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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…)

Unexplained Infertility: Sam’s Story [SUCCESS]

89: Unexplained Infertility [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Sam. She’s a 33-year-old self-employed attorney who met her now husband on a blind date. Today, they both work hard but also play hard and enjoy planning trips and traveling together. She always knew she wanted to have her own business and assumed children would be part of her long-term life plan, but originally wasn’t concerned that it might not happen. They didn’t try on their own for too long because her cycles were erratic after coming off of birth control. Although her OB didn’t think she needed to see a reproductive endocrinologist, she scheduled an appointment anyway. Much to her surprise, the RE recommended heading straight into IVF. Join us to hear how her world came crashing down following a successful cycle and how she was able to pick up the pieces four months later.
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Dual Factor Infertility: Rachel’s Story [SUCCESS]

87: Dual Factor Infertility [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Rachel. She and her husband have been together for the past 15 years and married for the last three. Before infertility, like so many of us, she was a planner and knew exactly how she wanted her life to unfold. Although she always knew she wanted to be a mom, her desire really kicked into high gear when she saw her husband with their nieces and nephews. She used to travel a lot for work, but there came a time when she knew that had to stop and she had to make her fertility a priority. Join us to hear how her journey started with basic testing at her OB’s office and ultimately led to multiple diagnoses for both her and her husband before they eventually found success via IVF.
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High Prolactin: Meg’s Story [SUCCESS]

86: High Prolactin [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Meg. She and her husband, who were married three years ago, both come from big families and hoped to conceive a honeymoon baby. Before infertility, she worked practically around the clock but loved work and her life in general. However, once they actively started trying, she found herself consumed by infertility and all the negative emotions it evokes. Once she was diagnosed with high prolactin levels, she was optimistic because the problem is so easily fixable. But alas, it wasn’t that simple. Join us to hear how her journey led her to try timed intercourse, IUI, and IVF before ultimately conceiving her son.
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BONUS 111: AMA with Heather (Part 3)

BONUS 111: AMA with Heather (Part 3)

Today’s Guest:

This is the third episode in a series where I answer listener questions about my infertility journey, my life and background, the podcast, and more. (Click here to listen to Part 1 and here to listen to Part 2.) A special thanks to my friend and fellow infertility warrior Linda for playing guest host and being a fabulous interviewer.

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Dual Factor Infertility: Diana’s Story [SUCCESS]

82: Dual Factor Infertility [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Diana. After meeting at work, she and her now husband quickly became friends, although they didn’t start dating until about a year later. Today, they complement each other very well and can still spend hours together just talking. When she was younger, Diana took for granted the fact that motherhood would just happen when she wanted it, although once she and her husband started trying, she had a feeling it would be a difficult road. Unfortunately, she was right. When her period never returned after stopping birth control, she headed to her OB for basic testing. Join us to hear how both she and her husband ended up being diagnosed with infertility and they were advised to head straight to IVF.
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