Endometriosis & High FSH: Kristen’s Story [SUCCESS]

July 2, 2018

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Kristen. She is a 42-year-old TV reporter and speaker who enjoys reading, writing, running, and spending time with her kids. About a year after they began trying to conceive their first child, a surgery uncovered Kristen had stage 4 endometriosis. Later that year, they began seeing a reproductive endocrinologist, who broke the news that she also had high FSH levels. After three failed IUIs and an ovary torsion incident that resulted in the loss of that ovary, they took a break for several years. Kristen used that time to get her body in a good place with acupuncture and a healthy diet. When they were ready to try again, she underwent a procedure to open her tubes and tried three more IUIs — all of which failed. Join us to hear how Kristen went into full menopause by age 35 but still managed to have two children with her own eggs via IVF.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Kristen’s work as a sideline reporter for the Miami Heat while writing a blog and doing a podcast
  • Before infertility, she was a perfectionist and a go-getter who never wanted kids until she heard her “clock ticking”
  • How she met her husband in a TV truck in 2000
  • As a couple, their love has changed, grown, and evolved into a more mature love
  • How she actually heard her biological clock ticking and felt the urge to have a baby
  • After trying for a year, her Ob found endometriosis and referred her to an RE who said she had the advanced maternal age of a 50-year-old!
  • The decision to go to IUI, three of which failed, and then they tried a few more
  • The path to self-discovery, acupuncture, and healing the fear of needles
  • How Kristen embarked on the emotional journey of writing in a gratitude journal every day
  • Ovarian torsion and a grapefruit-sized cyst, resulting in emergency surgery and the loss of an ovary
  • The first IVF cycle, 2 eggs with one implanted, and Lila Hope was born 32 weeks later
  • The onset of full-blown menopause when she stopped nursing
  • Back to acupuncture and an endo-healing diet because she wanted to have another baby
  • How Kristen had only one egg, went to the spa and met a woman named Emylia
  • How she got pregnant and Emylia was born 36 weeks later: “Our second miracle”
  • Why Kristen didn’t know she had endo prior to the first surgery, even though she had painful periods for many years
  • How she picked a fertility clinic after a horrible initial experience
  • Dealing with expectations vs. the reality of IVF
  • The “emotional warfare” of not being able to get pregnant and the benefits of a gratitude journal
  • Feeling the sadness, loss, guilt, and “less than”
  • How they never gave up hope and it kept them sane
  • Dealing with demanding work during treatment and how she took time off
  • No insurance coverage, just savings, good salaries, and a credit card: “Still, we were much more fortunate than most”
  • How her relationship with her husband was strengthened and she learned to be hopeful and positive from him
  • How their friends and family rallied around them with support
  • How Kristen had to learn to advocate for herself, reading and researching everything, and finding the “gifts of infertility”
  • How infertility changed Kristen: “It’s made me a completely different person and given me so many gifts. I didn’t know how to be grateful and I was pessimistic. Gratitude helps you fall in love with the life you already have. Infertility helped me see the good around me and take care of myself. It taught me to be who I want to be.”
  • Kristen’s advice to herself back then: “No matter what happens. It’s going to be OK. You have to surrender to life and let it take you where you want to go.”

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