Today’s success story is about a woman named Rachel. She and her husband have been together for the past 15 years and married for the last three. Before infertility, like so many of us, she was a planner and knew exactly how she wanted her life to unfold. Although she always knew she wanted to be a mom, her desire really kicked into high gear when she saw her husband with their nieces and nephews. She used to travel a lot for work, but there came a time when she knew that had to stop and she had to make her fertility a priority. Join us to hear how her journey started with basic testing at her OB’s office and ultimately led to multiple diagnoses for both her and her husband before they eventually found success via IVF.
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- At age 32, Rachel is a senior events manager in technology who loves to travel and spend time with family and friends
- Before infertility, Rachel was a Type A personality, a planner, and a go-getter
- How she and her husband met in college as athletes but actually grew up just a few miles apart
- As a couple, they are connected but independent
- How Rachel always loved babies, especially time spent with her nieces and nephews
- Why she put aside work travel to focus on beating infertility
- The beginning of infertility, the first RE appointment, and the tests
- Diagnoses of PCOS and male issues of varicocele and low sperm counts
- When Rachel lost all hope—a couple of times
- How Rachel drew hope from her doctors and the BI podcast
- The first IVF that resulted in pregnancy and miscarriage
- Clomid, IVFs, and testicular surgical procedures
- Why Rachel is still in disbelief about being a mom
- Balancing work and treatments
- Dealing with a supervisor about treatment: “Be honest and open from the start.”
- How they paid for treatments with her husband’s professional baseball signing bonus
- Working through her husband’s resistance to fertility treatments
- Exhausting ALL resources to have a biological child
- How infertility has changed Rachel: “It’s calmed me. I try to be at peace and not plan as much. I’ve become really passionate about getting involved in advocacy for others who are battling infertility.”
- Rachel’s advice to herself back then: “You have to be easy on your significant other because they may be different than you. It’s not just you going through it and is just as sad for them. Make it a partnership.”
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