Anovulation & Recurrent Loss: Marcela’s Story [SUCCESS]

January 28, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Marcela. She is a 33-year-old lawyer who enjoys reading, watching movies, yoga, and traveling. Because she had never ovulated on her own, she knew having children would be difficult. However, after she was married, she learned that inducing ovulation worked well. So, her doctor at the time concluded that she should be able to conceive easily once they were ready. However, when they began trying, the road was difficult. She became pregnant several times, but keeping the pregnancy was another story. After two losses and multiple failed cycles, they moved on to IVF. During the process, they discovered she had difficulty producing genetically normal embryos. So, they reached out to CCRM in Colorado for help. Join us to hear how how Marcela underwent several long-distance cycles from Brazil and eventually became pregnant with twins.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Marcela was a planner. She remained positive, even though her infertility was the first battle in which she had no control
  • How she met her husband in Rio and they dated in NYC when she was a law student at Columbia
  • As a couple, they balance each other with her intensity and energy and his calm, grounded spirit
  • How Marcela was always very maternal, loved dolls, and knew one day she would be a mother
  • The major decisions they made, including moving from NYC back to Brazil to have a more balanced life and be near their families–all to prepare for children
  • At age 16, Marcela had never gotten her period, so a visit to her doctor resulted in hormone therapy
  • At the first RE appointment, test results were good, and they waited about a year to start trying
  • Her first chemical pregnancy was a “good sign,” but then she got pregnant again quickly–but there was no heartbeat after a few weeks
  • Tests on the baby showed chromosomal abnormalities
  • Why the doctor recommended IVF, since she was already taking the drugs for it
  • On the first cycle, 3 low-grade embryos were transferred—but the pregnancy test was negative
  • On the 2nd IVF cycle, the doctor mentioned testing the embryos, so the two embryos were tested, but were both abnormal, so there was nothing to transfer
  • Marcela wasn’t satisfied with the doctor, so her mother-in-law, an Ob-gyn, researched and found a clinic in Denver, CCRM, and they scheduled a phone consultation
  • After routine tests, the doctor recommended a two-month regimen to improve egg quality; this is when Marcela started listening to the Beat Infertility podcast and started on the recommended supplements and medications
  • The retrieval date was set, which yielded 22 eggs and 4 genetically-normal embryos; Marcela took the trip from Brazil to Denver for the transfer, but the pregnancy test was negative
  • The explanation from the doctor was that CCS testing isn’t perfect and the embryo probably wasn’t normal after all
  • Marcela started researching and found several things she urged her doctor to try, like the antihistamine protocol, Lovonox, and the endometrial scratch test; the doctor agreed to accept and try her suggestions
  • When Marcela’s lining wouldn’t thicken, she tried estrogen in every form
  • Trying different drugs not available in Brazil meant asking friends who traveled to the US to bring back different drugs, which led to some interesting situations!
  • Even though her lining was too thin, Marcela felt like this was “the cycle,” so she insisted on carrying through with the cycle, came to Denver, and had two embryos transferred
  • The positive pregnancy test was almost unbelievable—then she delivered her twins, a boy and a girl, on Oct. 26, 2018
  • How her whole family on both sides was involved in the process
  • The difficult logistics of the long-term relationship with her fertility clinic
  • How Marcela gained much more than she lost by being open and honest with people about their journey
  • The lowest point: when both embryos were abnormal
  • A positive moment: when the pregnancy test was positive
  • Balancing work, treatments, and travel to the US
  • How Marcela received positive feedback in sharing her story
  • The financial burden and how both sets of their parents chipped in
  • How Marcela and her husband became stronger than ever as a couple and felt safe together when they faced bad news
  • How Marcela learned to advocate and speak up for herself
  • How switching doctors helped with the difficulty of the entire process
  • How infertility changed Marcela: “I was spoiled before infertility. I’m more patient now and a better mother, I think. I became much less judgmental of people in general and aware that every person has their own journey.”
  • Marcela’s advice to herself back then: “Yes–the babies will get here. It’s OK to cry sometimes and have nightmares.”

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