Diminished Ovarian Reserve & Male Factor Infertility: Ellen’s Story [SUCCESS]

November 2, 2020

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Today’s success story of a woman named Ellen. She is a 35-year-old ethics and compliance analyst who enjoys hiking, biking, and running. Shortly after getting married, Ellen stopped taking birth control. They tried to conceive on their own for the better part of a year but were unsuccessful. Through her OB/GYN, they tried about 6 months of Clomid cycles, which were also unsuccessful. An alcoholic at the time, Ellen took a break for 9 months to rehab and give her body some time to get healthy. When she was ready to return to fertility treatments, they did 4 IUI cycles, which, again, were unsuccessful. They were told it was likely because she produced very few eggs for her age and her husband had low morphology. Because they knew IVF was the next step, they took another break to “just be normal.” Join us to hear how Ellen did her IVF cycle, transferred 2 embryos, and now has twins.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Ellen had less stress and anxiety but was basically the same person
  • How she met her husband because they went to the same high school, and he was friends with her brother; they met 6-7 years later, and she stalked him until they began dating
  • As a couple, they have become stronger because of what has almost broken them apart, and they know they can handle anything together
  • How Ellen always wanted to be a mom and practiced her “mom responsibilities” on her dogs for several years
  • They married in 2015, and Ellen’s cycles were still irregular after stopping birth control
  • She saw her Ob-gyn after about a year, and she started Clomid and progesterone to force regular cycles
  • How the stress of infertility drove Ellen to extreme alcoholism, and she finally took a break to rehab and get healthier
  • How Ellen didn’t know what to expect on the infertility journey after coming out of rehab
  • Her Ob referred her to a reproductive endocrinologist; they tried more Clomid cycles along with four unsuccessful IUI cycles
  • With more tests, the diagnosis was unexplained infertility, even though Ellen had a low number of eggs, and her husband had abnormal morphology
  • How they took a few months off before beginning the overwhelming IVF process
  • With five normal embryos, Ellen had to speak up and advocate for herself to have two transferred, and her husband supported her in speaking up
  • The joy of the positive pregnancy test, and then the shock at the first ultrasound when one baby’s heartbeat was undetectable
  • At the next ultrasound, the doctors were shocked that both babies were still there, but Ellen felt in her gut that they would both be OK
  • Ellen’s pregnancy was awful, and she was absolutely miserable to the point that even acupuncture and herbs didn’t help
  • With preterm labor at 33 weeks, she was hospitalized for eight days and sent home on bed rest
  • Her water broke at 36 weeks, and her son and daughter were born and taken to NICU; her son had a congenital birth defect that was a tracheal-esophagus issue
  • The role of sobriety and recovery in Ellen’s infertility journey
  • Ellen’s advice for moms expecting multiples: “Ask for help. Accept the help that’s offered. Don’t try to do it all on your own.”
  • How infertility has changed Ellen: “Infertility has made me realize what I want out of life and how we take things for granted, even the little things. I’ve become less judgmental of others because we never know what they are dealing with. I think I’ve become a better person in general.”
  • Ellen’s advice to her past self: “Embrace the little moments. Know that there is good, even in the hard times.”

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