Dual Factor Infertility: Olga’s Story [SUCCESS]

February 25, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Olga. She is a 32-year-old marketing manager who enjoys writing, shopping, and traveling. After overcoming her fear of childbirth, she told a little white lie to get into her OB/GYN for a fertility wellness checkup before they began trying to conceive. Although her doctor found nothing wrong, he pushed for a HSG. After that procedure, she learned both of her tubes were blocked. That diagnosis led them straight to IVF. Unfortunately, their first cycle was unsuccessful, and they learned her husband had low morphology and motility. Their second cycle left them with no embryos to biopsy, so they decided to switch clinics. After varicocele surgery and supplements for her husband, they were ready to try IVF again. Sadly, their third retrieval had the same results, and she learned that while she made a lot of eggs, the quality was poor. Join us to hear how Olga switched clinics one last time and finally became pregnant after her fourth retrieval.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Olga was goal-oriented and fun-loving–the same person she is today except she doesn’t take things for granted as much now as she did before
  • How she met her husband in Moscow at a party—and moved in with him a week later!
  • As a couple, they have a calmer and more mature lifestyle now and are supportive of each other
  • How they went to her doctor for a fertility wellness check, which resulted in an HSG test and blocked tubes which had to be opened
  • The only option was IVF, so they started with the short protocol, got 20 eggs, and only one was normal
  • They transferred the embryo with great confidence, but received a negative beta test
  • When they started again, her husband’s semen quality had decreased; they retrieved 12 eggs, but none developed—and they had no answers
  • How Olga felt no emotional support from her clinic, so she looked for another clinic, started listening to the Beat Infertility podcast, and joined support groups
  • When she found another clinic, more sperm tests were done, and surgery was done to correct a varicocele
  • How they took time off and then started the protocol for another retrieval, which yielded 4 eggs and no embryos
  • This was the first time poor egg quality was pinpointed as the problem
  • Olga did supplements and research to improve egg quality and looked for clinics abroad
  • They found a clinic in Spain and went for a visit
  • Her doctor’s theory was that Olga’s birth in 1986 near Chernobyl (and the radiation) may have affected her fertility
  • With this cycle, they did the long protocol and Olga used testosterone gel on her thigh for one month; they went to Spain for the retrieval, got 12 eggs, 5 embryos, and 3 were PGS-normal
  • They transferred one embryo, received a positive pregnancy test, and their son was born 9 months later
  • How Olga told her Ob that they had been trying for a year, when it had only been 3 months
  • How Olga had never been very good at birth control, but had never become pregnant, so she knew something was wrong
  • Why Olga made moves between fertility clinics: because she never received any clear answers, but was met with a trial and error approach
  • What it was like to do remote treatment with a clinic in another country
  • What kept Olga going with her own eggs
  • How she fit four retrieval cycles in one year—with determination!
  • How Olga followed recommendations in the book, It Starts with the Egg, used testosterone gel, used a long protocol, yoga, and got herself in a more relaxed state
  • Olga’s lowest point, when the 3rd cycle yielded only 4 eggs
  • How she recovered by staying determined and looking into donor eggs as a possibility
  • The positive moment of finding out she was pregnant
  • Olga’s advice to herself back then: “I should have started researching and joining support groups earlier and not just relied on what the doctors said.”

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