Hypothalamic Amenorrhea: Ariella’s Story [SUCCESS]

74: Hypothalamic Amenorrhea [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Ariella. For many years when she was younger, and in some respects still today, she struggled with an eating disorder and poor nutrition. She didn’t want kids until she met her husband. They married after being in a long-distance relationship for a year. Because she hadn’t had a period since she was 18, she knew she’d have trouble conceiving and sought the help of an OB pretty early on. Join us to hear how Ariella eventually got a period and became pregnant via IUI.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • At age 30 now, Ariella loves running, cooking, listening to podcasts, and living an active outdoor lifestyle
  • Before infertility, Ariella describes herself as a type-A planner who battled depression
  • She met her husband through a mutual friend and they began a long-distance relationship until they married
  • As a couple, they are active, enjoying gardening and raising chickens!
  • Why Ariella was always hesitant about marriage and motherhood, all because of her fear of divorce
  • Because of her eating disorder, she needed to regulate her body functions and gain weight before pregnancy
  • How Ariella self-diagnosed herself with hypothalamic amenorrhea from over-exercising and under-eating
  • Why Ariella lost all hope after every failed cycle, but then found a way to move on
  • How she gained strength from her husband’s optimism and online support groups
  • Her treatments went from Provera and Clomid with timed intercourse to Letrozole
  • Success with IUI: fears about what might go wrong
  • Balancing treatment with work as a special education teacher
  • Competitive running, eating disorder, and a broken back
  • Severe osteoporosis at age 22
  • How much of your struggle to share with family
  • Ariella’s advice to herself back then: “I would get more support. I would’ve talked to a lot more people about it because I know that would have given me more support.”

Words of Hope:

From an eating disorder standpoint, if you’re struggling, get help right away because it affects your fertility. Click To Tweet

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