Endometriosis, PCOS & Male Factor: Liz’s Story [SUCCESS]

December 28, 2020

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Today’s success story of a woman named Liz. She is a 35-year-old financial analyst who enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors. Liz and her husband conceived their first child following their second IUI cycle. When he was 18 months old, they were ready for a second child. They returned to the fertility clinic for IUI, but the first cycle failed and the second was canceled due to early ovulation. They were ready to try IVF. The first cycle yielded only 1 early blast, and the fresh transfer failed. A laparoscopy shortly thereafter removed endometriosis, cysts, and adhesions. She began weekly acupuncture and priming with human growth hormone for her second IVF cycle. When her baseline ultrasound revealed a cyst, the cycle was postponed. Eventually, she went on to get 3 normal embryos. Join us to hear how Liz’s frozen transfer was delayed due to COVID, but she’s now in her second trimester with their daughter.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Liz was a type-A planner who let emotions control her
  • How she met her husband at work; they were friends first and soon began dating
  • As a couple, they are a strong unit of opposites who have grown closer through their struggles
  • How Liz always wanted to be a mom, especially when friends and family began having children
  • How they bought a home in an ideal location for children, and Liz chose a career that allowed flexibility for motherhood
  • In 2015, they started trying to conceive, and Liz saw her OB/GYN for help with her cycles
  • When she was referred to an RE, tests showed male factor infertility, learn PCOS, and likely endometriosis
  • They tried IUI, and the second one led to the conception of their son; when he was 18 months old, they began trying for a second child
  • When they went back to the RE, more tests showed improved blood work but still MFI and mild endometriosis
  • In 2019, they began the path to add a second child to their family; the first IUI was unsuccessful, and the second was canceled due to early ovulation
  • When they moved to IVF, they retrieved six eggs; they ended up with only one embryo, and the transfer failed
  • The failure was gut-wrenching as they maxed out their insurance coverage, so Liz took some time off before seeing the RE for a consultation
  • Since egg quality seemed to be an issue, the doctor performed a laparoscopy to uncover answers; he removed endometriosis, cysts, and adhesions
  • Liz started taking human growth hormone and prepared for a February retrieval; they got 11 eggs, and three embryos were frozen in this freeze-all cycle (PGT testing showed that all were normal)
  • As they planned a frozen transfer for April 2020, COVID hit and delayed the transfer until June
  • The transfer was successful, and Liz is now pregnant in her second trimester with their daughter
  • Liz’s first sign that she needed to consult a medical professional
  • Her initial impression of the fertility clinic was that the staff was very friendly and the doctor was compassionate and honest as he took time to answer all her questions
  • Why Liz chose to have the laparoscopy when she felt hopeless and had nowhere else to turn
  • Why they moved to IVF so quickly
  • How Liz felt when all the embryos were normal in their second egg retrieval
  • How and why Liz decided to proceed during the COVID pandemic, and why she’s concerned about giving birth
  • Liz’s plans regarding the COVID vaccine
  • Why Liz decided to give acupuncture a try–and how it helped her
  • The lowest point for Liz was after the IUI failures because she wanted to give her son a sibling and felt “mom guilt”
  • Why it was a huge positive moment to find out there were three PGT-normal embryos from her second retrieval
  • How infertility changed Liz: “Infertility has made me more patient. It’s helped me in many aspects of life to realize that I can’t control everything. My coping skills and my ability to advocate with doctors have improved greatly.”
  • Liz’s advice to her past self: “Trust in the process of things and remember that things take time. You can’t rush them and make them happen when you want them to happen. Trust the timeline and be grateful for what you have.”

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