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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: Jade’s Story [SUCCESS]

103: Dual Factor Infertility [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Jade. She’s a 33-year-old registered nurse who, even before infertility, was no stranger to challenges, such as the eating disorder in college that almost took her life. Although she loved babies as a little girl, once she entered high school, she found herself questioning whether or not she wanted kids. However, after her dad became ill, she realized how short life was and once again desired a larger family. Join us to hear how both she and her husband received infertility diagnoses that had her RE recommending they head straight to IVF with ICSI — and all the loss and grief they’ve experienced since then.
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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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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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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: Nadine’s Story [JOURNEY UPDATE]

92: Dual Factor Infertility [JOURNEY UPDATE]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s journey update is from a woman named Nadine, who you might remember from Episode 81. When we last spoke, she was just about to transfer a frozen embryo. Since then, she did that frozen transfer, which unfortunately failed. During the following cycle, her RE ran an Endometrial Receptivity Array, and she sought the opinion of a specialist in Boston about Asherman’s Syndrome to get his opinion on whether or not she should pursue surrogacy. She also recently completed another frozen embryo transfer. Join us to hear the latest in Nadine’s journey and what’s coming up next.
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Living Child-Free After DOR: Ariane’s Story [SUCCESS]

90: Living Child-Free After DOR [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Ariane. Before infertility, she was an achiever who was always giving 110%, but empathy wasn’t one of her strengths. She married her husband at a young age, and they’ve now been married for 11 years. They have a playful relationship and support each other’s individual growth and passions. They started trying to conceive in the spring of 2014 and got pregnant relatively quickly but miscarried at 6 weeks. About 15 months later, a week before they planned to undergo fertility testing with her OB, they learned they were pregnant again, which unfortunately also ended in a miscarriage. Join us to hear how a shocking diagnosis led to the recommendation to pursue donor egg IVF, how her empathy for others grew immensely, and how they ultimately decided to remain child-free.
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BONUS 118: Options Following a Miscarriage

BONUS 118: Options Following a Miscarriage

Today’s Guest:

Dr. Allison Rodgers is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and has been practicing medicine since 2004. She currently practices at the Fertility Centers of Illinois. Dr. Rodgers’ personal experiences with both secondary infertility and pregnancy loss have given her a unique insight into reproductive medicine in order to help you BEAT INFERTILITY. (more…)