Diminished Ovarian Reserve: Stacey’s Story [SUCCESS]

February 3, 2020

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Stacey. She is a 35-year-old director of operations who enjoys Barre, walking, and golfing. Stacey and her husband started trying to conceive as soon as they got married. After a year and a half without success, she began Clomid cycles with her OB/GYN. Unfortunately, those cycles were also unsuccessful. She transferred to a fertility clinic, where she was diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve. After a failed IUI cycle, they switched clinics. Two more failed IUI cycles later, they decided to move on to IVF. Join us to hear how Stacey’s IVF cycle resulted in 10 eggs retrieved, 2 compacting morulas transferred, and the birth of her son.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Stacey was a carefree person
  • How Stacey met her husband at work and they became friends first
  • As a couple, they are best friends and good partners
  • How Stacey always imagined herself as a mother
  • When Stacey became burned out on the corporate schedule and a long commute, she left that job and went to work in the family business
  • They started trying to conceive right after their 2015 marriage but waited “too long” to see Stacey’s Ob-gyn
  • After starting a few Clomid cycles, Stacey made an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist for baseline testing, which showed diminished ovarian reserve
  • They started several IUI cycles with no success and were ready to move to IVF
  • The IVF cycle went smoothly; ten eggs were retrieved and six fertilized, but none became blasts
  • The doctor decided to transfer two compact morulas, and Stacey became pregnant with her son
  • Why Stacey suspected something was wrong and saw her doctor in the beginning
  • Stacey’s first impression of the fertility clinic was not good, and their waiting rooms and offices were tiny
  • Why Stacey switched clinics and liked the second one much better
  • Stacey’s family history of identical twins (she is an identical twin)
  • How Stacey felt relieved but devastated at the diminished ovarian reserve diagnosis
  • The lowest point for Stacey was when her blood tests showed a hopeless cause for her to become pregnant
  • A positive moment was when she started the IVF cycle and responded well to the medications
  • How maintaining work-life balance was easy for Stacey because she felt like going to work helped distract her from infertility
  • How Stacey was open and honest with her family about what was going on in her journey
  • How Stacey and her husband had no insurance coverage to help with treatment costs, but their parents helped financially
  • How Stacey’s relationship with her husband has grown stronger on their journey to become parents
  • How Stacey’s friends were mostly supportive of their infertility journey
  • Why Stacey never had to advocate for herself but trusted her doctor and didn’t question her decisions
  • How Stacey got a positive pregnancy test result at work and “just knew this was going to work”
  • During her pregnancy, Stacey had gestational diabetes, and her water broke at 36 weeks, which led to an unexpected C-section delivery
  • How Stacey literally “had nothing” for her newborn son and had to rely on family members to bring her overnight bag to the hospital
  • How Stacey loves the ongoing adventure of motherhood that comes with parenting after an infertility journey
  • How infertility has changed Stacey: “I’m a much more accepting person. I think about what others are going through, and I’m more compassionate. I try to keep the little things the little things and stay positive.”
  • Stacey’s advice to her past self: “Go to the doctor earlier. Don’t wait.”

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