “Catholic St. Louis magazine and Dr. Puthoff were put directly in our path, which led to the most beautiful little boy we could have ever imagined. We are beyond blessed and thank God every day for each step we’ve taken to lead us to Dr. Puthoff and his amazing team.”