Today’s journey story of a woman named Alyse. She is a 33-year-old credit underwriter who enjoys being active outdoors. Alyse always knew she wanted children, but her first husband wasn’t ready. When she remarried, the wait time began again. Before trying to conceive, they knew there would be problems. Alyse’s husband had an undescended testicle as a child, and it was not corrected until he was 10. Their journey began with a semen analysis, and her husband had borderline low morphology. Five months later, she had routine testing at a fertility clinic and learned she had high FSH and low AMH. Because she’d had symptoms of endometriosis since high school, she requested a laparoscopy, which confirmed mild endo and uterine fibroids. They started with a medicated timed intercourse cycle, which failed. When another semen analysis showed worse results, they moved on to IVF. She discovered the Baby Quest Foundation, applied for a grant, and won it. Join us to hear how Alyse recently completed a retrieval — and what’s coming up next in her journey.
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- Before infertility, Alyse was carefree and strong, with an invincible attitude when it came to life’s problems
- How she met her husband when they both attended MTSU; they worked together and stayed friends for a while because she was still married to her first husband
- As a couple, they have a trusting bond like Alyse has never experienced before
- How Alyse always wanted to have kids but had to rethink her sales career to give more flexibility and prepare for a life with kids
- How her problems began with menstrual issues as a teen, and she knew there might be problems when she wanted to have a baby
- When she stopped using birth control in 2018, they tried for a few months before visiting a fertility clinic; tests showed low AMH, high FSH, and low sperm motility and morphology
- How Alyse experienced depression about the long journey ahead
- Because the doctor recommended a laparoscopy (which confirmed Alyse’s endometriosis), she was relieved to have a doctor who cared and wanted to help them
- Because the doctor recommended IUI, but they weren’t ready, they started out with Clomid and timed intercourse cycles
- How Alyse experienced extreme side effects and became borderline suicidal because her estrogen levels had escalated
- She responded well to the cycle with 5-7 follicles, but they had no success
- Around Christmas of 2019, the semen analysis was the same, and the doctor left them feeling helpless and hopeless with his urging to try IVF
- How Alyse found a grant foundation for couples going through infertility; she applied for the grant with no expectations—but they won the grant, which paid for an IVF cycle!
- IVF began in July 2020; they got thirteen eggs, five blasts, and three normal embryos–her transfer is next week!
- Why Alyse went to a fertility clinic so quickly in the beginning
- How she chose a fertility clinic and her initial impression
- What Alyse felt like when she received her infertility diagnoses
- What it was like to win the Baby Quest Foundation grant
- How Alyse has connected with the infertility while on her journey, especially through Instagram
- Alyse’s lowest points: before her diagnosis, when she was disheartened with the lack of answers, and when the doctor said IVF might be their only hope
- How a friend at a difficult baby shower gave Alyse renewed hope