IUI

Male Factor Infertility: Miranda’s Story [SUCCESS]

104: Male Factor Infertility [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Miranda. She’s a 33-year-old maternal and fetal medicine researcher who likes to read, listen to podcasts, and spend time with her pets and family. Before infertility, she says she was blessed to have not suffered any great losses in her life, although that of course has since changed. Before she and her husband began trying to conceive, she went off the pill and instead prevented pregnancy using the fertility awareness method. A couple years later when they were ready to start their family, they used charting and timed intercourse. After about 8 months without success, they found themselves at a fertility clinic with a male factor infertility diagnosis. After 6 rounds of IUI, they were ready to switch clinics and try IVF. Join us to hear how they suffered a miscarriage following PGS testing and finally found success with a frozen embryo transfer.
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Dual Factor Infertility: Alanna’s Story [SUCCESS]

102: Dual Factor Infertility [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Alanna. She’s 34 years old and enjoys yoga, running, and hiking. Before infertility, she wasn’t nearly as aware as she is today of the challenges people face in their everyday lives. She met her husband 17 years ago, which means they have now been together for half of her life. Even before they’d been trying for a year, her family doctor suggested a semen analysis, and they were shocked when it came back with 0% morphology. Later, a reproductive endocrinologist would also diagnose her with a uterine septum. Join us to hear how her journey spanned multiple IUI and IVF cycles, only to result in conceiving their child while on a vacation getaway.
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PCOS & MTHFR: Molly’s Story [SUCCESS]

101: PCOS & MTHFR [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Molly. She’s a 32-year-old secondary school teacher who loves to run, swim, read, sew, and travel. She met her husband in grad school back in 2009, and although they are very much opposites, it works well for their relationship. She was diagnosed with PCOS by her OB very early on in her journey, which led her to putting things on hold and focusing on her health. Join us to hear how she stayed positive and hopeful throughout timed intercourse, IUI, and IVF cycles, as well as multiple miscarriages, before finally becoming pregnant with her twins.
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Male Factor Infertility: Lindsay’s Story [JOURNEY UPDATE]

100: Male Factor Infertility [JOURNEY UPDATE]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s journey update is from a woman named Lindsay, who you might remember from Episode 40. She is 34-year-old a domestic violence survivor, an experience which has significantly shaped the way she approaches infertility. Before her journey began, she would describe herself as calm, focused, grounded, and centered. Now she attributes those traits to her husband and finds herself to be much more high-strung. After about 15 months of trying on their own, Lindsay and her husband began their infertility journey at her OB/GYN, who performs IUIs in the office. However, after two unsuccessful rounds of IUI, it was time to move on to IVF with a RE. Join us to hear how her RE uncovered a new diagnosis that sent her into a tailspin but she somehow remained a positive advocate for herself and others.
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Secondary Infertility & Endometriosis: Kally’s Story [SUCCESS]

99: Secondary Infertility & Endometriosis [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Kally. She’s a 35-year-old digital graphic designer who loves to bake. She met her husband through one of her best friends, and now they are coming up on their 10-year anniversary. Although she was able to get pregnant with her first child relatively easily, it just wasn’t happening when they started trying for their second. After developing a strong relationship and routine with an acupuncturist for about 9 months, they headed off to a reproductive endocrinologist who ultimately diagnosed her with endometriosis. Join us to hear how she fell into a pit of despair following two miscarriages, and they eventually became pregnant on their own after several IUI cycles.
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Dual Factor Infertility: Charlotte’s Story [SUCCESS]

98: Dual Factor Infertility [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Charlotte. She’s a 34-year-old medical librarian, and her husband works in higher education, as well. As early as third grade, she wanted to be a mother when she grew up. After only three months of dating, her husband proposed and they were married a year later. He’s always had severe chronic illnesses, so even before infertility, they had been through a lot together and she questioned whether her dream of becoming a mother would be possible. Let’s listen to how they opted to use donor sperm after considering adoption and found success with IVF.
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Male Factor Infertility: Adelle’s Story [SUCCESS]

96: Male Factor Infertility [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Adelle. She’s a 35-year-old high school teacher who knew from a young age she wanted to have kids and, in fact, planned her entire adult life around them. Her infertility journey spans the better part of a decade and multiple partners. Her ex-husband was a paraplegic and thus in a wheelchair when they met when she was just 20 years old. So, when they were ready to start a family in her mid-twenties, she thought it would be a simple matter of getting his healthy sperm into her. However, with infertility, it’s rarely so simple. Join us to hear how she became pregnant with twins via IUI following two failed IVF cycles with her ex and five IUI cycles and a miscarriage with her current husband.
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Dual Factor Infertility: Tedi’s Story [SUCCESS]

95: Dual Factor Infertility [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Tedi. She’s 31 years old and met her husband on a blind date. Before infertility, she describes herself as uptight and, frankly, quite angry. She even goes as far as to say her long infertility journey made her forget the reason she even wanted to be a mom. Before she got married, she had a feeling they would have trouble conceiving, and this suspicion was confirmed after a year of trying on their own. Join us to hear how her journey spanned the better part of a decade and included both IUI and IVF before they ultimately became pregnant on their own.
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Dual Factor Infertility: April’s Story [SUCCESS]

94: Dual Factor Infertility [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named April. Although she always knew she wanted to be a mom, she wasn’t always sure it was going to happen. Her first husband had a lot of medical issues and ultimately passed away. It took her several years and some big life changes to move forward. However, motherhood finally felt like a possibility once she met the man who is now her husband. Although they could have seen someone sooner because she was over 35, they tried on their own for about 10 months before visiting her OB for some initial testing. Join us to hear how her journey takes her from timed intercourse to IUI to IVF and back to IUI again before they found success.
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Male Factor Infertility: Sara’s Story [SUCCESS]

93: Male Factor Infertility [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Sara. Reflecting upon her life before infertility, she notes feeling very stressed at the time, of course not knowing how much more complicated life was going to become. She always knew she wanted to be a mom, which resulted in babysitting at an extremely young age and playing with dolls much longer than most. A year before she and her husband officially started trying to conceive, she went off the pill and started religiously tracking her cycles with the help of a naturopath. Eventually, they ended up at a fertility clinic with a male factor diagnosis. Join us to hear how they went through 9 rounds of IUI to conceive their son and even IVF failed them when it came to baby No. 2.
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