Dual Factor Infertility: Sheena’s Story [SUCCESS]

August 13, 2018

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Sheena. She is a 35-year-old teacher who enjoys podcasting, yoga, and exploring. After about six months of trying to conceive and still not pregnant, Sheena began methodically tracking her cycles. Several months later, she was referred to a specialist and accepted into a military fertility clinic. Testing revealed she had PCOS and her husband had male factor infertility, so they were put on an IVF waiting list. In the meantime, they tried IUI three times, all of which were unsuccessful. Her first IVF cycle resulted in a chemical pregnancy, and they decided to take a break for a while and look into adoption instead. Join us to hear how Sheena came back to fertility treatments and ultimately had two sons via IVF.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, she was naive and hopeful, thinking that infertility would never be an issue for her
  • How she met her husband on a blind date via a dating website and they found they had much in common and became inseparable
  • As a couple, they have learned and grown together, knowing marriage “takes work as a living, breathing thing”
  • How Sheena always wanted to be a mom and enjoyed taking care of others and nurturing, even though she had a difficult home life as a kid
  • Why she waited for serious relationships until after college and wanted a solid foundation before having kids
  • After marriage in March 2009, they lived military life and stopped birth control to “see what would happen”
  • How a strange incident of intense pain and then no period led Sheena to track her cycles
  • How they found out about the military fertility program and were accepted in 2010
  • Tests showed PCOS and low sperm count, they were put on a waiting list for IVF the next year, and given a less than 8% chance of conceiving without intervention
  • How they convinced the clinic to do IUI’s while awaiting IVF and she and her husband were put on supplements
  • The first IVF cycle: 8 eggs with 3 fertilized, 2 transferred, but a chemical pregnancy
  • The lowest point, Sheena’s depression, and how she couldn’t see success at the end (they took a break for awhile)
  • Back to IUI’s, vitamins, and the South Beach Diet, which is good for PCOS because of the low carbs
  • Another retrieval with 10 eggs, 9 fertilized, 7 frozen, and 2 transferred in the 2nd IVF
  • Finally, a positive pregnancy test after all those negative ones!
  • How her husband deployed in August 2012, so she gave birth without him and he missed the first four months of his son’s life
  • December 2013: a new city and a new clinic that would use their frozen embryos
  • April 2014: 2 embryos transferred and immediate pregnancy
  • How they still have embryos and want to have one more child, either through a transfer or adoption
  • How military medical care is different for a couple going through infertility
  • The benefits of military care: All fertility drugs are free and they did numerous IUI’s at no cost. They also met other couples going through the same things and were able to support each other.
  • The drawbacks of military care: The clinic only did 3 IVF cycles per year, so you have to wait and be scheduled for IVF
  • How infertility has changed Sheena: “It’s made me more of an empathetic person. I understand the struggles others go through and try to always give people the benefit of the doubt.”
  • Sheena’s advice to herself back then: “Listen to the doctor and do everything they tell you to do. Don’t stop taking your vitamins.”

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