DOR & Low AMH: Jamie’s Story [SUCCESS]

January 21, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Jamie. She is a 31-year-old finance manager who enjoys traveling. After about six months of trying on their own without success, she saw her regular OB/GYN and was referred to a reproductive endocrinologist. Following one timed intercourse and two IUI cycles, she had a laparoscopy, which found mild endometriosis and only one healthy ovary. The next step was IVF. Her first cycle was converted to an IUI because she developed only two follicles. Her second cycle continued despite the lack of development and resulted in a day 3 transfer, which failed. At this point, it was time to try a new doctor. After a third IVF cycle failed, they decided to move on to donor eggs. Join us to hear how Jamie used multiple donors and had several frozen embryo transfers before finally becoming pregnant.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Jamie was happy, carefree, and had no idea what was coming in her future
  • How she and her husband met in high school
  • As a couple today, they are best friends who love doing things together and hanging out
  • Why Jamie always assumed she would be a mom, which only intensified into readiness after her marriage
  • How they made plans to have kids in the house they purchased and their careers
  • When they started trying to conceive, they soon used ovulation kits, and then became concerned a few months later
  • Jamie saw her OB/GYN and was referred to an RE; tests showed things were good except for low AMH levels
  • They tried Clomid first with timed intercourse, which didn’t work
  • Two IUI’s followed, and then a laparoscopy to check for endometriosis
  • Stage 2 endo, which was removed — and a slightly low ovarian reserve, but overall — unexplained infertility
  • Moving straight to IVF, switching to another clinic, and poor follicle response
  • Why the first IVF cycle had to be canceled and converted to IUI, which was a shocking outcome for Jamie and her husband
  • The Day 3 transfer of only one embryo, with no success
  • Their consultation with Dr. Rodgers at FCI, where she was hopeful, empathetic, and realistic
  • The tweaked protocol, which yielded 12 eggs and 2 embryos, but no success
  • Why they were crushed and didn’t know what to do next
  • Why they moved forward with considering donor eggs, even though it wasn’t an easy decision
  • In 2017, they selected a donor, and while they waited to sync cycles, she ended up pregnant on her own–”How could this happen?”
  • They found another donor, did a hysteroscopy, and transferred 2 embryos
  • The negative pregnancy test brought complete heartbreak, since they were out of insurance coverage now
  • An ERA test showed they were transferring too late for Jamie’s unusual cycle
  • Next, they transferred 2 embryos, had positive results, and saw 2 heartbeats — but one stopped growing, while the other is their son
  • Why Jamie saw a medical professional in the first place — “I just had a bad feeling.”
  • Why she saw her OB first, and then an RE later
  • How they made the decision to move to donor eggs and how they felt when the donor became pregnant, which is highly unusual
  • The important qualities in selecting an egg donor
  • The scope and size of FCI’s donor egg program and how Jamie felt when the ERA test results came in
  • How her husband dealt with the process, remaining fully supportive, but feeling bad when he watched her pain
  • Two positive results were the closeness of their relationship and the new friends Jamie made through her local Resolve group
  • How they balanced work and treatments, with early appointments and being open with her bosses
  • Tips for dealing with your boss at work: It’s easier to communicate if you are already friends, and honesty is the best policy
  • How they used insurance coverage and then paid out-of-pocket when their lifetime coverage was exhausted, all of this due to their saving and frugal lifestyle
  • How this was the first time they had faced extreme difficulty as a couple, and it brought them closer and showed them they could face anything together
  • With friends and family, some were supportive, but some couldn’t understand, and Jamie had to withdraw from some
  • Tips for advocating for yourself: Be informed, ask questions, do research, and try to understand your treatments
  • How infertility changed Jamie: “I gained belief in myself and what I can make it through. I have more faith in my ability to be strong and empathetic.”
  • Jamie’s advice to herself back then: “You can do it, even on days you think you can’t. Stay strong and do your best. You WILL get through it.”

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