Uterine Abnormalities

BONUS 132: Affording IVF & Surrogacy

BONUS 132: Affording IVF & Surrogacy

Today’s Guest:

Today’s bonus episode guest is Chrissy Fleishman, an infertility survivor and author of How to Afford IVF and Surrogacy.
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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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Dual Factor Infertility: Aimee’s Story [SUCCESS]

97: Dual Factor Infertility [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Aimee. She’s a 30-year-old fraud investigator at a big insurance company. She met her husband in college and now they work for the same company, which works out well for both of them because they are best friends and enjoy being partners in all aspects of life. Both she and her husband received infertility diagnoses back when they were in high school, so they knew they might have a long road ahead of them. Join us to hear how they went straight to IVF with ICSI and found success with only a couple viable sperm.
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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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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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Unicornuate Uterus & Endometriosis: Flannery’s Story [SUCCESS]

88: Unicornuate Uterus & Endometriosis [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Flannery. Before infertility, she describes herself as independent, adventurous, and optimistic. However, over the years, she became more of a planner and worrier. She and her now husband met in 2011 and were married a couple years later. They are both introverts who are best friends and just enjoy spending time together. She was diagnosed with a uterine abnormality in 2014 — before they even started trying to conceive, so her journey is a bit different than most. Join us to hear how they pulled out all the stops during their first IVF cycle and what her preterm delivery means for the future of their family.
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Surrogacy: Susi’s Story [SUCCESS]

83: Surrogacy [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Susi. Her story is very different than most in that she first experienced her own infertility and then became a gestational carrier. About eight years ago, her then husband was diagnosed with male factor infertility and given a grim prognosis. However, they were successfully able to conceive two children after a strong course of antibiotics for a testicular infection. Fast forward several years, she heard about a couple in need of a gestational carrier and volunteered. Join us to hear how they went through three failed cycles before eventually switching to a natural IVF protocol.
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Uterine Abnormalities: Nadine’s Story [JOURNEY]

81: Uterine Abnormalities [JOURNEY STORY]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s journey story is about a woman named Nadine. She and her husband are very social people who enjoy spending a lot of time together. They are very close and loving toward each other with an extremely strong bond. Although she always assumed she’d be a mom, her desire became overwhelming about a year ago when they adopted a puppy, whom she loves very deeply. Her journey has been a rocky one to say the least, including multiple miscarriages, REs, IUIs, and egg retrievals. Join us to hear where she’s been so far and what’s coming up next in her journey.
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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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Uterine Septum: Paige’s Story [SUCCESS]

71: Uterine Septum [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Paige. She knew she wanted to be a mother ever since she was in daycare as a child, but she and her husband chose to wait to start their family until they were financially ready. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned. Soon she found herself undergoing testing with her GYN, all of which looked normal for both her and her husband, so they were sent on to a RE. Join us to hear how she went from a whirlwind first appointment to eventually being told she might die and never meet her son.
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