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

November 16, 2020

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Today’s success story of a woman named Tiffini. She is a 35-year-old licensed counselor who enjoys hiking, watching movies, and playing golf. Although Tiffini was never on birth control after she married her husband, they didn’t start trying to conceive until a year after the wedding. Early on, she began to suspect something was wrong. When she went in for her annual PAP, she expressed her concerns. The midwife tested Tiffini’s LH and told her she was ovulating. After experiencing abdominal pain that was brushed aside by her nurse, they met with a reproductive endocrinologist. She was quickly diagnosed with low ovarian reserve, and the doctor found a large fibroid. After the fibroid was surgically removed, they began IVF and banked 3 embryos. Before transferring, they tried several timed intercourse cycles, just to see if they could get pregnant now that the fibroid was removed. However, they were unsuccessful. Join us to hear how Tiffini transferred 1 of her frozen embryos and is currently pregnant.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Tiffini was extroverted and fun-loving, but she is more resilient and confident now
  • How she met her husband through a mutual friend in 2015; they became friends and eventually began dating
  • As a couple, they have a strong foundation of friendship and compassion, and they prioritize their connection
  • How Tiffini has always longed for a stable family unit
  • How she structured her work to allow flexibility for parenthood and family time
  • After their marriage, Tiffini and her husband waited a year before trying to conceive, and she saw her OB/GYN
  • Low abdominal pain led Tiffini to suspect problems, and after they actively tried to conceive, she went to a fertility clinic
  • Tests revealed low egg reserve, and an ultrasound showed fibroids and a shockingly low number of follicles
  • With surgery planned to remove the fibroid, her doctor went over the numbers, which weren’t great
  • How Tiffini felt frustration, grief, and sadness at the diagnoses
  • Handling surgery, recovery, and the next steps forward
  • When they began IVF in May 2019, they ended up with three frozen embryos
  • When they saw the doctor again, it was difficult to talk about moving forward, so they saw a marriage counselor who specializes in infertility
  • After trying timed intercourse cycles, which were unsuccessful, their best embryo was transferred in February 2020—and Tiffini is now 38 weeks pregnant with their daughter
  • Why Tiffini began with her OB/GYN in the beginning, and how she chose a fertility clinic later
  • What it was like to experience infertility as a black woman
  • How Tiffini felt about her doctors, who were both white women
  • How Tiffini and her husband stayed connected by communicating and giving each other space to grieve separately
  • What infertility treatments and pregnancy were like at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, and what the pandemic means for Tiffini’s birth plan
  • How Tiffini and her husband felt about their diagnoses
  • The lowest point for Tiffini was after her egg retrieval when there was only one embryo initially–and she was devastated
  • Why the positive moments were many, as Tiffini and her husband tried to celebrate every little moment on their journey
  • How they were able to afford IVF because family members stepped up to offer help
  • How infertility has changed Tiffini: “Infertility hasn’t changed me to the core, but I do feel like I’m more resilient and confident because of what we’ve been through. It’s been a blueprint of how to get through hard things.”
  • Tiffini’s advice to her past self: “You have to be resilient. Hold onto what you’ve heard others say about being resilient.”

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