Endometriosis & Diminished Ovarian Reserve: Carrie’s Story [SUCCESS]

October 14, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Carrie. She is a 37-year-old teacher who enjoys running, baking, and hiking. During the first year of trying to conceive on their own, she developed a grapefruit-sized cyst that required surgical removal. After the surgery, she was told she had endometriosis. Several months later, due to damage from another cyst, she lost her right ovary and fallopian tube. A year and a half into her journey, she had her first appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist. She had another surgery to remove a cyst from her left ovary, as well as scar tissue. An IVF attempt the next month was cancelled due to diminished ovarian reserve. They tried mini IVF next, but that cycle was also cancelled. She then switched clinics and began a donor cycle with her twin sister’s eggs. Several months later, they transferred two frozen embryos. She became pregnant but miscarried at about 10 weeks. Join us to hear how, although everything seemed bleak, Carrie eventually went on to have three children — all from spontaneous pregnancies.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Carrie led a normal and happy life with no worries or medical conditions, “living in the here and now”
  • How she met her husband after college graduation through some mutual friends, and they began dating soon after that
  • As a couple, they are strong and independent with a trusting, loving, and supportive relationship
  • How Carrie always wanted and planned to be a mom
  • How Carrie’s career choice of being a teacher fit well with motherhood
  • When she went off birth control and was ready to have a child, she became pregnant quickly, but blood levels showed a chemical pregnancy
  • Weird abdominal pains and a pelvic exam showed the need for further tests
  • There was a grapefruit-sized cyst that needed to be removed, and a second opinion with another doctor was that her ovary could be saved
  • The cyst was an endometrioma, so Carrie was diagnosed with endometriosis
  • More pains in her right side sent her to the ER, where an ultrasound showed another large cyst; this resulted in the removal of her right ovary and fallopian tube
  • Why she took a Lupron shot that was supposed to keep the endometriosis at bay, even though it delayed her treatment
  • When Carrie saw her first reproductive endocrinologist, a third cyst was found on the left ovary, which was devastating and left her with three options
  • Why she chose to have the cyst removed and move forward with IVF
  • When there was only one follicle, the cycle was canceled, and the doctor blamed it on the third surgery which had taken out too much tissue and left her with diminished ovarian reserve
  • Mini-IVF was mentioned as an option, but her body wouldn’t respond, and the cycle was canceled
  • An egg donor was the only option, but a second opinion from a new RE left Carrie with new ideas to try
  • How Carrie’s twin sister agreed to be her egg donor
  • Carrie joined a support group to be with others who understood
  • Why Carrie decided to give up caffeine, eat more fruits and vegetables, and take up acupuncture and running
  • Carrie’s sister had 50 follicles which yielded 32 eggs, but only four embryos were viable on Day 3
  • An embryo was transferred, and Carrie had a positive pregnancy test, but the numbers kept declining
  • On a planned trip to Mexico, Carrie had pain on her left side and thought she had another cyst, but she took a positive pregnancy test after the trip; it was a totally spontaneous pregnancy that was her first son, now age 7
  • With no medication, Carrie became pregnant again with her second son, now age 5
  • She transferred a frozen embryo and had a positive pregnancy test, but she soon miscarried
  • With timed intercourse, Carrie became pregnant with her daughter, now age 2
  • Why Carrie feels like using her sister’s eggs helped her body reset itself for her three natural pregnancies
  • How Carrie felt about her endometriosis diagnosis and how she ended up switching clinics
  • How Carrie and her husband sought support in different ways and how their relationship was affected
  • How other people responded to Carrie’s use of donor eggs
  • Three of the lowest points for Carrie: when the second cyst occurred, when she was down to one follicle, and when the first embryo transfer with her sister’s eggs failed
  • The positive impact of Carrie’s support group and the friends she has made there
  • How infertility changed Carrie: “It’s made me stronger as a person, and I feel like I can make it through anything. We can’t control life, but we can control how we handle it.”
  • Carrie’s advice to her past self: “Open up more. Don’t be afraid to talk about what’s going on.”

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