Today’s success story is about a woman named Alecia. She and her husband were college sweethearts. Today, they love to go on adventures together, including hiking, backpacking, and camping. The first year of their marriage was a difficult one, as she battled an autoimmune disease that nearly took her life. Once that was under control, she headed straight to the RE upon the advice of her family. Join us to hear how both she and her husband ended up receiving infertility diagnoses and they ultimately found success via IUI.
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- Alecia is 29 and lives near Minneapolis, MN; she works for a large international public relations firm and loves outdoor activities
- Before infertility, she was always open to new experiences and loved traveling and hanging out with friends
- How she and her husband became college sweethearts and married 7 years later
- Always mothering her brother and cousins confirmed her lifelong desire to be a mom
- The first year of marriage and ulcerative colitis
- Treatments, medications, and the life-threatening toll on her body
- The allergic reaction to new medication that nearly took her life
- Referred to an RE by family members who also battled infertility
- The first RE appointment and the plan for action
- Diagnoses: low morphology, polycystic ovaries, and the IUI recommendation
- “You’ve probably never even ovulated.”
- Even with the problems, an “achievable prognosis”
- Losing hope when her body didn’t respond and the first two cycles failed
- Feeling hopeful and optimistic after a laparoscopy
- Low expectations, new medication, and moving forward
- Ovulation, three mature follicles, and a positive pregnancy test
- 30 weeks along now with a daughter
- How infertility has changed Alecia: “It’s made me more compassionate and empathetic for others and what they are going through.”
- Alecia’s advice to herself back then: “Be optimistic, but be cautiously optimistic more. I think I had gotten my hopes up way too much. I was overly devastated and took it out on my husband and family. You can’t expect people to know what you’re going through, so find a way to communicate to others what you need.”
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MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- Information about polycystic ovaries
- Information about low morphology
- Information about autoimmune diseases
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