Blocked Fallopian Tubes & PCOS: Tiffany’s Story [SUCCESS]

April 16, 2018

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Tiffany. She is a 32-year-old special education teacher who enjoys walking to the farmer’s market, going to yoga and spending time with good friends. Shortly before she and her husband were married, Tiffany learned she was unexpectedly pregnant and that it was ectopic. Because her life was at risk, she was forced to make the decision to end the pregnancy. After working through her grief, she and her husband began actively trying to conceive and headed to a reproductive endocrinologist fairly quickly because her gut said something was wrong. Join us to hear to how she and her husband were able to complete a successful round of IVF thanks to a grant from Baby Quest.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Tiffany describes herself as naïve and sheltered
  • She and her husband met because he and her mother were both performing at a comedy show. They met, started dating, and have been together for 8 years now
  • They are “the couple that single friends aspire to be” and make a good, supportive team
  • Tiffany always wanted to be a mom, always loved dolls, and loved taking care of kids
  • Why she wanted to focus on personal goals and education first so there would be time for kids later
  • The first RE appointment, where the doctor validated her concerns
  • The diagnosis: PCOS and blocked Fallopian tubes: “IVF is your best shot”
  • The first pregnancy that was ectopic occurred in 2014 and landed Tiffany in the ER because of the severe cramping and pain
  • Later, when she was married, she felt alone and depressed and didn’t know where to turn for help
  • Finding support through therapy and support groups
  • How a friend introduced her to organizations that offered grants for IVF
  • Finding and applying for two grants and receiving one from Baby Quest
  • A September egg retrieval with 8 eggs, 2 transferred embryos, and 3 frozen embryos
  • October 2016: pregnant! Relief that IVF worked the first time
  • Hearing only one heartbeat and dealing with the grief of losing one of the embryos
  • A healthy, uneventful pregnancy, except for the anxiety
  • June 2017, when her son was born via emergency C-section
  • Managing expectations vs. reality
  • Losing all hope when they were told that IUI’s weren’t realistic for them
  • Regaining hope after throwing the pity party, accepting the situation, and refocusing
  • How her relationship with her husband only grew stronger with his support at every appointment
  • How some friendships were more supportive than others, but none were lost through the infertility process
  • How infertility has changed Tiffany: “It made me more appreciative about experiencing a full-term pregnancy and more appreciative of being a mother. It’s made me a more empathetic person.”
  • Tiffany’s advice to herself back then: “Keep going. Don’t give up. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

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