Amenorrhea & Pituitary Disorder: Sage’s Story [SUCCESS]

October 8, 2018

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Sage. She is a 41-year-old coach, author, and speaker who enjoys playing outside with her family. When Sage was 17, she stopped getting her period. An MRI revealed she had a micro-adenoma on her pituitary gland, which could impact hormonal secretions, but no one was sure at the time. Although she’s also a cancer survivor, she never had radiation to her reproductive organs. She simply doesn’t ovulate without help, despite trying to kickstart her period using acupuncture and herbs. Join us to hear how medicated IUI led to the birth of her son in 2009 and a successful IVF cycle gave her a daughter three years later.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Sage was hopeful, upbeat, passionate, driven, and someone who figured things out and somehow made them work
  • Before infertility, she had dealt with cancer that already rattled the foundation of her invincibility
  • How she met her husband at a bar in downtown Boulder, when a friend introduced them
  • As a couple, they have a deep, passionate, respectful, and supportive relationship
  • One thing that was never confusing to Sage was the fact that she wanted to be a mother
  • How the desire for parenthood impacted career decisions
  • At 17, her period stopped and she was put on birth control pills
  • At 23, she was diagnosed with cancer and had chemo and radiation (in her chest/shoulder region)
  • At 26, she met her husband and they discussed the fact that conceiving might be difficult as they prepared for marriage
  • She saw an acupuncturist in hopes of jump-starting her period, with no success
  • After Clomid, there was no change, so she moved to an RE
  • Her husband willingly gave her the shots for hormone injections
  • She became pregnant on the 3rd IUI cycle and her son was born in 2009
  • They wanted a second child, but IUI’s weren’t successful this time
  • She was pregnant on the first IVF round and her daughter was born in 2013
  • Why she was ready and open-minded to see an RE so early in her journey
  • At the first RE visit, she was pleased that the clinic was clean and welcoming with friendly people and she felt supported
  • No real diagnosis, but she knew her pituitary fails to send the proper hormones to start ovulation
  • The lowest point was “a cumulative exhaustion and sadness,” with fear and anticipation, but she felt hopeful with the quality of care and an optimistic prognosis
  • A positive moment was the relief that their sex life could be for pleasure and intimacy since they knew it would not be the way they conceived their child
  • In balancing work and treatment, she tried for early appointments and had some flexibility, but notes that it was much harder with the second child
  • With very little insurance coverage, their family was able to help with the cost
  • Sage’s recommendations about handling other people’s questions about your journey
  • Sage’s advice to herself back then: “Be nicer to yourself. Show compassion and grace with gentleness. You deserve that love and kindness.”

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