Diminished Ovarian Reserve & Fibroids: Sylvia’s Story [SUCCESS]

November 18, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Sylvia. She is a 39-year-old forensic psychologist who enjoys cooking, working out, and entertaining. After three years of trying to conceive with her first husband, she scheduled an appointment with her OB/GYN to discuss her fertility concerns and began Clomid. Later that year, her marriage ended. Fast forward seven years, and she married her current husband. After two hysteroscopies to remove fibroids, they finally began treatment. Her first IVF cycle and fresh transfer gave her a daughter. Two years later, they returned to the fertility clinic for baby #2. Her second IVF cycle and fresh transfer was unsuccessful. Following another hysteroscopy to remove a fibroid, she transferred her only frozen embryo, which resulted in a chemical pregnancy. Her third IVF cycle and fresh transfer also was unsuccessful. Join us to hear how Sylvia consulted with me, changed fertility clinics, did one final IVF cycle and an ERA, and recently gave birth to her second daughter.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Sylvia was a very driven and goal-oriented hard worker
  • How she met her husband in prison—when they were both employees there
  • As a couple, they are fighters and foodies who have met and conquered many challenges together
  • How Sylvia’s large extended family made her always want to be a mom
  • The traumatic Ob appointment at age 16, when Sylvia was told that she might never have children
  • How she chose a career with flexible scheduling and made financial decisions that allowed for kids
  • With her first husband, they started trying in 2003 but had no success
  • They were referred to a reproductive endocrinologist about the time infertility and other problems caused their marriage to end
  • After a long break, she met and married her current husband a few years later
  • While interviewing RE’s, Sylvia had two hysteroscopies to remove fibroids
  • With the first IVF cycle, they transferred all three good embryos; Sylvia got pregnant with one, and her first daughter was born in 2016
  • Back to the RE for Baby #2, in the second IVF cycle, they transferred three embryos and froze one—with no success
  • After another hysteroscopy for fibroids, the frozen embryo was transferred, but it was a chemical pregnancy
  • In the third IVF cycle, four embryos were transferred, and three were frozen—with no success
  • How a deep-dive session with Heather changed everything for Sylvia and made her realize she needed a different RE
  • As Sylvia did research and learned more, she suspected endometriosis, diminished ovarian reserve, and poor egg quality
  • She scheduled a consultation with a new clinic and loved the new RE, who immediately diagnosed DOR and formed a treatment plan
  • The new clinic refused to work with their previously-frozen embryos because they were Day 3 embryos with no embryology report
  • As they prepared for a new cycle, Sylvia had a laparoscopy, a cardiac arrest “hiccup,” and went for a “Hail Mary” with the new doctor
  • Why Sylvia changed her diet, her workout, and started acupuncture, supplements, and followed every wives’ tale
  • In the fourth IVF cycle, there was only one viable embryo, and they did an ERA test to line up everything perfectly for their one last shot
  • The transfer was in February 2019, and Sylvia became pregnant with her second daughter, born just a few days ago
  • What the ERA test showed about Sylvia’s cycle
  • How the laparoscopy showed mild endometriosis
  • How infertility was the major contributing factor to the end of Sylvia’s first marriage
  • How infertility has impacted Sylvia’s current marriage
  • Why Sylvia went to the clinic that Heather recommended
  • The lowest point for Sylvia was when she miscarried—and her sister announced her pregnancy just two weeks later
  • How Sylvia binged on the Beat Infertility podcast and connected with others in the community
  • A positive moment of a romantic Valentine’s Day outing and the significance of the name “Bentley”
  • How infertility has changed Sylvia: “Infertility has made me very superstitious, and I now use lucky charms for different things. I’m also incredibly grateful for my children and have a deeper sense of appreciation and gratitude for them.”
  • Sylvia’s advice to her past self: “Change doctors NOW!”

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