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PCOS: Abbey’s Story [SUCCESS]

75: PCOS [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Abbey. Her journey is slightly different than many of the women I talk to because she was diagnosed with PCOS when she was 15 and therefore knew getting pregnant might be difficult. However, after making an appointment with her doctor because she felt a bit off, she and her husband learned that she was not only unexpectedly pregnant, but also carrying twins. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter they learned the twins had Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, and she eventually lost them around 12 weeks. Join us to hear how she grieved by throwing herself into life and ultimately became pregnant again via a very simple fix.
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Diminished Ovarian Reserve: Dan’s Story [SUCCESS]

73: Diminished Ovarian Reserve [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a man named Dan. Although his wife is an American, they met in London after connecting online while she was there on travel. At the age of 32, his wife was diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve and was deemed a “poor responder” to treatment. As a result, they were advised to immediately pursue IVF. Although he was initially excited about their first cycle, he understandably became quite discouraged when it didn’t work. Join us to how he and his wife went through three more IVF cycles through both the NHS and a private clinic before eventually becoming pregnant with twins.
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Blocked Fallopian Tubes: Tammy’s Story [SUCCESS]

72: Blocked Fallopian Tubes [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Tammy. As the sixth child in a family of seven children, she always knew she wanted to have kids. Tammy unfortunately had to see five REs before getting an official diagnosis — one that was caused by an appendectomy when she was 8 years old. Like so many others, she was devastated when her first IVF transfer didn’t work and struggled to regain a positive attitude. Join us to hear how Tammy eventually received three diagnoses, suffered two losses, had a hysterectomy, but still ended up with two beautiful children and donated her remaining embryos.
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Antiphospholipid Syndrome & Adoption: Kara’s Story [SUCCESS]

Antiphospholipid Syndrome & Adoption [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Kara. She met her husband when they were kids and started trying to conceive shortly after getting married. After two years, they finally saw a reproductive endocrinologist, who couldn’t find anything wrong with Kara or her husband. Multiple doctors later, the diagnosis was still unexplained infertility. After taking a break for about a year, she and her husband conceived naturally, which sadly ended in a miscarriage. After two more miscarriages and a doctor pushing for IVF, they finally received a real diagnosis. Let’s listen to how Kara and her husband ultimately decided on an open adoption after trying to conceive for the better part of a decade. Grab your tissues, ladies, this one gets pretty emotional.
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I’m Stronger Than Infertility, and It Will Not Silence Me

I'm Stronger Than Infertility, and It Will Not Silence Me

Today I am dedicating my blog to National Infertility Awareness Week and to the launch of Justine Brooks Froelker’s latest book The Mother of Second Chances, based on her blog Ever Upward, releasing on April 17th. (Check out my interview with Justine here! She’ll also be back on the show again soon.) (more…)

Antiphospholipid Syndrome: Desiree’s Story [SUCCESS]

68: Antiphospholipid Syndrome [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Desiree. Before infertility, she was carefree and relaxed, but of course infertility changed that. Because she and her husband were high school sweethearts and had been together for 7 years before they got married, they were used to being just the two of them, so she wasn’t sure at first she wanted to have kids. But as soon as having kids wasn’t an option, it was all she wanted. Let’s listen to how her journey spanned 3 different doctors, multiple states, and even more extended breaks before she finally became pregnant with twins.
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Asherman’s Syndrome: Rachel’s Story [JOURNEY UPDATE]

66: Asherman's Syndrome [JOURNEY UPDATE]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s journey update is from a woman named Rachel, who you might remember from Episodes 5 and 26. Although she always knew she wanted to be a mom, she didn’t start trying to conceive until later in life — and she wonders if she would have struggled less had she tried earlier. Much to her surprise, at first, she had no difficulty becoming pregnant, but she kept miscarrying. However, after a D&C, her period didn’t return, thus starting a long road battling Asherman’s Syndrome. Let’s listen to how one of her miscarriages actually turned around her whole outlook about her infertility journey — and she turned her struggles and triumph into two popular books.
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Secondary Unexplained Infertility: Nikki’s Story [SUCCESS]

64: Secondary Unexplained Infertility [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Nikki. Earlier in life, she didn’t think she even wanted to get married, let alone have a family. But all of that changed when she met her husband. After a whirlwind romance, they began trying to conceive and quickly became pregnant with their son. However, when it came time to try for baby #2, she suffered two miscarriages and sought the help of her OB/GYN. She was diagnosed with secondary unexplained infertility, but as a military family, she felt she’d be better off figuring out the answer on her own rather than pursuing a reproductive endocrinologist. Join us to hear how she never lost hope and in fact became more determined than ever after hearing her diagnosis.
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Diminished Ovarian Reserve: Stephanie’s Story [SUCCESS]

62: Diminished Ovarian Reserve [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Stephanie. She always assumed she would have a family one day and be able to conceive when she was ready, which for her, wasn’t until she was 38 years old. However, her husband wasn’t ready just yet, and she knew they had to approach their family with a united front. So, she waited. At 42 years old, she found herself in a RE’s office being diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve and a 2% chance of getting pregnant with her own eggs. Join us to hear how she never lost hope, despite her grim diagnosis and multiple miscarriages.
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PCOS & Factor V: Chelsea’s Story [JOURNEY UPDATE]

57: PCOS & Factor V [JOURNEY UPDATE]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s journey update is from a woman named Chelsea, who you might remember from Episodes 11 and 24. She always knew she wanted to be a mom and started planning her life with her husband around parenthood from early on in their marriage. Once it became clear they were having trouble conceiving, and following multiple failed Clomid cycles, she started her long path with multiple REs, IUI cycles, and IVF cycles. Join us to hear how she never lost hope, and certainly never lost faith, that she’d one day have a child.
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