Today’s success story is about a woman named Aimee. She’s a 30-year-old fraud investigator at a big insurance company. She met her husband in college and now they work for the same company, which works out well for both of them because they are best friends and enjoy being partners in all aspects of life. Both she and her husband received infertility diagnoses back when they were in high school, so they knew they might have a long road ahead of them. Join us to hear how they went straight to IVF with ICSI and found success with only a couple viable sperm.
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- At age 30, Aimee is a fraud investigator who enjoys crafting, sewing, crocheting, and painting
- Before infertility, she was a planner who was both optimistic and naïve, with all her “ducks in a row”
- She first met her husband in college, since they had the same major and studied together frequently before pursuing a relationship
- As a couple, they are 100% partners and best friends who work well together
- Aimee always wanted to be a mom
- Decisions about a house, hometown, yard, and car—all with their future children in mind
- Their prior diagnoses: PCOS for her and varicocele for him
- After a semen analysis: “Your husband has no sperm.”
- Seeing a male infertility specialist who recommended Clomid and corrective surgery
- Only 20-30 usable sperm, but it was enough for IVF with ICSI
- The first RE appointment with a strange doctor with an unusual bedside manner
- Why Aimee never lost all hope, but felt that somehow there would be a child for them
- Fond memories? A cookie cake to celebrate sperm and precious time spent with her husband
- How they went from timed intercourse to full-blown IVF with ICSI but only got two eggs
- Another stim cycle with more eggs but more problems
- A new approach by the RE and success!
- How the RE and embryologist both remained positive about the possibility of a biological child
- From the moment of transfer, Aimee knew this was going to work
- The chaos of treatment and working together at a company with excellent benefits and flexibility in their work schedules
- How infertility forced them to work together, discuss everything, and learn to compromise
- How Aimee’s relationship with her mother was strained for a while over the Catholic conflict about IVF
- How Aimee has learned to help educate and advocate for the infertility community
- Tips on being a self-advocate: Ask questions, reach out, and find support
- Why Aimee just underwent a 3rd IVF cycle earlier this year and plans a frozen embryo transfer next month
- How infertility has changed Aimee: “I’m more compassionate. I see the positive in things. I cherish the small moments.”
- Aimee’s advice to herself back then: “Keep your head up. The journey through infertility is a roller coaster. Just ride the ride and take it day by day.”
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MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- Maybe Baby… (Aimee’s blog)
- Inspired by Bug (Aimee’s custom design shop with infertility-themed apparel)
- Information about PCOS
- Information about uterine abnormalities
- Information about male factor infertility
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