Diminished Ovarian Reserve: Kati’s Story [SUCCESS]

July 27, 2020

Topics in this episode:
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email

Today’s success story is about a woman named Kati. She is a 40-year-old attorney who enjoys cooking and traveling. Kati wanted to freeze her eggs at 35 years old because she was not married but knew she wanted children in the future. However, a fertility workup showed she had diminished ovarian reserve. A few months later, she did 3 egg freezing cycles, which resulted in 25 eggs. Several years later, she married her husband and they tried conceiving on their own. After a few unsuccessful months, she returned to the fertility clinic. They thawed her eggs, which resulted in 3 normal embryos. Because they want 2 children, she did more IVF cycles to bank embryos. Unfortunately, 7 cycles resulted in 2 failed fresh transfers and no additional embryos to freeze. She also had 2 spontaneous pregnancies that ended in miscarriages. Join us to hear how Kati became spontaneously pregnant 1 more time and is currently in her second trimester.

Episode Sponsor:

Infertility Coaching with Heather Huhman

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Kati was outgoing, social, less anxious, and more carefree
  • How she met her husband online and then met him at a wine bar for their first date
  • As a couple, they currently spend every second of every day together in quarantine and working at home
  • Growing up as an only child made Kati always long to be the mother of several children
  • How travel and other aspects of life have been affected by their desire to become parents
  • When Kati was single and 35, she learned about egg freezing and proceeded with fertility testing
  • When the results showed DOR, Kati was urged to proceed and freeze her eggs
  • After three egg freezing cycles, Kati had 25 frozen eggs, which made her feel empowered and like she had an insurance policy
  • Two years later, Kati was married, so they started trying to conceive and went to a fertility clinic after a few months
  • After seven rounds of IVF and four rounds of IUI, Kati still had DOR, very few eggs, and no eggs for PGT testing
  • After two failed fresh transfers, Kati’s 25 frozen eggs were thawed, but only three were normal
  • They kept trying on their own because they wanted two children and wanted to save the three frozen embryos as a last resort
  • Two spontaneous pregnancies (one chemical) resulted in miscarriages at eight weeks along
  • After more failed IVF cycles, Kati got pregnant spontaneously and is currently 26 weeks pregnant with her son
  • Kati’s first sign that she needed to consult a medical professional for help
  • How Kati selected a fertility clinic and why she explored egg freezing in the first place
  • What Kati wants other women to know about egg freezing
  • How Kati started a company based on her infertility journey
  • How Kati’s company, Emborro, works to help other couples in infertility (www. emborro.com)
  • How Kati’s company compares to other competitors regarding finances and interest rates
  • How Kati explained her diagnosis to her husband when he was still her boyfriend
  • Why each failed IVF was a low point for Kati because she walked away with nothing; she had to pick up the pieces and keep going and even considered donor eggs to have some hope
  • How Kati’s two girlfriends who initially explored the egg freezing seminar with her both ended up freezing their eggs after she did
  • How Kati felt on finding out about this pregnancy right on the heels of a miscarriage
  • How Kati balanced her work with treatment, opting for early treatments and not telling anyone at her law office
  • How insurance coverage helped cover some egg freezing and IVF costs for Kati, but she took a loan from her 401(K) in the beginning because there were no other options
  • How her relationship with her husband became closer through their journey
  • Why some friends didn’t understand the emotional toll of infertility and the struggles of IVF
  • Kati’s tips for self-advocacy: “Ask the doctor questions, don’t just listen, take baby steps, and find online resources and local educational seminars to learn more.”
  • Why Kati’s pregnancy has been interesting and anxiety-ridden with COVID-19
  • How infertility has changed Kati: “Infertility has made me stronger as a person. It takes a lot of strength to keep going when things don’t work out. I’ve learned not to give up on myself. I’ve turned into an advocate for other women to help educate them, and I want them to get the information they need about their fertility health.”
  • Kati’s advice to her past self: “Get the fertility testing earlier. Do your research.”

References:

Thanks for listening!

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
Scroll to Top